Colorado Mesa University

Already Admitted? Next Steps

You've been accepted! Now what do you do? Don't worry; we have all the steps you need to be sure you get off to a great start.

Step 1: Finalize Your Admission

Request final transcripts. If you applied before completing high school or a college semester, or if you have high school AP, IB or any college credit to transfer, please contact your school and request that your final transcript is mailed directly to the Admissions Office.
(Colorado Mesa University Admissions Office, 1100 North Avenue, Grand Junction, CO, 81501)

Verify your residency status. If your enclosed acceptance letter states your residency is anything other than you expected, please call our Tuition Classification Officer in the Admissions Office, at 970.248.1458.

Verify your immunizations and selective service registration to avoid registration holds.

Reserve your spot at Colorado Mesa University by paying the $50 enrollment deposit. Log on to MAVzone and follow the steps below to pay the deposit.

  • Log in to MAVzone
  • Click on the Student Finance tab
  • Click on the GO to ePay
  • Click on the Deposit tab at the top of CMU ePay
  • Choose a term
  • Choose a deposit: Spring or Fall Enrollment Deposit
  • Click on Make Deposit Payment
  • Enter payment method

Colorado residents should apply for the Colorado Opportunity Fund (COF). After you apply for the stipend you must "authorize" use of your COF benefit. You can do this on MAVzone, your student portal.

Step 2: Familiarize yourself with MAVzone, your student portal

MAVzone provides single sign-on access to information about what's happening on campus, your Colorado Mesa University email account, online classes, and network drives. You will also use MAVzone to look up and register for classes (after your first semester), add or drop classes, check grades, view financial aid status, make payments, and more.

Now that you’re an admitted CMU student, you have been assigned your own student ID number (starting with 700). Shortly after you were admitted, you received an email from us instructing you to activate your MAVzone user account. You’ll need your student ID number at that time. The first time you log into MAVzone, you will be prompted to change your password. If you forget or lose your password, call the IT Helpdesk at 970.248.2111

Step 3: Apply for Financial Aid and Scholarships

Check out our financial aid and cost estimator.

Complete the Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). List Colorado Mesa University's code - 001358 - and your information is automatically submitted to us. You will need a copy of the previous year's federal tax return and W2 statements to complete the online application.

Log onto MAVzone and click on the Student Finance tab to check for correspondence from the Financial Aid Office. We may need additional documentation to process your aid. You may also call us.
Financial Aid Office : 970.248.1396

Check MAVzone to view your financial aid award. Awards are usually available starting in April for applicants enrolling in the fall.

Review and accept your award using MAVzone. If you are offered loans, you may accept all or part of each loan. If you only wish a portion, state that amount under Accept Partial Amount. Students accepting loans must complete a Master Promissory Note and Entrance Loan Counseling. Parents accepting a Parent PLUS loan must complete a Master Promissory Note and submit a Parent PLUS authorization form.

Apply for additional scholarships. Merit scholarships can be accepted through MAVzone under the Student Finance tab. Check out private scholarships available from the CMU Foundation. Visit the Financial Aid website for more information.

Step 4: Apply for Housing

Colorado Mesa University has a required on-campus residency policy. All freshman and sophomore students who are single, under 21 years of age and not residing with their parents in Mesa County are required to live on-campus, provided that space is available. Any exceptions to this policy must be submitted to the Office of Residence Life with appropriate documentation and then approved by the Director of Residence Life.

Review your housing options. Learn about the different types of living options, and explore our campus meal plans. Discover the best options for you.

Apply for housing online. Use your MAVzone username and password to log in. Apply early as applications are given priority based on the date your completed application is received. Please note cancellation dates in the contract. A completed housing application includes the application, housing and dining contract and housing deposit.

Go to MAVzone to check for your application confirmation sent via email to your CMU email account. Confirmations are sent within two weeks after your application is received.

Choose your room in Colorado Mesa's MyHousing.

Decide where you want to live. Have a first, second and third choice of housing. Room assignments are based on the date your housing application, contract, and deposit were received. Also make sure your lifestyle choices listed in MyHousing are current. Next, choose your roommates, suite-mates or apartment-mates. Set up your "Roommate Group" (if you have one) prior to your online room selection lottery time. If you don't know anyone, that's okay!

Step 5: Plan for your Arrival

Register for orientation. All incoming first-time students from Colorado are required to attend. Out-of-state students are strongly encouraged to attend, but not required. Out-of-state and transfer students not attending an orientation should contact the Advising Center or the WCCC Student Services Office to register for classes.

At orientation, you will:

  • Meet with an academic advisor and register for classes;
  • Attend informative sessions;
  • Learn how to get involved with campus activities;
  • Get your MAVcard (student ID);
  • Take a tour to become familiar with campus, and more

Visit the orientation website for more information.

Determine if you need to take First-Semester Assessments. 

English, Math, and Reading Placement:The ACCUPLACER helps your academic advisor ensure you are placed in the correct English, reading and/or math classes. Test scores must be no older than three years to be accepted for placement. If your ACT, SAT or GED scores are current and are at or above the following, you are exempt from the test(s).

ACT: Math-19, English-18, Reading-17

SAT: Math-460, Verbal-430

GED: Mathematics-170, Reasoning Language Arts-170, Social Studies-170 

Chemistry Placement: The following majors may need to take the Chemistry Assessment. Please contact the Testing Center for assistance. 

  • Biology (not Biology Teacher)
  • Chemistry
  • Environmental Geology
  • Environmental Science
  • Exercise Science
  • Geology
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Secondary Education-Geology
  • Pre-Engineering

Mechanical Engineering Math Placement: Mechanical Engineering majors who scored at or above ACT Math -19, SAT Math-460 or GED Math-170 should complete the Engineering Math Assessment at

You can take any of these assessments before attending orientation. They are offered on the Main and Montrose CMU campuses or they can be proctored in your hometown. 

Testing Center:


Houston Hall 125

Consider enrolling in SUPP 101: Introduction to Higher Education. There are two delivery options for this course. It's offered during the traditional semester, or there is a version called the Freshmen Year Initiative (FYI) that is offered one week before the fall semester begins.

View the academic calendar.

Get Involved. Check out the clubs and organizations on campus that you can be a part of. From cultural clubs to student government; from the Outdoor Program to over 70 specialized clubs, there is something for everyone. Learn more at student life.