Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to go to Boulder to complete the Civil or Mechanical Engineering degree?

Students do not have to go to Boulder to complete the BSCE or BSME degree. All of the classes for all four years of the program are taught at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction.

What tuition will I pay?

For the first two years of the program while you are taking classes from CMU faculty, you will pay CMU tuition, course fees and general fees. For the last two years of the program while you are taking classes from CU faculty, you will pay CU tuition, course fees and program fees for the CU classes and CMU general fees based on the total number of credits.

How do I apply for admission?

The admission process for the CMU/CU Boulder Civil and Mechanical Engineering Partnership Programs requires that a student meet the admission requirements for the CU Boulder College of Engineering & Applied Sciences. A student may apply for admission to the CMU/CU Boulder Civil and Mechanical Engineering Partnership Programs when they have established a successful collegiate record at CMU as demonstrated through one of the following scenarios.

  • Scenario One:  A student may apply to the CMU/CU Boulder Civil or Mechanical Engineering Partnership Program when they have achieved all three of the following conditions:
    1. completion of a two-course sequence in calculus at CMU with a grade of "B" or higher, and
    2. completion of two physical science courses at CMU (calculus-based physics and/or college chemistry) with a grade of "B" or higher, and
    3. Overall GPA of 3.0 or better for all courses at CMU.

After a student is accepted to the College of Engineering & Applied Sciences at CU Boulder they remain a CMU student and are not charged CU Boulder tuition until they begin taking CU Boulder classes.

  • Scenario Two:  A student may apply to the CMU/CU Boulder Civil or Mechanical Engineering Partnership Program after completion of the sequence of courses listed on the current Engineering Curriculum Program Sheet for Freshman and Sophomore Years at CMU with a combined grade point average in these courses not lower than 3.0, and an overall CMU cumulative grade point average not lower than 3.0.

 

Can I keep my CMU specific Scholarships (e.g. President's, Trustees, etc) when I become a CU student in my 3rd year in the Partnership Program?

Scholarships from the first two years of the program do not transfer when you become a CU student. You will have to apply for scholarships from the University of Colorado, Boulder. There are merit-based 'bridge' scholarships available to help ease the transition from CMU to CU tuition, but the amount and availability varies from year to year. Private scholarships may also be available through CU-Boulder. National or local scholarships do transfer to CU-Boulder.

Will my CU classes be taught online or by video from CU Boulder faculty?

The CU engineering classes for the third and fourth year of the program are taught largely by CU faculty in residence at CMU in Grand Junction. The CU faculty at CMU have been hired specifically for the Partnership Program and are dedicated to teaching at CMU. Some electives may be available by video in the future from Boulder to broaden the variety of elective options available to students in the Partnership Program, but the required ME classes and most electives are taught in-person in Grand Junction.

Does CMU offer other engineering majors besides Civil and Mechanical Engineering?

CMU offers a Mechanical Engineering Technology (MET) Degree. Additionally, CMU has a Guaranteed Transfer Agreement with CU Boulder for all of their baccalaureate programs including:

  • Applied Math
  • Architectural Engineering
  • Aerospace Engineering Sciences
  • Chemical and Biological Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Engineering Physics
  • Environmental Engineering

You can take the first two years of coursework at CMU and if you achieve the required GPA, you may be admitted to CU Boulder and transfer to Boulder to complete the degree. There is no advantage of being accepted into the Partnership Program to transfer to the Boulder campus.

What is the Mechanical Engineering Technology (MET) Degree?

Colorado Mesa University offers a BS in Mechanical Engineering Technology (MET). The MET degree is a more applied and technology-oriented degree than the CMU/CU Boulder Mechanical Engineering Degree. Nearly half of the coursework in MET has a laboratory or project component. Upper-division classes taken from CU-Boulder in the ME program can transfer to the MET Degree, but CMU upper-division MET classes do not transfer to the CU-Boulder ME Degree. Read additional information about the CMU MET Program.

Are the programs accredited by ABET. What does this mean?

Engineering programs that meet a high standard of quality hold ABET accreditation. As an accrediting organization, ABET defines quality standards for engineering programs and accredits only those that meet these standards.  Programs that are accredited by ABET have been thoroughly evaluated and found to meet agreed-upon quality standards for the engineering profession. The organization only offers specialized accreditation for engineering, computing, technology and applied science programs; they do not accredit entire schools.

The CMU/CU Boulder Mechanical Engineering Partnership Program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET, Inc. and has held continuous accreditation since 2011.

The CMU/CU Boulder Civil Engineering Partnership Program will seek accreditation by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET, Inc. after the first graduating class of 2020.

The BSMET Program is administered through CMU and is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission (ETAC) of ABET, Inc. and has held continuous accreditation since 2014.

The BSCE and BSME programs at the home campus in Boulder were first accredited in 1936. Although the Engineering partnership programs are an extension of the home campus, the unique aspects of the programs require autonomous accreditation.