Colorado Mesa University

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Colorado Mesa University
Former names
Mesa State College, Mesa College, Grand Junction Junior College
MottoRumble Mavs!
TypePublic university
Established1925; 97 years ago (1925)
Academic affiliations
Endowment$37.2 million (2020)[1]
PresidentJohn Marshall
Location, ,
United States

39°04′50″N 108°33′16″W / 39.08061°N 108.55456°W / 39.08061; -108.55456Coordinates: 39°04′50″N 108°33′16″W / 39.08061°N 108.55456°W / 39.08061; -108.55456
CampusUrban, 104 acres (42 ha)
Colors    Maroon, white & gold
Sporting affiliations
NCAA Division IIRocky Mountain
A university sign at North 12th Street and North Avenue

Colorado Mesa University is a public university in Grand Junction, Colorado. The university's other locations include Bishop Campus, which houses Western Colorado Community College in northwestern Grand Junction, and a regional campus in Montrose, Colorado. Colorado Mesa University grants associate degrees, bachelor's degrees, and master's degrees.

Previously Mesa State College, the college attained university status in August 2011 and changed its name to Colorado Mesa University.

Board of Trustees[edit]

The Board of Trustees consists of 13 trustees (11 voting and two non-voting members). The voting members are appointed by the Colorado Governor, confirmed by the Colorado State Senate and serve staggered terms. The Colorado Mesa University Student Trustee is elected by the student-body and is considered to be one of the most influential positions in the university and college system. The Senatus Academicus names a member from their ranks to serve as the eleventh member. The Board meets regularly throughout the year and is charged with the task of hiring the President, guiding the mission, and overseeing the budget.[5]


Colorado Mesa University offers programs leading to awards in five levels: technical certificates, associate degrees, baccalaureate degrees, master's degrees and professional doctoral degrees.

Colorado Mesa University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.

Financial aid[edit]

During the 2010–2011 school year, Colorado Mesa University distributed over $48 million in financial aid to 75% of the student body population through scholarships, grants, loans and student employment. In addition to funding from the college, the Mesa State Foundation awarded more than $300,000 in private scholarships to over 300 students.[citation needed]

Residence life[edit]

Garfield Hall CMU.jpg

Colorado Mesa University offers options for students to live on campus. There are currently over 2,000 students living on campus in eleven residential buildings consisting of traditional rooms, suites and pods, and apartments.

Residence halls and apartments are governed by the Residence Hall Association (RHA). The Residence Hall Council (RHC) is an extension of RHA and acts as the governing body for each residence hall. The RHC of each building is composed of an elected executive board and an RHA representative.

Notable facilities[edit]

Houston Hall[edit]

Houston Hall has the reputation of being the first building on campus. Built in 1940, it is named for the college's first president, Dr. Clifford G. Houston. Prior to its construction, the college had occupied an abandoned school building (the old Lowell School) in the city's downtown area. During the 2011 expansion and renovation project, delicate care was taken to seamlessly match the ornamental brick facade of the new wing with that of the original building.

Dominguez Hall

Dominguez Hall[edit]

Dominguez Hall was built in 2011 and currently is home for the Davis School of Business and the Center for Teacher Education. This building has several classrooms, including four large semi-circle lecture rooms, computer labs, small study rooms, study open spaces (indoors and outdoors), faculty offices, a coffee shop facility, and board room.

Lowell Heiny Hall[edit]

Originally built in 1967 to house the college library, previously located in Houston Hall, Lowell Heiny Hall now houses, University Authorities offices, Registrar's Office, HR, Marketing, and faculty offices.

University Center

The University Center[edit]

The current University Center building was built in 2010 to replace the aging W.W. Campbell College Center. The new University Center houses the main campus dining facilities including: Dining Hall, Bookcliff Cafe, Starbucks Coffee, and a small convenience store. The center also houses the Associated Student Government, The Criterion campus newspaper, KMSA 91.3FM, Bookstore, Ballroom, student lounges, MAV Card Office, and the Student Life office which contains some club offices.

The Maverick Center[edit]

Formerly known as Saunders Field House, The Maverick Center houses all athletic facilities in one building, except for football and baseball. Facilities include Brownson Arena, El Pomar Natatorium, Hamilton Recreation Center, and Monfort Family Human Performance Lab. Adjacent to The Maverick Center are Walker Field soccer and lacrosse stadium, Elliot Tennis Complex, Bergman Softball Field, and the Maverick Pavilion.

Moss Performing Arts Center[edit]

The Moss Performing Arts Center, named for local Colorado Mesa University supporters John and Angie Moss, provides music, dance and theatre students with the facilities needed to let their creativity shine. The center, which recently underwent a $5.1 million renovation and expansion, is home to the 600-seat William S. Robinson Theatre, a 300-seat recital hall, the Walter Walker Reception Area, the Mesa Experimental Theatre, a design studio, numerous music practice rooms, smart technology classrooms, faculty offices and a dance studio.

Moss is the home to the Theatre and Music Departments which offer a variety of entertainment for the campus and local community throughout the year.

Tomlinson Library

Tomlinson Library[edit]

By 1984 the library's collection had outgrown Lowell Heiny Library and plans were made to build the collection a new home. The new library was dedicated in 1986. Recognized as an architectural gem in American School and University magazine[citation needed], the library was named for outgoing college president John U. Tomlinson in 1988 to honor his commitment to improved library services at the college. Tomlinson Library now contains over 190,000 volumes, including a large government documents collection, and a geology library. The library houses the Ethridge Pottery Collection of prehistoric southwestern ceramics.

Forensic Investigation Research Station[edit]

Known by the acronym "FIRS", this facility consisting of a laboratory building and a fenced-in body farm is located just outside Grand Junction.[6] As of January 2018, the decomposition of eleven bodies was under investigation with a focus on identification of microbial clocks, collections of microorganisms which appear and change in a predictable manner during the course of human body decomposition.[6]


CMU's athletic teams are known as the Mavericks; their mascot is symbolized by a rearing bull's head with flaring nostrils. Official colors are maroon, white, and gold. Student body fans are known as The Herd.

The Colorado Mesa Mavericks have 28 varsity teams[7] that compete in NCAA Division II athletics, as part of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. CMU fields teams in men's football, men's baseball, men's and women's basketball, women's volleyball, men's and women's cross country, men's and women's indoor and outdoor track and field, men's and women's golf, men's and women's soccer, men's and women's lacrosse, women's softball, men's and women's swimming, men's and women's tennis, and men's and women's wrestling.

Student media[edit]

  • KMSA 91.3 FM
  • The Criterion, student newspaper
  • CMU-TV, student-run television station
  • Horizon, student-run magazine


  1. ^ As of June 30, 2020. U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2020 Endowment Market Value and Change in Endowment Market Value from FY19 to FY20 (Report). National Association of College and University Business Officers and TIAA. February 19, 2021. Retrieved February 21, 2021.
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  5. ^[permanent dead link]. 2010. Board of Trustees. Retrieved 2010.09.14
  6. ^ a b Beans, Carolyn (2 January 2018). "Can microbes keep time for forensic investigators?". Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 115 (1): 3–6. doi:10.1073/pnas.1718156114. PMC 5776831. PMID 29295964.
  7. ^ "About Colorado Mesa University". Retrieved 2 November 2021.

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