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College is for Me

Thanks for visiting the Colorado Mountain College website. If CMC is new to you, than welcome. If not, thanks for coming back.

At CMC, we believe higher education and lifelong learning provide a vital and necessary foundation for the world we live in. We want everyone to be a productive member of society and a good way to do that is by pursuing a college education.

We admire the interest you are taking in your 5th grader’s future and we hope you understand the impact a college education will have on your son or daughter’s life.

For more information about the benefits of college see the “fast facts” below or visit our Parents & Families page to learn about campus life, admissions, tuition, and financial aid.

Fast Facts about College

More and more people are earning college degrees, which mean in the next 10 years the job market will require employees to have some type of college training.

  • Between 2000 and 2016, the percentage of people who received at least an associate degree increased from 38 to 46 percent, the percentage with a bachelor's degree increased from 29 to 36 percent, according to the National Center on Education Statistics.

The world is only getting bigger and that means more competition for good paying jobs, but having a college degree can make a huge difference during the job hunt.

  • In 2015, young adults with a bachelor’s degree were 9 percent more likely to work full-time year-round than compared with young adults with just a high school diploma, according to the National Center on Education Statistics.

Higher education attainment is also associated with higher earning potential. On average, college graduates earn $1 million more in earnings over their lifetime.

  • In 2015, the median earnings of young adults with a bachelor's degree were 64 percent higher than those of young adults who completed high school, according to the National Center on Education Statistics.

Questions Families Need to Ask About Paying for College

This Wall Street Journal article covers the risks and opportunities for avoiding student — and parent — debt!

Wall Street Journal Article

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MOST AFFORDABLE BACHELOR DEGREE/U.S.

CMC was named the nation’s third-most-affordable college for obtaining a bachelor’s degree, in a report from the U.S. Department of Education.

Read Why

Find a CMC location

Want to cash in your son or daughter’s ticket to visit any of our 11 Colorado Mountain College campuses? See the map below to find out what campus is closest to you.

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Colorado Mountain College Dillon
Colorado Mountain College Central Services
Colorado Mountain College Carbondale
Colorado Mountain College Buena Vista
Colorado Mountain College Breckenridge
Colorado Mountain College Vail Valley at Edwards
Colorado Mountain College Steamboat Springs
Colorado Mountain College Spring Valley
Colorado Mountain College Salida
Colorado Mountain College Rifle
Colorado Mountain College Leadville
Colorado Mountain College Glenwood Springs
Colorado Mountain College Aspen