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Associate of Arts Degree

Complete your first two years of college without going deep into debt

Our 13:1 student teacher ratio gives you the opportunity build a solid foundation for your education and your future. Whether you're completing your general education requirements before transfer or pursuing one of our bachelor's programs, our low-cost tuition allows you the flexibility to figure out your interests without the burden of high student debts.

Complete your general education requirements and prepare for majors such as:

  • Anthropology
  • Art History
  • Business
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Early Childhood Teacher Education
  • Environmental Studies
  • History
  • Marketing
  • Mathematics
  • Outdoor Studies
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Social Work
  • Spanish
  • Theatre
  • Visual Arts

Save money for later

Save money for later

If you haven't decided on a major or a career, the Associate of Arts program is the perfect opportunity for you to discover your skills and interests, without drowning in debt.

A national study showed that an education from Colorado Mountain College and other selected associate degree granting colleges is equal to the first two years at some of the nation's well-known private universities, at a quarter of the cost.

Our tuition is low. So with the money you save during your time at Colorado Mountain College, you'll have more to spend for your next two years.

Colorado Mountain College is a member of the new Colorado State Guaranteed (GT) General Education Curriculum, which means you'll be guaranteed a full transfer of your Associate of Arts degree to public colleges and universities in Colorado.

Transfer or continue your education at CMC

You can stay at Colorado Mountain College for your bachelor's degree or transfer to another college or university in Colorado or across the country.

  See where CMC students have transferred. Yes, there are some Ivy League schools on the list.

Colorado Mountain College is here to help you build a solid foundation for your future. But we also want to keep you out of deep debt. So you’ll be free to have more option as you start out.

Learn about The CMC Difference

Dave Kolstad

“This honor would not have happened to me without Colorado Mountain College and Dave Harmon, the professor who took me to Nicaragua and exposed me to understandings that have changed my life.”

Dave Kolstad transferred to the University of Colorado and was named one of five students nationwide to receive the Howard R. Swearer Student Humanitarian Award in 1999. He was also named the winner of the Jacob Van Ek Award, the highest honor given in the College of Arts and Sciences for academic excellence and outstanding contributions to the community at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Noelle Brigden

“Where would I be without CMC? I don’t know. If it weren’t for the small classes and the support I got from the advisors, I don’t know if I would have finished school.”

Noelle Brigden transferred to the University of Denver, earning a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in International Studies, and graduating with a nearly perfect GPA. She minored in Economics, Mathematics and Spanish. She received a fellowship from Cornell University where she is pursuing a Ph.D. in Government.

Terence Sinclair-Wood

If it weren’t for the encouragement of the CMC faculty and staff I would have never been able to achieve my dreams.”

Terence Sinclair-Wood recently received his Doctorate of Education from Hamline University, and is currently teaching at Cretin-Derham Hall, a private high school in Saint Paul.

Samantha Blea

“I took online classes through CMC because the classes that I needed to take simply weren’t offered in a classroom. It was really convenient to be able to work at my own pace while staying on top of the syllabus for each class and allowed me to do my high school work at the same time.”

Samantha Blea earned her Associate of Arts while still a student at Rifle High School with dual credit, graduating from both institutions in 2007. From there, she went on to earn a Bachelor’s of Science in Mathematics from the United States Naval Academy.

Esgar Acosta

“Coming to CMC provided a base for me when it came to knowing what I liked in schools. When I transferred I looked for something that met CMC’s standards.”

Esgar Acosta transferred to the University of Northern Colorado. He hopes to continue to a master’s degree in counseling. He is very optimistic about all the opportunities available to him because of the encouragement and assistance he received.

Kara Norby

I would have had trouble transferring credits back to my University in Wisconsin, but since I had obtained the actual AA degree I had no problems transferring and moving right into my BS in Psychology with a minor in Biology.”

Kara Norby earned a Bachelor’s of Science from the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse. She has habituated red leaf monkeys and observed orangutans for a research project in Borneo and has volunteered at two different primate sanctuaries in Cameroon. She hopes to attend graduate school after a few years spent working at a camp for children with learning disabilities in the summer and coaching skiing in the winter.

Sarah Chase

“The teachers I had at Colorado Mountain College pushed me to not just do the minimum. They encouraged me to keep my curriculum rigorous and not slack off. CMC is a great place to put your roots down and get good grades. It is a fun place to be, but at the same time, it’s a feeder system to the big schools.”

Sarah Chase transferred to Colorado State University, and then moved on to California Western Law School. Now, as an attorney for Crocs, Inc., she finds herself immersed in contract review, employment law and intellectual property law.

Kyla Duffy

“Colorado Mountain College was great for me. The teachers were just amazing. CMC gave me a strong foundation to pursue my business goals. It made an easy transition to the University of Colorado.”

Kyla Duffy transferred to the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado, then earned a master’s degree in Organizational Leadership at the University of Denver. She recently founded her third successful business in Boulder, Colorado, where she works as an adjunct professor at the University of Colorado.

Alex Sanchez

“I had great support from staff, from faculty, and from peers at CMC. The professors love the community. They’re highly qualified in their field. CMC helped me find my way as a first generation student. It’s where my interest for public policy, politics, and community service began.”

Alex Sánchez transferred to CSU from CMC and earned a bachelor’s degree in corporate communications. He was a successful political organizer and communications director in Colorado before relocating to Florida. Alex now works as the Chief Strategic Communications Officer for the Palm Beach County School District.