CMC Trail Map

CMC Trail Map

Plans for Fall 2021

Based on the latest pandemic and vaccine rollout projections, we are planning to offer a more comprehensive on-campus experience this fall, including extensive in-person classes, open residence halls, student clubs, organizations, and activities.

Read the latest CMC COVID-19 Updates.

Colorado Mountain College offers a range of course options as we move forward together

With guidance from state and local public health orders, CMC has developed the “CMC Trail Map.” The COVID-19-ready plan keeps our students, employees, and beloved mountain communities as safe as possible while still offering flexible, in-person and virtual course options.

Types of Courses

CMC currently offers three categories of courses: Flex, Online Anytime, and In-Person.

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These courses will have designated class schedule times conducted using videoconferencing technology like Webex/Zoom. Flex courses may also have optional face-to-face components.

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Online Anytime

These courses will not require in-person attendance and will not have a designated schedule or videoconferencing time. Students must complete the coursework in the time frame outlined in the syllabus.

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These courses cannot be delivered remotely, and will be offered face-to-face adhering to enhanced social distancing and safety guidelines. In-Person courses may also have parts of the course using Webex/Zoom.

Spring 2021 Update

The spring 2021 semester begins January 18, 2021. CMC has programmed 70% of courses for the spring semester to be either in the Online Anytime or Flex format, with 30% of courses In Person. Flex courses will begin coursework remotely.

Optional in-person sessions for these Flex classes may be scheduled once students and faculty have had a chance to consider the composition of students in the classroom.

Read the latest CMC COVID-19 Updates.

How to Prepare for Class

The college will continue to update information about specific local and campus requirements for social distancing, face coverings/masks, and other considerations through Basecamp and on this website.

Current and prospective students are asked to familiarize themselves with the latest information from the CDC.

Need a New laptop?

Dell and Apple offer student pricing. Please click on the links to view options or purchase a new laptop.

Join Us in these Five Commitments to Containment

Until there is broad-based immunity or a vaccine for COVID-19, the virus will be present among us.  So, to minimize risk and prevent spread on campus or within our beloved mountain communities, it will take individual and shared responsibility. Please join us in making these five commitments:

I will maintain 6-feet of physical distance.
I will maintain 6-feet of physical distance.
wash hands
I will wash my hands often.
face mask
I will cover my face in public.
stay home if at risk or sick
I will stay at home if I am at risk or when I am sick.
seek testing for COVID-19
I will seek testing immediately if I have symptoms.

Together we can keep CMC and our mountain towns safer and healthier.

Residence Halls

CMC has opened its residence halls at its Steamboat Springs, Spring Valley and Leadville campuses with reduced capacity.

As much as we want campus life to return to normal, we know that we need to adjust to what college life means during a pandemic. Please continue to monitor your CMC email address for additional information, upcoming meetings & documents that will need to be completed.

Academic Affairs is working diligently to deliver classes in a variety of formats to meet health & safety goals. There are several programs that will deliver the coursework fully online and others that will require in person attendance. We encourage you to review your class schedule to determine if living on campus is the right choice for you.


The Residence Life Team at Spring Valley, Steamboat Springs & Leadville


How will CMC handle CEPA Courses?

Each campus will need to wait on the decision of their local school district(s). CEPA courses will be offered in one of the three options described above, but which option best reflects the CEPA environment will need to wait until the school districts communicate their intentions.

Are digital books required?

The textbook adopted for the fall is the textbook chosen for the course. If faculty chose a physical text, there is no mandate that this become a digital text for the fall. If a digital text was chosen, that text will remain a digital text for the fall.

What if students do not have reliable internet?

The CMC Foundation has a Technology Today fund that can support students needing internet access and loaner laptops. Campuses will be open as well, where students may access the technology needed for their Flex course.

What should be done if it is known that someone (student, faculty, or staff) has tested positive for COVID-19? Is there a protocol to follow?

Quarantine and contact tracing guidelines established by the CDC and CDPHE apply. Adherence to these guidelines will be required and updated by addendums to the res hall contracts and student code of conduct.

Students taking courses in person who find themselves required to quarantine will need to work with their faculty (and campus if applicable) for appropriate accommodations.

Can students meet virtually to figure out what courses they need and if In-Person classes are an option? If classes are only Online-Anytime [some students] may not want to live in the residence hall.

Yes we offer virtual advising appointments through phone or WebEx.

As for the classes, this will depend on the campus she/he would like to attend and her/his degree program. These two areas will have an impact on if the classes are Flex, Distance, or In-person.

Our recommendation is to contact a Counselor/Advisor at the CMC Campus and set up that first advising appointment.

Will there be adjustments to the cost of the meal plan since the offerings will substantially change?

There will not be any adjustment to the board rate, though our costs have increased due to COVID-19.

Here are the current Meal Plans for 2020/21.