Colorado Mesa University Admissions: Everything You Want to and Need to Know

Overview of Colorado Mesa University

Colorado Mesa is a regional public institution that offers a wide range of associate, bachelor, and master degree programs. Academics are backed by a 20 to 1 student/faculty ratio. Student life is active with over 90 organizations and clubs. The Colorado Mesa Mavericks play in the NCAA Division II Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.

The institution sponsors thirteen men’s and thirteen women’s intercollegiate sports. The institution also has many intramural and club sports.


  • Total Enrollment: 9,492 (9,365 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 46% Male/54% Female
  • 76% Full-time

Cost of Attendance Information

  • Tuition and Fees: $9,306 (in-state); $23,163 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,560
  • Room and Board: $11,168
  • Other Expenses: $3,030
  • Total Cost: $25,064 (in-state); $38,921 (out-of-state)

Financial Aid Information

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 93%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 76%
    • Loans: 62%
  • Mean Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $3,224
    • Loans: $8,712

Academic Programs Offered

  • Most Popular Degree options: Business/Commerce, General; Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse; Kinesiology and Exercise Science; Biology/Biological Sciences, General; and Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

Retention and Graduation

  • First-Year Student Retention (full-time students): 74%
  • Transfer Out Rate: 29%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 18%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 39%

NCAA Athletic Programs

  • Men’s Sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cheerleading-Dance Team, Football, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Track and Field, Wrestling
  • Women’s Sports: Basketball, Cheerleading-Dance Team, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Wrestling

Overview of Colorado Mesa University Admissions

Admissions at Colorado Mesa are not highly competitive: the institution has an acceptance rate of 83%, Students whose SAT/ACT scores and GPA are within the institution’s requirements have a good chance of being admitted. Applicants must complete an online application, and send test scores from either the SAT or ACT and high school transcripts. Glowing recommendation letters can bolster your application, along with being involved with student organizations and attempting a challenging course load. Interested students should check out the university’s website, which has helpful tips and contact information for the admissions offices.

Admissions Data

  • Colorado Mesa University Acceptance Rate: 81%
  • Test Scores — 25th/75th Percentile
    • SAT Critical Reading: 470/530
    • SAT Math: 470/520
    • SAT Writing: -/-
    • ACT Cumulative: 18/24
    • ACT English: 18/24
    • ACT Math: 17/25

Safety Net Schools: Easy to Gain Admission

If past admission data predicts that you would be a competitive candidate for Colorado Mesa University, then it should be easy for you to gain admissions to the schools below. If Colorado Mesa University is currently out of your reach, then you are sure to be a competitive candidate for the schools below.

California State University Northridge, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, California State University Fresno, California State University Bakersfield, California State University East Bay, Kean University, California State University Los Angeles

Same Tier: Just As Hard to Gain Admission

If you’re a competitive candidate for Colorado Mesa University, then you should have an equal chance of gaining admissions at these schools.

State University of New York at Fredonia, Montclair State University, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, California State University Monterey Bay, La Salle University, Texas A&M University-Commerce

Reach Institutions: Gaining Admissions Will Be More of a Challenge

These schools are more challenging to gain admission into than Colorado Mesa University. If you improve your GPA and SAT/ACT scores, then you’ll be a competitive candidate for these schools.

Quinnipiac University, Ohio University, University of Alabama, Pace University, University of North Texas, California State University Long Beach, Florida Gulf Coast University

Applying to Colorado Mesa University

Application Deadline: Rolling

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