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 test scores.  

Compass Program

Baccalaureate seeking students who are not recommended for full-baccalaureate admission based on the holistic review process may be offered provisional 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 be eligible to enroll in college-level English and math courses, and 4) earn a 2.0 cumulative grade point average. 

GOALS Program

Greater Opportunity for Academic and Life Success (GOALS) is designed for students who do not meet the admission requirements to directly enter CMU’s baccalaureate degree. Students in the GOALS Program are initially admitted to an Associate's degree until they meet the requirements to internally transition into a four-year baccalaureate degree. Students will take (UNIV 100), a course designed to provide skills to succeed in college in life. Students will focus on study skills, self-management skills, financial literacy, and major/career exploration. Additionally, students are supported through individualized academic advising and college success workshops.  

The GOALS program supports students until they have successfully completed the following requirements: completed 24 credits of 100-level or above course work, college ready for both math and English, and has a cumulative 2.0 grade GPA or better. The GOALS program will help students explore the pathways toward either completing a certificate, associate or bachelor's degree. 

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.