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Compass Program (previously PB) students are assigned to a Student Success Coach in Student Success & Engagement (SSE). Student Success Coaches serve as advisors on all aspects of students' academic experiences - from major/career advising to course scheduling - until the student is able to transition into a bachelor's degree program at CMU.

To help Compass students be successful, they will:

  • Meet with a Student Success Coach for advising and registration every semester.
  • Meet every other week with a Peer Coach who will mentor them through their first year. 
  • Enroll in the College Success Skills course (UNIV 100) during their first term. In this course, students develop an academic success plan as well as learn various study strategies to help them throughout their college experience. UNIV 100 can be taken throughout the first semester (class meets once a week) or by completing the full course in the week prior to the start of the fall semester through 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. Compass students can make this transition by:

  • Completing UNIV 100 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 
* All Success Coaches have online appointments availability. Emily Dodson is only available for online appointments until further notice, but all others have both in-person/on-campus and online appointment availability. 

In-State Students

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

  • Meet with a Student 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 Compass Program, taking their first semester as full-fledged CMU students, will be classified as first-time students for scholarship purposes but may schedule an appointment with a Coach in Student Success & Engagement 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 a Student 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 Student Success & Engagement 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.