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Colorado Mountain College is a two-year public community college located in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, with other campuses spread out all over the state. It was founded in 1967 and has transfer agreements with all four-year schools in Colorado. The college has 11 total locations with each one offering liberal arts and science degrees, career and technical training, and custom training for businesses. There is also a virtual campus. All told, there are more than 25,000 students enrolled.


The college grants bachelor’s degrees in business administration and sustainability studies. It offers more than 20 degree and certificate programs on campus.

The Glenwood Springs location enrolls about 550 students, and has special degree programs in nursing, photography, outdoor education, veterinary technology and animal shelter management. The Glenwood Center is one of the three locations that are considered the Roaring Fork Campus. There are more than 200 classes in the fall and spring semesters, and 100 during the summer. The Glenwood Center also offers people a number of certificates and classes for personal development, including Aikido, Kayaking, How to Start a Small Business, CPR and others.

Accreditation is granted by the Higher Learning Commission. CMC is also a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Most Popular Fields of Study


Enrollment is open, with the only admissions requirement being a GED or high school diploma. The culinary arts, natural resource management, nursing and photography courses, among a few others, are more competitive. ACT/SAT scores are not required, but are recommended. If a score is not submitted, students need to take a competency test. Programs that encourage the submission of test scores include nursing, veterinary technology and professional photography. High school students are eligible to enroll.

Financial Aid

The financial aid office offers a wide range of grants, loans, and scholarships. Students that live in Colorado receive a discount on tuition, with a further discount for students who live within the immediate area. Merit based scholarships are also available.

The Colorado Mountain College Foundation awards four different types of scholarships. The Aspen Glen Scholarship is a $2,375 award renewable for one year if the student has a 3.0 GPA. The Howard Scholarship is $2,325 award and can be renewed for three years if the student has a 3.0 GPA at the end of an academic year. The Smith Scholarship is $2,325 award and can be renewed for three years if the student has a 3.0 GPA at the end of an academic year. The BSBA scholarship is a one-time award of $1,250.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 5017th for the average student loan amount.
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The average part-time student is a 35-year-old female student who is pursuing a degree in the Associate of Arts in Business Program. The average full-time student is a 25-year-old male or female pursuing an Associate of Arts in Outdoor Education. The majority of students female and from Colorado. About 60 percent of the student body is while, and 20 percent are Hispanic.

Students who have special needs are offered services like note taking, oral testing, proofing written work, interpreting, books on tape, tutoring and extended test times.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics

Local Community

The college campus is located in the city of Glenwood Springs, Colorado. The population is about 8,500 people. Glenwood was a frontier town in the late 1800s. The city is located where the Colorado and the Roaring Fork River meet. The city is located along I-70, and is about 150 miles west of Denver. It is on the main route through the Rocky Mountains.

The area is primarily known for its outdoor recreational opportunities, and a number of adventure vacation companies are in the area to set up various trips. There are opportunities to go whitewater rafting, kayak, cycle, rock climb, ride horses, take ATV, Segway and off-road Hummer tours and experience world-class fishing in Glenwood Canyon. About 45 miles away, there are a number of world-class ski resorts, including Aspen Mountain, Snowmass, Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk in the Aspen area, and Beaver Creek and Vail Mountain in the Vail area.

Forest Hollow Trail is a favorite mountain-biking trail in the Roaring Fork Valley, and the Jeannie Golay Trail in the Red Mountain is also used by locals a lot, along with a 16-mile trail through the Glenwood Canyon that is suitable for families and recreational riders. There’s a 9-hole golf course in Glenwood Springs, and many mountain golf courses are within a short drive.

Three other places to visit include the Glenwood Caverns, a geological site that has a recreation complex on top of mountain with rides, food and opportunities for children activities. The caverns also have a giant Apline roller coaster, the Scream’ Swing, that swings riders out over the Glenwood Canyon. Hanging Lake and Yaman Hot Springs are also popular places in the Glenwood area.


There are more than 70 adjunct faculty at the Glenwood Center, along with a number of full-time faculty.

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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary N/A N/A
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest 12 0.21

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 28 0.29
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Forcible Rape 2 0.02
Robbery 5 0.05
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 45 0.46
Larceny 426 4.36
Vehicle theft 12 0.12

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Glenwood Springs, CO 81601-0233
Surrounding communityRemote town (over 35 mi. away from an urban cluster)
Total Population12,768 (9,586 urban / 3,182 rural)
Households4,975 (2.51 people per house)
Median Household Income$47,710
Families3,227 (3.04 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Rural-serving Large
Undergraduate PopulationHigher part-time two-year
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate two-year
Size & SettingMedium two-year

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringBachelor's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District803

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 1957th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $2,265 $4,425 $10,560
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $180 $180 $180
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $76 $148 $352
FT Graduate Tuition N/A N/A N/A
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $13,038 $13,974 $18,870
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $13,738 $14,674 $19,570
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $3,894 $4,830 $9,726

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $2,445(N/C) $4,605(N/C) $10,740(N/C)
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,200(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $7,928 $9,000
On-Campus – Other Expenses $2,339(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $8,478 $9,700
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $1,269(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $1,200(N/C)

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record N/A /  N/A /  N/A
College Prep. CompletionN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scoresN/A
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NJCAA

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity620
Meals per Week19
Room Fee$4,284
Board Fee$3,880

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 945th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $75,753 ($76,046 male / $73,470 female)
Number of FT Faculty 110 (58 male / 52 female)
Number of PT Faculty 619
FT Faculty Ratio 0.2 : 1
Total Benefits $5,894,070
802 Grand Ave.
Glenwood Springs, CO 81601-0233
p. 800-621-8559
w. www.coloradomtn.edu

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