A comprehensive university located in the center of western Colorado, Colorado Mesa University (formerly Mesa State College), is dedicated to providing an exceptional educational experience in a student-centered environment featuring small class sizes and a high level of student/faculty interaction. As western Colorados largest university, with enrollment exceeding 9,000 students, the University serves as the primary intellectual and cultural center of western Colorado and promotes the exchange of ideas that are of regional, national and international importance. Founded in 1925, the University offers professional and technical programs at the undergraduate and graduate level. The main campus is located in the heart of Grand Junction, nestled between mountains and high-desert canyons, and is minutes away from the best outdoor recreation in the country. Professors are dedicated to teaching and providing educational opportunities and tools that help students succeed in todays interconnected world. With low student-to-teacher ratios, students and professors have the opportunity to build one-on-one relationships. The University remains one of the most affordable universities in Colorado. Additionally, campus expansion has resulted in the renovation and addition of state-of-the-art learning facilities. Athletics are an integral part of the collegiate experience. Student athletes compete in 23 NCAA Division II athletic teams as members of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, and have regularly achieved national rankings. With all that has changed in the institutions history, dedication to providing the highest quality education in a student-centered environment has always remained. It is this principle that will continue to guide the University into the future.