University change reflects selective admissions policy

Colorado Mesa University officially joins other institutions in the state with selective admissions standards under newly enacted legislation.

The measure changed the statutory designation of CMU from “moderately selective” to “selective” — the same admissions category as five other institutions with which CMU competes for students.

“Most people don’t realize that the average CMU student today could also be admitted to the University of Colorado Boulder based on their admission index score,” said CMU President Tim Foster.

The growing number of merit-based scholarships CMU awards to incoming students offers one measure of the academic qualifications of the student body. Over the past two years, the institution has seen a 60 percent increase in the awarding of these scholarships. Students who receive these awards are in the top 10 percent of their high school class, have an average grade point average of 3.6 and an average ACT score of 27.

“Raising the admissions standards is a great reflection of our school and what we have to offer,” said Ariel Diamond, vice president of Associated Student Government. “It is already a representation of our current student body, and it only raises the prestige of our school.”

Other “selective” institutions in Colorado include the University of Colorado Boulder, Colorado State University, the University of Northern Colorado, the University of Colorado/ Colorado Springs and Fort Lewis College.