STEP 1: Attend a Step 1 Session for New Students

Sessions are also offered to new students by appointment at CMC Vail Valley. Call 970-569-2900 to register for one!
  • Step 1 is required for students who are new to CMC and have less than 15 college credits or are planning on taking courses for transfer.
  • After attending a Step 1 session, you will have:
    • An understanding of admission requirements, registration details, and paperwork.
    • Information on where to find class information and how to register for courses.
    • Knowledge of what college placement is what it means.
    • An overview of CMC programs, degrees, and certificates.
    • Information about resources like financial aid, counseling & advising, and campus life.
Complete your application for admission. Do this before or after attending a Step 1 session.
Get started with Financial Aid.

STEP 2: College Placement

Get placed into college-level courses.
    • In order to take college-level courses at CMC, you are required to show proficiency at the college level in reading, English and math.
    • You can demonstrate college-level proficiency several ways:
      • ACT or SAT scores (if taken within 5 years), or
      • Successful completion of college-level math or English courses, or
      • Take the Accuplacer.
Meet with a college counselor.
    • Review results of assessment scores in order to plan coursework.
    • You can get help with planning your semester courses, tracking your progress toward graduation, and more!
    • Call to make an appointment: 970-569-2900.
Register for classes!
Order textbooks. Plan ahead; CMC Vail Valley does not have a bookstore.

STEP 3: Attend Orientation

New Student Orientation
    • New Student Orientation is for students who have not taken previous college courses, although all new students are welcome.
    • Sessions are offered the week before each semester begins.
    • Call 970-569-2900 with any questions and to sign up for a session.
    • At Orientation, you will get the opportunity to:

      • Use Basecamp to use student tools such as student email, WebAdvisor, and Canvas.
      • Become familiarized with the Vail Valley at Edwards campus and resources available on campus and college-wide.
      • Interact with campus faculty and staff, and meet peers and other students.
Online Learning Orientation
    • If you are in a distance learning course (web, teleweb, or IVS) this orientation is meant for you!
    • Find resources at the Online Learning homepage.
    • Two sessions are offered before each semester begins.
    • Call 970-569-2900 for dates and to RSVP to the distance learning orientation.

STEP 4: Student Success

Get tutoring help. Writing and math labs are held every week on campus.
Find out about Student Support Services (SSS).
    • SSS is a FREE, federally funded student-assistance program specifically designed to help participants with tutoring, financial aid assistance, career advice, and 4-year transfer information.
    • Contact Heather O’Malley at 970-569-2938 with any questions and to see if you qualify.