International First Time Freshmen

Colorado Mesa University welcomes first-time undergraduate students to apply for admission. You are considered a first-time international undergraduate student (freshman) if:

  • You are a non-resident who has or will be seeking an international student visa.
  • You have completed or are completing high school/secondary school,
  • You have never attended college after high school graduation.

Each student's application will be carefully reviewed for consideration. All international students seeking direct admission to CMU must meet certain academic standards and submit documentation as outlined in the admission requirements below.

To ensure adequate time for processing applications and the delivery of the immigration and admission documents, international students are encouraged to apply no later than May 1 for the fall semester and October 1 for the spring semester.

Office of International Student Admissions and Programs Admission Requirements

Complete the online Application for Admission  for the desired semester you would like to begin your studies.
Pay the $30 non-refundable application fee. Payment options include online or bank draft/money order/check in U.S. dollars only. Please do not send cash.
  1. Official Secondary/High School Transcripts - "Transcript" refers to a course list, grade list, mark book or other document detailing classes and grades.
    • Submit an official transcript in English from the last high school/secondary school attended. A transcript is considered "official" only if imprinted with the issuing institution's official seal or is a certified true copy. Faxed or emailed transcripts are not acceptable for full admission.
    • If the student has taken college or university classes, please refer to Transfer Students. Official high school transcripts must be submitted by transfer students only if you have less than 30 U.S. equivalent credit hours of college-level coursework.
Students enrolling in Fall 2019 whose US equivalent GPA is 3.0 or higher qualify for our International Student Merit Scholarship, with $4,500 per semester or $9,000 per year.
    • Students must show proof of funds for at least $38,555 USD (or equivalent in foreign currency) to cover the estimated expenses to live and study in the U.S. for one full academic year. Fund requirements are subject to change because of tuition and cost of living increases. If the student is married and/or has dependents, an additional $5,000 for their spouse and $4,000 for each child must be shown.
    • If you have more than one source of funding, you must submit an official bank statement for each person/source. A financial bank statement is only "official" if it is printed on organization letterhead with the amount clearly displayed.
    • Students who qualify for the International Student Merit Scholarship (see #3 above) only need to prove funds of $30,555. This is the amount of required funds minus the scholarship amount.

      Estimated annual cost attendance for undergraduate programs:
    • Tuition/fees (30 credit hours over two semesters)*


      Residence Hall & Meal Plan Average


      Personal Expense Average


      Books & Supplies Average




      *Please note that the CMU-CU Boulder Mechanical Engineering Partnership Program has a different tuition structure. Learn more about the engineering program.
    • The chart above reflects the average cost of attendance and living expenses for a full-time undergraduate student during the nine month academic year. These are estimated expenses. Tuition and fees are direct costs while all other expenses will vary based on living arrangements, major, marital status and lifestyle. These costs are based on the 2018-2019 academic year and are subject to change.
    • Scholarship Opportunity! CMU offers a merit scholarship, worth $9,000 per year, for high achieving international students with a U.S.-equivalent 3.0 cumulative GPA. Inquire with the International Student Admissions and Programs Office for more information.
The Statement of Financial Support shows how the student's education and living expenses are to be financed over the course of study.
  • Each sponsor who submits a bank statement must also submit a Statement of Financial Support and have it notarized by a public official or notary who verifies the signature of the person signing the form. Applications cannot be processed until proof of adequate funding is demonstrated. 
English Language Proficiency Requirement - If a student is from a country where English is not the primary language, the student must submit ONE of the following:


Internet Based


Paper Based



Band 6

All Other English Proficiency Tests

Evidence will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Note: If a student does not meet these minimum English proficiency requirements, international students may apply for conditional admission and attend an approved intensive English language program

A .pdf file of the student's valid passport must be submitted.

Send all supporting documents to:
Colorado Mesa University 
International Student Admissions and Programs
1100 North Avenue
Grand Junction, Colorado 81501

Optional admissions documents:

  • The SAT or ACT test is optional but recommended. First-time students who have not taken this test are required to take placement exams with Colorado Mesa University's Testing Center before registering for math and English classes. This ensures that students are placed in the correct level of courses. Please note that any student wishing to be considered for NCAA athletics must submit an SAT or ACT score.

Finalizing your enrollment

Anytime during the admissions process but before registering for classes, students must:

  1. Submit immunization records
    • Colorado State law requires college students born after January 1, 1957 to show proof of two measles, mumps, and rubella immunization shots. If the student received a second measles dose prior to July 1, 1992, the second mumps and rubella doses are not required. Please complete this Certificate of Immunization signed by an approved health authority or submit a copy of your official records in English signed by an approved health authority. More information on immunizations.
  2. Enroll in Colorado Mesa University international student group health insurance plan
    • Detailed information about health insurance and options for coverage is provided after admission.
    • Please note that current CMU international students must maintain health insurance for no less than one semester in duration.
  3. If notified by the Office of International Student Admissions and Programs of the need to provide a tuition deposit, please see the International Payment Policy for more information and payment instruction