Colorado Mesa University

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2017 Undergraduate Tuition
$7,560
6.98% growth from 2016
2017 Average Net Price
$14,309
After Financial Aid
2016 Student Loan
10.3%
Default Rate
2017 Acceptance Rate
81.7%
6,982 Applicants
2017 Enrolled Students
9,591
74.9% Full-Time
2017 Graduation Rate
33.1%
425 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 (185 degrees awarded), Kinesiology & Exercise Science (132 degrees), and Registered Nursing (106 degrees).

In 2017, 1,878 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 majority of degree recipients were white (1,410 degrees), 4.98 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (283 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Colorado Mesa University is $7,560, which is $-17,634 less than the national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($25,194).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Colorado Mesa University is $7,560, which is $-17,634 less than the national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($25,194).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $14,309.

In 2017, 76% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 50% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$7,560
2017 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2017, the cost of tuition at Colorado Mesa University was $7,560. The cost of tuition at Colorado Mesa University is $-17,634 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($25,194).

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Average Net Price

$14,309
2017 Value
5.77%
1 Year Growth

In 2017 Colorado Mesa University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $14,309. Between 2016 and 2017, the average net price of Colorado Mesa University grew by 5.77%.

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Other Student Expenses

$10,278
Room and Board
$1,560
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Colorado Mesa University was of $10,278 in 2017. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,560. The cost of room and board increased by 7.81% between 2016 and 2017. The cost of books and supplies increased by 30% during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

76%
Of Undergraduates Receive Grants
50%
Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

76% of undergraduate students at Colorado Mesa University received grants or loans in 2017. This represents a decline of 1.3% with respect to 2016, when 77% 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.
10.3%
2016 Default Rate
251
Number of Defaults

In 2016 the default rate for borrower's at Colorado Mesa University was 10.3%, which represents 251 out of the 2427 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 6,982 undergraduate applications in 2017, which represents a 2.38% annual decline. Out of those 6,982 applicants, 5,702 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 81.7% acceptance rate.

There were 9,591 students enrolled at Colorado Mesa University in 2017, and 13% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Colorado Mesa University has an overall enrollment yield of 33%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

81.7%
Acceptance Rate in 2017
5,702
Accepted Out of 6,982

In 2017, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Colorado Mesa University was 81.7% (5,702 admissions from 6,982 applications). This is lower than the acceptance rate of 2016, which was 82.7%. Between 2016 and 2017, the number of applicants declined by -2.38%, while admissions declined by -3.65%.

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SAT Scores

13%
Submission Percentage
250
Scores Submitted

13% of enrolled first-time students at Colorado Mesa University in 2017 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Colorado Mesa University has a total enrollment of 9,591 students. The full-time enrollment at Colorado Mesa University is 7,184 students and the part-time enrollment is 2,407. 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 69.2% White, 18.5% Hispanic or Latino, 4.06% Two or More Races, 2.12% Black or African American, 1.58% Asian, 0.563% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.521% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Colorado Mesa University in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority White Female (36%), followed by White Male (32%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (10.2%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority White Female (56.4%), followed by White Male (33.3%) and Hispanic or Latino Male (5.13%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

74.9%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Colorado Mesa University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 9,591 students. The full-time enrollment at Colorado Mesa University is 7,184 and the part-time enrollment is 2,407. This means that 74.9% of students enrolled at Colorado Mesa University are enrolled full-time compared with 80.6% at similar Baccalaureate Colleges.

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Retention Rate over Time

73%
2017 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 73%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Baccalaureate Colleges (73%), Colorado Mesa University had a retention rate approximately the same as its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    6,640
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    1,770
  3. Two or More Races
    389

The enrolled student population at Colorado Mesa University is 69.2% White, 18.5% Hispanic or Latino, 4.06% Two or More Races, 2.12% Black or African American, 1.58% Asian, 0.563% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.521% 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 54.9% White, 14% Black or African American, and 12.6% 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, 236 students (2.46%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2017, 276 more women than men received degrees from Colorado Mesa University. The majority of degree recipients at Colorado Mesa University are white (1,410 degrees awarded). There were 4.98 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (283 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Colorado Mesa University is General Business (185 degrees awarded), followed by Kinesiology & Exercise Science (132 degrees) and Registered Nursing (106 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 (221 degrees awarded), Construction (48 degrees), and Natural Resources & Conservation (32 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 (124,293 people), Other managers (90,040 people), Elementary & middle school teachers (74,027 people), Construction managers (38,264 people), and Security guards & gaming surveillance officers (36,200 people).

The most specialized majors at Colorado Mesa University are Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (221 degrees awarded), Construction (48 degrees), Natural Resources & Conservation (32 degrees), Communication Technologies (14 degrees), and Protective Services (131 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, Chief executives & legislators, Real estate brokers & sales agents, and Personal financial advisors

The most specialized majors at Colorado Mesa University are Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (221 degrees awarded), Construction (48 degrees), Natural Resources & Conservation (32 degrees), Communication Technologies (14 degrees), and Protective Services (131 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 (303,544 people), Elementary & secondary schools (147,619 people), Construction (112,886 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (84,039 people), and Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (82,717 people).

The most specialized majors at Colorado Mesa University are Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (221 degrees awarded), Construction (48 degrees), Natural Resources & Conservation (32 degrees), Communication Technologies (14 degrees), and Protective Services (131 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. 185 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 132 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 106 degree-majorss awarded

In 2017, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Colorado Mesa University was General Business with 185 degree-majorss awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

Degrees Awarded to Men
  1. 801
  2. 1,077

In 2017, 801 degrees were awarded to men at Colorado Mesa University, which is 0.744 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (1,077).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2017, 119 degrees were awarded to men at Colorado Mesa University in General Business, which is 1.53 times more than the 78 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2017, 154 degrees were awarded to women at Colorado Mesa University in Registered Nursing, which is 9.63 times more than the 16 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

15%
100% Completion Time
37%
150% Completion Time

In 2017, 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, 37% 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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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Gender

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
Two or More Races Female
Highest Graduation Rate (40.6%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Colorado Mesa University is Female and Two or More Races (40.6% graduation rate). Across all Baccalaureate Colleges, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (68.1%).

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, 2.12% of graduates (9 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    1,410 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    283 degrees awarded
  3. Two or More Races
    58 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Colorado Mesa University is white (1,410 degrees awarded). There were 4.98 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (283 degrees).

2.02% of degree recipients (38 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic
  1. White Female
    807 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    603 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino Female
    170 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Colorado Mesa University is white female (807 degrees awarded). There were 1.34 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (603 degrees).

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Operations

Colorado Mesa University has an endowment valued at nearly $27.7M, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $2.03M (7.32%), compared to the 7.76% average return ($2.88M on $37.1M) across all Baccalaureate Colleges.

In 2017, Colorado Mesa University had a total salary expenditure of $152M. Colorado Mesa University employs 105 Instructors, 77 Assistant professors, and 56 Professors. Most academics at Colorado Mesa University are Male Instructors (55), Female Instructors(50), and Female Assistant professors (41).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Colorado Mesa University are: Service, with 82 employees, Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media, with 81 employees, and Office and Administrative Support with 66 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$27.7M
2017 Endowment
12.8%
growth from 2016

Colorado Mesa University has an endowment valued at about $27.7M, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The endowment of Colorado Mesa University grew 12.8% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $9.42M 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. $1.12M - Federal
  2. $17.1M - State
  3. $0 - Local

As of 2017, Colorado Mesa University received $1.12M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $17.1M from state grants and contracts, and $0 from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$49.1M
2017 Salaries
10.5%
growth from 2016

In 2017, Colorado Mesa University paid a median of $49.1M in salaries, which represents 32.3% of their overall expenditure ($152M) and a 10.5% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 0.108% growth from 2015 and a 4.5% growth from 2014.

The median for similar Baccalaureate Colleges is 14.2M (38.9% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$18M
Instructional Salaries
295
Number of Employees

In 2017, Colorado Mesa University paid a total of $18M to 295 employees working as instructors, which represents 36.6% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $3.02M (30.9%) for similar Baccalaureate Colleges: Diverse Fields.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Instructor
Most Common Instructor
105 Employees
Service
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
82 Employees

In 2017, the most common positions for instructional staff at Colorado Mesa University were Instructor with 105 employees; Assistant professor with 77 employees; and Assistant professor with 56 employees.

In 2017, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Colorado Mesa University were Service with 82 employees; Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 81 employees; and Office and Administrative Support with 66 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 2017, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Colorado Mesa University was Male Instructor with 55 employees, Female Instructor with 50 employees, and Female Assistant professor with 41 employees.

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

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