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.
All eleven locations offer bachelor’s degrees, liberal arts and science associates degrees, certificate programs, occupational training, lifelong learning and customized business training. Colorado Mountain College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, which is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
Colorado Mountain College is ranked #17 in the nation by CNN/Money for student success among more than 800 two-year colleges. The college is also rated #1 among Colorado’s two-year colleges for graduation plus transfer rates. Learn More.
Size & Coverage
College type: Public bachelor’s and associate degree granting institution
District & service area: 12,000 square miles
Service area includes 15 of the 25 ski areas in Colorado
Number of students attending annually: Over 23,000
College-wide student/teacher ratio: 13 to 1
Counties served: 9 including Eagle, Grand, Jackson, Lake, Garfield, Pitkin, Summit, Chaffee, Routt
Full-time faculty: 97
Return on Investment: Every local tax dollar for CMC ultimately returns $6.42 to the local economies in its District service area.
Highest elevated college campus in the U.S. (Leadville location, elevation 10,152 ft.)
Nine athletes from the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games studied at Colorado Mountain College
Our Ski and Snowboard business students design skis in partnership with Nordica
Renowned programs in Culinary Arts, Outdoor Education, and Ski Area Operations
A professional photography program with both a Pulitzer Prize-winning graduate and faculty member: Pat Davison and Steve Smith
Unique programs in Sustainability Studies and Sustainable Cuisine
America’s only certification in ski lift & ropeway maintenance
Enrollment & Graduation Statistics
Top degree programs by enrollment: Business (AA), Nursing (AAS), EMT (AAS), Outdoor Education (AA) and Associate of Arts (AA) and Associate of Science (AS) degrees for transfer
3595 full-time students in 2010-11
Average part-time student: 35 years of age
Average full-time student: 25 years of age
85% of students are from Colorado
Community participation rate of 14%, nearly five times the state benchmark of 2.7%
Workforce training and Customized Business Services trained 3322 people in 2010-2011 in supervisory skills, workplace Spanish, safety, computers, social media and more
CMC’s English as a Second Language programs served 2459 students in 2010-2011
CMC graduates include: NASA researcher and professor Dr. Aileen O’Donoghue, Colorado Veterinary Technician of the Year Leslie Rockey, Fulbright scholar Noelle Brigden, and US Dept. of Interior Conservationist of the Year Sherri Griffith
Download the CMC Fact Sheet (pdf)