Incoming Freshmen

Merit Scholarships are available for all new freshmen that meet the award criteria.  Award is based on a combination of any two of the three criteria for each award.  Students applying for admission to Colorado Mesa University will automatically be considered for the following scholarships and completing an additional application is not required. A first-year student may have up to 24 accepted college credit hours from another institution or high school. International students and students with previous baccalaureate degrees are NOT eligible for these awards.  SAT combined score includes Math and Verbal/Critical Reading scores only. 

Students considered for any of the Merit Scholarships must meet the following individual test score minimums (even if test scores are not one of the two criteria utilized for the award):


English 18
Reading / Social Science 17
Math 19


Evidenced Based Reading and Writing 470
Math 500




Annual Value


Academic Achievement $1,250
  • 3.20 GPA (weighted)
  • Top 20% of their Class
  • ACT composite score of 22 or SAT combined score of 1120
President's $3,500
  • 3.50 GPA (weighted)
  • Top 15% of their Class
  • ACT composite score of 25 or SAT combined score of 1190

Distinguished Scholar

(Colorado Resident)

  • Tuition
  • General Student Fees
  • Facility Debt Service Fee
  • 3.75 GPA (weighted)
  • Top 5% of their Class
  • ACT composite score of 29 or SAT combined score of 1340

Distinguished Scholar

(Out-of-State Resident)

  • 3.75 GPA (weighted)
  • Top 5% of their Class
  • ACT composite score of 29 or SAT combined score of 1340


If you are an incoming freshman and would like to be considered for a merit scholarship due to a change in your qualifying information, please contact the Admissions Office.


Renewal Information

The Merit Scholarships are renewable if the student continues to meet the minimum requirements.

  • Student must successfully complete a minimum of 12 credit hours each fall and spring semester (not available during the summer session)
  • Available until the student earns a bachelor's degree or reaches a maximum of 120 attempted credit hours.
  • Maintain a minimum cumulative Colorado Mesa University GPA based on the scholarship awarded.  The renewal minimum GPA is different from the initial award requirements.  Be sure to view the Terms and Conditions for award specific renewal criteria.