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Forming Strong Connections 

Guidance counselors help CMU create some of the strongest connections between the university and prospective students, informing them about CMU's value, state-of-the-art amenities and expert instruction. On this page, you'll find counselor-specific information, including test codes and admission requirements.

Helpful Information for Counselors

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 recommends completion of the Higher Education Admission Recommendations (H.E.A.R.) for baccalaureate programs, while students below the index will be considered for admission into associate and certificate programs. For students interested in our technical associate degrees and certificate programs offered through Western Colorado Community College (WCCC)-a branch of Colorado Mesa University. 

AP Acceptance Outline and IB Credit Acceptance Outline

If students would like to see how their credits, including those taken concurrently while in high school, will transfer prior to their official evaluation being completed, please encourage them to contact the Transfer Services office for a preliminary evaluation at [email protected]

Application fee waiver

An application to Colorado Mesa University requires an application fee of $40. The admissions staff will consider an application fee waiver for anyone demonstrating financial hardship.

Career Information

Career Services provides resources and guidance for students and alumni in their journey toward reaching their career goals.


College Opportunity Fund Stipend

The College Opportunity Fund (COF) is available to Colorado Mesa University undergraduate students who are classified as in-state students for tuition purposes and enrolled in classes.

Concurrent Enrollment Program

Appropriately qualified high school students may register for classes through the university that are not replicated through the school district curriculum as allowed by the Colorado Concurrent Enrollment Act.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

The CMU Financial Aid Office is dedicated to assisting students in sorting through the various forms of financial aid. By helping students take advantage of a variety of available resources, an education at Colorado Mesa University is attainable.

Honors Program

The goal of the Honors Program at Colorado Mesa University is to offer promising and highly motivated students opportunities for enhanced intellectual stimulation and increased personal scholarship as they fulfill requirements for their degree programs.

Safety and Security at CMU

Colorado Mesa University takes the safety of our students very seriously.

Tuition and Costs of Attendance

Colorado Mesa University charges General Student, and Facility Debt Service, Fees in addition to the base tuition cost.


Different agencies have different codes associated Colorado Mesa University.
ACT Assessment Code -0518
SAT CEEB Code - 4484
FAFSA Federal School Code – 001358

CCHE Higher Education Admission Recommendations for Incoming Freshmen 

To help ensure the academic success of college-bound students, the Colorado Commission on Higher Education (CCHE) added a pre-collegiate curriculum requirement to its Admissions Standards Policy in October, 2003. Beginning with the graduating high school class of 2008, freshmen planning to attend Colorado public four-year colleges and universities should complete certain core course recommendations for admission into baccalaureate programs.

Students seeking two-year degrees and those attending community colleges are not subject to these requirements.

Accurate, up-to-date information on this Higher Education Admission Recommendations (HEAR) Program can be obtained from the C.C.H.E. website. The Guide to Courses helps in ascertaining acceptable core classes.

HEAR Program Details
Incoming first-time freshmen and those with less than 30 college credits should meet certain academic course recommendations (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.

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

Other Options for Students 

A student may attend a community college and then transfer to a four-year institution. Colorado Mesa University offers both two and four year programs, so a student initially may apply for an associate degree at CMU. Students then need to take one college-level course in each academic core area - English, Mathematics, Natural/Physical Science, Social Science (and Foreign Language 2010 and after) - and receive a grade of at least C- in every course. (Students with more than 30 college credits and a GPA of 2.4 or higher may apply for a bachelor's degree program at Colorado Mesa University without meeting HEAR.)