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Compass Program students are assigned to a Student Success Coach/Advisor in Student Success & Engagement (SSE). Student Success Coaches/Advisors advise 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/Advisor 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, 1 credit hour) 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.
  • Are enrolled in 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

In-State Students

All new Colorado freshmen are required to both complete online and in-person portions of Student Orientation. During these orientations, you will:

  • Learn more about the Compass Program
  • Provide us with information we use when selecting your first semester courses (a completed schedule will be sent to your CMU email)
  • Attend/complete informative sessions
  • Learn how to get involved with campus activities
  • Get your MAVcard (student ID)
  • Take a tour to become familiar with campus
  • Learn lots of other helpful information about attending CMU

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 registration.

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/Advisor 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 will also attend the online orientation and then the in-person orientation upon arrival at CMU. 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. See above section on In-State Students for more details. You will need to be able to log-in to your MAVzone to see your final schedule and read email communications from SSE. See admissions letter for log-in information.  

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.