Guide for relocation to Steamboat Springs, CO

CMC’s new academic and student center, bachelor’s programs driving 40 percent increase in enrollment  

With a slew of recent improvements and new programming as well as fall 2014 applicants up 40 percent from the preceding year, Steamboat Springs’ Colorado Mountain College’s Alpine Campus is quietly becoming one of the top mountain colleges in the Rockies.

“Everything we’ve done makes our campus more collegiate,” Dean of Student Affairs Brian Hoza said. “It augments what we can do for our students and the community.”

The college recently introduced two four-year bachelor’s degrees — a Bachelor of Arts in sustainability studies and a Bachelor of Science in business administration — both offered at its Steamboat campus. In 2014, it approved adding a Bachelor of Science in nursing, a hybrid (mostly distance learning and a small amount in person) degree based at its Glenwood Springs and Breckenridge campuses. Working RNs throughout the CMC service area and beyond can enroll.

In 2012, CMC opened its new $18 million, 60,000-square-foot academic and student center overlooking downtown Steamboat, housing administrative offices, classrooms, auditorium, cafeteria and more. In 2013, it finished building a secondary access road to the college as a final piece of the construction. Combine this with new course offerings in everything from resort management and hospitality to sustainability studies and culinary programs and it’s truly a cornerstone of the community.

Enrollment is growing as well as its accolades. In 2012-13, the college had 20,436 students enrolled across its 11 locations, including 2,492 students in Steamboat. That same year it was named by as one of the nation’s Top 20 Community Colleges in achieving student success.

In 2013 and 2014, the U.S. Department of Education ranked CMC the country’s third most affordable public college offering bachelor’s degrees. In 2014, the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program named it one of the nation’s top 150 community colleges, allowing CMC to compete for the 2015 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence.

Per credit hour costs for the 300- and 400-level baccalaureate classes are $99 for in-district students, $205 for students living outside the district but within the college’s service area (Grand, Jackson and Chaffee counties), $212 for in-state/out-of-district students and $429 for out-of-state students. For 100- and 200-level classes, tuition per credit hour is $57 for in district, $97 for in service area, $100.50 for in state, and $317 for out of state. Tuition for upper-level Bachelor of Science nursing students is an additional $40 per credit hour. Info:

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