Admissions Strategies Help CMU Enrollment
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.- Colorado Mesa University's enrollment is at an all time high. There are more students from in state, out of state, as well as international students attending CMU this fall.
There are a total of 9,046 students enrolled in the fall semester.
There are 5.1 percent more out of state students enrolled this year compared to last year.
Admissions officials say their strategy of making Grand Junction feel more like home is helping to bring students from outside of Colorado to CMU.
"We want people coming from regions that are going to find success, find a good fit in the outdoors climate and just enjoy the overall feel of Grand Junction," said Jared Meier, director of admissions.
CMU visits 13 states as far west as Hawaii and as far east as Michigan to recruit students.
Recently, CMU added two more states to its list: Michigan and Minnesota.
Meier says academics have a strong pull as well. "President Foster and the administration have raised the bar in terms of academics and facilities. This is a competitive world that we're in, in higher education, so we have to make sure that we're cutting edge in just about all those areas and academics is certainly one of those."
There was also a 75 percent increase in international students attending CMU, bringing the total to 18 students.
Admissions officials say they are going to continue to work with foreign schools in order to diversify the university.