Serving the Adventurous Since 1967

Picture this. You’re a college student in Breckenridge, Aspen, Steamboat Springs, Leadville, the Vail Valley, or one of six other mountain towns. Surrounded by 16 ski resorts, six wilderness areas, and miles of national forest land. All yours to explore.

Choose from over 80 academic programs, with one of the lowest tuition rates in Colorado. Pursue a degree in a field you love, in a place you can’t get enough of!

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environmental-and-sustainabilityEnvironmental & Sustainability

With Colorado Mountain College serving a 12,000 square mile area in the heart of the Colorado Rockies, you’ll find no shortage of hands-on learning opportunities in our environmental programs. Choose a program that fits your specific career goals:

Sustainability Studies
Natural Resource Management
Environmental Science
Environmental Studies

graphic-design-media-and-photoDigital Media & Photography

Have a passion for telling the story and getting the word out? Learn communication skills for the digital age at the Isaacson School for New Media! Tell the story through digital design, photography, videography, journalism, marketing, and more!

Digital Media
Professional Photography
Graphic Design

culinary-instituteCulinary Institute

Each of our culinary programs features a different recipe for success! While each will teach you culinary skills, management skills, and sustainable food practices three flavors are offered to match your career goals.

Culinary Arts Apprenticeship
Restaurant & Culinary Management
Sustainable Cuisine

science-and-engineeringScience & Engineering

Get a great start in the sciences with our small class sizes, experienced and dedicated faculty, and low tuition rates. Our graduates transfer and excel at some of the top institutions in the country: Cornell, Columbia, and Stanford…just to name a few.



Have a passion for helping children learn and grow? If you’re looking to work with children anywhere from birth through elementary school, we can help get you there! Hands-on field learning is an integral part of what makes our graduates great educators!

Elementary Teacher Education
Early Childhood Education


The mountains of Colorado draw talented business executives who share their knowledge and experience. This enhances your business education with direct access to former Fortune 500 CEOs, advertising executives and other professionals.

Business Administration
Ski & Snowboard Business

snow-sports-industrySnow Sports Industry

Turn your passion for winter sports into a career! Whether you’re interested in hotel management, mountain operations, or winter gear design and manufacturing, we’ve got you covered…all within the epicenter of Colorado ski country!

Ski Area Operations
Ski & Snowboard Business
Resort Management

outdoor-studiesOutdoor Studies

So you don’t want to be confined to a 10×10 cubicle for the duration of your career? We get it! Our outdoor programs will get you outside working as outdoor guides, community recreation coordinators, protectors of the wilderness, and much more!

Outdoor Recreation Leadership
Outdoor Education

public safetyPublic Safety

Do you have what it takes to be a first responder? Colorado Mountain College offers complete training to prepare you not just to pass certification exams, but to fully prepare you mentally and physically for the wide variety of situations you’ll face in the field.

EMT/EMS Paramedic
Wilderness EMS
Fire Science
Law Enforcement Training Academy

Looking for more?

Explore all 80 programs at Colorado Mountain College!

residential campusesResidential Campuses

All the amenities and services you’d expect from today’s residence halls with a key difference: million-dollar views and the best of the Colorado Rockies right outside your door. Preview residence life in the mountains, then schedule a campus visit!

Glenwood Springs-Spring Valley
Steamboat Springs

community campusesCommunity Campuses

Live off-campus while pursuing your degree in the Colorado Rockies. You’ll have to pinch yourself often!

Breckenridge & Dillon
Glenwood Springs
Vail Valley-Edwards

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We love seeing our graduates leave here with a lifetime of success ahead of them, not a lifetime of debt! With strong support from our communities we’re able to provide high-quality academics at a surprisingly affordable price.

Cost Per Credit:

100-200 Level 300-400 Level
In-District (map) $57 $99
Vets/Active Military & Dependents $103 $205
In-state $107 $212
Western States (WUE) $150.75 $318
Out-of-state $373 $429


Over $700,000 was awarded through the Colorado Mountain College Foundation last year!
Learn more about Colorado Mountain College Scholarships

All of us at Colorado Mountain College believe we’re one of the best-kept secrets in higher education. Of course we’re a little biased, so you might want to see what independent sources are saying about us!


Shelby W
stars-4 a week ago
I have been involved with Colorado Mountain College since I was in high school. It has helped me get ahead in my higher education. I stayed enrolled after I graduated high school and finished my Associates. I am now starting up to finish my four year degree there! It has been an amazing experience and I am lucky to have it in my backyard! Would highly reccomend anyone to take any type of class here, its wonderful.
Miriam V
stars-5b 3 weeks ago
I am currently attending Colorado Mountain College, the classes are amazing. I learn a lot for what my future career as a Nurse. The teachers are all full of energy and teach us everything they can with all their heart. It is incredible what this college offers, just opportunities no one knew this college could offer. Overall awesome. I definatly recommend this college to anyone out there looking for a college.
Tasha L
stars-4 a month ago
I am currently attending Colorado Mountain College- Spring Valley and so far I absolutely love it. The Campus is beautiful, the people are super friendly and most of the staff are extremely helpful. The financial aid department could use a tune up due to lack of organization but other than that I highly recommend CMC to anyone and everyone!
Kevin C
stars-5 a month ago
One of the only community colleges that offers a 4 year degree in Business or Culinary Arts. Located in one of the most serene places of Colorado, the Rockies give this school an ambiance that can’t be beat. We don’t have the extra stuff like college football teams or soccer but we pride ourselves on just being able to attend. First focus would be to teach you to grow in your endeavors in life and our second focus is to improve the lives of the surrounding community through education. Best campus I have attended would be the Eagle/Vail campus located in Edwards.
Jen T
stars-5 2 weeks ago
Colorado Mountain College has been the best thing to happen to me, educationally speaking. The advisors, staff, and faculty all care about your learning, and work to help you succeed. I am finishing my second Associate’s degree through them, and am also working on a Bachelor’s degree. The tuition is extremely affordable, so if you are looking to start, complete, or restart your education, I encourage you to check out CMC.
Mark T
stars-5 a month ago
I am 56 years old, for the last five semesters I have been attending Colorado Mountain College in Buena Vista, Colorado. Some of their classes are offered in Salida, and makes it easier for me to attend. I have enjoyed the various teachers throughout these few semesters and also found it enjoyable to learn new things. I also appreciate that as an older student I am treated as an equal by both students and faculty. After one more semester and a summer class I will graduate with my Associate of Arts. I wish to move on and work on a Bachelor’s degree in business, to do this at CMC would be a plus.
Jim A
stars-5 a month ago
As a unconventional student, CMC is giving me the opportunity to start my life over, for a good price. The student to teacher ratio is about the best that I have ever seen. (I have attended 5 different community colleges) The faculty and staff, go way out of their way to help, not just this old guy, but every student and prospective student. With classrooms that look out on some of the grandest country in the world, CMC is a world class institution for higher education.
jack k
stars-5 4 weeks ago
CMC worked great for me! All of my teachers seemed to really care about me and made sure I was understanding the material. Also, the scholarship opportunities are amazing. I was able to go to CMC for two years basically free with my in-district discount and then got all the tuition money for CU via grant when I graduated, Basically, with all the support from CMC I got 3 free years of college and that is priceless! CMC also prepared me for school in Boulder too. My classes at CMC were just as rigorous as they are at CU. Thank you CMC! I had a great two years and miss seeing the beautiful campus!
taylor r
stars-5 a month ago
I attended the CMC Spring Valley campus and it was amazing. Not only do you have the best views in the state just outside your bedroom window, but the community is amazing. Everyone knows everyone and its like one big family. The teachers are stellar and really make a connection with the students which makes it much easier to ask questions. The overall experience i had a Spring Valley was one for the books. It is a great place to live, and go to school along with making life long connections with the best of friends.
erin b
stars-4 a month ago
I love CMC. For me it worked well because they had classes at night and they have a tone of online courses offered which is great. I almost have my two year degree from them, all of the teachers and counselors are very helpful and willing to work with you if you need it. over all a great school thats very convenient and helpful.
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Find out why Colorado Mountain is in the top 20 U.S. two-year colleges.

Colorado Mountain College was listed by CNN/Money in the top 20 nationally (see CNN/Money story) for student success at two-year colleges. The college was also ranked #1 among Colorado’s two-year colleges for graduation plus transfer rates. Learn more.