Admissions & Records
Open Enrollment

Colorado Northwestern Community College has an Open Door Admissions Policy which means that anyone beyond high school age with a desire to learn will be admitted.

Exceptions to the Open Door Policy are the Dental Hygiene, Nursing, Aviation Technology and Aviation Maintenance Technology programs which have specific admissions policies and requirements.

Colorado Northwestern Community College is on a rolling admissions plan which means anyone can apply anytime up until the first day of classes each semester. There is no specific application deadline.

Applications must be sent with high school/college transcripts and (optional) ACT or SAT score.

Exceptions to the Open Door Policy

  • Dental Hygiene - enrollment is limited to 27 students per year. Be sure to click on the link to check the pre-requisite requirements and application deadline date.
  • Aviation Technology - must pass an Airman 2nd Class physical performed by a designated FAA physician and attend an aviation orientation.
  • Aviation Maintenance Technology - enrollment is limited to 18 students each year.
  • Nursing Program – enrollment is limited to 24 students per year.
    Potential nursing students must pass the entrance exam within three attempts to be considered for competitive admission. To take this 3 hour TEAS test, contact darby [dot] mcdermott [at] cncc [dot] edu (Darby McDermott) Employee Directory to set up an appointment. The test is given at the CNCC-Craig Campus, 2801 W. 9th Street. The cost for the test is $35.00 and must be paid at least three days in advance at the bookstore.

Admissions as a regular student:
Students who are high school graduates, have earned a General Education Development Certificate (GED), intend to enroll under the Post Secondary Options Act or have reached the age of 18 may be granted regular admission into Colorado Northwestern Community College. This does not include automatic admission into a particular program due to enrollment limits, academic requirements or selective admissions.

Admission as a special student:
Students who do not meet the requirements for regular admission may be admitted as a special student. Special students are required to complete Colorado Northwestern Community College's assessment testing (writing, math, and reading skills) and demonstrate college-level competencies prior to enrolling. Special students are required to meet with the Director of Counseling and Career Services (Rangely) or the Academic Dean (Craig) to plan a class schedule. In most cases, students admitted under this status are not financial aid eligible.