On Campus Living
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Just minutes from everything you need!
All ten of our residence halls are just minutes from classrooms, labs, library, dining services, the student health center and athletic recreation facility. Also within close proximity to the campus are shops, restaurants and recreational areas. The Colorado National Monument is approximately 15 miles from campus. The area offers some of the best mountain biking, rock climbing, and hiking in the area.
The whole package
By living on campus, you get the total college experience. You are close to all of the action including sporting events, theatrical productions, and other campus activities. To help build community and add to the vibrancy of the college atmosphere, the Residence Life Staff, Residence Hall Association, and Residence Hall Councils sponsor educational, cultural, social, and recreational programs for residents.
Dedicated residence hall staff
Our residence hall staff includes professionally trained Area and Hall Coordinators with a team of upper-class students as Resident Assistants. The Residence Life Staff is here to help you work out your concerns or listen to what's on your mind. The custodial and maintenance staff ensures clean and well-maintained halls.
Chances to get involved
On-campus living offers you many
leadership opportunities. Residents partner
with the Residence Life Staff in planning
social and recreational activities, educational
or cultural events and making decisions for
the hall community.
Studies show that students living in the
residence halls maintain a higher GPA
than students living off campus. The halls
also provide consistent quiet hours to help
students study and sleep.
Our residence halls offer styles and programs that are sure to meet your needs and include traditional floor plans, suites and apartments. Additionally, CMU offers themed living/learning communities that foster the creation of student groups, collaboration on academic projects and the ability to meet new friends with similar educational goals and interests.
Study Intensive Communities - Select residence halls have a designated Study Intensive Floor, usually located on the top floor. Study intensive communities bring together students who share a commitment to establish and maintain an atmosphere conducive to academic excellence. Residents agree to the terms of this lifestyle by signing a special contract. The purpose of this floor is to bring a commitment to establish and maintain an atmosphere conducive to academic excellence. At the beginning of the Fall Semester, each floor will decide upon 3 hours of Community Hours. Residents will abide by the Courtesy Hours and the Community Hours as established by your floor. Residents understand that Courtesy Hours take precedence over Community Hours and residents will take an active role in establishing and enforcing these hours.
Engineering Suites - Engineering suites enable academic collaboration, growth and social interaction between new, incoming engineering students.
Wellness Lifestyle / Substance-Free Communities - Select residence halls are designated as Wellness Lifestyle / Substance-Free Communities. CMU is committed to student wellness and success, therefore, regardless of age, students are not permitted to have alcohol or illicit drugs anywhere on campus. Students who share this commitment to wellnes, including enjoying college without using alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs, can find an environment to support that decision. Residents of this living and learning community commit to making responsible decisions regarding wellness through a signed contract and by helping to create events and programs for the community.
Residence Hall Association
RHA is your residence hall and apartment government. RHA has many objectives and goals, focusing a large portion of their effort toward being the resident’s voice and advocating resident’s issues to the Housing department, campus and Grand Junction community. RHA works closely with housing administration to produce positive changes in campus living. In addition to their governmental and liaison roles with the college and community, RHA plans and executes events, programs and community service projects for your enjoyment.
Joining RHA through your Residence Hall Council is an excellent way to meet new friends and get involved with the issues that directly affect you and your "home." This experience will also provide outstanding opportunities to develop interpersonal, time management, leadership, communication and organizational skills.
Residence Hall Council
The Residence Hall Council is an extension of the campus organization known as the Residence Hall Association and acts as the governing body for each residence hall and apartment. The Residence Hall Council of each building is comprised of an elected executive board (President, Vice President, Secretary, Publisist, RHA Representative and Floor Representatives). By joining the Residence Hall Council within your building will allow you the opportunity to help shape your community by discussing a wide variety of issues and organizing and promoting numerous activities throughout the year.
National Residence Hall Honorary
The National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH) is the recognition branch of the National Association of College and University Residence Halls (NACURH). NACURH, as an organization, truly believes that recognition is a must in a strong Residence Hall community. As such, NRHH is there to make sure that we don't forget to give those needed and more than deserved pats on the back. The National Residence Hall Honorary is a selective organization comprised of the top 1% of all students in college and university residence halls across the country. At no time is any chapter permitted to admit more than 1% of its total residence hall population. Members of NRHH participate in philanthropy opportunities throughout the academic year as well as provide programming opportunities for the residential community as a whole to come together.
The Conduct Board hears discipline cases that occur within our residence halls and apartments. The benefits to being a board member are: gain a better understanding of Residence Life policies; gain experience in conflict resolution and mediation; develop your communication skills; and better understand your values and beliefs. Come and meet new people, help make a difference and help shape the on-campus environment.
Part of living on campus means you get to be right in the action of everything going on at Colorado Mesa University! Many programs and activities take place right in your hall or apartment complex. Each year, Residence Life Staff put on over 50 programs per hall. This give you a great opportunity to meet new people, learn more about Grand Junction or Colorado Mesa and maybe even gain new knowledge on a topic you wanted to learn more about.
- Parade of Lights
- Bring your own Bananas (making banana splits)
- Movie Night in the tv lounge
- Door Decorating
- Game Night
- Craft Projects
- ...and many more!
- Managing finances
- Registering for classes
- Healthy Eating
- Time Management
- Alcohol education
- ...and many more!
Our Residence Hall Association and Residence Hall Councils also put on large programs for the hall and apartment communities each year. Visit the Residence Hall Association website for more information.
Colorado Mesa University Residence Life is one of the largest employers of students on campus. We understand the balance between classes, study time and working. Because of this balance we feel that we offer several different types of employment that can best suit a students needs, desires and fill that potential gap in spending cash.
Desk Attendants (DA) are employees of Residence Life. They work at our Residence Hall Front Desks and assist students with mail, check out equipment and answer questions about campus life and resources. Desk Attendants are the first contact many residents and guests have in our residence halls. If you would like to become a DA, please check our main page for upcoming hiring information
Resident Assistants (RA) are undergraduate, sophomore or higher, para-professional students who have been trained to help you with your day to day concerns. RA's help build community in the residence halls and can answer your questions about the many facets of campus life. RAs are hired under a academic year contract and receive a room, board and partial school fees for their hard work. RAs are required to work some breaks and holidays, depending on duty schedules, hall and resident needs.
We value your safety!
To provide you with a safe living environment, our residence halls are locked 24 hours a day and all guests are required to be escorted at all times. Desk staff monitor the lobby and the Residence Life Staff make rounds to oversee the halls. The Grand Junction Police patrol campus with officers specifically assigned to the campus during the academic year. We also have installed security cameras at each one of the entrance/exit points in each of the halls. In addition, our campus is a “dry” campus. Drugs and alcohol are not allowed in our residence halls and apartments. We have “Blue Light” emergency phones located around our halls and apartments and the Colorado Mesa University Campus Safety Assistant staff to help walk you to your destination on campus or your car.
Campus Safety Assistant Program
Colorado Mesa University has an campus safety assistant program (CSA) to help you get from your hall, car or anywhere on campus to any location on our campus in the evenings on campus. We hire students that submit to a police background check and work with Grand Junction Police to create a safe environment for our campus. Our CSA staff work seven days a week from 6:00 pm to 2:00 am everynight classes are in session. Call 970.260.2683. Please use our staff to help walk you around campus.
Fire Protection System
Our fire protection system includes varied devices such as pull stations, pull station covers, smoke and heat detectors, air handle unit detectors, horns, and strobe lights. A few of our buildings have interior sprinkler systems. All Equipment is checked, maintained and inspected by our own trained facilities services personnel. The Grand Junction Fire Department inspects our systems on a regular basis. Tri-County inspect and replace fire extingishers and ANSUL systems.
Each room/suite has a phone line that is connected to the Colorado Mesa University campus. With this line you receive your local phone service, a voice mail box and for an extra fee inexpensive long distance service.
Emergency Blue Phones are located at Tomlinson Library; Residence Quad south of Tolman Hall; and on the south side of Grand Mesa Hall, south of the University Center, south side of the Maverick Center, and throughout our parking garages.
To use, press the red emergency button. Wait for the dispatcher to answer and explain the problem.
A blue light will flash at the phone so that responding Police/Fire/Medical personnel can more easily locate you.