Colorado Mesa University

Top 10 Reasons to Attend and Fast Facts

10. We have the latest technology so you can do research and check out YouTube videos faster.

9. The small class sizes mean you'll know a whole lot of your fellow students and your professors will know you.

8. The recreation is awesome.

7. You can take everything from aerobics, to yoga, to weight training, to racquetball at the rec center.

6. Intramural programs and Division II athletics mean you can get some serious playing time.

5. With 74 majors to choose from, you can be whatever you want to be.

4. More than 160 clubs and organizations you can join.

3. A state-of-the-art campus with new residence halls that don't have that dorm room smell.

2. A great hands-on learning environment and personal, student-focused atmosphere.

1. A wide variety of academic and leadership scholarships.

Fast Facts

Founded:             1925
Campus:              90 acres in Grand Junction, CO
Colors:                 Maroon, white, gold
Mascot:                The Maverick
Enrollment:          10,958


From under-represented groups: 26%

States represented: 46

Countries represented: 30

Average annual number of internship/co-op placements: 832

Average number of undergraduates engaged in a research experience each year: 633

Number of beds: 2,518


Full-time faculty:  281

Proportion of full-time faculty with a terminal degree:  83%

Number of Fulbright Scholar Awards: 13

Student to faculty ratio: 22:1


Financial aid awarded last year: $74 M

Students receiving some form of aid: 75%


74 majors ranging from certificates to graduate degrees

Countries involved in the International Student Exchange Program (ISEP): 50+

Institutions involved in the National Student Exchange (NSE): 190+


Number of residence halls: 12

Number of beds: 2,518


Student clubs and organizations: 160+

Annual Outdoor Program trips: 50+

Annual cultural events: 70+

Varsity athletic teams: 24


Population (2012): 58,704

Days of Sunshine: 300+


Founded as Grand Junction Junior College in 1925, 39 students registered.

Name changed to Grand Junction State Junior College in 1932.

Enrollment exceeds 200 for the first time in 1933.

Name changed to Mesa College in 1937.

Mesa College accredited by North Central Association in 1957.

Enrollment exceeds 1,000 in 1961.

Authorized to offer baccalaureate degree programs in 1974.

Name changed to Mesa State College in 1988.

Authorized to offer Master of Business Administration in 1996.

Formally created two-year, open admission division — Western Colorado Community College — in 2005.

Authorized to offer Master of Arts in Education in 2006.

Name changed to Colorado Mesa University in 2011.