First steps for new students at CMC Chaffee County

Welcome to CMC, we are glad you are here!

1. Apply!

Complete an application for admission online or in-person at any CMC campus.

  Apply Online

2. Financing your education

There are many ways to make college affordable. Find out more about Federal and State Financial Aid, scholarships, and work study jobs. Contact a Financial Aid specialist at or call 970-945-8691 for additional assistance.

  State and Federal Financial Aid (FAFSA)
  Work Study Jobs

3. Placement Testing

The State of Colorado requires all students to submit ACT/SAT scores, take ACCUPLACER test, or submit transcripts from previous college(s) to accurately place students. Test scores may not be more than five years old.

ACCUPLACER testing takes place at CMC Chaffee County by appointment. The test is free to students. To make a testing appointment, contact CMC Chaffee County at 719-530-5493.

There are many great resources for assisting students in preparing for the ACCUPLACER test. Below are three, free websites.

  Online Study Guide: Next-Generation ACCUPLACER

  Free web-based study app: ACCUPLACER Practice App

  CCC online (math) / click Get Started

To submit coursework from other institutions for placement consideration, have the school(s) submit official college transcripts to Colorado Mountain College.

Colorado Mountain College-Transcript Evaluator
802 Grand Avenue
Glenwood Springs, CO 81601

Do not send transcripts to CMC Chaffee County.

4. Register for classes

Students register for classes by meeting with an Academic Advisor after placement testing is completed or transcripts from other colleges have been received. Meeting with an Academic Advisor assists students with classes, planning, and any questions. Advising appointments are available in Buena Vista or Salida. To schedule an appointment with an Academic Advisor, please call CMC Chaffee County at 719-530-5493.

5. Prepare for classes

Books: Students at CMC participate in the Learning Materials Program (LMP). An affordable flat rate "textbooks in tuition" lease system and service which provides 100% of required materials by the first day or start of semester automatically customized to the student’s schedule. Details are on the Learning Materials Program page.

Technology: Be sure to log on and navigate using Basecamp and Canvas.

  Basecamp login (online tools and class registration) instructions

6. Additional student resources

TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) is a free, federally funded student assistance program for students that are first-generation and/or low-income and/or have a documented disability. Contact the TRIO Student Support Services staff directly — they are there to help!

Disability Services If you have a documented disability and would like to seek accommodations, contact Dan Hammon at or call 719-486-4200.

7. Go to class!

Good luck and have fun with your first semester of college.