Colorado Mesa University

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2019 Undergraduate Tuition
$7,787
0% growth from 2018
2019 Average Net Price
$14,788
After Financial Aid
2017 Student Loan
10.9%
Default Rate
2019 Acceptance Rate
78.2%
8,845 Applicants
2019 Enrolled Students
9,373
74.9% Full-Time
2018 Graduation Rate
39.2%
474 Graduates

About

Colorado Mesa University is a higher education institution located in Mesa County, CO. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Colorado Mesa University were General Business (216 degrees awarded), Registered Nursing (181 degrees), and Kinesiology & Exercise Science (114 degrees).

In 2019, 1,986 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Colorado Mesa University. 55.2% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 44.8% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (1,436 degrees), 4.27 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (336 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Colorado Mesa University is $7,787, which is $−19,493 less than the national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($27,280).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Colorado Mesa University is $7,787, which is $−19,493 less than the national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($27,280).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $14,788.

In 2019, 63% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 44% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$7,787
2019 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2019, the cost of tuition at Colorado Mesa University was $7,787. The cost of tuition at Colorado Mesa University is $−19,493 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($27,280).

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Average Net Price

$14,788
2019 Value
2.67%
1 Year Growth

In 2019 Colorado Mesa University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $14,788. Between 2018 and 2019, the average net price of Colorado Mesa University grew by 2.67%.

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Other Student Expenses

$9,738
Room and Board
$1,560
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Colorado Mesa University was of $9,738 in 2019. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,560. The cost of room and board increased by 4.41% between 2018 and 2019. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

63%
Of Undergraduates Receive Grants
44%
Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

63% of undergraduate students at Colorado Mesa University received grants or loans in 2019. This represents a decline of 17.1% with respect to 2018, when 76% 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.
10.9%
2017 Default Rate
276
Number of Defaults

In 2017 the default rate for borrower's at Colorado Mesa University was 10.9%, which represents 276 out of the 2523 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Admissions

Colorado Mesa University received 8,845 undergraduate applications in 2019, which represents a 23.5% annual growth. Out of those 8,845 applicants, 6,917 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 78.2% acceptance rate.

There were 9,373 students enrolled at Colorado Mesa University in 2019, and 82% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Colorado Mesa University has an overall enrollment yield of 29.9%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

78.2%
Acceptance Rate in 2019
6,917
Accepted Out of 8,845

In 2019, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Colorado Mesa University was 78.2% (6,917 admissions from 8,845 applications). This is lower than the acceptance rate of 2018, which was 80.7%. Between 2018 and 2019, the number of applicants grew by 23.5%, while admissions grew by 19.6%.

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SAT Scores

82%
Submission Percentage
1,699
Scores Submitted

82% of enrolled first-time students at Colorado Mesa University in 2019 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Colorado Mesa University has a total enrollment of 9,373 students. The full-time enrollment at Colorado Mesa University is 7,020 students and the part-time enrollment is 2,353. This means that 74.9% of students enrolled at Colorado Mesa University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Colorado Mesa University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 66.8% White, 21% Hispanic or Latino, 3.98% Two or More Races, 1.76% Black or African American, 1.41% Asian, 0.512% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.459% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Colorado Mesa University in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (35.6%), followed by White Male (30.8%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (12%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (33.3%), followed by White Male (16.7%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (6.25%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

74.9%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Colorado Mesa University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 9,373 students. The full-time enrollment at Colorado Mesa University is 7,020 and the part-time enrollment is 2,353. This means that 74.9% of students enrolled at Colorado Mesa University are enrolled full-time compared with 81.1% at similar Baccalaureate Colleges.

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Retention Rate over Time

74%
2019 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 74%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Baccalaureate Colleges (73%), Colorado Mesa University had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    6,263
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    1,970
  3. Two or More Races
    373

The enrolled student population at Colorado Mesa University is 66.8% White, 21% Hispanic or Latino, 3.98% Two or More Races, 1.76% Black or African American, 1.41% Asian, 0.512% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.459% 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 55% White, 14% Black or African American, and 13.1% Hispanic or Latino.

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, 270 students (2.88%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2019, 206 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 (1,436 degrees awarded). There were 4.27 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (336 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Colorado Mesa University is General Business (216 degrees awarded), followed by Registered Nursing (181 degrees) and Kinesiology & Exercise Science (114 degrees).

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 Communication Technologies (51 degrees awarded), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (174 degrees), and Construction (69 degrees).

Workforce

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 (141,136 people), Other managers (96,053 people), Elementary & middle school teachers (53,598 people), Construction managers (48,079 people), and Probation officers & correctional treatment specialists (39,086 people).

The most specialized majors at Colorado Mesa University are Communication Technologies (51 degrees awarded), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (174 degrees), Construction (69 degrees), Protective Services (147 degrees), and Natural Resources & Conservation (29 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Colorado Mesa University are Chief executives & legislators, Physicians, Surgeons, Dentists, and Fundraisers

The most specialized majors at Colorado Mesa University are Communication Technologies (51 degrees awarded), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (174 degrees), Construction (69 degrees), Protective Services (147 degrees), and Natural Resources & Conservation (29 degrees).

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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 (336,563 people), Elementary & secondary schools (140,732 people), Construction (128,291 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (89,266 people), and Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (75,955 people).

The most specialized majors at Colorado Mesa University are Communication Technologies (51 degrees awarded), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (174 degrees), Construction (69 degrees), Protective Services (147 degrees), and Natural Resources & Conservation (29 degrees).

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Degrees

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
  1. 216 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 181 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 114 degree-majorss awarded

In 2019, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Colorado Mesa University was General Business with 216 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

890
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2019
1,096
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2019

In 2019, 890 degrees were awarded to men at Colorado Mesa University, which is 0.812 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (1,096).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2019, 127 degrees were awarded to men at Colorado Mesa University in General Business, which is 1.23 times more than the 103 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2019, 154 degrees were awarded to women at Colorado Mesa University in Registered Nursing, which is 4.53 times more than the 34 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

15%
100% Completion Time
33%
150% Completion Time

In 2019, 15% of students graduating from Colorado Mesa University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 33% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 36% 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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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Gender

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
Black or African American Female
Highest Graduation Rate (50%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Colorado Mesa University is Female and Black or African American (50% graduation rate). Across all Baccalaureate Colleges, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (69.1%).

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, 1.27% of graduates (6 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    1,436 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    336 degrees awarded
  3. Two or More Races
    64 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Colorado Mesa University is white (1,436 degrees awarded). There were 4.27 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (336 degrees).

2.27% of degree recipients (45 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic
  1. White Female
    790 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    646 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino Female
    186 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Colorado Mesa University is white female (790 degrees awarded). There were 1.22 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (646 degrees).

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Operations

Colorado Mesa University has an endowment valued at nearly $34.9M, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $3.21M (9.21%), compared to the 3.99% average return ($1.62M on $40.7M) across all Baccalaureate Colleges.

In 2019, Colorado Mesa University had a total salary expenditure of $137M. Colorado Mesa University employs 108 Instructors, 79 Assistant professors, and 55 Professors. Most academics at Colorado Mesa University are Male Instructors (55), Female Instructors(53), and Female Assistant professors (45).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Colorado Mesa University are: Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media, with 81 employees, Service, with 71 employees, and Management with 64 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$34.9M
2019 Endowment
15.6%
growth from 2018

Colorado Mesa University has an endowment valued at about $34.9M, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The endowment of Colorado Mesa University grew 15.6% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $5.83M 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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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $1.29M - Federal
  2. $22.2M - State
  3. $8.02k - Local

As of 2019, Colorado Mesa University received $1.29M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $22.2M from state grants and contracts, and $8.02k from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$51.5M
2019 Salaries
2.32%
growth from 2018

In 2019, Colorado Mesa University paid a median of $51.5M in salaries, which represents 37.6% of their overall expenditure ($137M) and a 2.32% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 2.34% growth from 2017 and a 10.5% growth from 2016.

The median for similar Baccalaureate Colleges is 15.5M (41% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$18.8M
Instructional Salaries
304
Number of Employees

In 2019, Colorado Mesa University paid a total of $18.8M to 304 employees working as instructors, which represents 36.6% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $4.89M (31.6%) for similar Baccalaureate Colleges.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

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

In 2019, the most common positions for instructional staff at Colorado Mesa University were Instructor with 108 employees; Assistant professor with 79 employees; and Assistant professor with 55 employees.

In 2019, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Colorado Mesa University were Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 81 employees; Service with 71 employees; and Management with 64 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

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

In 2019, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Colorado Mesa University was Male Instructor with 55 employees, Female Instructor with 53 employees, and Female Assistant professor with 45 employees.

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

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