The Colorado Mountain College Difference

Why we're a uniquely smart choice

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The Colorado Mountain College Difference

Why we're a uniquely smart choice

Colorado Mountain College has been nationally ranked for student success by CNN/Money and the Aspen Institute. The college was also rated #1 among Colorado's two-year colleges for graduation plus transfer rates. CMC was named by the prestigious Aspen Institute as one of the top 13% of US colleges eligible to compete for the Aspen Prize.

These national rankings are a result of our attention to students. We deliver personal, high-quality higher education in the backdrop of  the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Our real-world degrees with connections to our communities give you the tools to succeed.

info-graphic: Colorado Mountain College has the 3rd most affordable bachelor's degree in the countryEarn a Bachelor's Degree at CMC

We offer five:

Higher Education, CMC Style

Few other colleges match our invigorating blend of hands-on education, personal attention and rigorous academic preparation.

Colorado Mountain College courses can take you to the wilderness for outdoor studies or Natural Resource Management, have you working at Rocky Mountain ski resorts and four-diamond restaurants, or capturing the natural beauty through visual arts.

Our science and liberal arts associate degrees are designed to give you a solid academic foundation to transfer to four-year colleges and universities.

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Begin Your Degree at CMC and Transfer

Receive full value for the first two years of your degree program at Colorado Mountain College.

Our academic programs (the associate of arts and associate of science degrees) are designed for transfer to four-year colleges and universities. This is the course work that freshmen and sophomores usually take at four-year schools.

Colorado Mountain College is a member of the statewide Guaranteed General Education Project, which guarantees transfer of credits to Colorado's public colleges and universities. The curriculum includes a minimum of one year of course work in communications, humanities, social sciences, mathematics, and science.

Transfer with Your Associate of Arts Degree

Colorado's public four-year institutions of higher education will honor the full transfer of an associate of arts (AA) degree earned at Colorado Mountain College. When you earn an associate of arts degree at Colorado Mountain College, completing the State Guaranteed General Education Courses with a grade of "C" or better in each course applied to the degree, you will transfer with junior standing into any arts and science degree program offered by these Colorado institutions.

Colorado Mountain College has specific emphasis areas and/or agreements for:

  • Early Childhood Education
  • Elementary Education
  • Outdoor Education
  • Visual Arts

Please see more information on transferring to another college and transfer agreements.

You should be able to complete your associate of arts degree program in no more than 60 credit hours and your baccalaureate (four-year) degree in no more than a total of 120 credit hours, unless there are additional degree requirements recognized by the Colorado Department of Higher Education. This means that if you complete your AA degree at Colorado Mountain College, you can complete your four-year degree with the same number of credits as students who began at the receiving institution. If you have received credit for prior learning, advanced placement, or correspondence courses, this will be reviewed by the receiving institution.

Transfer with the Associate of Science Degree

The Associate of Science degrees are designed for those who plan to seek a four-year degree in advanced technology, mathematics, or physical, natural or computer science areas.

Colorado Mountain College has specific emphasis areas for:

  • Biology Emphasis
  • Chemistry Emphasis
  • Physics Emphasis

Move Up with an Associate of General Studies Degree

The Associate of General Studies degree includes a basic core of general education courses in specific discipline areas. It has the broadest range of elective credits, but you should consult with an advisor to develop a written plan of objectives, and identify the courses that best meet your academic goals.

Colorado Mountain College has specific emphasis areas and/or agreements for:

  • Engineering
  • Outdoor Recreation Leadership

The quality of a CMC education is recognized throughout Colorado and across the country. Many of our students continue at Colorado Mountain College for their bachelor's degree. Other CMC students have transferred to:

  • University of Colorado
  • Colorado State University
  • Colorado Mesa University
  • Regis University
  • University of Denver
  • Colorado College
  • Western State College

See where else our students have transferred, including Ivy League schools.

Compare CMC's low tuition and fees to other Colorado colleges and universities

Our tuition rates are some of the lowest in the state. Our bachelor’s degree tuition is the lowest in Colorado and the third lowest in the country. Plus, our Learning Materials Program delivers your textbooks before classes start at nearly half the typical cost! You'll avoid student debt and get a high-quality education at Colorado Mountain College. That's smart.

Here’s how our in-district and in-state tuition compares to other Colorado schools:

*Includes fees charged to all students. Some programs have additional fees.