First steps for new students at CMC Rifle

Welcome to Colorado Mountain College, we are glad you are here!

The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. –Lao Tzu

1. Apply!

Complete an application for admission online or in-person at any CMC campus (we are happy to help and walk you through it you need help).

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. Visit the CMC Financial Aid webpage . Email or call 970-947-8322.

There are many ways to make college affordable. Find out more about Federal and State Financial Aid, scholarships, and work study jobs. Contact Katie at or call 970-625-6927 for additional assistance.

State and Federal Financial Aid (FAFSA & CASFA)
Work Study Jobs

3. Placement Testing

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

ACCUPLACER is an online test and is free to students. To make a testing appointment, go to the Accuplacer Placement Testing Calendar or contact Vicky at or 970-625-6906.

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

Longsdale Publishing / click Register NEW Account, use school number: 63227, school key: cmcsuccess

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

4. Turn in your Immunization records or fill out an exemption

Contact Rifle front desk to turn them in or ask questions: 970-625-6900.

5. Complete Virtual Orientation

  Virtual Orientation

6. Register for classes

Students can register for classes by meeting with an Academic Advisor or watching online tutorial videos. Meeting with an Academic Advisor assists students with classes, planning, and any questions.

Academic Advising: Schedule appointment

7. 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 (login required).

8. Attend the in-person New Student Orientation

 Rifle New Student Orientation

9. Additional student resources

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 Edgar with questions about the program or qualifications at or 970-625-6947.

Access, Inclusion, and Disability Office If you have a documented disability and would like to seek accommodations, contact Brenda at or 970-625-6959.

10. Go to class!

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