Colorado Mesa University had approximately 11,044 students enrolled in the 2016-2017 school year. CMU has 4,446 parking spaces on the main campus. This does not include Western Community College Bishop campus, South campus and Montrose Campus. Some students may feel like CMU has too few spaces-per-student.

CMU’s Director of Media Relations, Dana Nunn said, “The number of spaces on main campus typically changes throughout the course of a year depending on factors such as new construction or maintenance.”

The closest-sized school compared to CMU would be the University of Northern Colorado with 12,260 students enrolled in the fall of 2016. UNC has approximately 5,900 student permit parking spaces.

Administrative Coordinator of University Relations at UNC Chris Gomez said, “Parking services tells me this number changes often, so they don’t have an actual number.”

Colorado State University’s Vice President of Operations, Dell Rae Ciaravola, said, “ We aren’t far enough into the fall semester to have our student count for this term, but in the fall we had 28,446 students. That includes 23,943 undergraduates, 3,924 graduate students and 579 veterinary medicine students.”

CSU has 4,510 student permit spaces, 1,421 multi-use parking and 1001 meter spaces.  

Joe Azar | The Criterion

In these, three universities, the parking spaces for student permits are very close in number, leaving CSU with the highest in enrollment of 28,446 students between the three schools, but almost the same number of parking spaces as CMU.

Though some students may feel the parking spaces-per-student ratio is inadequate, it is roughly equivalent to similarly sized schools in the state and favors students more than larger schools.  


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