First Semester Advising

Provisional Baccalaureate students are assigned to the Office of Student Success (OSS). Academic coaches in the OSS will serve as the advisors on all aspects of the students' academic experience-from 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 regularly throughout the semester with their academic coach. Additionally, Provisional Baccalaureate students will:

  • Enroll in the College Success Skills course (UNIV 100), followed by the First Year College Success course (UNIV 101) during their first term. In these courses, students develop an academic success plan as well as learn various study strategies to help them throughout their courses. The UNIV 100 course can be taken during the first semester or the week prior to the start of the fall semester during the MVP Program.  Registration for MVP is closed for the Fall 2018 semester.
  • Limit enrollment to 12-15 credit hours per 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 for a few semesters and demonstrated their ability to succeed in college level courses, they will have the opportunity to seamlessly transition to a Bachelor's degree program. Provisional Baccalaureate students can make this transition in one of the following ways:

  • Complete 13-29 college-level credit hours at Colorado Mesa University, earn a grade of C or higher in UNIV 100 and UNIV 101, meet the Colorado Higher Education Admission Requirements (HEAR), complete or be eligible to enroll in college-level English and math courses, and earn a 2.4 cumulative grade point average.


  • Complete 30 credit hours, complete or be eligible to enroll in college-level English and math courses, and earn a 2.4 cumulative grade point average.

(See your Academic Success Coach for details about the process for transitioning to a Bachelor's degree).

Student Perspective:

"I think every incoming freshman should take these classes. I thought I was ready for college because I had taken college classes in high school, but the SUPP classes prepared me even more - plus it was fun! Both the classes and the Office of Student Success are a great place to go for help with anything. They are a great group of supportive people who will brighten your day and let you know they are here to help you if you seek the help!"

-Jordyn Garramone, Freshman Fall 2013

In-State Students

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

  • Meet with an advisor/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 coach. Visit the First-Semester Assessment page to see if you need to take any assessments prior to registration. Students who require assessments will need to have taken or scheduled these assessments 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 the 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. 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.