Mountain Life. Mountain Learning.

A unique college in a spectacular setting prepares students to excel in careers around the world

Colorado Mountain College has eleven locations across 12,000 square miles in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. It’s the perfect place to begin an education and explore options for the future.

We offer bachelor’s degrees, liberal arts and science associates degrees, certificate programs, occupational training, lifelong learning and customized business training.

The Aspen Institute College Excellence Program has recognized CMC as in the top 13% of two-year colleges in the U.S. for exceptional student performance and outcomes. Read more about the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence. The college was also ranked #17 in the nation by CNN/Money for student success among more than 800 two-year colleges. And CMC was rated #1 among Colorado’s two-year colleges for graduation plus transfer rates. Learn More.

Size & Coverage

Founded 1965: Classes started 1967

College type: Public bachelor’s and associate’s degree-granting institution

Governance: locally-controlled, property tax-supported college, governed by a seven member elected board of trustees

Accreditation: The Higher Learning Commission

Economic Impact: 1,178 FTE jobs in the nine-county region, $46.2 million in earnings; and $65.4 million in regional economic output annually

Colorado Mountain College Foundation: Assets are $14 million, largest gift $4 million, total raised since incorporation $36.9 million, governed by 15 directors who are also generous donors

District & service area: 12,000 square miles

Counties served: 9 including Eagle, Grand, Jackson, Lake, Garfield, Pitkin, Summit, Chaffee, Routt

Number of students attending annually: Over 20,400

Full-time faculty: 112

College-wide student/teacher ratio: 12 to 1

Uniquely CMC

CMC ranked #17 out of nearly 800 community colleges in the country for successful graduation and transfer rates— CNN/Money

Third most affordable public four-year degree in the country— U.S. Department of Education

The Isaacson School for New Media is named for digital communications pioneer and author Walter Isaacson

Eight athletes competing in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games studied at Colorado Mountain College

First Ski and Snowboard Business degree and first national certification for snowsports sales, marketing and retail in partnership with SnowSports Industries America (SIA)

America’s only certification in ski lift & ropeway maintenance

Veterinary Technology graduates had a 100% pass rate on the Veterinary Technician National Examination for three of the past five years

Culinary students have been Colorado State Champions seven times

Professional Photography students have won awards at the prestigious annual College Photographer of the Year Awards for the past three years

Programs in Sustainability Studies and Sustainable Cuisine

Resort Management Professor Terry Hunter was honored with the American Hotel and Lodging Association’s national award for hospitality training and education

CMC generates 220 kilowatts of solar-powered electricity with five on-campus photovoltaic installations

CMC has signed the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment and has committed to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050

Highest elevated college campus in the US (Leadville location, elevation 10,152 ft.)

Enrollment & Graduation Statistics

Top degree programs by enrollment:

  1. Associate of Arts (AA)
  2. Associate of Science (AS)
  3. Associate of Arts in Business (AA)
  4. Associate of General Studies (AGS)
  5. Emergency Medical Tech Basic (COP)
  6. Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BS)

3,785 full-time credit students

Average part-time student: 38 years of age

Average full-time student: 24 years of age

85% of students are from Colorado

Workforce training and Customized Business Services trained 1,200 people during 2012-13 in supervisory & leadership skills, computers, workplace team-building, CPR certification, and more.

CMC’s English as a Second Language programs served 1,808 students

CMC graduates include:

  • NASA researcher and professor Dr. Aileen O’Donoghue
  • Colorado Veterinary Technician of the Year Leslie Rockey
  • Fulbright scholars Noelle Brigden and Denise Dimon
  • U.S. Dept. of Interior Conservationist of the Year Sherri Griffith
  • Executive Director of Communications for Austin School District (TX) Alex Sanchez
  • DNA-sequencing research physicist Ian Derrington
  • Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer: Pat Davison