CMU enrollment on the rise

By: Thomas Jordan Email
By: Thomas Jordan Email

The preliminary numbers are in. Student enrollment is up three percent from last fall, and students are excited.

"It's really good for Colorado Mesa to actually be growing and for people get to know our community a little bit better" says Danielle Cooper, a senior at CMU.

Cooper has noticed many more students walking down the hall.

"Walking through crowds of people on the campus is a little different, but it's really exciting at the same time, meeting new people throughout each year," said Cooper.

Cooper isn't the only one who has noticed the longer lunch lines or the crowded courtyards.

"So many more kids are coming up here to visit and thinking about this school, and realizing that it is a really nice school" said Christopher Buck, a sophomore.

He has noticed the increase of students, but it hasn't affected him in the classroom.

"You can still have that one on one, its not like they are speaking to a million kids, they are still speaking to you," said Buck.

"The students get the same quality of education that they did before, and we keep the class sizes the same size which means that we have more faculty and more sections" said CMU President Tim Foster.

He said more faculty and more sections are only the beginning of the change. With the addition of more students, he expects student fees and tuition to stay low.

"Having more people on campus and lowing the cost of everything would really be a good improvement to the school" said Cooper.

While CMU growing, it's not getting much recognition nationally. It was recently ranked 586 out of 650 by Forbes magazine for top universities around the United States.


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  • by Thankful Location: Grand Junction on Sep 3, 2012 at 04:49 PM
    I think woop de doo doo needs to leave the valley, find a school to enroll in and become educated instead of angry. CMU is awesome. It employs many which in turn helps the economy of Grand Junction.
  • by Really? on Sep 1, 2012 at 10:45 PM
    This community should be proud of this university. The constant whining about college kids is silly. They bring a ton of revenue to this community and I am glad my son has a quality local choice for college. If you don't like seeing the kids crossing the street-avoid the area. The people in this town will find anything to whine about. Amazing.
  • by Really? on Sep 1, 2012 at 10:45 PM
    This community should be proud of this university. The constant whining about college kids is silly. They bring a ton of revenue to this community and I am glad my son has a quality local choice for college. If you don't like seeing the kids crossing the street-avoid the area. The people in this town will find anything to whine about. Amazing.
  • by Woop De Doo on Aug 30, 2012 at 08:01 PM
    More students to plow over on 12th st. Did anyone tell them these students are wasting their money. Hope none of them plan on staying here in the valley. PS. For you spell checkers...I dont give a ____. Fill in the blank
  • by ReadtheSentinel Location: Grand Junction, CO on Aug 30, 2012 at 10:35 AM
    You might want to mention CMU was 586th on the Forbes list of 650 Top Colleges, but there are 6,600 institutions in the nation.
  • by Curious on Aug 30, 2012 at 03:43 AM
    So...I wonder what is the number of students at CMU?
  • by Curious on Aug 30, 2012 at 03:43 AM
    So...I wonder what is the number of students at CMU?
  • by Curious on Aug 30, 2012 at 03:43 AM
    So...I wonder what is the number of students at CMU?
  • by james on Aug 29, 2012 at 09:33 PM
    and don't bother trying to find a parking spot because it's impossible around the college, the parking garage was full and everything within a 5 block radius was full. is any relief in sight ????
    • reply
      by Anonymous on Aug 30, 2012 at 04:45 AM in reply to james
      Really Lincoln Park was full too? Amazing!!
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