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What is a first-time student?

A student attending college for the first time, either immediately after high school graduation or whenever you're ready, regardless of age. (May have taken college classes in high school.)

Ready to apply?

CMU has rolling admissions. There is no application deadline. Applications are accepted throughout the year and processing times for applications are quick. Once your application is complete (including submission of official transcripts) you will receive an admissions decision within a few weeks.

SAT/ACT results are optional for admission purposes and can be used for Merit Scholarship eligibility. If you send your results after you are admitted, you will automatically be reconsidered for scholarship purposes.

When you're ready to apply to Colorado Mesa University, remember our Admissions Office staff is here to help you. If at any time you have questions about the process, don't hesitate to reach out to your admissions counselor.

Admission requirements

Step 2

Submit Transcripts (Optional: SAT/ACT test scores)

*Official high school transcripts must be sent directly to the CMU Admissions Office from your high school.

Official transcripts can be mailed to:
Colorado Mesa University Admissions Office
1100 North Avenue
Grand Junction, CO 81501

  1. Official high school transcripts or GED scores

    Upon completion of your application for admission, contact your high school to have an official copy of your high school transcripts sent to the Colorado Mesa University Admissions Office.

  2. Optional: SAT/ACT scores

    If you take the SAT/ACT, results may be used for admission and CMU Merit Scholarship eligibility. If you send your results after you are admitted, you will automatically be reconsidered for scholarship purposes.

  3. Optional: College credit earned during high school

    If you have earned college credit during high school, please have your official transcripts and/or test results sent directly to the Colorado Mesa University Registrar's Office for a transfer evaluation. CMU will review transfer credit through Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB) or college/university concurrent courses.

Step 3

Optional: Letters & Essay

Although recommended, Colorado Mesa University does NOT require letters of recommendation or essays. If submitted they will be reviewed and considered in the admission of a student.

Letters of recommendation are especially helpful for students who are concerned about their admissibility.

An essay provides a forum for students to tell us more about who they are, what they are interested in and how they will be successful in their pursuit of higher education. This can also be especially helpful in the consideration of an applicant who has had a particularly difficult year for a variety of reasons.

  1. Optional: Letters of recommendation

    Submit letters that address academic preparedness for college level work in their field of interest, work ethic, promise and motivation. While a letter of recommendation can assist in the admissions process, the actual admission of a student is based upon a review of the entire application.

  2. Optional: Essay

    For those students who are concerned about their admissibility - an essay is highly encouraged and will be reviewed by the Admissions Review Committee. It will likely have bearing on the admission for that particular student.