First Time Students

This fall we welcomed more than 2,000 first-time undergraduate students to the Maverick family. Each year, more and more top students are choosing CMU -- western Colorado's selective university. In fact, over the past few years CMU has been one of Colorado's fastest growing public universities. We're excited that you're considering CMU for your future and welcome applications for students who wish to start in both the fall and spring semesters.

Ready to Apply? We're here to help. 

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.

Admissions Requirements

  • Completed Application for Admission
  • Official high school transcripts or GED scores
  • SAT I or ACT test scores
  • $30 application fee
  • Letter(s) of recommendation (optional)
  • Personal Essay (optional)

There are also differing levels of requirements for different educational goals - please see the next section.

Academic Qualifications

Admission to Colorado Mesa University is selective for our baccalaureate degree programs. We also offer many associate degree programs with varying levels of selectivity. For students interested in our technical associate degrees and certificate programs offered through Western Colorado Community College (WCCC) -- admission is generally open.

The Colorado Commission on Higher Education has set up an index recommendation for students interested in earning bachelor's degrees at Colorado colleges and universities. Colorado Mesa University considers students with an index of 92 or higher and successful completion of the Higher Education Admission Requirements (H.E.A.R.) for baccalaureate programs, while students below the index will be considered for admission into associate and certificate programs.

Higher Education Admission Requirements 

Incoming first-time students and those with less than 30 college credits should meet certain academic course requirements (listed below) for acceptance into four-year programs. A unit is equal to one full year of credit (Carnegie unit). Students need a passing grade in each course. Students may have the option of testing out of some of the requirements (See C.C.H.E. site).

Course Name Credits
English (two units must include writing, grammar or comp) 4
Mathematics (Algebra I level and higher) 4
Natural/Physical Sciences (two units must be lab-based) 3
Social Sciences (at least one unit of U.S. or world history) 3
Foreign Language (must be same language) 1
Academic Electives 2
Total 17


Complete the Colorado Mesa University application. CMU has rolling admissions. There is no application deadline, applications are accepted through out the year. Processing times for applications are quick. Once your application is complete, including submission of test scores and transcripts, you will hear an admissions decision within a few weeks. 

$30 Application Fee

Your application to Colorado Mesa University requires an application fee of $30. This can be paid online with a credit card or by sending a check or money order to the Admissions Office.  The admissions staff will consider an application fee waiver for anyone demonstrating a financial hardship.

If you opted to "Pay Later" during the application process, pay your application fee

Official High School Transcripts

Upon completion of your application for admission, contact your high school guidance counselor to have an official copy of your high school transcripts sent to the Colorado Mesa University Admissions Office. Official transcripts must be received by the Admissions Office and must have been sent directly from the high school guidance office.

College Entrance Tests

Colorado Mesa University requires either the SAT I or the ACT for admission consideration into a bachelors program. A college entrance test is not required for admission into our associate degree or certificate programs, however, test scores are strongly encouraged.

College Credit Earned During High School (Optional)

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. 

Letters of Recommendation (Optional)

Although recommended, Colorado Mesa University does not require letters of recommendation. If letters are 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. Students who would like to submit letters of recommendation should submit letters that address academic preparedness for college level work in their field of interest, work ethic, promise, and motivation. Students should also know that 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.

Essay (Optional)

Although desirable - Colorado Mesa University does not require essays. Essays, however, provide 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. 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.