• Colorado Northwestern is one college in two Colorado communities. Depending on what you want to study, CNCC has the perfect surroundings and facilities to meet your needs. Founded in 1962 as "Rangely College," CNCC now serves nearly 1,000 students on two campuses, two service centers and online. Our two main campuses in Craig and Rangely are 90 miles apart in the mountains and canyons of Northwestern Colorado, with two service centers located in Meeker and Oak Creek. Outdoor Adventures We serve a diverse student population, ranging from traditional college students right out of high school, to a diverse population of adults who are seeking to advance their careers, or perhaps pursue a second one. The programs we offer are as diverse as our students. We offer world-class Arts & Science Degree programs that feature guaranteed transfer to Colorado four-year institutions. We also offer a rich array of Career and Technical programs designed to give students the training they need to get to work now. The Gates of Lodore, a canyon on the Green River, in northwestern Colorado. Perhaps one the the most attractive things about CNCC is that we are centered in one of the richest recreational and scenic areas in Colorado. It`s Colorado like you`ve never seen it before, with deep, high mountain canyons; impossibly wide vistas; wild, untamed rivers; and solitude that inspires.

School Highlights

Colorado Northwestern Community College serves 993 students (43% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 8:1 is lower than the state community college average of 14:1.
Minority enrollment is 25% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 43%.

Quick Stats (2023)

  • Enrollment: 993 students
  • In-state tuition: $5,997
  • Out-state tuition: $6,991
  • Student:teacher ratio: 8:1
  • Minority enrollment: 25%
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

Colorado Northwestern Community College ranks among the top 20% of public schools in Colorado for:

School Overview

The teacher population of 126 teachers has grown by 90% over five years.
Colorado Northwestern Community College
(CO) Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification
Associates Colleges
Associates Colleges
Institution Level
At least 2 but less than 4 years
At least 2 yrs but < 4 yrs
Institution Control
Public
Private, non-profit
Total Faculty
126 staff
80 staff
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Student Body

The student population of Colorado Northwestern Community College has declined by 17% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 8:1 has decreased from 11:1 over five years.
The Colorado Northwestern Community College diversity score of 0.41 is less than the state average of 0.62. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment
993 students
2,085 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio
8:1
14:1
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# Full-Time Students
431 students
585 students
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# Part-Time Students
562 students
1,500 students
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# Enrollment Undergraduate
693 students
443 students
# Full-Time Undergraduate Students
431 students
528 students
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# Full-Time Graduate Students
n/a
97 students
# Part-Time Undergraduate Students
562 students
952 students
# Part-Time Graduate Students
n/a
1 students
Total Dormitory Capacity
346 students
346 students
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% American Indian/Alaskan
n/a
1%
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% Asian
2%
3%
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% Hispanic
16%
22%
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% Black
1%
5%
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% White
75%
57%
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% Hawaiian
n/a
1%
% Two or more races
1%
4%
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% Non Resident races
1%
2%
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% Unknown races
2%
5%
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Diversity Score
0.41
0.62
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College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in less than 4 years)
35%
56%
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College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in 4 years or more than 4 years)
n/a
2.68%
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)
$41,400
$33,300
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Tuition and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $5,997 is more than the state average of $3,735. The in-state tuition has grown by 52% over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $6,991 is less than the state average of $10,371. The out-state tuition has grown by 11% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees
$5,997
$3,735
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Out-State Tuition Fees
$6,991
$10,371
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid
90%
87%
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Median Debt for Graduates
$12,000
$11,000
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Median Debt for Dropouts
$5,500
$5,500
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Acceptance Rate
n/a
62%

Sports

Total Sports Offered
9 sports
Sports
Baseball, Basketball, Climbing, Equestrian, Kayaking, Rock Climbing, Soccer, Softball, Volleyball
Source: 2021 (or latest year available) Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) , School Administrators

School Notes

  • Colorado Northwestern Community College (CNCC) is a publicly supported two-year institution that was established in 1960. The main campus at Rangely, was opened in 1962 as Rangely College to a freshman class composed of 82 students. Originally, the College was a branch of Mesa College in Grand Junction, Colorado, but the two were separated in 1970. In July of 1974, Rangely College officially became Colorado Northwestern Community College. Colorado Northwestern Community College has been your education partner since 1962. With campuses in Rangely and Craig, community education centers in Meeker and South Routt County, as well as increasing opportunities for distance and technology-assisted learning, Colorado Northwestern Community College continues to be your best educational choice for affordable, high-quality learning options. CNCC has many clubs and activities for our students including outdoor recreational activities from whitewater rafting, fly-fishing, rock climbing and expedition camping to our on-campus challenge course and climbing gym. In addition, you will find a variety of collegiate athletics. We have outstanding occupational and transfer programs, excellent faculty with a personalized touch, and many outdoor recreational opportunities offered in a open-door atmosphere, with affordable prices, and at five different locations in Northwestern Colorado. Colorado Northwestern Community College is accredited by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Colorado Northwestern Community College cost?

Colorado Northwestern Community College's tuition is approximately $5,997 for In-State students and $6,991 for Out-State students.

What sports does Colorado Northwestern Community College offer?

Colorado Northwestern Community College offers 9 interscholastic sports: Baseball, Basketball, Climbing, Equestrian, Kayaking, Rock Climbing, Soccer, Softball and Volleyball.

What is Colorado Northwestern Community College's ranking?

Colorado Northwestern Community College ranks among the top 20% of community college in Colorado for: Highest graduate earnings (10 years post graduation).

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Quick Stats (2023)

  • Enrollment: 993 students
  • In-state tuition: $5,997
  • Out-state tuition: $6,991
  • Student:teacher ratio: 8:1
  • Minority enrollment: 25%
  • Source: Verified school update

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Did You Know?

For Colorado public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $3,735 per year for in-state students and $10,371 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $16,162 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in Colorado is 67%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

Colorado community colleges have a diversity score of 0.62, which is lower than the national average of 0.70. The most diverse community college in Colorado is Concorde Career College-Aurora. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.

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