Colorado Mesa University

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2022 Undergraduate Tuition
$8,261
3% growth from 2021
2022 Average Net Price
$15,085
After Financial Aid
2019 Default Rate
3.41%
on Student Loans
2022 Acceptance Rate
81.8%
9,810 Applicants
2022 Enrolled Students
8,905
74.4% Full-Time
2022 Graduation Rate
45.3%
544 Graduates

About

Colorado Mesa University is a higher education institution located in Mesa County, CO. In 2022, the most popular Bachelors Degree concentrations at Colorado Mesa University were General Business Administration & Management (188 degrees awarded), Registered Nursing (157 degrees), and Kinesiology & Exercise Science (100 degrees).

In 2022, 1,939 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Colorado Mesa University. 54.6% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 45.4% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (1,358 degrees), 3.83 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (355 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Colorado Mesa University is $8,261, which is $−20,069 less than the national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($28,330).

Costs

In 2022, the median undergraduate tuition at Colorado Mesa University is $8,261, which is $−20,069 less than the national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($28,330).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $15,085.

In 2022, 76% of undergraduate students attending Colorado Mesa University received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 36% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Tuition Costs

$8,261
2022 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2022, the cost of tuition at Colorado Mesa University was $8,261. The cost of tuition at Colorado Mesa University is $−20,069 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($28,330).

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Average Net Price

$15,085
2022 Value
1.56%
1 Year Growth

In 2022 Colorado Mesa University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $15,085. Between 2021 and 2022, the average net price of Colorado Mesa University grew by 1.56%.

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Other Student Expenses

$9,872
Room and Board
$1,560
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Colorado Mesa University was of $9,872 in 2022. The cost of room and board increased by 0.443% between 2021 and 2022.

During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,560. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid by Income Level

76%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
36%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

76% of undergraduate students at Colorado Mesa University received financial aid through grants or loans in 2022. This represents a growth of 5.56% with respect to 2021, when 72% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.
3.41%
2019 Default Rate
80
Number of Defaults

In 2019 the default rate for borrower's at Colorado Mesa University was 3.41%, which represents 80 out of the 2346 total borrowers.

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Admissions

Colorado Mesa University received 9,810 undergraduate applications in 2022, which represents a 21.4% annual growth. Out of those 9,810 applicants, 8,021 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 81.8% acceptance rate.

There were 8,905 students enrolled at Colorado Mesa University in 2022. 49% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Colorado Mesa University has an overall enrollment yield of 21.8%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

81.8%
Acceptance Rate in 2022
8,021
Accepted Out of 9,810

In 2022, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Colorado Mesa University was 81.8% (8,021 admissions from 9,810 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2021, which was 80.2%. Between 2021 and 2022, the number of applicants grew by 21.4%, while admissions grew by 23.7%..

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SAT Scores

49%
Submission Percentage (2022)
858
Scores Submitted (2022)

49% of enrolled first-time students at Colorado Mesa University in 2022 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Colorado Mesa University had a total enrollment of 8,905 students in 2022. The full-time enrollment at Colorado Mesa University is 6,626 students and the part-time enrollment is 2,279. This means that 74.4% of students enrolled at Colorado Mesa University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Colorado Mesa University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 65.9% White, 20.7% Hispanic or Latino, 4.32% Two or More Races, 1.76% Black or African American, 1.52% Asian, 0.539% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.404% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Colorado Mesa University in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (35%), followed by White Male (30.6%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (12%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (48.8%), followed by White Male (22.5%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (7.75%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

74.4%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Colorado Mesa University in 2022, both undergraduate and graduate, is 8,905 students. The full-time enrollment at Colorado Mesa University is 6,626 and the part-time enrollment is 2,279. This means that 74.4% of students enrolled at Colorado Mesa University are enrolled full-time compared with 79.6% at similar Baccalaureate Colleges.

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Retention Rate over Time

76%
2022 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at Colorado Mesa University was 76%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Baccalaureate Colleges (72%), Colorado Mesa University had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. White
    5,868 enrolled students
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    1,847 enrolled students
  3. Two or More Races
    385 enrolled students

The enrolled student population at Colorado Mesa University is 65.9% White, 20.7% Hispanic or Latino, 4.32% Two or More Races, 1.76% Black or African American, 1.52% Asian, 0.539% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.404% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Baccalaureate Colleges is 54.3% White, 13.8% Hispanic or Latino, and 13.1% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 325 students (3.65%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2022, 179 more women than men received degrees from Colorado Mesa University. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Colorado Mesa University is white (1,358 degrees awarded). There were 3.83 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (355 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Colorado Mesa University is General Business Administration & Management (188 degrees awarded), followed by Registered Nursing (157 degrees) and Kinesiology & Exercise Science (100 degrees).

In 2022,  the most specialized majors across all degree types at Colorado Mesa University, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Precision Production (110 degrees awarded), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (139 degrees), and Construction (72 degrees).

Common Jobs by Major

Most Common Job

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Colorado Mesa University are Police officers (134,888 people), Elementary & middle school teachers (87,420 people), Other managers (87,320 people), Construction managers (44,472 people), and Secondary school teachers (36,991 people).

The most specialized majors at Colorado Mesa University in 2022 are Precision Production (110 degrees awarded), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (139 degrees), Construction (72 degrees), Communication Technologies (26 degrees), and Human Sciences (57 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Colorado Mesa University are Physicians, Surgeons, Photographic process workers & processing machine operators, Chief executives & legislators, and Nurse anesthetists

The most specialized majors at Colorado Mesa University are Precision Production (110 degrees awarded), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (139 degrees), Construction (72 degrees), Communication Technologies (26 degrees), and Human Sciences (57 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Common Industries by Major

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Colorado Mesa University are Justice, public order, & safety activities (318,876 people), Elementary & secondary schools (209,502 people), Construction (119,186 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (104,700 people), and Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (82,959 people).

The most specialized majors at Colorado Mesa University are Precision Production (110 degrees awarded), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (139 degrees), Construction (72 degrees), Communication Technologies (26 degrees), and Human Sciences (57 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by Colorado Mesa University.
Most Common (2022)
  1. 188 degrees awarded
  2. 157 degrees awarded
  3. 100 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Colorado Mesa University was General Business Administration & Management with 188 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

880
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2022
1,059
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2022

In 2022, 880 degrees were awarded to men at Colorado Mesa University, which is 0.831 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (1,059).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2022, 115 degrees were awarded to men at Colorado Mesa University in General Business Administration & Management, which is 1.34 times more than the 86 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2022, 166 degrees were awarded to men at Colorado Mesa University in Registered Nursing, which is 10.4 times more than the 16 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

25%
100% Completion Time
44%
150% Completion Time

In 2022, 25% of students graduating from Colorado Mesa University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 44% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 46% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Graduation Rate by Race and Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
White Female
Highest Graduation Rate (55.8%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate in 2022 at Colorado Mesa University is Female and White (55.8% graduation rate). Across all Baccalaureate Colleges, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (73.2%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 2.57% of graduates (14 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. White
    1,358 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    355 degrees awarded
  3. Two or More Races
    65 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Colorado Mesa University is white (1,358 degrees awarded). There were 3.83 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (355 degrees).

2.78% of degree recipients (54 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic (2022)
  1. White Female
    741 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    617 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino Female
    211 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at Colorado Mesa University is white female (741 degrees awarded). There were 1.2 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (617 degrees).

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Operations

Colorado Mesa University has an endowment valued at nearly $42.1M, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of −NaNM (−17.6%) compared to the 0.58% average return (286k on 49.3M) across all Baccalaureate Colleges.

In 2022, Colorado Mesa University had a total salary expenditure of 167M. Colorado Mesa University employs 126 Instructors, 77 Assistant professors and 59 Associate professors. Most academics at Colorado Mesa University are Female Instructor (67), Male Instructor (59), and Female Assistant professor (41).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Colorado Mesa University are: Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media, with 101 employees, Service, with 73 employees, and Management with 70 employees.

Endowment

$42.1M
2022 Endowment
14.7%
decline from 2021

Colorado Mesa University has an endowment valued at about $42.1M, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The endowment of Colorado Mesa University declined 14.7% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $7.16M lower than than the median endowment of Baccalaureate Colleges according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Baccalaureate Colleges: Diverse Fields Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Salary Expenditure

$56.9M
2022 Salaries
1.21%
growth from 2021

In 2022, Colorado Mesa University paid a median of $56.9M in salaries, which represents 34.1% of their overall expenditure ($167M) and a 1.21% growth from the previous year.

The median for similar Baccalaureate Colleges is 15.7M (37.9% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$21.4M
Instructional Salaries
325
Number of Employees

In 2022, Colorado Mesa University paid a total of $21.4M to 325 employees working as instructors, which represents 37.7% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $5.04M (32.1%) for similar Baccalaureate Colleges.

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Occupations by Share

Instructor
Most Common Instructor
126 Employees
Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
101 Employees

In 2022, the most common positions for instructional staff at Colorado Mesa University were Instructor with 126 employees, Assistant professor with 77 employees, and Associate professor with 59 employees.

In 2022, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Colorado Mesa University were Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 101 employees, Service with 73 employees, and Management with 70 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic (2022)
  1. Female Instructor
  2. Male Instructor
  3. Female Assistant professor

In 2022, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Colorado Mesa University was Female Instructor with 67 employees, Male Instructor with 59 employees, and Female Assistant professor with 41 employees.

This chart shows the sex split between each academic rank present at Colorado Mesa University.

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