Preparing for Orientation

There are a few steps you should take before you sign up for your Orientation session:

  • Gain access to your MAVzone
  • Check your unique MAVzone tasks to see what you still complete with CMU. (i.e. assessments, immunization information, housing contract, financial aid forms or anything else)
  • Complete any needed assessments. Assessments help place you in appropriate course levels. The need for assessment is determined from your standardized test scores (ACT or SAT) and/or your academic major. Learn more about CMU's testing requirements.

There are a few steps you should take before the day of your Orientation session:

  • Send in your transcripts.
    • Final High School Transcript
      • The final transcript you submit must have your graduation date listed.
      • You will need to request your final High School Transcript from your High School Counselor.
    •  Dual Credit, Concurrent Enrollment, or CU Succeed Transcripts
      • Your Official Transcripts need to be mailed, e-mailed or electronically submitted directly from the institution (e-mail from the student and fax is not acceptable).
  • Send in your Test Scores
    • Advanced Placement (AP) and/or International Baccalaureate (IB) Test Scores
      • Most AP and/or IB scores come directly from College Board and International Baccalaureate.  If you did not list the Colorado Mesa University as a school or choice or are not sure if you did, you may contact College Board or IB and request they send the scores to CMU.
    • ACCUPLACER Exam Scores
      • If you completed placement assessments off site; before orientation, please make sure to submit your tests scores to be added to your record. 

All transcripts and test scores can be submitted to:
Colorado Mesa University
1100 North Ave.
Grand Junction, CO 81501

  • Log in to your MAVzone account and complete the following steps:
    • Review and sign the Financial Responsibility Agreement
    • Colorado Residents: Apply for and Authorize COF  
    • Sign up for the Emergency Warning System
    • Review any holds on your account
      • All first time students will have the Advising (AV) hold on their account for their first semester. This hold will be lifted the day of Orientation so students are able to register for classes. 
  • Ensure you have a valid form of picture identification so you're able to get your MAVcard on the day of your orientation. Valid forms include a driver's license, state ID or passport.
  • Send in your Immunization Documents
    • Send immunization documents to the Registrar's Office prior to your orientation. If that is not possible, bring documentation to Orientation. Read more information about immunizations.
  • Your 700-number (student ID number)

  • Know your Social Security Number, you do not need to bring the physical card, but make sure you reference this number for any pesky paper work.

  • Know your MAVzone log in information, username and password, this is how you will register for classes. 
  • A government-issued photo ID.
  • Unofficial copies of your most up-to-date transcripts and test scores. We most likely have this information on file for your admission, but your academic advisor may have questions about your transfer or dual credit classes while registering you for your first semester.
  • Anything marked as missing on your MAVzone checklist. We’re happy to collect this for you on Orientation day.
  • Comfortable walking shoes.

Becoming part of our MAVily

  • Orientation gives you the opportunity to interact with fellow incoming students who are also beginning their college career. During orientation, you will join a small group of other incoming students typically from your same major. Giving you the opportunity to start forming networks, and connections for the semester to come!
  • During orientation, a peer Orientation Leader (OL) will guide you on your journey. Your OL will help you identify campus resources as well as answer questions and provide advice about campus life. The OL team has been thoroughly trained and will assist students in learning the academic policies and requirements of the university and the student's major program.

Accessing the Maverick Essentials

  • At orientation, you will have the opportunity to get a photo taken for your MAVcard. This card will act as your student ID throughout all of college. You can use the card as a banking card, library card, door access, dining hall access, student life events access and in many other convenient ways.
  • You will also have an option to set up a US Bank student account. If you choose to set up the account, the account can also work directly with your MAVcard.
  • In the afternoon you will register for classes with a professional or faculty advisor in a group setting (note that the advisor you meet with may not be the one assigned to you during the semester).
  • And, above all, you will learn about what makes campus CMU-nique and becoming a part of our MAVily! We hope that you use your time at orientation, to create connections with clubs and activities, form networks with faculty and staff, explore beautiful campus, and form unique and meaningful relationships with fellow students!

Connecting with Resources

  • With our informative Breakout Sessions and MAV Round Up Fair, you will have various opportunities to speak with various campus resources. These sessions are meant for you to learn how to make the most of you time as a Maverick! 

A MAVtastic experience!

  • Orientation will be overflowing with exciting activities, including, but not limited to: bonding with students from your same major and beyond, spending time in our wonderful campus facilities, and enjoying a delicious meal from our award wining dining services. Your Orientation experience will be amazing!