Colorado Mesa University Reviews
Colorado Mesa University is a phenomenal education institution. During my three years at CMU, I had vast educational and extracurricular opportunities. The school provides substantial amounts of financial aid (both federal and institutional). Since my freshman year, I was honored both merit scholarships and work-study. CMU is extremely engaged in their students' lives and providing the best opportunities and experiences; for example, while the school does not have unlimited work-study or federal funding, they offer Mav Works (similar to work study but solely from CMU) so all students have the opportunity to gain work experience on-campus. Education-wise, CMU has top-of-the line programs and instructors. During my studies, the Business Department allowed me to customize my traditional business minor as a marketing minor. CMU is located in a friendly community that offers a plethora of organizations that provide experience and networking, both on and off campus. Attending Colorado Mesa University has been one of best experiences and decisions of my life, I could not image getting my Bachelor's at any other institution.
The campus and facilities are great and so are the town and surrounding areas. I studied Mass Communications with a goal of becoming a broadcast journalist. We learned some practical editing skills but when I tried to interview with several television stations the news directors said I did not know even the most basic skills necessary to get a reporting job. I worked so hard, earned a 4.0 and paid a great deal of money to get my degree only to find out it was completely inadequate in helping me to get a job in my chosen field. My professors had some newspaper experience but no hands on experience in broadcast newsrooms at all. I didn't know any of the terms I was asked about in interviews. The campus "tv station" according to a local news director (and this is a tiny market)is pretty worthless and operates nothing like a real newsroom. Not even close. The news director at the station I interned for in town did not care at all about the interns or giving us an opportunity to learn anything at all. The local stations told me they almost never hire CMU grads because they have no reporting skills. The college has no protocol for this because they have no one there who knows what the CMU program, much less the TV news internship should provide. I was encouraged by advisors to take a P.R. job instead! The English prof. over the department makes it clear he has no respect for journalists or journalism, even though he has never worked in the field. This is all sad because I think the University president has worked hard to make CMU a nicer institution. If you have any aspirations to be a broadcast journalist or even a great print or social media journalist, I personally would choose a school known for its broadcast journalism programs. I felt my basic education in biology and math were good and I made very good friends here. Also, I think the school is more affordable than most, which is why I chose CMU. A friend of mine is in the CMU engineering program--a partnership with CU, and it's great. The English classes though,even at the highest level in my experience were not challenging. I'm pretty sure my 15 year old brother would ace them. I had more challenging high school classes. Again, if you want an English degree go to a university well regarded for its program. CMU does have some PHD's in the Mass Comm. Dept. but very few people with real work experience. CMU Mass Comm Dept. has a lot of work to do to earn respect for this program in which it is charging students to earn degrees. I wish the department and future students better luck in the years ahead. I'm making my own way but unfortunately it is in spite of instead of with the help of a Mass Comm. degree from CMU. I have several friends who just gave up on their goals and are going into other fields. It just doesn't seem right. I hope CMU will reconsider and reconstruct their entire Mass Comm. program. If they can't give students a viable degree in Mass Communications, they probably really just shouldn't offer it.
I put a lot into my time at CMU. I worked multiple on campus jobs with admissions, the business department, the bookstore and even the on campus daycare. The best position was working with the business department because it allowed me to really get to know all of the business professors, whether I had them in class or not. That was definitely invaluable networking I would recommend to anyone! I really enjoyed the courses and professors - there's a good variety between teaching styles and course work. I would recommend CMU to anyone looking for a great university in Colorado.
I enjoyed the instructors in my general education classes.When I started my degree specific classes I did not feel that the teachers were helpful or supportive in their students and helping them succeed. They did not give communicate very well and they also did not give comments to assignments to help students correct their mistakes.
The instructors in the Business Department at CMU are knowledgeable and passionate about helping Business Majors get the most out of their education. The Advisors give real world advice for after completion of classes and encourage internships for experience in the chosen fields.