New law makes CMU ‘selective’ in admissions

Hours after Gov. John Hickenlooper signed a bill Monday in Grand Junction that moves Colorado Mesa University from a “moderately selective” to a “selective” institution, the university’s board of trustees set new parameters for CMU admissions standards.

Beginning in summer 2013, Colorado Mesa will admit students with an admissions index score of 92 or higher, up from the current standard of 85. An admissions index score is a number based on an applicant’s ACT or SAT score, class rank and high school grade point average. An applicant could have a grade point average of 2.2 and an ACT score of 26 or a grade point average of 3.0 and an ACT score of 19, to name two examples, and have an index score of 92.

“Selective” universities in Colorado require applicants to have a minimum index score ranging from 92 at Fort Lewis College and the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs to 103 at the University of Colorado at Boulder. The state’s “moderately selective” institutions require a minimum index score between 80 and 86 for admission.

Colorado Mesa applicants with an index score below 92 but above 80 next year can enroll at Colorado Mesa on a provisional basis, which means they will have to follow a set of guidelines in order to earn non-provisional status. Those guidelines include seeing an adviser before registering for classes two semesters in a row, and taking a lighter course-load than some students.

Students with an index score of 80 or less can gain admission to Western Colorado Community College.

In addition to establishing the university as selective, the new law allows Colorado Mesa to have 13 trustees instead of the current 11. Nine of the current trustees are voting members and two, a faculty and a student trustee, do not vote.


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