First Semester Advising

Provisional Baccalaureate (PB) students are assigned to the Office of Student Success (OSS). Academic Success Coaches in the OSS will serve as advisors on all aspects of the students' academic experience-from major/career advising to course scheduling-until the student is able to transition into a bachelor's degree program at CMU.

To help provisionally admitted baccalaureate students be successful, they will:

  • Meet with an Academic Success Coach for advising and registration every semester.
  • Meet every other week with a Peer Academic Coach who will mentor them through their first year. 
  • Enroll in the College Success Skills course (UNIV 100) during their first term, followed by the Beyond College Success course (UNIV 104) during their second term. In these courses, students develop an academic success plan as well as learn various study strategies to help them throughout their college experience. The UNIV 100 course can be taken during the first semester or by completing the first half of the course in the week prior to the start of the fall semester during the MVP Program.  
  • Limit enrollment to 12-15 credit hours in their first semester depending upon placement test scores and departmental recommendations.
  • Choose from a select list of courses that will give them the best chance for success in their first semester.

Once students have attended CMU and demonstrated their ability to succeed in college-level courses, they will have the opportunity to seamlessly transition to a bachelor's degree program. PB students can make this transition by:

  • Completing UNIV 100 and 104 with a C or higher
  • Earning a 2.0 cumulative GPA at CMU
  • Completing 24 college-level credit hours
  • Completing or being eligible to enroll in college-level English and math 

In-State Students

All new Colorado freshmen are required to attend Student Orientation. At orientation, you will:

  • Meet with an Academic Success Coach to register for classes
  • Attend informative sessions
  • Learn how to get involved with campus activities
  • Get your MAVcard (student ID)
  • Take a tour to become familiar with campus, and more

Note: Former Ascent students in the Provisional Baccalaureate program, taking their first semester as a full-fledged CMU student, will be classified as a First-time student for scholarship purposes but may schedule an appointment with a Coach in the Office of Student Success rather than attending Student Orientation. Former concurrent students are required to attend a Student Orientation.

Out-of-State Students

Out-of-state students may register for classes over the phone with an Academic Success Coach. Visit the Pre-Orientation Testing page to see if you need to take any placement tests prior to registration. Students who require placement tests will need to have taken or scheduled these tests prior to making a registration appointment. To schedule an appointment, contact the Office of Student Success at 970-248-1340. Students are also directed to be logged into MAVzone so that they can learn about registration first-hand much like they would at orientation. See admissions letter for log-in information.  

Out-of-state students are welcome to attend an Orientation session. Early registration is recommended for best course selection so phone-in appointments are usually the more timely option for out-of-state students. New, out-of-state freshmen can also obtain an on-campus experience prior to classes starting by participating in Mesa Experience, Stampede Weekend, and/or the MVP Program.