Colorado Mesa University, in Grand Junction, Colorado, is dedicated to providing an exceptional educational experience in a student-centered environment featuring small class sizes and a high level of student-faculty interaction. The school has a long history of growth and evolution. Founded in 1925, the institution originally started as a junior college enrolling 39 students. Today, enrollment exceeds 10,660 students. The university offers more than 70 undergraduate programs of study along with graduate programs in business administration, education and nursing. With all that has changed in the institution's 90-year history, a dedication to providing the highest quality education in a student-centered environment has always remained. This principle will continue to guide the momentum of Colorado Mesa University into the future.
Main CampusGrand Junction, Colorado, United States5,000 - 20,000 on Campus100,000 - 250,000 residents in Grand JunctionLanguage(s) spoken on campus: English
Colorado Mesa University, centrally located near downtown Grand Junction, is at the heart of the Grand Valley, a sheltered valley with unique mountain formations on three sides. Taking its name from the confluence of the Colorado and Gunnison rivers, the valley has many peach and apple orchards as well as local vineyards and distilleries.
With an area population over 135,000, the valley offers urban amenities without the hassles of heavy traffic, crime or crowded airports. The city and valley have a strong sense of community and provide many activities in the arts, music and theater. A variety of festivals, farmer’s markets, concerts and other cultural events take place throughout the year.
Grand Junction has been noted for having more opportunities for outdoor recreation within a 100-mile radius of its boundaries than any other city in the western U.S., including mountain-biking, whitewater rafting, rock climbing, skiing and hiking. The Colorado National Monument is a 20-minute drive from campus and offers 23,000 acres of rock formations, arches, windows, canyons and exposed layers of earth. Powderhorn ski resort is located 40 miles from campus. Other popular destinations that can be reached in three hours or less by car include the mineral hot springs in the towns of Glenwood Springs and Ouray, national parks such as Black Canyon of the Gunnison, Arches and Canyonlands, and the ski towns of Vail, Aspen and Telluride.
CMU offers over 80 clubs and organizations ranging from academic clubs to intramural sports. The International Student Association offers a unique opportunity to interact with students from all different backgrounds and provides guidance on handling culture shock, language barriers, tips for success and much more. CMU students are also very involved in arts and culture. Each year CMU produces two dance concerts, dozens of music performances and four main stage theater performances. Faculty and students in the fine arts also produce various exhibitions throughout the year.
All students have access to a newly expanded student recreation center which offers an Olympic-sized swimming pool, group fitness classes, indoor track, basketball courts, weight room and a climbing wall, as well as to the Outdoor Program, which offers adventure trips, clinics and equipment rentals.
The campus is within walking distance to many shops, parks and restaurants. To make getting around town even easier, the Outdoor Program offers semester-long bike rentals for a small fee. Students also have the option to purchase a student semester bus pass for $30 per semester for the Grand Valley Transit System, which provides transportation to the airport, shopping mall and movie theaters.