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Incoming Freshmen

Merit Scholarships are available for all new freshmen that meet the award criteria. Students applying for admission to Colorado Mesa University will automatically be considered for the following scholarships and completing an additional application is not required. A first-year student you may have up to 24 accepted college credit hours from another institution or high school. International students and students with previous baccalaureate degrees are NOT eligible for these awards. SAT combined score includes Math and Verbal/Critical Reading scores only.

Students considered for any of the Merit Scholarships must meet the following individual test score minimums (even if test scores are not one of the two criteria utilized for award):

ACT

SAT

English

18

Evidence Based Reading & Writing (EBRW)

470

Reading / Social Science

17

Math

500

Math

19

Distinguished Scholar

Annual value (beginning Fall '16)

Tuition, General Student Fees, and Facility Debt Service Fee

(Colorado Residents)

$6,000 (Out-of-State Students)

Criteria

(Award is based on a combination of ANY TWO of the following criteria)

  • 3.75 GPA (weighted)
  • Top 5% of their Class
  • ACT composite score of 29 or SAT combined score of 1340

Renewal Minimum Cumulative GPA
3.50

Trustee

Annual value for awards beginning Fall 2016:

$3,500

Criteria:

(Award is based on a combination of ANY TWO of the following criteria)

  • 3.50 GPA (weighted)
  • Top 10% of their Class
  • ACT composite score of 27 or SAT combined score of 1270

Renewal Minimum Cumulative GPA:

3.35

Presidential

Annual value for awards beginning Fall 2016:

$3,000

Criteria

(Award is based on a combination of ANY TWO of the following criteria)

  • 3.50 GPA (weighted)
  • Top 15% of their Class
  • ACT composite score of 25 or SAT combined score of 1190

Renewal Minimum Cumulative GPA:

3.25

Academic Achievement

Annual value for awards beginning Fall 2016:

$1,250

Criteria:

(Award is based on a combination of ANY TWO of the following criteria)

  • 3.20 GPA (weighted)
  • Top 20% of their Class
  • ACT composite score of 22 or SAT combined score of 1120

Renewal Minimum Cumulative GPA:

3.00

If you are an incoming freshman and would like to be reconsidered for a merit scholarship due to a change in your qualifying information, please contact the Admissions Office.

Renewal Information

The Merit Scholarships are renewable if the student continues to meet the minimum requirements. 

  • Student must successfully complete a minimum of 12 credit hours each fall and spring semester (not available during the summer session)
  • Available until the student earns a bachelor's degree or reaches a maximum of 120 attempted credit hours.
  • Maintains a minimum cumulative Colorado Mesa University GPA based on the award.
  • See the Terms and Conditions for additional criteria.