Top 5 places at the Colo. Mesa Univ. campus in Grand Junction you should visit |

Top 5 places at the Colo. Mesa Univ. campus in Grand Junction you should visit

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Congratulations to the Grand Valley’s graduating class of high school seniors; you made it!

And for those bright-eyed 18-year-olds still unsure about college, Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction is accepting applications for incoming freshmen.

“There isn’t a deadline,” Dana Nunn, CMU’s director of media relations, said.

According Cheyenne Paningsoro, a CMU ambassador who conducts guided tours for prospective students, she has lots of favorite spots on campus. Taking a school tour is always recommended when considering one’s higher education.

Here’s Paningsoro’s top five stops prospective and incoming student should visit on CMU’s campus:

1. Student Life Offices

Found on the second floor of University Center, it’s the “place to go to get involved,” Paningsoro said. “It’s where you’ll find the clubs, intramural sports, and the cultural diversity board. It’s everything that makes student life run.”

2. Third Floor of the Fine Arts Building

“On the third floor, there are Mac computer labs that have the latest and greatest,” Paningsoro said. “Technologies are updated every summer. There’s also a filming studio shared with Rocky Mountain PBS.”

3. The Outdoor Program

“It’s not a club, and any faculty, students and alumni can participate,” Paningsoro said. “It’s outdoor, adventure education. You can rent gear if you want to go backpacking. It’s also a place you can sign up to take international and local trips. You can get student deals to go sky diving, for example.”

4. Monfort Family Human Performance Lab

“This state-of-the-art facility has the best technology,” Paningsoro said. “The lab provides services to community members, athletes and students, etc.”

At the lab, wellness, physiological and body composition testing are conducted, and it’s used as an educational component for exercise-science and kinesiology majors.

5. El Pomar Natatorium

Found at CMU’s rec center, the pool “is huge!” Paningsoro said. “There are four diving boards and hundreds of configurations. It has a state-of-the-art timing system for races, and it’s available to students and the public.”

Plus, it just looks fun, she added.

To learn more about the university, visit

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