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Registration for Early Start Programs is available in MAVzone.

The transition from high school to college is a major step. CMU's Early Start Programs are designed to give first-time traditional students valuable knowledge about their college journey. 

There are three tracks in the Early Start Program: full, Compass and GOALS — more information on each track is available below. Students will be automatically placed into a track based on their admission level. If you are not sure of your admission level, please contact your admissions counselor or the Admissions Office.

Planning for your arrival

ESP check-in will be on Sunday, August 14 between 8am-3pm on the second floor of the University Center in the Meyer Ballroom. There will be parent programming and a barbecue for ESP students and their families before the first ESP sessions begin at 3:30pm.

The Residence Life Office will email on-campus residents in July with a link to sign up for their move-in day and time. The email will be sent to the CMU email account in MAVzone. Students will move directly into their assigned room for the 2022-2023 academic year.

Withdrawing from ESP

If you have signed up and are no longer planning to attend ESP, submit a withdrawal request here on or before July 31, 2022 to prevent non-refundable charges to your account. 

Full Track

The Full Track is for students who have been fully admitted to CMU.

August 14-19, 2022

Taught by CMU faculty, the Full Track is designed to give students a better understanding of the skills needed to be successful in college, like study skills, test-taking strategies and time management techniques. Take advantage of this opportunity to meet your Mavily and learn how to navigate campus before the semester start. Participants will earn two credit hours by completing the UNIV 101 course.

What does this track entail?

  • Attend your two-credit course
  • Learn about campus resources
  • Connect with other New Mavs

What is the cost?

The cost of this Early Start Program ranges from $345-$430 (plus tuition) and is based on whether the student will be commuting or living on campus.

Cost includes housing (if staying on campus), food and program materials. The program cost and two-credit tuition charge will be added to your student account for Fall 2022.

After the initial class meeting on Sunday at 3:30pm, the Full Track will meet for a full-day class (two credits) Monday-Friday.

Compass Track

The Compass Track is for students who have been admitted into the Compass Program.

August 14-19, 2022

We highly encourage Compass Program students to take advantage of this opportunity to delve into their next steps as a Maverick. By participating in the Compass Track, you will have the advantage of completing the required UNIV 101 course (one-credit) during your early arrival. If you chose not to participate in the ESP Compass Track and you are a Compass Program student, you will complete the full University 101 course, weekly, during your first semester at CMU.

What does this track entail?

  • Attend your one-credit course
  • Learn about campus resources
  • Connect with other New Mavs

What is the cost?

The cost of this Early Start Program ranges from $210-$295 (plus tuition) and is based on whether the student will be commuting or living on campus.

Cost includes housing (if staying on campus), food and program materials. The program cost and one-credit tuition charge will be added to your student account for Fall 2022.

After the initial class meeting on Sunday at 3:30pm, the Compass Track will meet for a half-day class (one credit) Monday-Friday.

GOALS Track

The GOALS Track is for students who have been admitted into the GOALS program.

August 14-19, 2022

The GOALS Track is centered around academic preparedness, team building and life success skills. Activities encompassing this week include success planning, connecting with current GOALS students and immersing yourself in the Grand Junction community.

What does this track entail?

  • Meet GOALS peers and instructors
  • Make an action plan to reach your college goals
  • Become familiar with GOALS and campus resources

What is the cost?

The cost for the GOALS Track is $100-$160 and is based on whether the student will be commuting or living on campus.

Cost includes housing (if staying on campus), food and program materials. The program cost will be added to your student account for Fall 2022.

After the initial group meeting on Sunday at 3:30pm, the GOALS Track will meet Monday-Friday for programming that does not include a class or textbook. There is no tuition charged and there is no credit granted for the GOALS Track.