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Located in many of Colorado Mesa University's residence halls, Themed Communities provide our students with opportunities to become a part of a unique experience based upon their interests and lifestyle, with facilities and community members that support these interests.

As a member of a Themed Community, you can build a strong bond with your fellow community members and help to strengthen your shared interests. When applying for housing, there is the option to add these types of living environments to your preferences list. Residence Life is committed to providing our students with the necessary tools to succeed, and with that we work to continue to develop and provide new and exciting Themed Communities for the future.


Criminal Justice Community

Garfield Hall is home to the Criminal Justice Living and Learning community on the second floor. Students in the CJ-LLC will be enrolled in the same section of CRMJ 201 - Introduction to Criminal Justice, as well as have the opportunity to participate in activities designed solely for the CJ-LLC. How about a visit to our Crime House to look for evidence? Maybe a private tour of the Grand Junction Police Department building or Mesa County Corrections and visit with a District Attorney? And have you heard about CMU's very own body farm? Open to all students who may be interested in a Criminal Justice related major or minor.

Outdoor Experience Community

Interested in the outdoors and staying active? Want to live with people who share your passion for adventure? Residence Life, in partnership with the Outdoor Program, is working to match these students with other similarly interested students in the same rooms. No previous outdoors experience is required. The Outdoor Experience Community is housed in Garfield Hall.

Wellness / Substance-Free Themed Community

Monument Hall is a Wellness / Substance-Free Community. Colorado Mesa is committed to student wellness and success, therefore, regardless of age, students are not permitted to have alcohol or illicit drugs anywhere on campus. Students who share this commitment to wellness, including enjoying college without using alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs, can find an environment to support that decision. Residents of this community commit to making responsible decisions regarding wellness through a signed contract and by helping to create events and programs for the community. 

Study Intensive Themed Communities – (extended quiet hours)

Most residence halls have a designated Study Intensive Floor, usually located on the top floor. Study intensive communities bring together students who share a commitment to establish and maintain an atmosphere conducive with academic excellence. Residents commit to the terms of this lifestyle by signing an agreement. The objective for a Study Intensive environment is to establish and maintain an atmosphere conducive with academic excellence. At the beginning of the Fall Semester, each Study Intensive community will determine quiet hours (Courtesy Hours) for the floor. Residents will abide by the Courtesy Hours as established.