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Front Range Community College (FRCC)

3645 W 112th Ave, Westminster, CO

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About

Front Range Community College, located in Westminster, Colorado, is the first and largest community college established by the State Board of Community Colleges and Occupational Education. Originally the north campus of the Community College of Denver, in 1968 the campus was renamed and established as a separate entity by the state board. Over the years the school has expanded its campus, classes and services. FRCC became one of the first schools in Colorado to offer online education. Enrollment has grown very quickly requiring FRCC to expand the campus and open satellite locations in nearby area. The school is dedicated to providing a quality education to its students by constantly reviewing and updating its programs, services and facilities, adding new ones if necessary to meet student needs and evolving community and industry standards.

Academics

Front Range Community College offers a number of academic transfer and career programs allowing students to pick the one that suits their goals. Academic transfer programs complete the freshman and sophomore years of a bachelor's degree at a significantly lower financial cost. Once completed students may apply to a four year institution of their choice to finish their degree. Students should meet with an academic advisor to plan their curriculum to better prepare them for the school or schools they plan to apply to.

Career programs take between one and two years to complete, resulting in a degree or certificate that demonstrates that a student is qualified to enter the workforce in their area of study. Such programs provide the skills and knowledge necessary to operate as a professional, utilizing a mixture of classroom education and practical courses to provide experience in a working environment prior to graduation. Career programs often reflect the needs of the community, particularly in high demand fields.

Programs offered include:

  • Anthropology
  • Sociology
  • Astronomy
  • Physics
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Paralegal

Admissions and Financial Aid

FRCC maintains an open enrollment policy that guarantees entry into the college as long as the student is at least 17 years of age. Applications can be completed online or printed then the submitted via mail to the school. Once submitted a student should participate in orientation and meet with an advisor to outline their goals and curriculum. Registration typically takes place just prior to the start of the semester, with tuition due shortly thereafter.

Financial Aid is available to eligible students. To begin the process of determining eligibility students should visit the financial aid office and meet with a counselor.  Students must provide financial information as well as complete and submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) which will result in a student aid report used by the school to determine need, eligibility, and award.

Clubs and Organizations

Clubs and organizations are available at all campuses at Front Range Community College, though clubs are unique to each campus. Such clubs provide students the opportunity to explore new interests or to develop existing ones by meeting other individuals who share them. Clubs and organizations provide students a method for socializing outside of a classroom environment. Clubs and organizations may promote cultural development, academic growth, or pursue entertainment or other interests. Students may also pursue the founding of a new club if the school does not have one that covers one's interests.

Clubs and organizations at FRCC include:

  • Adventures in Anthropology
  • Design Club
  • Horticulture Club
  • Society of American Foresters
  • Psychology Club
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Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $11,000. In order to calculate a more accurate and detailed cost of attendance check out their cost calculator here. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Annual tuition range:
    • State Residents: $2,700-$3,200
    • Out-of-State: $11,000-$13,320
  • Charges per unit:
    • In-State: $110-$140 per unit
    • Out-of-State: $460-$560 per unit

Financial Aid Details

The table below breaks down the types of financial aid, the percent of students receiving aid, and average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid72%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships54%$5,015
Receiving Student Loans52%$6,020

Note: The estimated default rate of students taking federal student loans in 2009 was around 13%.

Admissions, Academics, & Student Services

Student Services

To help students and recent graduates, Front Range Community College may offer student services including:

  • Online classes
  • Weekend and night classes available
  • Remedial courses
  • Academic counseling for students
  • Student employment
  • Helping students find work after graduation
  • Child care

Graduation & Transfer Rates

Community colleges often offer both career training programs and options for students to transfer-out to four year institutions, which is why the table below is so important, it compares this school against community colleges in Colorado.

 FRCCAdams CountyColorado
Graduation Rate20.8%-27.4%
Transfer-out Rate17.0%-16.5%

Popular Transfer-Out Colleges & Universities

The following 4-year schools are popular destinations for many students of Front Range Community College to transfer out to. You can click on the school profiles below to get additional admissions information:

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

Campus: Front Range Community College - Larimer Campus

  • Dental Assistant Program
    • Accredited by the American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation (since 1974)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing (ADN) Program

Campus: Front Range Community College - Boulder County Campus

  • Associate's Degree in Nursing (ADN) Program
  • Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) Program
    • Accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (since 2011)

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Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (Ph.D.,M.D.,...)

Agriculture Operations

Business and Marketing Studies

Communication Technology

Computer and Information Sciences

Education

Engineering Technology

  • Energy Management and Systems Technology (A, C)
  • Cad Drafting (A, C)
  • Architectural Engineering Technology (A, C)
  • Refrigeration Technology (A, C)

Foreign Languages and Literature

  • Sign Language Interpretation and Translation (A)

Health and Clinical Professions

Legal Professions and Studies

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Mechanic and Repair Technology

Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Wildlife and Wildlands Science and Management (A, C)

Precision Production

  • Welding (A, C)
  • Machine Shop Technology (A, C)

Science Technology

  • Science Technologies (A)

Visual and Performing Arts

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