Orientation FAQs

Do I need to complete placement exams?

Placement exams are required for all incoming CMU students whose test scores did not meet the required ACT or SAT cut scores or whose test scores are over three years old.

  • ACT: Math-19, English-18, Reading-17
  • SAT 2015 or Before: Math-460, Verbal-430
  • SAT 2016 or After: Math-500, Verbal-470

Placement exams need to be completed prior to registering for Orientation. These tests are offered at the Main or Montrose CMU campuses or they can be proctored online or in your hometown. Contact the Testing Center for assistance: 970.248.1260, or testing@coloradomesa.edu, or Houston Hall 123.


Who attends orientation?

All new incoming, Colorado freshmen are required to attend Orientation.

Out-of-state freshmen are strongly encouraged to attend, but are not required to do so. Out-of-state students have the option to register for classes over the phone by setting up an appointment with IRIS. Scheduling for these appointments will begin the first week of April with actual appointments starting in late May. Please contact IRIS at 970.248.1177 to set up a phone in appointment.

Transfer students are not required to attend Orientation, but are invited to do so. We ask that any transfer student wanting to attend Orientation register at least three weeks in advance so their transfer evaluation ready will be ready on the day of Orientation. Those who do not attend should contact the Center for Transfer Services at 970.248.1232 for assistance.

What time does orientation start and end?

Orientation is a full day event, so please plan accordingly. Orientation check-in begins at 7:45am in the University Center Ballroom (number 35 on the campus map). The program begins promptly at 8:45am and wraps up around 4pm. Please reference your registration confirmation letter for program-specific details.

Do I have to stay for the entire day?

The short answer is yes. Please make arrangements with summer jobs, child care or employers. Successful completion of orientation is participating in the entire day and checking out no earlier than 4:00pm.

What if I need to change my program date?

Please let us know as soon as possible if plans change and you need to change your Orientation day. We will try to get you in the next available program that fits your schedule. If you would like to change the number of guests attending Orientation, please inform the Admissions Office at least one week prior to your scheduled program.

Am I allowed to bring my parent(s)?

Parents and guests are more than welcome at Orientation! We have a full day scheduled for them to learn about what you will be going through as a new Maverick. While strongly encouraged, it is not mandatory for parents to attend.

Please note that parents and guests follow a separate schedule for the day of Orientation and will not be allowed in the registration rooms with students. 

What does orientation cost?

Orientation is $20 for each student attending and $15 for each guest. The cost covers lunch and all of the materials for the day. This is a non-refundable charge billed directly to the student's account. If you would like to change the number of guests attending Orientation, please inform the Admissions Office at least one week in advance of your scheduled program

Do I pay in advance or the day of orientation?

The program fee will be charged directly to your student account and will be part of your first semester bill.



Helpful Links

There are so many resources available to Colorado Mesa University students that it’s impossible to cover them all. Here are some links where you can find out more about different aspects of CMU:

  • Don’t be afraid to ask the Admissions Office for more information, whether that’s by phone, email, or just by dropping in. Our counselors are here to help.
  • Academic programs and program sheets can help guide your conversations about which classes to register for when you attend Orientation.
  • The Office of Student Accounts is responsible for student billing; collection of tuition, fees and other charges and refunding excess financial aid to students.
  • The Advising Center can assist students with course selection and registration, major exploration and identifying strategies for academic success.
  • The CMU Catalog can assist you in choosing the program of study that best fits your aspirations and goals.
  • CMU is home to more than 140 different clubs and organizations spanning all interests.
  • Educational Access Services provides academic accommodations and promotes universal design principles, enabling students with disabilities the opportunity to fully participate in all aspects of the educational environment.
  • The Financial Aid Office is dedicated to helping you take advantage of a variety of available resources, making an education at CMU attainable.
  • Taught by Colorado Mesa University faculty the week before school starts, the FYI Program is designed to give students a better understanding of the skills needed to be successful in college.
  • Never be lost on campus with this handy map.
  • The MVP Program assists students admitted into the Provisional Baccalaureate program in making a successful transition to college by enabling them to come to campus a week early to learn the strategies and skills they will need to start their first semester off right.
  • Purchase a permit for your vehicle through the Parking Services site.
  • If you have questions about housing and life on campus, these FAQs from Residence Life have got you covered.
  • Find the semester calendar and list of important dates via the Registrar’s Office.

Orientation Publications

You’ll receive our Orientation guide during your session.