#9 Best Public Universities in Colorado

Colorado Mesa University

Grand Junction, Colorado

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Colorado Mesa University overview
Location Grand Junction, Colorado
Online mesastate.edu
School Type Public 4 Year
Setting Small City
Colorado Mesa University overview
Size Mid-size
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Colorado Mesa University, established in 1925, is a public institution situated in Grand Junction, roughly 250 miles west of Denver, providing a semi-urban educational environment. The university spans a 86-acre main campus notable for its contemporary architectural designs. Offering a diverse range of undergraduate and graduate programs, including notable programs in nursing, business, and the health sciences, Colorado Mesa University has a moderately selective admissions process. The campus supports on-campus living with several residence halls and apartment-style accommodations for students. As a regional educational hub, the university does not have a major emphasis on intercollegiate athletics on a national scale.

In the most recent statistical year 9,810 prospective students applied, and 8,021 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 1,752 enrolled in the school.  6,626 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 2,279 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $8,261 plus fees of $1,036. Colorado Mesa is ranked 886 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












Colorado Mesa is rated within the lower 35% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 4 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Colorado Mesa University overview
SAT 930/1180
ACT 18/25
GPA 3.28

Applications Accepted

Colorado Mesa University overview
Applications Due -
Applicant Competition Very Low
Application Fee $40

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Annual Cost to Attend

Colorado Resident Tuition

In State Costs for Colorado Mesa University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,440
Other Fees$1,036
Room and Board $11,522
Budget for Other Expenses$3,184
Total One Year Cost$25,443

Out of State Resident Tuition

Out of State Costs for Colorado Mesa University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,440
Other Fees$1,036
Room and Board $11,522
Budget for Other Expenses$3,184
Total One Year Cost$39,165

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$40,000 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

25% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Colorado Mesa University students
Subject Percent of Class
Health Professions 26%
Business 17%
Liberal Arts and Humanities 9%
Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 7%
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting 5%

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