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Colorado Mesa University Data & Information Overview

This overview covers the essential stats on Colorado Mesa University, including its rankings, majors, diversity, and more. Want to dig deeper into a particular stat? Just click on its tile and you'll be taked to a more in-depth page on the figure. In addition, you can use the links below to quickly jump to any section on this page.

How Well Is Colorado Mesa University Ranked?

2020 Rankings

In its yearly rankings, College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities to determine which ones are the best in a variety of categories, such as overall value, quality, diversity, which schools are the best for each major, and much more.

Colorado Mesa University was awarded 5 badges in the 2020 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies.

Overall Quality

College Factual ranked Colorado Mesa as #1,364 out of 1,727 colleges and universities in the country on its 2020 Best Colleges list. This is an improvement over the previous year, when Colorado Mesa held the #1,379 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Colorado Mesa is also ranked #15 out of 24 schools in Colorado.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Colorado Mesa?

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Colorado Mesa University is 82%. That's higher than the rate at many schools, but still low enough to be considered somewhat selective. If you want to get in, you'll need good grades and to be able to show that Colorado Mesa is a good fit for you.

Average Test Scores

About 13% of students accepted to Colorado Mesa submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 480 and 600. Math scores were between 478 and 590.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Colorado Mesa University  ( 480 to 600 )

SAT Math Scores for Colorado Mesa University  ( 478 to 590 )
Colorado Mesa received ACT scores from 87% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 18 and 24.

ACT Composite Scores for Colorado Mesa University  ( 18 to 24 )

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Colorado Mesa University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at Colorado Mesa University is 21 to 1, which is high when compared to the national average of 15 to 1. This may indicate that some of your classes will be larger in size than they would be at other schools. However, upper level classes will probably be smaller.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

When estimating how much access students will have to their teachers, some people like to look at what percentage of faculty members are full time. This is because part-time teachers may not have as much time to spend on campus as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Colorado Mesa University is 52%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  52 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Colorado Mesa University

Freshmen Retention Rate

Colorado Mesa University has a freshmen retention rate of 73%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  73 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate is the percent of first-time, full time students who obtain their bachelor's degree in four years or less. This rate is 15% for first-time, full-time students at Colorado Mesa, which is lower than the national rate of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  15 out of 100

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Good Overall Diversity at Colorado Mesa

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 9,459 undergraduates at Colorado Mesa with 7,145 being full-time and 2,314 being part-time.

Colorado Mesa Diversity Score

College Factual computes an overall diversity score for each college and university that takes gender, ethnicity, geographic location, and age into account. Schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest, and those that cater to just one or two student groups are ranked the lowest.

The overall diversity score for Colorado Mesa is 81.36 out of 100, meaning that is is more diverse than most schools in the country.

Overall Diversity Score  81.36 out of 100
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How Much Does Colorado Mesa University Cost?

The overall average net price of Colorado Mesa is $18,200. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Colorado Mesa, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Colorado Mesa, approximately 59% of students took out student loans averaging $9,434 a year. That adds up to $37,736 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Colorado Mesa is 10.7%. This is about the same as the national default rate of 10.1%.

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How Much Money Do Colorado Mesa Graduates Make?

The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from Colorado Mesa make about $36,800 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. This is about 10% less that the average pay for college graduates overall. However, graduates with your major may make more.


See which majors at Colorado Mesa University make the most money.

Location of Colorado Mesa University

Located in Grand Junction, Colorado, Colorado Mesa University is a public institution. The surrounding area of the school is a good match for students who enjoy city life.

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Location of Colorado Mesa University

Contact details for Colorado Mesa are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1100 North Avenue, Grand Junction, CO 81501-3122
Phone: 970-248-1020

Colorado Mesa University Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 57 majors graduated from Colorado Mesa University. Of these students, 1,454 received undergraduate degrees and 38 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
General Business/Commerce 196 $36,600
Nursing 194 $58,600
Health & Physical Education 165 $25,800
General Biology 78 $27,700
Criminal Justice & Corrections 78 $35,600
General Psychology 59 $30,800
Communication & Media Studies 38 $26,800
Natural Resources Conservation 34 $40,200
Accounting 32 $45,400
Construction Engineering Technology 27 NA

Learn more about the majors offered at Colorado Mesa University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at Colorado Mesa

Online learning is becoming popular at even the oldest colleges and universities in the United States. Not only are online classes great for returning adults with busy schedules, they are also frequented by a growing number of traditional students.

In 2017-2018, 3,205 students took at least one online class at Colorado Mesa University. This is an increase from the 3,079 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 3,205 519
2016-2017 3,079 551
2015-2016 2,625 520
2014-2015 2,441 524
2013-2014 1,986 449

Learn more about online learning at Colorado Mesa University.

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