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This Glenwood Springs, Colorado college, founded in 1965, offers two other residential campuses in Leadville and Steamboat Springs, as well as nine commuter college locations. The latter have small campuses in Aspen, Buena Vista, Breckenridge, Carbondale, Dillon, Rifle, Salida, Spring Valley, and Vail. As their website notes, “The Colorado Mountain College district and service area cover 12,000 square miles, three national forests, six wilderness areas, and most of Colorado's major ski resorts.” That might be enough to pique your interest in this public college no matter where you’re from.

Overview of Colorado Mountain College (CMC)

Approximately 5,600 students, all undergraduates, are enrolled at CMC and the school has an open admissions policy.

CMC offers five bachelor’s degrees:

  • Organizational Leadership
  • Business Administration and Management
  • Education
  • Registered Nursing
  • Sustainability Studies

The school also offers 54 types of associate degrees, along with 71 certificates. Not all courses are taught at every location and another 300 non-credit courses are available to students.

The student body is somewhat diverse, with 62% being White, 27% Latinx, and just 1% each Black and Asian. Roughly one-third of students are aged 25 or older and a whopping 84% of students reside in Colorado, with only 15% coming from out-of-state. Nearly ¾ of students do not take any classes online, 10% take online classes only, and another 16% are enrolled in at least some distance education.

General Information

School Type primarily associate's, Public
Campus Setting Town: Remote
Campus Housing Yes
Student Faculty Ratio 12:1
Graduation Rate 21%
Year Founded 1967

Student Enrollment

Total Students5,688


Undergraduate Student

Male 2,446
Female 3,242

Graduate Student

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Female NA

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Application Deadline May 1
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CMC Tuition Cost & Financial Aid

Colorado Mountain College has one of the lowest tuition rates not only in Colorado, but nationwide. For a recent academic year, students living in-district paid just $2,220 in tuition and fees. In-state students paid around $4,600, while out-of-state students paid closer to $11,200. Room and board for those living on campus is around $9,700.

The average net price of education after student’s grants, scholarships, and financial aid are taken into consideration is just under $6,000. Sixty-eight percent of students received some form of financial aid. This includes 44% receiving grants or scholarships, 30% receiving federal Pell grants, and 37% taking out student loans.

Average net price 2017-2018
Net Price $5,818
Average Total Aid $4,340
Students Receiving Financial Aid 70%
Room & Board $9,658

Sticker Price

  • Tuition In-State - $4,620
  • Tuition Out-of-State - $11,172
  • Books and Supplies - $840
  • Room & Board - $9,658
  • Other - $1,666


Colorado Mountain College’s student-to-teacher ratio is quite low at 11 to 1. Their retention rate is 45% for full-time students and 35% for part-time students. The overall graduation rate is 25%, which is quite low, but does not account for students who transfer to another school and graduate from there. Additionally, around 80% of faculty hold advanced degrees in their field.

When researching schools, it’s a good idea to consider metrics like these. Retention rates are a prime example. This metric involves how many first-time, degree-seeking students return to the same school for the following year. A school with a low retention rate could have systemic academic issues and you’ll want to check student reviews and make sure there isn’t a deeper issue. Graduation rates involve the number of first-time students obtaining their degrees within 150% of the standard program time, which is usually considered six years. A low graduation rate may be a red alert, or it may indicate that students attend to earn their general education credits and then transfer to a school with a bachelor’s degree they’d prefer to earn.

Student Population Total

Student Population 5,688

Evening Classes : No
Online Learning : Yes

Most Popular Programs & Majors

(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)

All Business Majors 101 Total Graduates / 59%
Business Administration and Management, General 67 Graduates
Organizational Leadership 34 Graduates
All Education Majors 13 Total Graduates / 8%
Education, General 13 Graduates
Health Professions and Related Programs 18 Total Graduates / 11%
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 18 Graduates
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 39 Total Graduates / 23%
Sustainability Studies 39 Graduates
All Other Diplomas 0%

Outcome & Salary

The average early-career salary for Colorado Mountain College graduates is $41,100 and their mid-career salary is $58,600. You can consider this in comparison to the salaries of those who do not go to college and earn a degree. Nationally, the non-college average salary is $38,792 annually.

Between the cost of the education and the projected income of the average graduate, the average return on investment (ROI) for CMC graduates is $510,000 in 10-year salary earnings potential. After 20 years, this ROI increases to $1.096 million. For those who did not attend college, their 10-year projected income is 379,600 and their 20-year projected income is $775,840.

Graduates Salary
College Grads Early Career Salary $41,100
College Grads Average Salary $51,000
College Grads Mid Career Salary $58,600
Return on Investment (ROI)
10 Year Salary Earnings Potential $510,000
20 Year Salary Earnings Potential $1,096,000
Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year $23,272
10 Year Projected ROI $486,728
20 Year Projected ROI $1,072,728
No College Education Salary Comparison
National Average Salary $38,792
10 Year Projected Income $387,920
20 Year Projected Income $775,840

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