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Front Range Community College: Academics, Admissions & Tuition Info

Learn what degree and certificate programs the Front Range Community College in Colorado offers. Research its academics, and read about its admission and financial aid info to make an informed education decision.

About Front Range Community College

Since it was founded in 1968, the FRCC has grown to an enrollment of just over 31,000 students in the 2012 academic year, making it the largest community college in Colorado. The students are spread throughout three distinct campuses: the original Westminster Campus in a suburb of Denver, the Boulder County Campus in Longmont, and the Larimer Campus in Fort Collins. There is an additional learning center in Brighton, another Denver suburb. Each campus has an active student life with events, seminars, clubs, and facilities.


FRCC boasts a general education program called gtPATHWAYS ('gt' stands for 'guaranteed transfer') which only includes courses that are guaranteed to transfer to all Colorado public universities. General education courses and many common associate degrees, such as English, economics, and art, can be completed at any one of the campuses.

For students who want direct training for their career path, there are over 100 certificates to choose from, including clean energy technology, hospitality, holistic health, and Teaching English as a Second Language. Two of the most popular programs are under-one-year certificates to become emergency medical technicians and nursing aides. Most of these certificates are only offered at one or two of the campuses.

FRCC also gives busy students the option to learn from home with over 350 online courses offered. Students may further their studies by using the technology and research tools that are offered at the Westminster and Larimer campus libraries, which are shared with the surrounding communities.


Admission is open to everyone over the age of 17, and the application (online or paper) is free. After admission, new students take the Accuplacer test, which assesses their math, reading, and writing skills for proper placement. Each campus holds a new student orientation at the start of the semester so students can find their classes, meet the faculty, and learn about on-campus clubs and activities. Students are encouraged to visit an academic advisor and register for classes as early as possible. Registration for the spring semester begins mid-November, and fall semester registration begins late April.

FRCC accepts a wide range of students: recent high school graduates, transfers, adults looking for a career change or additional training, international students, and high school students. Data from Fall 2011 showed that 55% of the student population was 24 and under, and 67% of those enrolled were part-time students.

Tuition and Financial Aid

For the 2012-2013 school year at the Westminster campus, full-time (12 credit hours) in-state tuition and fees were $1453 per semester. The cost for non-residents was $5651 per semester. The campus fees vary slightly for each campus. For other expenses, the estimated yearly cost of books and supplies is $1749. Annual living expenses run around $8712 for the average student who is not living with his or her family.

Many students choose to apply for financial aid in order to pay for college. Students who don't qualify for financial aid or need additional assistance can sign up for a monthly payment plan called FACTS. Otherwise, tuition and fees are due before a student can enroll in classes. All Colorado residents are eligible for the College Opportunity Fund; after students apply just once, the state will pay for a portion of their total undergraduate education costs.

School Type 2-year, public*
Degrees Offered Certificates, associate's*
Religious Affiliation None*
Academic Calendar Semester*
School Setting Suburban*
Student Body 31,000 in 2012**
Student Housing None*
Programs Over 100 fields of study**
Student-Faculty Ratio 21:1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2011:
Certificates: nursing assistant (556)
Associate's: liberal arts and sciences and/or liberal studies (607)*
Graduation Rates 21% graduation within 150% of normal time (for students beginning in 2008)*
Admission Rate Open admission*
Entering Class Size 4,576 first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students in 2011***
First-Year Retention Rates 58% full-time, 44% part-time (2010-2011)*
Application Due Date No deadline**
Tuition $174.75 per credit hour for in-state students, $462.55 per credit hour for out-of-state students (2012-2013)**
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) Grants: 66%
Pell Grants: 58%
Loans: 49%
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 72% of full-time beginning students (2010-2011)*

Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics, **Front Range Community College, ***IPEDS Data Center, National Center for Education Statistics.

School Contact Information

  • Address: 3645 West 112th Avenue, Westminster, CO 80031
  • Phone: Westminster campus: (303) 404-5000
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