Colorado Mesa University

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2020 Undergraduate Tuition
$7,787
0% growth from 2019
2020 Average Net Price
$15,327
After Financial Aid
2018 Student Loan
8.18%
Default Rate
2020 Acceptance Rate
75.4%
8,796 Applicants
2020 Enrolled Students
9,110
76% Full-Time
2020 Graduation Rate
43.8%
462 Graduates

About

Colorado Mesa University is a higher education institution located in Mesa County, CO. In 2020, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Colorado Mesa University were Registered Nursing (175 degrees awarded), General Business Administration & Management (172 degrees), and Kinesiology & Exercise Science (105 degrees).

In 2020, 1,966 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Colorado Mesa University. 57.3% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 42.7% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (1,421 degrees), 4.33 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (328 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Colorado Mesa University is $7,787, which is $−20,613 less than the national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($28,400).

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The median undergraduate tuition at Colorado Mesa University is $7,787, which is $−20,613 less than the national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($28,400).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $15,327.

In 2020, 69% of undergraduate students attending Colorado Mesa University received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 44% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Tuition Costs

$7,787
2020 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2020, the cost of tuition at Colorado Mesa University was $7,787. The cost of tuition at Colorado Mesa University is $−20,613 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($28,400).

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Average Net Price

$15,327
2020 Value
3.64%
1 Year Growth

In 2020 Colorado Mesa University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $15,327. Between 2019 and 2020, the average net price of Colorado Mesa University grew by 3.64%.

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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 2020. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,560. The cost of room and board increased by 0.00513% between 2019 and 2020. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid by Income Level

69%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
44%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

69% of undergraduate students at Colorado Mesa University received financial aid through grants or loans in 2020. This represents a growth of 9.52% with respect to 2019, when 63% 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.
8.18%
2018 Default Rate
198
Number of Defaults

In 2018 the default rate for borrower's at Colorado Mesa University was 8.18%, which represents 198 out of the 2420 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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predictive-analysisAdmissions

Colorado Mesa University received 8,796 undergraduate applications in 2020, which represents a 0.554% annual decline. Out of those 8,796 applicants, 6,636 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 75.4% acceptance rate.

There were 9,110 students enrolled at Colorado Mesa University in 2020, and N/A% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Colorado Mesa University has an overall enrollment yield of 29.7%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

75.4%
Acceptance Rate in 2020
6,636
Accepted Out of 8,796

In 2020, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Colorado Mesa University was 75.4% (6,636 admissions from 8,796 applications). This is lower than the acceptance rate of 2019, which was 78.2%. Between 2019 and 2020, the number of applicants declined by −0.554%, while admissions declined by −4.06%.

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SAT Scores

N/A%
Submission Percentage
0
Scores Submitted

N/A% of enrolled first-time students at Colorado Mesa University in 2020 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Colorado Mesa University has a total enrollment of 9,110 students. The full-time enrollment at Colorado Mesa University is 6,927 students and the part-time enrollment is 2,183. This means that 76% of students enrolled at Colorado Mesa University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Colorado Mesa University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 66.4% White, 20.8% Hispanic or Latino, 4.3% Two or More Races, 2.01% Black or African American, 1.48% Asian, 0.549% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.494% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Colorado Mesa University in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (35.2%), followed by White Male (30.3%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (12.8%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (48.6%), followed by White Male (15.7%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (4.29%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

76%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Colorado Mesa University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 9,110 students. The full-time enrollment at Colorado Mesa University is 6,927 and the part-time enrollment is 2,183. This means that 76% of students enrolled at Colorado Mesa University are enrolled full-time compared with 80.1% at similar Baccalaureate Colleges.

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Retention Rate over Time

75%
2020 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 75%. 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
    6,045
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    1,893
  3. Two or More Races
    392

The enrolled student population at Colorado Mesa University is 66.4% White, 20.8% Hispanic or Latino, 4.3% Two or More Races, 2.01% Black or African American, 1.48% Asian, 0.549% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.494% 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 54.8% White, 13.8% Black or African American, and 13.4% 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, 275 students (3.02%) did not report their race.

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In 2020, 288 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 (1,421 degrees awarded). There were 4.33 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (328 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Colorado Mesa University is Registered Nursing (175 degrees awarded), followed by General Business Administration & Management (172 degrees) and Kinesiology & Exercise Science (105 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 Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (141 degrees awarded), Construction (68 degrees), and Precision Production (75 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 (127,264 people), Elementary & middle school teachers (88,753 people), Other managers (77,558 people), Construction managers (38,250 people), and Social workers, all other (35,225 people).

The most specialized majors at Colorado Mesa University are Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (141 degrees awarded), Construction (68 degrees), Precision Production (75 degrees), Protective Services (150 degrees), and Human Sciences (51 degrees).

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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, Nuclear medicine technologists and medical dosimetrists, Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents, and Nurse anesthetists

The most specialized majors at Colorado Mesa University are Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (141 degrees awarded), Construction (68 degrees), Precision Production (75 degrees), Protective Services (150 degrees), and Human Sciences (51 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 (304,081 people), Elementary & secondary schools (188,591 people), Construction (104,792 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (96,292 people), and Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (74,470 people).

The most specialized majors at Colorado Mesa University are Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (141 degrees awarded), Construction (68 degrees), Precision Production (75 degrees), Protective Services (150 degrees), and Human Sciences (51 degrees).

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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
  1. 175 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 172 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 105 degree-majorss awarded

In 2020, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Colorado Mesa University was Registered Nursing with 175 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

839
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2020
1,127
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2020

In 2020, 839 degrees were awarded to men at Colorado Mesa University, which is 0.744 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (1,127).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2020, 114 degrees were awarded to men at Colorado Mesa University in General Business Administration & Management, which is 1.68 times more than the 68 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2020, 174 degrees were awarded to women at Colorado Mesa University in Registered Nursing, which is 8.7 times more than the 20 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

18%
100% Completion Time
39%
150% Completion Time

In 2020, 18% of students graduating from Colorado Mesa University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 39% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 41% 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.
Asian Male
Highest Graduation Rate (80%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Colorado Mesa University is Male and Asian (80% graduation rate). Across all Baccalaureate Colleges, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (72.4%).

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, 0.433% of graduates (2 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    1,421 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    328 degrees awarded
  3. Two or More Races
    66 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Colorado Mesa University is white (1,421 degrees awarded). There were 4.33 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (328 degrees).

2.59% of degree recipients (51 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic
  1. White Female
    815 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    606 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino Female
    187 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at Colorado Mesa University is white female (815 degrees awarded). There were 1.34 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (606 degrees).

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Colorado Mesa University has an endowment valued at nearly $37.2M, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $3.64M (9.79%), compared to the 2.06% average return ($820k on $39.8M) across all Baccalaureate Colleges.

In 2020, Colorado Mesa University had a total salary expenditure of $141M. Colorado Mesa University employs 116 Instructors, 79 Assistant professors, and 57 Professors. Most academics at Colorado Mesa University are Female Instructors (60), Male Instructors(56), and Female Assistant professors (44).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Colorado Mesa University are: Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media, with 84 employees, Service, with 74 employees, and Management with 70 employees.

Endowment

$37.2M
2020 Endowment
6.71%
growth from 2019

Colorado Mesa University has an endowment valued at about $37.2M, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The endowment of Colorado Mesa University grew 6.71% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $2.63M 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. $1.39M - Federal
  2. $25.3M - State
  3. $0 - Local

As of 2020, Colorado Mesa University received $1.39M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $25.3M from state grants and contracts, and $0 from local grants and contracts.

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Salary Expenditure

$53.2M
2020 Salaries
3.37%
growth from 2019

In 2020, Colorado Mesa University paid a median of $53.2M in salaries, which represents 37.8% of their overall expenditure ($141M) and a 3.37% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 2.32% growth from 2018 and a 2.34% growth from 2017.

The median for similar Baccalaureate Colleges is 15.4M (40.8% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$20M
Instructional Salaries
313
Number of Employees

In 2020, Colorado Mesa University paid a total of $20M to 313 employees working as instructors, which represents 37.7% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $4.78M (31%) for similar Baccalaureate Colleges.

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Occupations by Share

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

In 2020, the most common positions for instructional staff at Colorado Mesa University were Instructor with 116 employees; Assistant professor with 79 employees; and Assistant professor with 57 employees.

In 2020, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Colorado Mesa University were Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 84 employees; Service with 74 employees; and Management with 70 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

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

In 2020, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Colorado Mesa University was Female Instructor with 60 employees, Male Instructor with 56 employees, and Female Assistant professor with 44 employees.

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

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