Colorado Northwestern Community College

Tel: 8005621105
  • 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 1,550 students (49% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 23:1 is lower than the state community college average of 36:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 24% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 36%.
  • Colorado Northwestern Community College is the only community colleges within Rio Blanco County, CO.
  • The nearest community college is Uintah Basin Applied Technology College (65.20 miles away).

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 66 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Colorado Northwestern Community College(CO) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationAssociate of Arts CollegesBaccalaureate / Associates Colleges
Institution LevelLess than 2 yrsFour or more years
Institution ControlPublicPrivate, non-profit
Total Faculty66 staff40 staff
Colorado Northwestern Community College Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of 1,550 has grown by 36% over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 23:1 has decreased from 30:1 over five years.
  • The school's diversity score of 0.41 is less than the state average of 0.55. The school's diversity has grown by 28% over five years.
Total Enrollment1,550 students1,643 students
Colorado Northwestern Community College Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio23:136:1
Colorado Northwestern Community College Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students765 students742 students
Colorado Northwestern Community College Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students600 students901 students
Colorado Northwestern Community College Part-Time Students (2007-2013)
Colorado Northwestern Community College Enrollment Breakdown CO All Enrollment Breakdown
% American Indian/Alaskan
Colorado Northwestern Community College American Indian/Alaskan (2007-2016)
% Asian
Colorado Northwestern Community College Asian (2007-2016)
% Hispanic
Colorado Northwestern Community College Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
Colorado Northwestern Community College Black (2007-2016)
% White
Colorado Northwestern Community College White (2007-2016)
% Two or more races
Colorado Northwestern Community College More (2011-2016)
% Non Resident races
Colorado Northwestern Community College Non Resident (2010-2013)
% Unknown races
Colorado Northwestern Community College Ethnicity Breakdown CO All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity Score0.410.55
Colorado Northwestern Community College Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate
Colorado Northwestern Community College Completion Rates for First-Time, Full-Time Students (2007-2015)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$41,400$33,100
Colorado Northwestern Community College Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $5,997 is more than the state average of $3,657. The in-state tuition has grown by 139% over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $6,991 is less than the state average of $10,359. The out-state tuition has grown by 46% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$5,997$3,657
Colorado Northwestern Community College In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees$6,991$10,359
Colorado Northwestern Community College Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid84%91%
Colorado Northwestern Community College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2013)
Median Debt for Graduates$13,500$13,000
Colorado Northwestern Community College Median debt for students who have completed (2007-2015)
Median Debt for Dropouts$5,500$5,139
Colorado Northwestern Community College Median debt for students who have not completed (2007-2015)


Total Sports Offered7 sports
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Equestrian, Rock Climbing, Soccer, Softball, VolleyballBaseball, Basketball,
Equestrian, Rock Climbing,
Soccer, Softball,
Source: 2016 (or latest year available) IPEDS

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.

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Did You Know?
For Colorado public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $3,657 per year for in-state students and $10,359 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $15,389 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

Colorado community colleges have a diversity score of 0.55, which is lower than the national average of 0.65. The most diverse community college in Colorado is Everest College-Aurora. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.