Mesa State College

Mesa State College

Mesa State College is a public, liberal-arts college located in Grand Junction, Colorado. It was established on April 20, 1925. The college's primary campus is in Grand Junction. It also owns a separate vocational institute known as Western Colorado Community College and a smaller campus in Montrose, Colorado. Mesa State offers two-year associates degrees, four-year bachelors degrees and masters degrees in many areas of study.

Mesa State's athletic department sponsors men's and women's sports teams in a wide variety of sports. Its athletic teams are nicknamed the Mavericks and compete in NCAA Division II athletics as a part of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. Some of the notable alumni of MSC are major league baseball player Brendan Donnelly and cartoonist Nate Nichols.

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Contacting Mesa State

Mesa State College
1100 North Avenue
Grand Junction , CO 81501-3122
General Phone: (970) 248-1020

Mesa State Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts164Spanish language, English, liberal arts and sciences, liberal arts and humanities, social services, cartography, political science, sociology, history ...
Business and Management134business, business administration, accounting, MIS
Nursing and Emergency Medicine121registered nursing, licensed practical nurse
Security and Law Enforcement69criminal justice and administration, criminal justice and safety, criminal justice and police
Science50biology, physical sciences
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy48sports and fitness management, exercise science, athletic trainer
Production Trades46machinist
Therapy and Counseling37psychology
Education and Teaching27education
Office and Administration25office management
Construction Trades24lineworker
Media23mass communication
Cooking and Culinary Arts21culinary arts
Design17graphic design
Medical Support and Technology17radiographer
Drama and Performing Arts15drama
Conservation and Resource Management15environmental science
Computer Science and Engineering9computer and info science
Art Studies8art studies
Mechanics and Repair6automobile mechanics
Engineering Technician3environmental control tech, manufacturing tech

Number of programs and degrees for Mesa State in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree52727
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years1377
Associate's degree18011
Master's degree362
Award of less than 1 academic year101

Mesa State Student Body

In 2007-2008, Mesa State had a total enrollment of 6,199 students (5,024 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 49%
Women 51%
Full-Time 90%
Part-Time 10%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 98%
Graduate 2%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 78%
Black 2%
Hispanic 9%
Asian 2%
American Indian 2%
Unknown 7%
(Foreign Students) 0%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 5%
18-19 29%
20-21 21%
22-24 16%
25-29 11%
30-34 6%
35-39 4%
40-49 6%
50-64 3%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

New Mexico1%

Mesa State Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 60 %
Part-Time 39 %

Mesa State Room and Board (2007)

Mesa State offers campus housing for 1,290 of its 5,024 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Grand Junction, Colorado for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Colorado Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 19 meals per week.

Mesa State Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal430540
SAT Math420540
ACT Verbal1622
ACT Math1622
ACT Composite1722

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT14%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT84%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Mesa State Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 4,738
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 13,512
Room and board $ 7,355
Room charge $ 3,785
Board (meal plan) charge $ 3,570
Books and supplies $ 1,748
Other expenses $ 3,142

Financial Aid:
Mesa State participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 135800)

Mesa State Faculty

Mesa State has a tenure system for faculty.

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year0*1*
Assistant professorcalendar year1*0*
All faculty totalcalendar year1*1*

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year45$68,04824$63,997
Associate professoracademic year16$57,98915$56,349
Assistant professoracademic year30$49,90820$49,701
Instructoracademic year41$43,35831$36,502
Lectureracademic year0*1*
All faculty totalacademic year132$55,03791$49,931

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Mesa State Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference
Basketball Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference
Baseball Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference
Track Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports76875

Mesa State Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other
Business/Commerce, General
Management Information Systems, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer and Information Sciences, General

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Science

Construction Trades

Cooking And Culinary Arts
Cooking and Related Culinary Arts, General

Graphic Design

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Education, General

Engineering Technician
Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians, Other
Manufacturing Technology/Technician

Liberal Arts
English Language and Literature, General
History, General
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Political Science and Government, General
Social Sciences, General
Spanish Language and Literature

Mathematics, General

Mechanics And Repair
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician

Mass Communication/Media Studies

Medical Support And Technology
Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer

Music, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Athletic Training/Trainer
Kinesiology and Exercise Science
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

Office And Administration
Office Management and Supervision

Production Trades
Machine Tool Technology/Machinist

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Physical Sciences

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration
Criminal Justice/Police Science
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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Mesa State Highlights

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What Sets Mesa State Apart:

% of degrees in production trades
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 7%Mesa State % of degrees in production trades
Lowest tuition & fees (in-state)
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 8%Mesa State Lowest tuition & fees (in-state)
% of degrees in construction trades
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 9%Mesa State % of degrees in construction trades
Number of students
(vs. all colleges)
Top 13%Mesa State Number of students
% of freshmen enrolled part-time
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 13%Mesa State % of freshmen enrolled part-time
Degrees concentrated in limited number of degree programs
(vs. all colleges)
Top 14%Mesa State Degrees concentrated in limited number of degree programs
% of degrees in nutrition and exercise therapy
(vs. all colleges)
Top 15%Mesa State % of degrees in nutrition and exercise therapy
% of degrees in conservation and resource management
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 16%Mesa State % of degrees in conservation and resource management
% of degrees in art studies
(vs. all colleges)
Top 18%Mesa State % of degrees in art studies

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checked Career counseling
checked Career services
checked Student employment services
checked On-campus day care
checked Remedial classes for students
checked Offers remedial adult education
checked Option to study abroad
checked Offers part-time study
checked On-campus library
checked Offers campus housing
checked Offers a board (meal) plan
checked Tenure system for quality teaching
checked Offers athletic scholarships
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