Colorado Mesa University

Special Programs

One of the strengths of a Colorado Mesa University education is student engagement. It combines the best of a classroom education with opportunities to apply that learning in a laboratory, the workplace, the region or the world. Whether the experience is completing an internship, clinical placement, or student teaching; by participating in programs like study abroad or the Honors program, an undergraduate education is vastly enriched.

Academic Honors

The Academic Honors Program offers highly motivated students opportunities to contribute to their own learning through discovery of ideas and increased personal scholarship. To participate, students may choose to enroll in 18 credits of Honors courses or to write an Honors Thesis. CMU’s Honors Program is affiliated with the National Collegiate Honors Council, and students frequently present papers at its national meeting.

Contact Information: Kristen Hague, Director of Academic Honors:  970.248.1385. 

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Service Learning

Service learning opportunities are available to CMU students who want to combine classroom learning with meaningful community service. In 2013, CMU reported that 3,811 students engaged in more than 401,362 hours of community service, valued at approximately $8.7 million in services to western Colorado. This commitment resulted in the university being recognized as one of only three Colorado institutions named to the President’s Higher Education Honor Roll — the nation’s highest recognition a university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service learning, and civic engagement — for each of the four years since the recognition began.

Learning Beyond the Classroom

When students participate in projects where they apply what they have learned in the classroom, they develop solutions to real problems and learn skills needed to be successful in any career. Most CMU programs offer opportunities to experience learning through undergraduate research, internships, or clinical or school placements, and each year, more than 1,400 CMU students participate in one of these types of experiential learning. Learn more about exact degree requirements at

Undergraduate Research Opportunities

An average of $2 million in external funds is obtained annually to support research and other scholarly activities at Colorado Mesa University. While our focus on teaching will never waver, undergraduates have the unique opportunity to engage in research alongside faculty members — a feature often found only in graduate programs. Research opportunities include explorations that lead to the discovery and dissemination of new knowledge, the development of new applications of existing knowledge, the development of new paradigms for teaching and learning and the related creative activities in the fine arts.

Academic Resources and Support

We take great pride in providing educational tools that help students succeed. From classrooms to research laboratories to theatres and athletic fields we've got some of the best state-of-the art facilities. Whether you need help studying for an examguidance on career selection or assistance in the library, Colorado Mesa University is here to help you succeed.