Mesa State College: Narrative Description

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1100 North Ave.
Grand Junction, CO 81501-3122
Tel: (970)248-1020
Free: 800-982-MESA
Admissions: (970)248-1875
Fax: (970)248-1973
E-mail: [email protected]
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State-supported, comprehensive, coed. Part of State Colleges in Colorado. Awards associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees. Founded 1925. Setting: 42-acre small town campus. Research spending 2003-04: $3500. Educational spending 2003-04: $2988 per student. Total enrollment: 6,235. Faculty: 361 (193 full-time, 168 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 20:1. 2,986 applied, 81% were admitted. 8% from top 10% of their high school class, 24% from top quarter, 55% from top half. Full-time: 4,612 students, 56% women, 44% men. Part-time: 1,580 students, 62% women, 38% men. Students come from 46 states and territories, 9% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 8% Hispanic, 2% black, 2% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 38% 25 or older, 18% live on campus, 6% transferred in. Retention: 60% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; social sciences and history; biological/life sciences. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at members of the Consortium of State Colleges in Colorado, National Student Exchange Program. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission for Associate degree programs. Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, early admission, deferred admission. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA, SAT or ACT. Required for some: 1 recommendation, interview. Entrance: minimally difficult. Application deadline: 8/15.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $30. State resident tuition: $2063 full-time, $93.79 per hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $8349 full-time, $379.52 per hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $661 full-time, $34.40 per hour part-time. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load. College room and board: $6501. College room only: $3260. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 50 open to all. Most popular organizations: Environmental Club, Student Body Association, KMSA radio station, Rodeo Club, Campus Residents Association. Major annual events: Homecoming, Spring Fling, Unityfest. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 959 college housing spaces available; 909 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen given priority for college housing. On-campus residence required through sophomore year. Option: coed housing available. John U. Tomlinson Library with 247,338 books, 935,100 microform titles, 31,992 serials, 9,787 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $1.3 million. 350 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from off-campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Grand Junction is located in an irrigated valley in the heart of a vast vacationland that is also rich in energy-related natural resources. The climate is invigorating, sunny, and mild. The community has churches of many denominations, excellent public schools, library facilities, cultural programs, city parks, golf courses, tennis courts, 4 hospitals, and good transportation services including three major airlines. Recreational activities in the nearby mountains and deserts include hiking, camping, boating, river rafting, fishing, hunting, cross-country and downhill skiing, and more.

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