Baccalaureate Admission Requirements

Full Admission

First-year students who are admitted to Colorado Mesa University’s four-year division will be admitted based on their GPA, courses completed in high school with focus on HEAR recommendations, and any other supporting documents provided by the student such as letters of recommendation or SAT/ACT test scores. First-time students with a 3.0+ GPA are guaranteed admission, but enrollment in courses requires determining appropriate placement, which may be based on ACT, SAT, or IB test scores. If those scores are not available, students are required to take the ALEKS Assessment, which is available through the CMU Testing Center (    

Compass Program

First-year applicants with under a 3.0 GPA may be offered admission in the Compass Program. Students may transition to a baccalaureate program once they 1) complete 24 college-level credits at Colorado Mesa University, 2) earn a grade of C or higher in UNIV 100, 3) complete or are eligible to enroll in college-level English and math courses, and 4) earn a 2.0 cumulative grade point average. 

Adult Students

Applicants 23 years of age or older and/or who have been out of school for a minimum of five years and who are seeking undergraduate admission will not be held to the minimum first-time student and/or transfer student GPA admission standards. See details regarding admission of adult students.