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Colorado Mesa University Reviews

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  • 08/07/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    18 out of 18 people found this review useful. 1 of 62

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Mesa is a good school for the easy going but hard working person. There are hundreds of different types of people that go to Mesa and lots of variety. Mesa's for the student who's serious about gaining skills to succeed in the future, but also for the person who doesn't mind having fun along the way.

    Tips for prospective students

    The main tip I would give prospective students is to not base your college choice solely on the money you are going to have to spend. Any college is going to cost quite a bit, so you might as well pay the extra few thousand a year to go to one you love rather than to go to one you feel you have to settle for. If you're going to go to a school like Mesa, go there because you want to, not just because it might cost a little less than the next school.

    Bang for the buck

    Any college is going to seem expensive, but Mesa does a pretty good job at reasonable prices for tuition and fees. The facilities at Mesa are nice and there are a lot of fun activities and Mesa is generous with financial aide, so there isn't much room for complaint. The main issue I have with Mesa when it comes to the money aspect is that you don't really know where all of your money is going. Other than that, I think you get what you pay for for the most part.

    Am enjoying being here

    Last year at Mesa I experienced what I had expected my first year of college to be. It challenged me and made me more independent, but wasn't to hard and I had time to make a lot of friends along the way. Mesa constantly provides fun occasions for the students, which kept the year feeling relatively stress free, and because of this I enjoyed my first year at Mesa very much and am looking forward to more great years to come.

    Am learning a lot

    In my opinion, the professors at Mesa do a good job of cutting straight to the core of a subject and really making sure that their students understand what is being taught. They talk to you, rather than at you when they lecture so everything is more personal and therefore more memorable. Mesa sets the standard that getting a great education is the main goal of a student's attendance. Even though there is plenty of wiggle room for a social life, learning the skills we need for our future careers is the main priority and Mesa is serious about equipping it's students with the skills they will need to succeed.

  • 01/08/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    8 out of 8 people found this review useful. 2 of 62

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    1.) Mathematics majors 2.) Any kind of medical major 3.) GREAT for theatre and art majors 4.) Sports

    Tips for prospective students

    1.) Have an idea of what you want to do 2.) Loans and grants are okay, but have a plan of how you're going to pay them back. 3.) Be open and have fun!

    Bang for the buck

    It's a little pricey, but there are several different, degree-specific and general, scholarships available for incoming freshmen and people who are in their first or second year. It's real easy to get a little help when paying for the tuition, books, and fees that are always a pain in the you-know-where to find money for.

    Am enjoying being here

    I can't count how many clubs, extracurricular activities, and events that are going on at Mesa right now. They just finished completing the new recreation center, so if the person coming in is a sportsy type, they can do basketball, raquetball, swimming, running... the list goes on and on. I do raquetball right now. And I'm looking to getting involved in the theatre clubs once Spring semester starts.

    Am learning a lot

    There is a lot of variety at Mesa. Whether you want to become a nurse or a dancer, there are classes for just about any profession an incoming student can choose from. And even if that person hasn't decided what they want to do yet, they can take a general education track until they decide what they like to do.

  • 05/29/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    6 out of 6 people found this review useful. 3 of 62

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    1. Arts (music, theater, dance, art) majors DEFINITELY 2. Medical Majors (any type) 3. Mathematics/science majors will do very well

    Tips for prospective students

    1. Go to the FYI (Freshman Year Initiative) program before school starts - it's most certainly worth it. 2. Get involved with the activities on campus. There are 19 NCAA Div. II sports on campus, plus 5 up and coming. If you don't want to play pro, then there are tons of club sports that you can be a part of.

    Bang for the buck

    Mesa is definitely the cheapest college - now University - in Colorado. They have the smallest tuition increase in CO, and the room and board prices are just below the average University dorm prices. Definitely worth every penny paid though.

    Will enjoy being here

    The campus is absolutely beautiful! Every single building is either just renovated or brand-new. They are renovating the football and baseball stadiums for this fall, and they just opened 3 new dorms within the past 2 years. The population is big enough where you aren't in everyone's business, yet small enough where you can get to know everyone that you want to. An excellent pick if you want a superior small school.

    Will learn a lot

    The academics within the school are definitely top of the line, and the teachers all seem to know their subjects absolutely thoroughly. It seems as though the University Board staffed their school very well.

  • 07/21/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 out of 5 people found this review useful. 4 of 62

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Any one who is ready to learn, make friends, and have fun. If you can apply yourself in and out of the class room, understand your peers in the dorms, and just let loose from time to time, Mesa is the place for you!

    Tips for prospective students

    Live on campus the first few years. You will meet your best friends, and learn so much about yourself and life in general. There is always something going on on campus that nearly all students enjoy immensely. The food may not always be something you will enjoy, but if you tell chef he will make something that you, as well as others, enjoy.

    Bang for the buck

    We have amazing accommodations. Our facilities are state of the art. The weight room is in constant use, as is the new College Center. You can always find students using every available resource, from the indoors to the outdoors.

    Am enjoying being here

    There is always plenty to do on and around campus. Mesa is a great place for the outdoors type. We have a great program where we can rent tents and canoes, really anything you could ever need for out door fun. I love the people, and the community. Some of my best friends have been made in my first year of school.

    Am learning a lot

    Not only do I learn a lot in the classroom, but outside as well. Our professors always make them selves available to help whenever students need extra help. I have studied at other universities where getting a study group set up is difficult, at Mesa it is easy, and always teaching others new things.

  • 12/29/2011

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 5 of 62

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    CMU is good for students who want a smaller campus, small class sizes, and enjoy the outdoors. Moab is nearby, but it doesn't take a long drive to get to a good place to go hiking. Just a couple miles away is the Colorado Monument where you can hike many trails and get great views of surrounding geologic features and Grand Junction. The campus is biker and skateboarder friendly, with many bike racks around campus and skateboarding racks at the dining facility. I have seen no professors that have issues with students bringing their boards into class.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would suggest doing as many of your classes online. Some of the classes are hybrids between actual class time and Internet courses and it is great to do those types of classes. A word of caution, however, in the health class that all students must take, I have had trouble with submitting assignments. At the end of the semester I found that I had gotten a very low grade and discovered that my professor hadn't received my assignments at all.

    Bang for the buck

    It is no lie that Colorado Mesa University is a cheap school. Because of that, you can attend many classes and if it is your choice to transfer, many of the courses can go with you to other schools with higher tuitions. CMU is a good starter school if you want to get some of your general education credits before going on to do more specialized course work elsewhere.

    Am enjoying being here

    I do enjoy living on campus and being close to my classes, but the things that I don't like about living on campus can be expected of any other college. There is litter on the ground and the dorms have students in them that partake in alcohol and drugs and can be noisy at times, even during quiet hours. The town, for the most part, is friendly, but I would caution you to look out for the homeless as they can be somewhat militant.

    Academic Rigor

    For the most part, I am learning things that I didn't previously know. The only exceptions to this case are the College Algebra class which seems to be taught at the level of 8th grade-12th grade mathematics and the geology courses which have gone over information that I had previously learned in my geology classes in middle and high school.

  • 01/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 6 of 62

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    there are telephone poles with blue lights for campus security. there are always campus police walking around patrolling.

    Greek Life

    we are in the process of making fraternities and sororities.

    Clubs and Activities

    cmu has a lot of clubs and they make sure to advertise.

    Great for these types of students

    liberal arts, psychology majors, kinesiology majors, accounting and business majors.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    every building has hidden classrooms.

    Bang for the buck

    any college is a bang for the bucks but cmu gives you a lot of financial options for example scholarships, cop, and wue.

    What to do for fun

    play softball, and hangout with my friends, workout.

    Food and Dining

    the cafeteria always has a variety of food to choose from.

    Dorm Life

    i like living on campus because everything is on walking distance.

    Academic Rigor

    its challenging enough for you to struggle but not enough for you to lose your hair.

    Tips for prospective students

    this is a good college for anyone looking for a medium sized place.

    In three sentences

    i love the colorado mesa university (cmu). the campus is growing but it the current size is great! it is a perfect medium sized campus.

  • 02/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 7 of 62

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    multiple club teams, as well as theatre, speech, and multiple groups for every interest.

    Food and Dining

    a wide range of meal choices are provided, there's something for everyone.

    Dorm Life

    the older dorms are the standard college dorms that can be found at any college. the new dorms, which there seems to be more popping up all the time, are modern, well lit, well furnished, and provide a great atmosphere.

    Academic Rigor

    the courses can be challenging, but with effort you are sure to succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    take advantage of the great workout facilities and the many options at all the campus dining locations.

    In three sentences

    this college has small, well organized campus with modern buildings and housing. it has an inviting and warm atmosphere. the school is always changing and improving.

  • 02/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 3 people found this review useful. 8 of 62

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    the campus at mesa is very safe. if you feel unsafe there is an escort 'team' that any student is able to access at any time.

    Greek Life

    the are no sororities or frats at mesa.

    Clubs and Activities

    there are several clubs located in the grand junction area. most of these clubs have a college night on wednesdays. clubs aren't the only thing to do in grand junction though. i also enjoyed attending the movies, smoking hookah, swimming, and watching the sporting events.

    Great for these types of students

    all types. academic, party, skaters, etc.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    many people like to hang out right outside the university center, when it's nice and warm. there are several big open areas where you can hang with your friends and do whatever.

    Bang for the buck

    i think mesa is worth every penny. i love this school so much. it met every requirement i thought a good college should have and still stands that way.

    What to do for fun

    there is plenty to do at mesa. you can attend the sporting events, go to clubs, chill with friends (outside in the grass or in the common areas of the dorms. there is also events held at the college quite often, such as pinion palooza, which is a big end of the year party pretty much.

    Food and Dining

    the food selection at mesa is wonderful. everyday there is an oriental food of sorts, hamburgers, salads, sandwiches, pizza, a vegetarian plate, and a 'classical' choice. the dinning room is a great place to eat with friends as well.

    Dorm Life

    i lived in mary-rait dorms while at mesa. i met some really great people while living in these dorms, you could say that we are now family. the rooms are nice and roomy too.

    Academic Rigor

    the academics at mesa are amazing. i transferred to another college for one semester and what i learned at mesa in my english 111 class prepared me for myenglish 112 class extremely well. thanks to mesa i am currently acing my 112 class.

    Tips for prospective students

    don't be afraid to get out there and make new friends. friends really help with the stress you get from classes. also don't overload yourself with classes.

    In three sentences

    i love colorado mesa university. the campus is beautiful and the curriculum is very good. it is also a great place to make new friends, and in some cases even family.

  • 12/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 9 of 62

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus is the safest place in Grand Junction, with on duty protection 24/7 and safety poles at every corner. Plus, there is a trained and hired staff of male students who are trusted and used to walk anyone anywhere two blocks off campus.

    Greek Life

    The first stages of Greek life are beginning on campus, Fall 2012 is the first year that a Fraternity exists.

    Clubs and Activities

    Five star rating for the clubs and activities at Colorado mesa University. See above.

    Great for these types of students

    Colorado Mesa is great for the students who are looking for a warm place to get their education, Grand Junction is located on the banana belt and we have a warm season that lasts a lot longer than the cold season. CMU is also great for students who are looking to be involved in sports or clubs outside of the classroom, because we are still so small many people get opportunities that they couldn't at bigger schools.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are no unusual traditions or locations on campus, although if you'd like to see an amazing fiery sunset you can go to the top of the University Center and see what feels like to be the entirety of Colorado.

    Bang for the buck

    I personally am trying to squeeze every last morsel of education out of my time spent here. The cost associated with college is huge, but CMU has very low tuition in comparison to other Universities. If attending school here was more expensive, perhaps I wouldn't be getting the whole bang for my buck. Until then, I am absolutely getting my bang for my buck.

    What to do for fun

    Colorado Mesa is located in the heart of outdoor recreational opportunities. This year, I have been river rafting/floating, backpacking, camping, and I am looking forward to the ski season to begin. Powder Horn is an awesome little mountain and it's only 40 minutes away. There are a few night clubs, and some good bars on Main Street. Furthermore, there is the Mesa Theater, which I have seen many good shows at from big artists including Tech N9ne, The Expendables, The Green, Reel Big Fish, exc. In conclusion, there is a popular club on campus called PAC, and their mission is to bring epic events to us for free, regularly. Some examples of this include bringing comedians in, providing stress-relief week during finals, and bringing Macklemore to preform April 20, 2013.

    Food and Dining

    The food and dining services at Colorado Mesa are not my favorite thing about the school. I think that the program needs to work on offering healthier, different options rather than cycling through 10 meals. I would like to see organics coming through the cafeteria or at least more vegetarian options. However, there are a few coffee and sandwich shops sprinkled throughout campus and those are worth eating at.

    Dorm Life

    Although I currently live off-campus, I spent my freshman year in the dorms at Colorado Mesa. At first I was nervous for sharing my space with a stranger but I quickly found out that cohabiting with another person isn't so bad at all. Not to mention, I met tons of people on my floor and in my building that I could relate to simply because we were living in the same building. I loved living on campus because everything is so close and easily accessible. Finally, I would absolutely recommend dorm life at CMU and I believe other students who have lived their time in the dorms would agree.

    Academic Rigor

    Academics are tough at Colorado Mesa but not incredibly difficult, although it varies depending on which major the student it going for. However, I believe that going to school at CMU can be as academically rigorous as each individual makes it. The University offers plenty of help for students in need, such at the TLC, which is a free on-campus tutoring center.

    Tips for prospective students

    A good tip to embrace for prospective students is to always keep your heart and your mind clear and open to the wonders of an intense education and the people you meet because of that education. College is a significantly important and thrilling opportunity to develop oneself as a student, leader, and person in general. There are so many different individuals in the world with so much to offer, and I believe that it is important to remove judgements based off of sexual orientation, race, or background. Always remember to be kind to everyone you meet, always remember to listen hard when being taught or spoken too, and last but more important than anything, ALWAYS GO TO CLASS!

    In three sentences

    Colorado Mesa University is a small school with a big university feeling; offering everything from dynamic academics to incredible outdoor recreation opportunities. At CMU, our tight-knit community of traditional and non-traditional students proudly works together in order to achieve our goals by learning from passionate, brilliant professors. I believe that Colorado Mesa is a great fit for people from every state across the US, and an amazing school for students from out of the country to study abroad at.

  • 03/01/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    1 out of 2 people found this review useful. 10 of 62

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    the campus safety is awesome also, when i was there there wasn't anything wrong with the safety of the students the safety is really good.

    Clubs and Activities

    this school has a lot of clubs, one thing i would say to the students coming to this school is to join as many clubs they can. because the more clubs the better you will meet new people and the more activities the students willl have.

    Great for these types of students

    its great for all types of students, for those who want a really good experience as their first years in school. the weather there is awesome and the people who love the school this school is good for them. or for those who like a little bit of snow here and there but also want a hot summer then this school is perfect for them.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    the one thing that i never done before that the campus does is, that they have a foam party every year and that was a lot of fun to do.

    Bang for the buck

    the students are actually paying for what they are getting. in my opinion the students are getting the best hand. because the school is just amazing.

    What to do for fun

    like i said, the students always have activities going on after school and during the weekens.

    Food and Dining

    the food there is great and the dinning is also great, there is a lot of space for all the students. there is different types of food all the students

    Dorm Life

    the dorm life is great, the school just remodel and its looks awesome.

    Academic Rigor

    the academic is really good, the teachers are all great.

    Tips for prospective students

    to get involve in all the activities that the students do, because that's the way you meet people. make sure if you don't need help to ask your teachers for help.

    In three sentences

    the school is awesome, beautiful school. the teachers are all nice and are good teachers. great place to go to school at.

  • 04/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 11 of 62

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    4 stars. The campus feels safe. And, there are blud boxes on campus which provide an emergency phone. They do not tolerate any fighting

    Greek Life

    They are in the process of adding this.

    Clubs and Activities

    3 1/2 stars. The cultural diversity club offers clubs for ethnic minorities and gay and lesbian. It is active on campus. The theater, music and dance programs each offer several activities throughout the year; these are excellent.

    Great for these types of students

    The campus is great for students who want a smaller, pretty campus that is welcoming.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    They have a very good cultural diversity group which has several activities throughout the year.

    Bang for the buck

    3 stars. The classes are getting more expensive since Mesa became a University. The financial aid, if you qualify, will cover your costs, but beyond the basics a lot of it will be loans. They don't seem to have outside grant money besides the Pell Grant and the Colorado student grant.

    What to do for fun

    The MAV rec center is very good: great workout equipment and swimming. The theater and music and dance departments have very good programs. For outdoor lovers there are many things to do in this beautiful area. There is a great outdoor program which offers weekly programs, several local trips and two international trips per year.

    Food and Dining

    3 1/2 stars. Food is decent in the dining hall. There are other options in the student center that offer more variety of food choices - the cheese steak sandwiches are very good. Plus, the smoothies in the Rec center are very tasty.

    Dorm Life

    3 stars. The University has been adding a lot of new dorms in the last couple of years. The student population has been growing a lot. The newer dorms are nice. The older dorms are mostly being renovated.

    Academic Rigor

    3 1/2 stars. You can do well in the classes as long as you keep up with the work. There are advanced classes for those who want them. The instructors are mostly good teachers, appreciate student questions and interest, and are accessible.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep up with your assignments, attend classes and avoid being late and you will do well. The instructors take these things very seriously. The on campus tutoring center is very good; so take advantage of it if you are having difficulty in a subject. Get involved in the clubs; they love having new members and are very friendly.

    In three sentences

    Colorado Mesa University has a beautiful campus. It is relatively small but growing. The campus feels safe. It offers some excellent classes in general academic subjects and also extra classes in fitness and self defense.

  • 07/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 2 people found this review useful. 12 of 62

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    CMU is located in the middle of a community that is big on outdoor activities such as; hiking, fishing, swimming, etc. There are also many great things to do on campus, with it's state of the art gym, swimming fascillities, student center, and a variety of random planned events which are often free.

    Food and Dining

    There are many excellent places on campus for dinning/acquiring snacks, as well as many surrounding places within a college student's budget.

    Dorm Life

    I'm not sure, I live off campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Many of the classes are quite work intensive.

    Tips for prospective students

    Register for classes as early as possible, as they tend to fill up fast.

    In three sentences

    Colorado Mesa University is a fine upstanding institution. There is a real emphasis on academics, and all of the teaching staff which I have come into contact with have been both friendly and knowledgeable. CMU is a beautiful environment for furthering one's education.

  • 07/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 13 of 62

    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    There is a frat, Kappa Sigma I believe, and there is a local sorority forming this year. They're trying to really build up their numbers and since they are just starting, you can definitely put in your input about how things work.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are clubs and sports for everyone!

    What to do for fun

    Well I didn't explore as much as I should have last year, but CMU's Program Activities Council (PAC) plans copius awesome activites. Last year they hosted Frank Warren, the founder of PostSecret, and this year, they are going to have 3oh!3 perform on September 1st, 2012. Around campus, the mall is pretty nice and there are plenty of clubs, tattoo shops, and other fun places.

    Food and Dining

    Dorm food is well dorm food. I'm pretty sure CMU prides themselves in their food, but some days it isn't always that great. Their variety can be kind of.... boring. By the end of first semester, you will be tired of it. Luckily, there are plenty of restaurants near campus if you need a break. I recommend the Chinese place near 10th and North ave; they have good and cheap food.

    Dorm Life

    There are some really nice, newer dorms and if you can try to get into one of them. I say this with good reason, the older ones smell kinda funny and have community bathrooms (which some may be ok with, but I am not!). There are plenty of options for single and double rooms in both regular rooms and suite/apartment styles. PLUS there are plenty of free washers and dryers in all the dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    There are some really easy classes and others can be extremely difficult, but so far all of my classes have been really fun. If you do have problems, just about all of the professors are really great with helping you figure out how to improve your grades, you just need to talk to them.

    Tips for prospective students

    You don't need to be the valedictorian of your high school to attend CMU, but you should be a well rounded student. Like with any school, there are so many things to do on campus and your school work, you need to make sure you are good at time management. Be prepared for a fun year!

    In three sentences

    Well, this is the second college I attended and I love it so much more. It is really easy to find your niche and you have so much support available for you. From Res life to the academic realm, CMU is a great school to attend!

  • 08/07/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 14 of 62

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    You have the option to have security to walk you o and from your classes and home. They respond quick and are willingly to do.

    Greek Life

    I'm not entirely sure.

    Clubs and Activities

    Just find the one that fits you. If they don't have it then you have the option of starting it.

    Great for these types of students

    Outdoors, dedicated, striving students amongst others.

    Bang for the buck

    You truly get what you pay for here.

    What to do for fun

    There is a bunch here to do for fun. THere is the outdoor program where you can go rafting, hiking, camping, snowboarding, skiiing, and way more. There are a bunch of lakes so you can go swimming or fishing. The rec. center is a bunch of fun, there is a gym on campus. If you decide to go off campus, Banana's is a great place to go to, there is a bowling alley the mountains. there is a bunch to do.

    Food and Dining

    The food here is outstanding.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is a lot of fun. The roommate(s) is the best part. Then you have all he get togethers that happen and it is tons of fun!!!!

    Academic Rigor

    If you study and get help, it isn't really that hard.

    Tips for prospective students

    Enjoy the outdoors. Make friends, they will always be there for you. Don't go there for only partying. Join the tutoring center if you need any help. Ask for help, they are willing.

    In three sentences

    Colorado Mesa University is a fantastic school. They really make it feel just like home and the people there are fun to be around. I would recommend going to this school if you love the outdoors, they offer many great programs.

  • 11/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 15 of 62

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    It is a very safe campus. I was afraid to go to the gym at night, but the campus is safe. If you're afraid there's call poles and someone will escort you from your location to where you want to go.

    Food and Dining

    The food is alright. Sometimes they serve the same thing two days in a row. The desserts are very good.

    Dorm Life

    If you get a corner room in Tolman, have fun it's incredibly tiny. Other than that, the rooms are good sizes and have good wifi (most of the time)

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes are hard, depending on your professor you want to look at ratemyprofessors.com to get some info before registering.

    In three sentences

    The school is great if you like a medium sized campus, with class sizes ranging from 30-60 students.

  • 12/30/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    0 out of 1 people found this review useful. 16 of 62

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    Do not take night classes because you wont go, get your classes over with in the morning and stay in the dorm Monument it has the best all around greatness.

  • 01/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    0 out of 2 people found this review useful. 17 of 62

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    There is not a whole lot to do since it is in Grand Junction. There is the mall, movies, old bowling alley, and the clubs like Cactus Canyon and Infinity. I personally think that the best thing to do is go rafting, hiking, or fishing. The views are great and it is a fun experience. The only problem with this is when it gets cold, all of those things are hard to do.

    Food and Dining

    The food is very good and there is always a variety to choose from. The only problem is that it is fairly expensive which makes it hard to eat out a lot if you live at home. There are places around that give discounts and other things like that if you do get sick of the food in the University Center. The surrounding places are always nice to turn to.

    Dorm Life

    The only reason I am giving it a low rating is because I haven't had the dorm experience yet. It is a fun experience from what I have heard though and I am excited to try it.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are challenging but not too over bearing. There are small classes so it is more likely to get individual help if needed. The amount of homework depends on which teacher you get and what class you take.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to be yourself and try to make friends when you first get there. Make sure to balance your social life with your academic life so you can still pass your classes while having fun. If you need help, visit the TLC or ask questions, you won't look stupid for asking.

    In three sentences

    The campus is nice and easy to get around on with friendly people and fun professors. There is not a whole lot of parking but once you find a spot it is easy to get from place to place. The classroom experience is hands on and the smaller classes make learning easier.

  • 02/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    0 out of 1 people found this review useful. 18 of 62

    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    the food unfortunately isn't as good as it could be. the dining facility is extremely nice though.

    Dorm Life

    the new dorms are very well suited for all sorts of different types of students, and even the older dorms aren't as bad as they may seem.

    Academic Rigor

    it's not terribly challenging, but it isn't a cake walk either. pretty normal, and expected rigor.

    In three sentences

    the university offers a lot of programs to help keep life interesting even though the town its located in isn't quite as exciting as many other places. staff are generally very welcoming, and easy to talk with whether in the admissions office, or actual professors. plus the new campus is beautiful!

  • 03/03/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    lots of outdoor excitement! great trails for biking, hiking, and skiing!

    Food and Dining

    lots of local restaurants with variety around the campus. inside cafeteria food is good too.

    Dorm Life

    i currently do not live in the dorms. however they have built and brand new dorm section that looks nice.

    Academic Rigor

    you get in what you put in!

    Tips for prospective students

    i found it is cheaper to do prerequisites through the community college associated with cmu first.

    In three sentences

    this school has lots of variety in academics. the views are unlike anywhere else. it keeps getting bigger and better every year!

  • 03/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    The food and dining options will keep you fairly satisfied throughout the year. They tend to have good meals throughout the week and there ends up always being something there you will find enjoyable to eat.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life here is not as bad as you would expect. They have a wide variety of living options. The dorms them selves are all livable and some even give you that home feeling. They are some of the nicest dorms I've seen.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic Rigor is very challenging. It is never easy and you always have to put in the time to stay on the ball. The teachers and the curriculum always give you a little challenge but it only makes you a better student.

    In three sentences

    I think that it is a very fun and outdoors school. There are always things to do and events happening that you always seem to stay busy. The teachers here are very open minded and always willing to go the extra step to help you.

  • 03/28/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    There are ton of extra curricular activities and plenty to do for every one to do on campus and off.

    Dorm Life

    There are lots of different choices for dorms and so anyone can find the right kind of room for them. They have everything to really public rooms to really privater ones.

    In three sentences

    The Campus and the Town are both amazing places. The program choices are vast. There is so much to do.

  • 03/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    For fun here in Grand Junction, Colorado there is biking, hiking, rafting, snowboarding, skiing, there's a lake not to far for the weekends.

    Food and Dining

    I don't dine in at the school to often but when I have it's always been good. They have a great variety of food from healthy to some pretty good snacks as well. And the staff is very welcoming and friendly.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life here is pretty fantastic. Here at mesa we have plenty of room selections to choose from and more the come. They give you the option of an all girls or all boys dorm or even co-ed. Our janitors here are very good at keeping our buildings clean, up and running.

    Academic Rigor

    Colorado Mesa is one of those schools where everyone who applies gets in. I feel that since we are now a university we need to up our standards as far as students who are and aren't accepted.

    Tips for prospective students

    The tips i would have for upcoming college students would be. College isn't all about partying and having fun. I came to college with that attitude my first semester my freshman year and got a rude awakening. So keep up with your work, study hard, don't slack off, and just do your best!

    In three sentences

    Colorado Mesa University is a great school to meet new people. Their standards have become higher now that we are a university so it pushes me to work a lot harder with my school. And their campus and faculty are amazing.

  • 05/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are many activities to do on campus. Plays are put on in the theater. Also there are a variety of varsity sports on campus that most students attend to support the athletes.

    Food and Dining

    Food and Dining is all done by Sodexo. They serve a variety of foods such as pizza, pasta, chicken, cheeseburgers, fries, and on occasion roast beef.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is typical you have the young adults that respect it and the young adults that disrespect by disobeying rules. The staff does a great job on keeping it well put together.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are appropriately challenging in order for students to actually learn rather than just getting by. Teachers do well teaching and make assignments as clear as they can in order for a student to reach their full potential in the learning criteria.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are looking for a hands on based college between teachers and students Colorado Mesa is a great place to receive that in the concentration of study classrooms.

    In three sentences

    Colorado Mesa is a wonderful college to attend. The class sizes vary, they are usually bigger for general education courses and smaller for concentration courses. I would rate CMU a 8 out of 10.

  • 05/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    They have blue poles all over campus. You can ring the pole for assistance, and someone will come to escort you to your destination at anytime during the day or night.

    Greek Life

    None

    Clubs and Activities

    Religious clubs, ethnicity clubs, varsity sports, club sports, intermural sports, almost anything you can think of. And you can start your own club

    Great for these types of students

    Small school students, athletes, and anyone who wants to be known by a name on campus and not just a number.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    None that I can think of

    Bang for the buck

    It is one of the cheaper colleges in Colorado, and I really like that because college is becoming really expensive, so I know that I won't have tons of student loans, which makes me feel better.

    What to do for fun

    Go to bananas fun park, go hiking or bike riding on the Colorado National Monument, take a road trip to Utah, go to the mall, go play around downtown.

    Food and Dining

    The food is actually pretty good. There were only a couple days where I didn't want to eat there, but most days I enjoyed the food a lot. It wasn't home cooked, but sometimes it seemed like it was.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are really nice and a fun place to live. You will meet all sorts of different people, some of who you will become best friends with. I really enjoyed living in the dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    The class sizes are small and your professors get to know you inside and outside the classroom. They will say hello to you passing you on campus, and they are always there if you need them.

    Tips for prospective students

    Seriously look into this school. It is amazing and you will not regret it one bit. I have grown so much and I feel more confident in everything I do.

    In three sentences

    The best decision I could have made. They have great opportunities for me. I am not planning on transferring because I could not leave the amazing environment.

  • 05/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Grand Junction is full of outdoor activities. Colorado Mesa University has an outdoor program that allows students to participate in numerous activities such as hiking, biking, rafting, and many more enjoyable activities. The location is great for people who love to be outdoors.

    Food and Dining

    There are two meal plans available to suit students wants. The cafeteria is offered to students with a variety of meals.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is very exciting at CMU. Numerous dorms have recently been built for incoming freshman and other students.

    Academic Rigor

    There are a wide variety of academic programs offered at CMU. Professors are willing to work with students and their needs.

    Tips for prospective students

    Colorado Mesa University is a great school for incoming freshman. Prospective students should consider touring the campus.

    In three sentences

    Colorado Mesa University is a great school. It is growing extremely fast and becoming very established. This university will continue to grow into an excellent school.

  • 06/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I always feel safe on campus. There is police officers on campus , they patrol and are there if you need them

    Greek Life

    Not envolved

    Clubs and Activities

    Not involved . I hear there is lots of clubs and activities available. Being a single mom don't have time to check into them

    Great for these types of students

    This University is great for all students. Staff is always friendly and easy to work with and fellow students as well

    Bang for the buck

    Colorado Mesa offers many degrees. Everyone is sure to find a degree of interest. The College offers many financial option sure to meet everyone needs. Classes are affordable

    What to do for fun

    I'm a single mom of two kids. I go to the campus for classes and then home to care for my children

    Food and Dining

    Great food all the time

    Dorm Life

    Live off campus. However many new dorms have been built. If I dont have children I would love to live on campus

    Academic Rigor

    Unsure sorry

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you always communicate with your professor, let them know if you are struggling. They will personal set up a time to sit down and work with you. Make sure you tap into all student service - tutoring. The staff has there students best interest at heart and go the extra mile to help student reach their true potential.

    In three sentences

    I'm very pleased with Colorado Mesa. We get to attend classes in a state for the art environment which allows us up to date learning. Now that the college has turned into a University it has allowed the students more opportunities for degrees. Recently I was placed on financial aid suspension and was allowed to write an appeal to show cause to my situation. The school is very understand and approved my appeal. In the fall I will be attending School full time and I cant wait.

  • 07/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    The food we have at school isn't the best but is definitely not the worst. I mean we are going to college not a 5 star hotel. So when people complain about our food, it's definitely not a big deal. If you truly don't like the food, don't get the meal plan and buy and make yourself food everyday. Either than that we get pizza, salads, sandwiches, international bar, soups, fruits, cereal, etc.

    Dorm Life

    Depending what kind of dorm you want to live in is up to you. There's apartment styles, typical dorm room styles, etc. I lived in a dorm called Monument with two different rooms and separating the rooms was a bathroom that four of us shared. Communication with your roommates is key, and making sure that everyone is satisfied with everything. If you decide that you don't like your roommates early on, you can always change.

    Academic Rigor

    Academically challenging for students. It's your choice to procrastinate and make things harder on yourself. There's so much time on your hands that as a freshmen you either do really well or you go downhill. Freshmen year is that uphill battle you have to climb to figure out who and what your are. The classes are challenging and fun and classmates are friendly.

  • 07/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Something happens about once every 5 years but they bumped up security with a city police station on campus.

    Greek Life

    Unless you are in an honor society there is no Greek Life. The school will not allow it.

    Clubs and Activities

    Just started a fencing club. The school is good about letting you have a club for whatever you want and funding is usually pretty good to get a club started.

    Great for these types of students

    Geology, Business, Nursing, Physics.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We have a bunch of kids from Hawaii here so their club is always doing something creative.

    Bang for the buck

    When I started it was one of the less expensive schools. Now it is comparable to Colorado State University. CSU is a much better school though.

    What to do for fun

    Being outside. There are mountains in all 4 directions and they are all different in vast ways. Actually this are is the best place to learn geology though the school is not the best for it. Students from all over the US come here just to look at the rocks.

    Food and Dining

    On campus the food is pretty good. You just have to get to know the chefs and what they are good at making. There is a really old guy that is a pasta master. Everything else he makes is questionable though. Off campus the best traditional mexican food place is south across the street from the college. It is called El Tapatio. Other than that there are great places to get a beer or even pretty good home style japanese food at Kunikos. Definitely check out Kunikos now that I think of it.

    Dorm Life

    I never stayed in the dorms but there are good dorms... and then there are bad ones.

    Academic Rigor

    Colorado Mesa University is not very rigorous. However, general education classes are a ton of extremely busy work and almost no value in the end. That's any college for you though.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid of a challenging class just because others struggled with it. I put off calculus until my last year only to find out I love it and it made me understand math so much better. College isn't just about getting a degree but actually learning something. Push yourself as hard as you can to learn.

    In three sentences

    This is a great school that is going in the wrong direction. They have been blinded by money and lost sight of the overall goal of furthering academia. College is what you make of it though and if you work hard these professors will spend extra time with you.

  • 07/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Many times there are events that college clubs will organize that are open to all students. These vary from huge barbeque's to massive water fights, to even relays for life. No matter how picky you are about activities, I can guarantee that there is always an event that you will enjoy attending.

    Food and Dining

    Awesome dinning hall. Always fresh food, and what a great variety they provide for the students. They even provide healthy alternatives to dishes if you ask.

    Dorm Life

    I never lived in the dorms so honestly I couldn't tell you much. I have a few friends that do live in the dorms and they have no problems what so ever. Be friendly to your neighbors and they will return the favor.

    Academic Rigor

    It's all you! You're the one responsible for the effort put into your work. There is always going to be difficulties and challenges in college because no single person in this world knows everything. They have a great staff that is always supportive and willing to help you succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    You will love this school. It is continuing to grow not only in size, but in opportunities offered for the students. This school has a great environment that makes it easy for students to love going to school.

    In three sentences

    Colorado Mesa University is a very organized and well managed school. They provide many opportunities for students which help them to succeed. The Staff are always very helpful and encouraging.

  • 08/14/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    Currently there is no greek life, but theres been a lot of talk. If one starts soon you may be able to be a founder.

    Great for these types of students

    All types of students will thrive here. Newly becoming a University, CMU is still finding its way so strong leaders who want to start traditions can surly start them there.

    Bang for the buck

    The price is really affordable. There are academic scholarships available and a payment plan.

    What to do for fun

    The location of the school is pretty amazing. There are tons of out door activities. The mesa and monument are just minutes away so hiking and biking are popular activities. In the winter Powder horn is less than an hour away for skiing and snowboarding, and old Powder horn is a great spot for sledding. During the first few weeks there is a farmers market downtown with little vendors about 5 minutes away.

    Food and Dining

    There are a lot of food options. There is the traditional dinner line, the pizza( high class pizza not pizza hut style), the international food line, the salad line, the soup section, and the grill. There is also a little store you can go to if you need food on the go and there is a Jazzmans Cafe that serves as the campus Starbucks.

    Dorm Life

    Depending on which dorm you live in dorm life can vary. The newer dorms you might have as many as 7 roommates. This was my case and I dont regret a minute of it. CMU does make an effort to pair you with a roommate based on common interest, and its easy to make friends so if you guys dont get along its easy to make friends so you won't have to see them all that much.

    Academic Rigor

    You get out if your classes what you put in. Professors have high but reasonable expectations and are willing to help if you need it. Most of my professors knew me by name, even after I had finished their classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Class sizes are around 80 students tops. Most of my classes had about 30 students. The best way to see if CMU is a fit is to go out and visit. The campus is pretty safe, there are blue one button emergency phones literally all over campus.

    In three sentences

    Very good school for getting a taste of college life. PAC puts on events like foam parties and pulls in some pretty big names for free student concerts. Last year I got to see Andy Grammer for free and this coming semester they have a free 3oh3! concert.

  • 10/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There is constant security and police onsite. It is very safe.

    What to do for fun

    Check out the various clubs.

    Dorm Life

    I don't live it their dorms, I live in my own apartment.

    Tips for prospective students

    Just know, it's never too late to go to College. Stop thinking you can't do it and go to college, you will regret it if you don't. You can still work full time and take care of your family. I work full time, go to school full time and raise 6 kids. Yes, I get exhausted but if you keep your focus on your future goals, it is worth it.

    In three sentences

    Hello, I am Greatful for this opportunity, I am very excited about working towards my Paralegal Degree. CMU is so far the best school in Grand Junction to attend, the Professors are really helpful and the work is easy. It is stressful and I need help in paying my tuition but I love every moment of it.

  • 10/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    The food taste great and their are plenty of options for anyone.

    Dorm Life

    I don't live on campus but my buddies have never said anything bad.

    Academic Rigor

    It is not the hardest but by no means the easiest. Acamedic rigor depends on what you are pursuing.

    Tips for prospective students

    The Outdoor Program is a must if you like adventure and the outdoors.

    In three sentences

    Colorado Mesa is a great school with great people. Quality education, fun location, and a good atmosphere is what you can expect here. I am happy with choice I made to attend here.

  • 10/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Police available

    Clubs and Activities

    Easy to get involved

    Great for these types of students

    Small town kids

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Being a geology major there are many great rock samples all around campus

    Bang for the buck

    Get your money's worth in class sizes

    What to do for fun

    Floating the river and cruising into the mountains, the geological environment is great.

    Food and Dining

    Great food

    Dorm Life

    Haven't lived in dorms

    Academic Rigor

    not bad

    Tips for prospective students

    Use the tutoring center if needed.

    In three sentences

    The Mesa University campus is great. Classes are small and teacher are always available. The campus has a small town feel compared to other campuses.

  • 11/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Very safe and secure, with free escorts if needed. The campus is not terribly big with blue safety towers all over the campus.

    Greek Life

    New born Greek life, just starting to flour and getting started.

    Bang for the buck

    Great educational experience for a great price, a lot cheaper than most other Universities but with a small class curriculum you get more for your money.

    What to do for fun

    The recreational center is always fun with an Olympic size pool, and extensive weight room, free and opened for students. The Colorado Mesa is not far away and nether are the wineries, distilleries, and breweries that are always opened to tour and learn something new.

    Food and Dining

    The workers are nice and friendly, most of them are students and are appreciated by other students.

    Dorm Life

    It's a small town so every one knows what is going on and get along. The dorms are all different prices to fit all budgets and needs.

    Academic Rigor

    Teachers care and are nice but are also are rigorous, they want you to learn and get the most out of your money.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't procrastinate and go to class, cramming right before finals and midterms will not help if you do not pay attention in class.

    In three sentences

    Fun yet very educational, all tho depending on the major each councilor varies in helpfulness. Whether you know what you're majoring in or not Colorado Mesa is the place to go with room to switch and decide on a major, great price for a great education. Classes are small and teachers care.

  • 11/18/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    The valley has incredible sites and scenes. The school has so many outdoor programs, so the new transfers can take the advantage to explore. Winter season, have to love winter season anyways the nearest ski resort is about an hour away.

    Food and Dining

    The College has recently upgrade there campus, food and dining is much bigger, good tasting food and excellent staff. Meals are fresh with many choices to choose from. Price is in budge, so you have no worries about being broke.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is more predictable. Neat bedrooms through the campus and great little areas to study. Students take the advantage to meet people through the dorms.

    Tips for prospective students

    If getting a chance to live in a mid size town with beautiful sites to see, Mesa is a good choice.Mesa can be the opportunity to enjoy many clubs on campus. While studying, the wi-fi speed is excellent.

    In three sentences

    It's a college where classes are not so big but is also so at the same time. Mesa has a fantastic tutor program, my studies are going to be in good lines. Everybody takes the opportunity to explore the monuments and The Grand Mesa for some relaxation.

  • 11/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Just hanging out with friends and anything else.

    Tips for prospective students

    Have a good act score

    In three sentences

    It's a great school to be at. There is a lot of great class to take. There are plenty of great people; students and teachers alike.

  • 11/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus is really safe here, we have a office where the few police officers on campus reside. So if you were in need of help you could go there for help. We also have these safety poles that are everywhere on campus.

    Greek Life

    I do not know of anything Greek on campus. Neither me nor my friends are a part of that so I do not know.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are lots of clubs that are available here on campus, I am not a part of any club at the moment. But I hear great things about the clubs my friends are a part of.

    Great for these types of students

    The types of students that work very hard at anything that they set out to do will thrive in this type if environment. The people that don't let distractions take over what they need to get done will excel more then those that say, Oh I have one more day.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Well my first week or two here on campus was great, but I found it really odd to hear that the 'foam dance party' was coming up soon. I thought that it was really strange, but me and my boyfriend went to it and it was really fun I was going next year.

    Bang for the buck

    Well if you are talking about on campus then I would say the best 'bang for the buck' would be the food that they serve here.

    What to do for fun

    There is not much to do in town unless you have money to spend, but on campus in the University Center (one of the buildings) there is a game room that you can go to and you can play games, study, hang out with your friends, play pool, ping pong, even foosball. The people there are really friendly.

    Food and Dining

    Like I said at the beginning the food here is awesome! They make it fresh everyday, so nothing is old unlike those old high school lunches that are just yucky. They have places all around campus that you can get food from and then they have one place that is kind of like a buffet style of eating and you can go in anytime of the day.

    Dorm Life

    I myself do not live on campus so I can't tell you from personal experience. But I have several friends that decided to live on campus and they personally enjoy what this campus has to offer.

    Academic Rigor

    Like I have already stated the classes are difficult. And your teachers do expect a lot from you, so don't be constantly late unless it is unavoidable. But try your best to make it to class on time or a little early. And try not to turn in assignments late, the teachers hate that.

    Tips for prospective students

    For the prospective students how intend to come to this school, the classes are tough but then again that is because they are college classes. The teachers expect a lot from you because it is a college campus. But the people are very nice and very helpful. We have tutoring programs available for those that struggle. And the food here is awesome.

    In three sentences

    Colorado Mesa University is a great school to go to. Although our campus is fairly big and there are not many degrees available like at other colleges. This campus is a great place for learning your certain degree really well.

  • 01/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Very safe as far as safety is concerned, and they take safety very seriously.

    Greek Life

    Just started off greek life this year, I currently am in the greek life associated at Colorado Mesa university, which is the Kappa Sigma Fraternity, very helpful in life and a great opportunity.

    Clubs and Activities

    Very fun intramural sports, join some.

    What to do for fun

    Once your school work is complete their is a lot to do for fun, join school-related activities, attending school parties and things of that nature, just be careful.

    Food and Dining

    the food is good, but be careful as to what you eat and how much of it you eat.

    Dorm Life

    Very friendly, and very fun.

    Academic Rigor

    Vey academically helpful in terms of academic rigor.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't get caught up in partying, make sure you stay on top of your school work.

    In three sentences

    Very unique, helpful teaching methods. Love the outside town. Very flexible class schedules.

  • 01/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There is one Grand Junction police station right next to the campus, while there is a student-staffed security station on campus open 24 hours.

    Greek Life

    None.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are clubs for every possible thing, and even if there isn't a club for you, you just need to grab 3 or 4 friends and then you can start your own club.

    Great for these types of students

    The middle to lower area of the graduating class kind of student would be perfect here.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I don't know of any traditions at this school.

    Bang for the buck

    Really expensive for not a lot of on campus activities.

    What to do for fun

    Not really much to do, other than go visit the Colorado Monument which isn't too far from the campus. Other than that, the most fun things to do on campus is just to hang out with your friends.

    Food and Dining

    When you first get to campus, the food is really good, and there are tons of choices, but after a few months, the food kinda starts to taste like normal school food.

    Dorm Life

    Very fun, RAs try to always get students involved in dorm activities, there is always something going on. Would be 5 stars if there were no specific quiet hours.

    Academic Rigor

    Would be closer to 2.5 stars, one of my teachers said that if you just show up to class, you're guaranteed a C.

    Tips for prospective students

    This probably isn't the best school if you're looking for an academic challenge or if you're looking for a party school, still is a very fun place to go to school at, and the environment is nice.

    In three sentences

    Not very challenging. Staff is very friendly and wants to help you succeed. Great place to meet new friends and create new friendships.

  • 01/11/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    Again, being non-traditional I do not have as much experience with this area. There is a nice mall which allows for shopping. Skiing is only about 30 minutes away.

    Food and Dining

    There is a coffee shop and mini food court in the University Center. This includes sushi - my favorite! There are also quite a few options in close proximity.

    Dorm Life

    I am non-traditional so I will not be living in the dorms. I do know there are apartment style dorms which are really nice. There is also a bagel shop and yogurt store on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    I do have have a lot of knowledge of the rigor as I have not attended yet. I have spoken with many students and everyone seems to be challenged but no impossibly so. I have heard wonderful things which is why I am going here.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would take some time to tour the school. I would review what you are looking for with organizations, etc. I would recommend living on campus the first year.

    In three sentences

    The campus is very friendly and easy to locate. The staff is very helpful and will assist you in any way they can. It is a smaller school with large school options.

  • 01/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are many fun things to do around town like bowling, movies, etc. Don't get me wrong I know most college people want to party and trust me there are plenty of those to go around as well.

    Food and Dining

    Food is what you would expect. Not the best and not the worst. Some days they have amazing dishes while others not so much. However, they do always have a salad bar, pizza and burgers.

    Dorm Life

    Mesa's dorms are actually really nice. I live in the cheapest dorm and I absolutely love it. You have more of a community with fellow students and making friends in the traditional dorms is extremely easy.

    Academic Rigor

    My first semester classes weren't very challenging probably because they were only general ed. classes, however, I do know once you hit your major classes they do get a lot harder.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you aren't ready to be far from home it can be a challenge living on campus but after the first week or two it becomes a lot easier. Especially if you get involved and make lots of friends.

    In three sentences

    I believe Colorado Mesa University is a great campus to not only learn and succeed on but also to live on. My time both in class and in the dorms has been quite exciting.

  • 04/14/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is super safe. All door are locked for dorms that only students that live in the certain building can unlock. Many security lights and phones also.

    Clubs and Activities

    Tons and Tons of clubs you can join for most majors.

    Great for these types of students

    CMU has a lot of locals that go here but it is also a big attraction for Hawaiians also.

    Bang for the buck

    College is expensive doesn't matter where you go. Colorado Mesa University is one of the most affordable colleges in Colorado. You get great food, alright living, amazing learning opportunities the gym and much more for your money.

    What to do for fun

    The university has many activities they host themselves. There are LOL Tuesday and occasionally spirit weeks with really great activities to go to. If you look around campus there is always find something.

    Food and Dining

    The food taste great all the time. There are tons of options to choose from. The only problem is its very repetitive.

    Dorm Life

    Depending where you live makes the biggest differences. The older the dorms the worse the living. The older dorms are really just a bed and a space to put your things. The nicer dorms at least don't have community bathrooms.

    Academic Rigor

    There are tons of different options for classes in every category. And you will find even your general education classes correspond with each other.

    Tips for prospective students

    Main tip for students is try to take about 15 credit hours per semester. Also, the sooner you find what you want to major in the more enjoyable things become. Lastly check with your advisers to make sure you are on track. Make sure to balance fun with work.

    In three sentences

    Colorado Mesa University has many great programs and is very student friendly. Small classes and great professors. The university is a fun learning environment.

  • 04/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    they have a game room you can play pool, play some video games. you can play volleyball outside or go to the REC center to work out all of the elliptical machines power the building.

    Food and Dining

    The food is delicious the pricing is affordable for a college student and they offer a variation of foods and places to eat.

    Dorm Life

    I don't personally live in the dorms but I have been in them and they are really nice they aren't too small and the RA's are cool too.

    Academic Rigor

    the classes are definitely challenging but the professors are down to earth.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make friends that's always fun. make sure you explore the campus you never know what cool places you might find.

    In three sentences

    They have a good student to teacher ratio. The campus offers plenty of clubs and activities you can join to have fun. They have an amazing tutoring center.

  • 04/24/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus police/emergency phones located everywhere on campus.

    Greek Life

    Just barely adopted traditions of the greek life this year.

    Clubs and Activities

    There's so many to name but the one I'm in is the E-club.

    Great for these types of students

    Any and all, young and old, etc.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    What's up with the Harlem shake?

    Bang for the buck

    All work and no play makes me a doe boy.

    What to do for fun

    So many sports (club sports, intramural sports, etc.) as well as clubs and many other extra activities the school holds.

    Food and Dining

    I buy my own food and cook my own meals in my apt./dorm.

    Dorm Life

    I've hated living in the dorms. People break the rules and just living with random strangers is hard enough as it is. But that's how any dorm life is going to be at any college.

    Academic Rigor

    Most of the professors are awesome and very understanding... but there's always those ones that aren't as easy or fun.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply for work study on your FAFSA! I made the mistake of not applying my first semester due to the fact of not knowing what exactly it was when I first filled out my FAFSA. Now I'm stuck on a LONG waiting list.

    In three sentences

    Colorado Mesa University may not be a huge university, but it offers so much more for an individual. This school offers a more student to teacher known basis. The courses are fun and interesting as well as the campus being resourceful and useful.

  • 04/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Other than some recent bike/car/other theft issues the campus is very safe. I am comfortable walking across campus even at night.

    Clubs and Activities

    Phi Beta Lambda is the largest club on campus and I am very involved. It has helped me immensely to boost my resume, meet potential employers, provide leadership opportunistic, and boost my confidence.

    Food and Dining

    The variety is good, most of the food has good flavor. All of the employee's are very nice. I've gotten food poisoning a couple of times though, so be careful.

    Dorm Life

    I am living in Bunting Hall in a single room with three suite mates. It's decent but not really conducive to my personal success. I can't wait to move off campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are appropriately challenging, most professors are knowledgeable and helpful. I find many of my classes to be somewhat easy because I am a good learner and test taker.

  • 04/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    Try not to buy books from the CMU bookstore, online or used stores are much better bargains.

    What to do for fun

    I go bike riding, monument has some good trails.

    Food and Dining

    Food is generally terrible, it gets better on parent's weekends.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are pretty nice, stay away from Pinion if you can help it.

    Academic Rigor

    Academics are great, I am a biology major and I love all of my classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be sure to talk to your roommate before coming! It helps a lot if you chat about what your bringing before hand.

    In three sentences

    I love the school, it is small and yet not too small. Classes, dorms, and people here are great. The only thing that is not great is the food.

  • 05/31/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    If you love the outdoors you will love where the campus is located. Just minuets away from world class mountain biking, hiking and rafting.

    In three sentences

    Dynamic atmosphere. Outstanding Professors. Fantastic area for outdoor enthusiasts.

  • 06/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    very safe.

    Greek Life

    some sororities and fraternities

    Clubs and Activities

    Lots of clubs and intramural sports

    Great for these types of students

    Any type of student belongs here!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Bubble bathing the fountian.

    Bang for the buck

    Definitely worth a look.

    What to do for fun

    The have their own athletics center with climbing wall and pool. Excellent workout equipment. They also have a game center with almost any game you want!

    Food and Dining

    Not anything like home-cooked meals but still hits the spot. All you can eat!!

    Dorm Life

    You don't have to get drunk and party to have a good time here.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are hard but doable and the professors are always there to help you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make study groups early and be friends with your professors!

    In three sentences

    This is an excellent medium school, there are no roads cutting the campus and it is long-board friendly with excellent weather. The class sizes are perfect for the one-on-one feeling but you don't feel like you stand out fore not getting something. The dorms are nice and are mostly sweet style, the food is pretty good too!

  • 06/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Everything outdoors! Hiking, Biking, Rafting, Fishing, You Name IT!

    Dorm Life

    I've never lived in the dorms!

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep an open mind, many local high school graduates bash the though of staying at Mesa and say its not worth attending. But just expect to see them back in Grand Junction for the Spring Semester!

    In three sentences

    CMU is a wonderful place to further education, the class sizes are small and welcoming, and the professors truly love what they do. And you will always be greeted with a smiling face!

  • 07/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Out door program. Rec Center, Sand Volleyball, tons of clubs and activities. There are even some dance clubs and a hookah loung near campus.

    Food and Dining

    Food could use some help some days it is amazing some days it can get a little iffy.

    Dorm Life

    Again depends on where you chose to live but even at the worst is is still lots of fun and comfortable.

    Academic Rigor

    Veries a lot depending on program.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved. Try new things. Don't be afraid to try new things.

    In three sentences

    The campus is beautifull. The out door program is tons of fun. The proffessors are helpful, careing, and accessable.

  • 07/13/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    Lots! Anything you could think of

    Food and Dining

    Only experienced once, but not a big selection.

    Dorm Life

    Not yet experienced.

    Academic Rigor

    Not yet experienced.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure the questions that you ask are clear and you fully understand the answer.

    In three sentences

    Great school. Great people. Lovely view.

  • 07/24/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    The meals are very repetitive. There are a variety of choices yet they are always the same.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are somewhat kept neat. As for getting to know other peers it was great. Lots of activities are held where getting adjusted into college was easy.

    Academic Rigor

    The challenges are in between. If you work hard it will pay off, but if your time management skills aren't very good it may be difficult. The first year it seemed pretty easy in comparison to high school AP courses. I'm sure as the years progress the course load will too.

    Tips for prospective students

    Anytime you are studying or have a question make sure to ask, because they are willing to answer and provide you with the information. Take time to get to know the people at campus and find where you belong; in the end it will provide ample opportunities for further careers and contacts. Explore new ideas and find a career rather than just a job. Meaning, do something you would get up every morning and be happy to do rather than dread.

    In three sentences

    Colorado Mesa is an extremely beautiful campus with lots of opportunity. The teachers here care about their student's futures. It's very easy to get involved with the community.

  • 08/14/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    The town is pretty small but Colorado Mesa University doesn't let their students get bored, between the many clubs, activities, and volunteer opportunities.

    Food and Dining

    Colorado Mesa University is expanding their culinary dishes for their students. Between their Meal plans and on sight food bar no one should go hungry

    Dorm Life

    New dorms are showing up all the time, Colorado Mesa University is always trying to expand.. Dorm life is originally reserved for Freshman and Sophomores to integrate them into the college life, get them involved in a community, and encourage their academic pursuits. Some of the older dorms still need renovated but the school is working quickly to make their dorms the best looking and functioning.

    Academic Rigor

    There are some classes that will be hard, there are some classes that will be easy, either way you need to know yourself, how you learn and how your stress level is. Each class is designed to give you the information that you need to succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get to know your professors, on your off time go in and ask questions, get to know them, they are people too. Also remember to read your books, this may seem like a simple thing to do but sometimes you will think that you don't need to or that the teacher will cover it in class, but you get more information then you think from just reading your books.

    In three sentences

    Colorado Mesa University is a small town college with a big University name. As they are expanding and growing their programs in teaching, psychology, business, and nursing, Colorado Mesa University continues to help their students grow, improve, and prepare for the future. With small class sizes you get to know your professors and they take an interest in your education and in your life as a person.

  • 09/19/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Don't worry if you don't know your way, there's always someone to help you along.

    In three sentences

    There's always things to do on this campus. Teachers are very proactive in student lives along with great small-intimate class sizes. Diversity is endless!

  • 10/22/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel very safe on campus. There are emergency call boxes located throughout campus in case a crime were to occur. You don't have to walk alone at night; you can call a number and somebody will come escort you to your dorm, car, etc.

    Bang for the buck

    I am so happy I came to Colorado Mesa University. It is fairly priced. Considering all of the extra resources and activities available to students here, it is definitely worth the price.

    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of outdoor activities like rafting, mountain biking, hiking, etc. The Outdoor Program at CMU takes trips sometimes. We are also located near Powderhorn (skiing and snowboarding). If you have an adventurous personality, CMU is a perfect fit.

    Dorm Life

    There is a variety of living situations from traditional style to suite style to apartment style housing. CMU has been growing like crazy these past few years so a lot of the residence halls are fairly new. Living on campus is so much fun!

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved! There are so many awesome organizations on campus to associate yourself with. Go to class! The small class sizes are wonderful, and most professors will get to know you by name. They're more likely to help you out if they see that you are coming to class and making an effort. Work hard, play hard. School is demanding. Don't be afraid to take a break from your studies to go out with your friends. Just make sure you don't play too hard. Strive to keep your social life and academic life balanced. Go to the TLC!!! The TLC is an on campus tutoring center. It's free and they will help you study for tests, etc!!

    In three sentences

    Colorado Mesa University is located on the beautiful western slope of Colorado; there is so much to do here. Because the school is fairly small, there are so many opportunities available for every student to get involved. The professors are great, the courses are challenging, and the experiences will last a lifetime.

  • 11/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Colorado Mesa University always has something to do!

    Food and Dining

    The food at Colorado Mesa is OK I think it could be a little better, but overall the food is good.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life on campus is one of the best experiences on campus, new faces will soon become new friends.

    Academic Rigor

    Studying, and staying focus is the most important part of college

    Tips for prospective students

    Tips for prospective students is to stay focus, and study every chance you get!

    In three sentences

    Colorado Mesa University is a great school, there is so much to do here, the class size is small, and there is always help available.

  • 11/13/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There is so much to do in Grand Junction! Nightlife activities include Cactus Canyon nightclub and Mesa Theater, as well as two movie theaters, bowling, and lots of college parties. The monument, Colorado river, and many other natural wonders give endless outdoor opportunities year round.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria has a wide variety of choices that are constantly being rotated. The food is all prepared by an awesome kitchen staff that serves the students with friendly faces. There are other grills and cafes on campus that are always open and cooking delicious food as well. Lastly, restaurants around campus work with the school to offer deals and specials on food for students.

    Dorm Life

    A wide variety of dorm styles are available at Colorado Mesa University. Most dorms are modern and new and all of the dorms have been very well taken care of. Student life in the dorms and on campus is always exciting and activities are always happening.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor can be as difficult or easy as each student wants depending on his or her major. Some programs such as the nursing program are very rigorous, while a buisness major can be obtained at a slower and easier pace.

    Tips for prospective students

    When thinking about attending CMU look into the classes offered and make sure that they have everything you may need for your major. If they don't, consider taking your general education classes here and then transfer!

    In three sentences

    Colorado Mesa University is constantly growing and expanding opportunities for students. Yet, it is still small enough for each student to get personalized attention. The location of the campus makes it perfect for anyone because it appeals to a wide variety of people.

  • 01/07/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Note this is for the MONTROSE SATELLITE CAMPUS, only some comments are applicable to the main campus. You're about as safe in Montrose/on campus as you're likely to be anywhere, and much more so than at a large, city-based campus. It's a small town; occasional speeding tickets are the worst you'll usually see. Besides that, you might see some wild animals now and then, but they're hardly an issue.

    Clubs and Activities

    Note this is for the MONTROSE SATELLITE CAMPUS, only some comments are applicable to the main campus. Basically non-existent. There are some small study groups, and a student government called MC Voice, but nothing besides that.

    Great for these types of students

    Note this is for the MONTROSE SATELLITE CAMPUS, only some comments are applicable to the main campus. Montrose is great: A) for somebody just starting out who wants a friendly place to explore their options, build an understanding of themselves and subjects their interested in, prepare themselves for another campus, and do so without breaking the bank. Or, B) For somebody interested in taking a few basic classes in pursuit of a specific certificate or skill--for example nursing, one of the only full programs offered at the Montrose branch.

    Bang for the buck

    For somebody who's not sure where they're headed, and who wants a friendly, relatively informal environment to get their bearings, build up academic contacts, and generally figure out what they want to do, CMU Montrose is very hard to beat--you have a ton of flexibility and plenty of dedicated professors eager to help you excel, all at a price that blows most other schools out of the water several times over. Couple that with the fact that you're getting full credits that most colleges will accept without question, and Montrose's campus, despite its small size and limited resources, is very appealing. If you think this is a place to earn a degree, however, you're going to be disappointed. Either you're going to be taking online classes or you're going to be traveling down to Grand Junction several times a week.

    What to do for fun

    Note this is for the MONTROSE SATELLITE CAMPUS, only some comments are applicable to the main campus. The campus itself provides a grand total of nothing fun beyond however much you enjoy your classes. Obviously, Montrose is a small town, so you won't find over-the-top entertainment to rock your socks off. However, you can find plenty of community gatherings if you're willing to look for something a little less crazy than a huge metal concert. Expect plenty of small concerts from the local orchestra, who's conductor also happens to teach classes at CMU Montrose and some smaller stuff from local bands occasionally. Also look out for Main In Motion (festivals held on main street regularly in summer), and plenty of other family-friendly community gatherings. If you're willing to go a tiny bit farther out--a few hours' drive at most--you can visit a plethora of beautiful outdoor areas ranging from high mountains to deserts to pine-covered foothills to lakes. People from all over the world come to this part of Colorado for outdoor experiences year round, especially for skiing and snowboarding in the winter at places like Powderhorn. Beyond that, you can also find some awesome stuff for any inclination at towns like Ridgeway and Telluride, which host events of all kinds (for example, the Telluride music festivals, which includes the Bluegrass Festival) and have some wonderful places to visit year-round. Grand Junction, the location of the main campus and a fairly large city, is also only about an hour's drive away, and it host major events of all kinds regularly as well as having a fairly robust party scene.

    Food and Dining

    Note this is for the MONTROSE SATELLITE CAMPUS, only some comments are applicable to the main campus. Again, for the campus itself, you won't find anything. However, Montrose is home to a surprising number of excellent--and quite reasonably priced--restaurants. There are the usual fast food joints, some chain restaurants like Applebee's and Chili's, plenty of family-owned Mexican diners with huge helpings and awesome food (Fiesta Guadalajara is my personal favorite), and a staggering number of very, very good American-style diners. The Stone House is very high end, with a formal atmosphere, the Camp Robber is a tiny bit less professional but even more savory, and the Red Barn is all about the huge helpings of food. You can also find some unique restaurants, like a Mongolian buffet, on main street. Besides restaurants there's a farmers' market, pastry/lunch shops, health food stores, and even a local (and very, very tasty) coffee house. the Coffee Trader. Believe me when I say you'll find it hard not to find something you like.

    Dorm Life

    Note this is for the MONTROSE SATELLITE CAMPUS, only some comments are applicable to the main campus. Non existent. Montrose doesn't have any campus housing at all, and you aren't going to find much in the way of campus life. However, rentals are relatively cheap and quite abundant

    Academic Rigor

    Note this is for the MONTROSE SATELLITE CAMPUS, only some comments are applicable to the main campus. Classes at the Montrose campus are as rigorous or simplistic as you want them to be. Do note that you will not find higher division classes for most subjects at Montrose. What you will find is more than enough classes to complete general education requirements and fill out some of the lower division classes for most majors. The benefit Montrose provides is that classes are what might be called modular and easy to scale. On the surface, most courses won't take an attentive student more than normal effort to pass; some professors demand more than others, but you won't see anything completely unexpected or unreasonable (and if you do, you can talk to them about changing it). However, thanks to the availability of teachers, the potential most textbooks provide for extra research, and the plethora of information available through the excellent library, you are free to take a course as far as you want. If you don't want to spend all your time on math, you can just put in the effort to pass (and probably do decently) but you can also work extra hard in English or psychology or whatever beyond simply doing it for yourself (i.e. reading because you're interested, but getting no feedback). The majority of professors at Montrose hold PhDs and/or are extremely experienced in their fields, yet they remain friendly and quite approachable. Most of them are willing to accept extra work that an academic employee at any other institutions would refuse for lack of time. I was able, for example, to regularly submit lengthy essays for my graphic design course (yes, Montrose has a graphic design course, no it does not go beyond just the one) and receive a good chunk of feedback from my teacher on them. Unfortunately, as mentioned in the previous section, you can't expect too much in the way of study support from a fair chunk of the student body. There are plenty of committed individuals, and you may even find a couple study groups, but don't expect to see most students taking courses beyond basic requirements. Many, even some of the most committed students, don't have the time, and a few don't care. Also, you won't find much in the way of quiet study space unless you want to go to the library, which isn't always as calm as you might imagine. Be prepared to study at home and, often, alone.

    Tips for prospective students

    Note this is for the MONTROSE SATELLITE CAMPUS, only some comments are applicable to the main campus. I doubt anybody outside Montrose or nearby towns is interested in attending the school. However, assuming you are, or you're a Montrose resident considering CMU Montrose, keep this in mind: CMU Montrose is not a normal college. Technically, it isn't a community college--you get credits the same as if you were attending the main campus--but you get smaller class sizes, a more flexible and personal atmosphere, and a surprisingly competent team of professors (the people teaching at CMU Montrose are there because they love to teach--it's hard to find a bad course!). You can do things at the Montrose campus that are completely impossible elsewhere. It's perfectly reasonable to talk with most professors directly after class for an extended period of time without much fear of being blown off, and it's easy to approach and make friends with any of the staff--from a new teacher to the campus head--if you're willing to speak up a bit. You can also expect to finagle without disrupting schedules or receiving backlash. My physics teacher, for example, let us decide if we wanted to have a midterm before or after our Thanksgiving break. Take advantage of these peculiarities! There aren't many other college level institutions with the freedom that CMU Montrose provides you, and it gives you some really awesome opportunities to connect with experienced professionals, experiment with study methods, test out prospective majors, and generally learn about what it's like to be in college, all while in an environment that boarders on the personal and has manageable bills. If you're going to CMU Montrose for the reason that most students do--because it's cheap and nearby--don't throw away a potentially wonderful experience. Take advantage of all the unique opportunities such a small, easy going place has to offer. A few other things: Don't expect the most students to be the average college student. A good portion of them are going to Montrose exclusively for nursing classes, many are older, and the vast majority have busy lives outside of class. You won't find much of a normal student body here, so expect your time studying to be on your own, or be prepared to conform to some very strange schedules. Also, don't hesitate to access the Montrose Library. They're in the same building, after all. The research librarians there are highly efficient and the library has won regional and national awards for excellence--you can't go wrong with it.

    In three sentences

    Note this is for the MONTROSE SATELLITE CAMPUS, only some comments are applicable to the main campus. Highly cost effective, especially considering the extremely small class sizes (expect less than 30 in most classes) and impressive professorship, you cannot find better value. Rural location and small town feel are very different than you can find in any other college--this comes with ups (cheap living, flexibility in study, closer bond with professors, etc.) and downs (no college community feel, limited college-related activates, minimal materials and facilities, limited course range). All in all, an excellent launch pad for any discipline, but not somewhere most students will be able to reach their full potential, expect to transfer to the main campus or another college to complete almost any degree.

  • 01/09/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus is very safe, and there are even Campus Safety Assistants that are available to walk you to your dorm or car during the night until 2 or 3 a.m. There is also MavRides, which provides rides to students from somewhere off campus back to their dorm on Friday and Saturday nights if they have been consuming alcohol.

    Greek Life

    Colorado Mesa only offers one fraternity at the moment, and is possibly going to have a sorority in the near future.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many different clubs for almost every type of student, from departmental clubs to intramural sports. There are also many activities that the PAC puts on in and around the University Center for students throughout the school year.

    Great for these types of students

    Colorado Mesa is great for students who want small class sizes, a smaller campus, and who want to live in an area that has many outdoor recreation opportunities.

    Bang for the buck

    Colorado Mesa is definitely worth looking at and giving a shot because it's not too big or too small, and it still offers all the major degrees that most larger schools offer. The classes are academically challenging and you really do get the full college experience at the school.

    What to do for fun

    Although there aren't always fun activities happening on campus, there is usually plenty to do in Grand Junction. There are two bowling allies, an ice skating rink, and roller skating rink (Spin City). For those who enjoy outdoor recreation, there are tons of hiking and biking trails all over the valley, river rafting, and skiing at nearby Powderhorn in the winter.

    Food and Dining

    The food in the dining hall isn't always the best, and they serve a lot of the same things throughout the semester, but it's not completely bad. They do have a salad bar and a sandwich station, as well as pizza and pasta available every night. The other stations in the cafeteria offer a variety of options, and there are other places to eat on campus. The Bookcliff Cafe in the University Center offers a couple different stations that you can purchase food at with cash, as well as Jazzman's Coffee Shop and Sandela's Flat Bread Cafe in Houston Hall.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms on campus are all very clean and pretty nice. However, don't be deterred by the older buildings on campus (which are from the '60s and '70s). The older dorms have pretty much all been renovated, and the newer dorms are very nice as well. The RA's on each floor in each building make sure that everyone is included in campus activities and create fun things for the residents of each building to do together to build a sense of community.

    Academic Rigor

    Most of the classes are appropriately challenging, but remember that the same class may be offered at different times with different professors, so if you sign up for a class and don't think it's right for you, you may be able to change it rather easily. I have taken mostly general education courses so far, but I have definitely been academically challenged and made to think about the material presented in the class.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to check a website like Rate My Professor before signing up for any classes, and see if you'll like that class or not; you don't want to be stuck with a class you don't like. Also, apply for as many scholarships as possible, because this school has many that you may be eligible for. Another tip is to make use of the TLC, the Tutor Learning Center, which is paid for as part of your student fees. This center located in Houston Hall provides free tutoring from a peer that has taken the class you need help with and has either earned an A or B in the class.

    In three sentences

    Colorado Mesa University is a perfect school for anyone who wants small class sizes and a convenient location. It's located in Grand Junction, a mid-size city in a beautiful valley, and there are plenty of recreational activities to enjoy all over the valley. Many of the buildings on campus are fairly new, and the academics are accurately challenging.

  • 02/23/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Grand Junction has a lot of things to do outside. You can go hiking, climbing, shooting, dirt biking etc. One of CMU best clubs is the outdoor program, It provides cheap equipment that can be rented, and the program goes on trips to do different activities throughout the year.

    Food and Dining

    CMU provides an all access cafeteria that opens from 6am-8am. You can go as much as you please within the hours it is open. When the cafeteria closes CMU also has a separate place to get food that you pay for each visit, which is open until midnight.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are a lot of fun. They are coed and we have Residential Assistants on every floor. There are plenty of different dorms to choose from to fit your living style. The dorms are unique fun and are a safe place to live.

    Academic Rigor

    There a many different degrees you can choose from up at CMU. All of the teachers I have had have been very nice and respectful. The teachers are good at explaining the course material, and actually care about your success as a student.

    Tips for prospective students

    My tips for prospective students would be to get involved on campus. Staying involved with your school will help make the experience enjoyable.

    In three sentences

    Colorado Mesa has a great and beautiful campus. I have had great experiences with all of my teachers and peers. The only thing I do not like about the college is its location in Grand Junction.

  • 03/25/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Sadly, there are only two fraternities on campus. The school is expanding and trying to start a few chapters of sororities; however, there is no recent progress.

    Food and Dining

    The food is delicious. Occasionally, the selection is slim, but the cafe always serves great food.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are great! The school is expanding so many of the dorms are new. Everybody is friendly and there are always dorm activities happening.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics can be challenging, but receiving an A is possible with hard work and dedication.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you go to every class, there is always important information. Also, do all your readings even if the teacher did not assign any.

    In three sentences

    Colorado Mesa University is an excellent school. The learning environment is great and teachers try their best to help you. I am very happy I go to school here.

  • 04/06/2014

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    I have been in contact with the school and they seem like a good fit. They are very helpful and knowledgeable. I am considering attending this school.