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13300 W Sixth Ave
Lakewood, CO 80228-1255
p. 303-914-6600
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Red Rocks Community College

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Established in 1969, Red Rocks Community College was founded in Colorado as a new Community College of Denver campus. By 1971 construction of the present Lakewood campus was approved, and completed in 1973. In 1990 the campus expanded to include the Arvada campus, featuring high-tech modern facilities.

With over 650 courses pertaining to over 150 programs, students have a wide selection when choosing a two-year degree or professional certificate program. The 14,000 annual students at Red Rocks Community College are able to choose from classroom courses, online courses, self-paced courses and weekend classes. As a community college Red Rocks keeps class sizes below 20 students, and offers support services like free tutoring, advising, child care, learning and resource centers, English as a Second Language instruction, and student employment.

As a two-year college Red Rocks Community College offers associate of arts, associate of science, associate of general studies, and associate of applied science degrees, and an AA/AS General Education Transfer Program which all of Colorado’s four-year state colleges and universities accept. Degree programs are offered in exciting areas like speech-language pathology and audiology, computer technology, fire science, health careers and law enforcement. The CISCO Academy and multimedia programs in computer technology are also amongst the featured degree programs at Red Rocks Community College. In-demand job training is offered in areas like the Emergency and Public Service department- the largest in the state- with training for police, fire and EMT professionals. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) training center on campus is the second-largest in the country.

Red Rocks Community College is set on 140 acres in Lakewood, Colorado, and students enjoy breathtaking views of the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains. Denver is only minutes away from campus, with other surrounding cities including Arvada, Golden, Lakewood and Wheat Ridge. Many of the top ski slopes and natural attraction in Colorado are located within an hour’s drive of Lakewood.

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Red Rocks Community College admissions are open to high school graduates, non-graduates and high school enrolled students 17 years of age and older. The first step is to complete an application form to receive a User ID number. International students should instead contact the International Education Office directly. Colorado residents should complete the Colorado Opportunity Fund application online, in order to save money on tuition.

All degree-seeking applicants must complete Accuplacer exams, or be otherwise assessed for reading, writing and mathematical ability levels. Some applicants with previous coursework at the college or university level will be exempt.

Informational campus visits are available regularly throughout the week, including a 30 minute tour. Accepted applicants as well as potential applicants are invited to participate.

Financial Aid

To receive financial aid all students must fill out a FAFSA. This must be done each year the student enrolls at Red Rocks Community College. More than 2,000 students receive financial assistance in some form at Red Rocks. Students must first reference the Financial Aid Handbook before applying for financial aid, and must be aware that Priority Dates have been established for the first-come, first-served Financial Aid awarded.

In order to qualify for financial aid matriculated students must be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident or otherwise eligible as a non-citizen. Types of available financial aid include Grants, like the need-based Federal Pell, Colorado State, Supplemental Educational Opportunity, and Colorado Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership Grants; and Loans/Self-Help aid, including Federal and Colorado work-study programs. Red Rocks Community College participates in the William D. Ford Federal Direct Student Loan Program for direct loans. Personal loans may also be a good choice for some students.

In addition to FAFSA Red Rocks Community College is supported by the nonprofit organization the Red Rocks Community College Foundation, founded in 1993. More than $400,000 goes towards supporting programs and initiatives in support of Red Rock students annually. Students may qualify for scholarships, grants, Student Voice Grants or the Teaching Chair award. Funds for these financial aid initiatives are made up of support from hundreds of donors.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 3862nd for the average student loan amount.
Secrets to getting the best scholarships and financial aid in Colorado.


With 14,000 students a year attending Red Rocks Community College, campus is always buzzing with activity. While the vast majority of students are in-state Colorado residents, there are out-of-state and international students on campus. Red Rocks Community College is a commuter campus, where the majority of students live in the surrounding communities of Denver, Arvada, Golden, Lakewood and Wheat Ridge. The school does, however, provide an unendorsed listing of housing, roommate, rental and apartment overview listings on its website.

On the weekends students at Red Rocks Community College enjoy Denver nightlife, or head out for a hike on one of the many area mountain trails. Downtown Denver offers restaurants, clubs, bars, shopping, professional sports teams, museums, art galleries and more. For live entertainment students head to the nearby Red Rocks Amphitheater- a popular concert venue. For outdoor recreation Lakewood is a nature-lover’s dream with mountain biking, rock climbing, skiing, whitewater rafting, fishing, camping and more only a short drive away from campus.

Red Rocks Community College also offers more than 20 student clubs and organizations like the Phi Theta Kappa Academic Honor Society, the Campus Green Initiative, the Frisbee Club, the Photography Rocks Club, the Rock Stars Sports Club, and the Video Game Club. Campus activity centers The Den and Great Hall have many board games, billiards, TV, a pinball machine, and video games which students congregate around. Sports clubs include Frisbee golf, half pipe, and tennis.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Information Summary

Ranks 54th in Colorado and 3479th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in Colorado and 14th overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  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 1 0.01
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest 26 0.27

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 388 0.27
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 8 0.01
Forcible Rape 88 0.06
Robbery 131 0.09
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 935 0.64
Larceny 4,771 3.28
Vehicle theft 488 0.34

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Lakewood, CO 80228-1255
Surrounding communityMidsize city (inside urban area, pop. between 100,000 to 250,000)
Total Population30,643 (30,447 urban / 196 rural)
Households12,759 (2.39 people per house)
Median Household Income$58,130
Families8,150 (2.93 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Suburban-serving Multicampus
Undergraduate PopulationHigher part-time two-year
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate two-year
Size & SettingLarge 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 3071st 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 $286 $286 $286
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 $13,923
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $18,917 $18,917 $27,816
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $9,791 $9,791 $18,690

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $2,835 $2,962 $2,835 $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

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 5 26 193 55 26 1,473 161 1,982
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping 2 2 7 9 1 76 9 110
Aesthetician/Esthetician and Skin Care Specialist 1 1
Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects 1 1
Autobody/Collision and Repair Technology/Technician 2 8 10
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician 9 2 47 3 63
Building Construction Technology 7 4 1 31 3 49
Business Administration and Management, General 1 1 11 4 1 63 10 93
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other 1 2 3
Business/Office Automation/Technology/Data Entry 3 3
Cinematography and Film/Video Production 2 1 7 1 12
Computer Programming/Programmer, General 2 2
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications 1 1 3 2 7
Construction Trades, General 5 16 4 25
Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, General 15 1 31 4 55
Criminal Justice/Police Science 8 2 1 82 3 96
Crisis/Emergency/Disaster Management 1 4 2 7
Culinary Arts/Chef Training 1 2 1 21 2 27
Data Modeling/Warehousing and Database Administration 1 1
Diagnostic Medical Sonography/Sonographer and Ultrasound Technician 2 13 15
Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia 1 1
Drafting and Design Technology/Technician, General 1 3 2 37 6 49
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 2 1 16 3 22
Electrician 1 4 2 11 2 21
Electromechanical and Instrumentation and Maintenance Technologies/Technicians, Other 1 1 3 1 6
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic) 1 8 1 1 77 5 94
Energy Management and Systems Technology/Technician 3 22 6 33
Fire Science/Fire-fighting 5 1 1 94 3 106
Game and Interactive Media Design 2 1 3
General Studies 6 1 42 5 55
Hair Styling/Stylist and Hair Design 5 6 11
Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician 1 1
Holistic Health 1 11 2 14
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services, Other
Industrial Technology/Technician 5 1 6 12
Interior Design 1 1 1 11 1 15
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other 2 4 2 56 11 77
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 1 5 27 3 5 220 28 294
Machine Shop Technology/Assistant 1 1
Management Information Systems, General
Manufacturing Engineering Technology/Technician 1 4 5
Medical Office Management/Administration 1 8 2 1 57 7 78
Motorcycle Maintenance and Repair Technology/Technician 1 17 18
Nail Technician/Specialist and Manicurist 2 2
Natural Resources Management and Policy, Other 4 4
Nursing Assistant/Aide and Patient Care Assistant/Aide 3 8 5 111 6 135
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies 1 1 18 2 22
Phlebotomy Technician/Phlebotomist 3 2 17 1 23
Photography 8 1 9
Physician Assistant 1 2 22 4 29
Plumbing Technology/Plumber
Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer 1 1 13 7 23
Real Estate 1 6 1 16 1 26
Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing, Other 2 1 21 24
Science Technologies/Technicians, Other
Somatic Bodywork and Related Therapeutic Services, Other 3 3
Teacher Assistant/Aide 2 2 4
Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology 2 1 3
Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Technologies, General 4 9 1 14
Water Quality and Wastewater Treatment Management and Recycling Technology/Technician 1 3 7 3 73 6 97
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design 3 2 6
Web/Multimedia Management and Webmaster 1 2 3
Welding Technology/Welder 4 31 4 41
Woodworking, General 2 14 2 18

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 3244th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $52,034 ($50,812 male / $46,610 female)
Number of FT Faculty 92 (36 male / 56 female)
Number of PT Faculty 518
FT Faculty Ratio 0.2 : 1
Total Benefits $3,063,044

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