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Front Range Community College (FRCC) was the first community college created by the Colorado State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education. It was established in 1968 as the North Campus of the Community College of Denver and was the largest community college in the state. Initially located on East 62nd Avenue, the campus moved to 112th Avenue in Westminster in 1977 and was renamed in 1984.

Presently, FRCC operates through four campuses at Boulder County, Brighton Center, Larimer, and Westminster. Besides offering a variety of classes on campus and online, the school has further invested in the community by creating corporate solutions and small business development programs for local employers.


Certificates and associate degree programs are offered here and include the Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, Associate of Applied Science, and Associate of General Studies.

  • The Associate of Arts degree is a generic major of liberal arts and is a transfer degree aimed for students who want to complete a major at a four-year college in areas such as Art, Anthropology, Education, Economics, English, Psychology, Sociology, Foreign Language, History, Geography, and Humanities.
  • The Associate of Science degree is aimed for students who want to pursue a major in a four-year college in areas such as Computer Science, Biology, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Geology, Meteorology, and Astronomy. The Associate of Applied Science degree prepares students for skilled and paraprofessional occupations. It is also taken by students who want to advance in their careers.
  • The Associate of General Studies degree is aimed at students wanting to complete a generic program of career and transfer courses without any specialization.

In addition to the associate degree programs, more than 100 certificates are offered in diverse areas such as Emergency Medical Services, Architectural Drafting, Welding Fundamentals, and Turfgrass Management.

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To seek admission here, students need to complete their high school education. If the students do not meet the minimum score requirements for the ACT/SAT examinations, they are required to appear for the Accuplacer assessment test. Students can then seek admission for various courses offered by the college based on these results. Students who intend to enroll for the degree or certificate programs and have previous college-level learning experience can opt to transfer their credits based on the transfer credit evaluation policy of the college. Students who are younger than 17 years of age and are eager to seek admission can do so on the basis of the Post-Secondary Enrollment Options Act (PSEO) or Concurrent Enrollment programs. These programs provide students challenging academic opportunities in alternative educational settings.

International students for whom English is not the primary language need to demonstrate their proficiency in English by submitting their TOEFL scores. They also need to submit the International Student Affidavit of Financial Support which is a surety form confirming that the students have minimum funds of $20,000 for the academic year.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is provided to students to help them meet their educational expenses. The basic objective of providing financial aid is to bridge the gap between family resources and annual educational expenses of the students enrolled for various programs. To be eligible for the financial aid, students must be U.S citizens or eligible non-citizens. To be eligible for state financial aid, students must be Colorado residents. All students are required to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for financial assistance.

The different types of financial aid offered are grants, loans, work-study programs, and scholarships. Different types of grants available to eligible students are: the federal Pell grant, the Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, and Colorado Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership (CLEAP) grant. Students can also seek the Stafford (subsidized and unsubsidized) and Federal Parent PLUS loans.

Work-study options available for students include both Federal Work Study (FWS) and Colorado Work Study (CWS) programs. Various scholarship programs such as Colorado Community College Success Scholarships and PEO Program for Continuing Education are also available.

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The campus promotes a multicultural environment, with students of different ages, races, educational backgrounds, and educational goals. The diversity of students adds to the richness of the educational experience. A huge variety of cultural, social, and leadership opportunities are all available to the students. There is a Student Union building in the campus which houses the offices of the Student Life, Public Safety, Student Government, Front Range Bistro, the Front Page newspaper, the game room, and several student lounges. The Student Life office is responsible for providing the Wolf cards (ID cards) to the students for accessing the library, using computer commons, voting on student government issues, and receiving student discounts from local merchants. This is a non-residential college and therefore the Student Life office offers valuable guidance for students who want to explore local housing options.

The bookstore located within the Westminster campus sells new and used books, computer software, office and school supplies, and snacks. The Events and Conferences office takes on the responsibility of arranging meeting rooms and providing assistance by coordinating with catering services to ensure the success of conferences, meetings, weddings, and receptions. The students can also join the Fitness and Wellness Center offering state-of-the-art fitness equipment.

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Additional School Information

The campus at Westminster houses a childcare facility known as ‘The Children’s Place’. It is a non-profit organization offering childcare facility for children of the FRCC staff, students, and community. The childcare center is licensed by the Colorado Department of Social Services and serves children ranging from six weeks to six years.

The campus also features the College Hill Library, which caters to the students and the community of Westminster.


Accreditation is provided by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Information Summary

Ranks 46th in Colorado and 3144th overall
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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 3 0.01
Arrest 1 0.00

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 159 0.15
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 4 0.00
Forcible Rape 34 0.03
Robbery 48 0.04
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 397 0.37
Larceny 2,077 1.92
Vehicle theft 329 0.30

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Westminster, CO 80031
Surrounding communityLarge suburb (inside urban area but outside city, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population29,881 (29,881 urban / N/A rural)
Households10,975 (2.72 people per house)
Median Household Income$60,962
Families8,063 (3.14 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Suburban-serving Multicampus
Undergraduate PopulationHigher part-time two-year
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate two-year
Size & SettingVery large two-year

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringAssociate's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District807

Special Learning Opportunities

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

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 3069th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $2,868 $2,868 $11,767
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $311 $311 $311
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $120 $120 $490
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 $5,024 $5,024 $13,934
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $18,848 $18,848 $27,758
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $14,042 $14,042 $22,952

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $2,836 $2,962 $2,836 $2,962 $10,741 $11,263
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,749(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $8,712(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $4,815(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $8,856 $4,671

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)

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 CapacityN/A
Meals per WeekN/A
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 3019th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $54,099 ($53,970 male / $49,042 female)
Number of FT Faculty 260 (106 male / 154 female)
Number of PT Faculty 1,170
FT Faculty Ratio 0.2 : 1
Total Benefits $7,003,690

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