Start here if you’re new to Copper Mountain College. Becoming a CMC student is free, fast, and easy — find step-by-step instructions for first-time college students, transfer students, and more.
Free Online Enrollment
To get started, submit a free online application, complete an online orientation, and meet with a counselor to create a First Year Plan. It’s that simple!
If you want to enroll in Copper Mountain College’s English as a Second Language or GED/High School Completion programs, see those pages for additional info. K-12 programs and Community Education courses also have their own enrollment processes.
Step 1: Enroll Online
First, create an account with CCCApply, the California community college application system. Then complete the application.
Within 24 hours, we’ll email you to confirm your enrollment and provide your Copper Mountain College student ID number. We’ll send a second email with your username and password to the MyCMC Portal.
Step 2: Prepare to Succeed
Our online orientation prepares you to succeed at Copper Mountain. You’ll learn about the college, your Student Educational Plan (SEP), and available support services.
To complete orientation, login to your MyCMC portal with your username and password. Click on the rectangular box with an arrow and the word Orientation/
Once you complete orientation, print the confirmation page or take a screenshot for your records.
Step 3: Meet Your Counselor
Your CMC counselor will help you develop your First Year Plan (FYP). Together, you’ll review math and English placement and a plan for your first two semesters at CMC.
Military students at Twentynine Palms or student veterans should schedule counseling appointments through the Military Base Office or Veterans Services:
Step 4: Register for Classes
Complete orientation and your FYP at least one week before the start of priority registration to receive your registration date through MyCMC.
To register, register on your registration date or immediately after—waiting will make it harder to enroll in the classes you need.
If there is a hold on your student record, you will not be able to register through student planning and you will need to contact: admissions@firstname.lastname@example.org
Need help? Contact Admissions & Records, Military Base Office, or Veterans Services:
Grants, Work-Study jobs, scholarships, and loans can help cover the cost of your education. We recommend you apply for financial aid once you’ve been admitted to CMC.
Transcripts, Transfers & More
Different types of students may need to complete a few additional application steps.
All you need to do is submit your request. It’s that easy.
Benefits of Electronic Transcripts with NSC
- Submit your request 24 hours a day, 365 days a year
- Very fast turnaround – usually within an hour or two
- Provides detailed email or text communication regarding transcript status
Official Transcript Request Options
Electronic PDF option: available online through NSC for $7.00 plus $3.00 (NSC processing and e-trans fee).
Official Transcript Policies
- A picture ID is required to pick up transcripts in person
- We will hold Official transcripts for pickup in Admissions and Records for a maximum of 60 days. The official transcript will be destroyed after 60 days and the student will not be refunded.
- FREE first two lifetime transcripts are available to students. However, free transcripts are not available through National Student Clearinghouse. Complete the fillable PDF form
- Print the PDF form and scan or take a picture of the completed form with your signature and email back as an attachment to: email@example.com
- Allow 7-10 business days for processing.
PLEASE NOTE: Transcripts from other institutions become a part of the student’s permanent file and are not duplicated and forwarded with the Copper Mountain College transcript. For questions pertaining to OFFICIAL transcripts ONLY, please contact Admissions & Records:
CMC does not mail grade reports. You may request your grades as follows:
- Online Portal: Grades are available 24/7 through the MyCMC Portal for students who have maintained access since spring 2014. Once you are logged into the portal (MyCMC), click on the Academic Profile Tab.
- In Person: Please go to Admissions & Records in the Office of Student Services or the Base Programs Office. Bring a form of photo ID with you. Ask to have an unofficial transcript printed for you. Student Services has limited services. Please contact Admissions & Records: 760.366.3791 or 760.366.5201 ext. 4232; firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Email, Fax, or Mail: Save the wait in line! Request a copy of your unofficial transcript. Please fax a copy of the following form to Unofficial Transcripts, at 760.830.4157.
Recent High School Graduates
Once you complete the application for enrollment, email your official high school transcripts to email@example.com.
If you’re transferring to Copper Mountain from another college or university, email unofficial transcripts to firstname.lastname@example.org before scheduling your First Year Plan meeting with a counselor.
If you plan to earn a degree, certificate, or General Education Certification from CMC, request that your college send us an official transcript. Learn more about transcripts and other info for transfer students.
If you’ve previously been enrolled at Copper Mountain and want to return after some time away, you’ll need to complete a new application
Follow the online application steps described above. Make sure your Social Security number and birthdate match those used on your previous applications. Discrepancies can create duplicate accounts that affect your financial aid and transcripts.
If you’ve completed CMC orientation and a First Year Plan within the previous three years, you don’t need to repeat these steps before registering for classes. If you’re not sure which steps to complete or have other questions, contact Admissions & Records or our Military Base Office.
Unfortunately, Copper Mountain College doesn’t offer a program for international students, nor a study abroad program.
K-12 Concurrent & Dual Enrollment Students
To apply for concurrent enrollment as a K-12 student, complete the K-12 Concurrent Enrollment Application with help from your school counselor or principal. Email your application and school transcript to email@example.com.
See more info about concurrent and dual enrollment for K-12 students.
- ESL & GED/High School Completion Students
Community Education Students
See Community Education for info about enrolling in community-oriented enrichment and skills courses.
Residency, Requirements & Policies
Additional info related to admission, graduation, and more.
California State Residency Policy
Your California residency status determines your tuition and fees. Non-resident enrollment fees are $332 per unit for U.S. citizens who have not established California residency.
To qualify as a California resident, you must physically reside in California for at least one year before the first day of classes. You’ll need a valid California driver’s license, proof of voter registration, or a California state income tax return to prove residency.
Non-resident students who attended high school in California for at least three years and received a high school diploma or equivalent are exempt from non-resident tuition.
Military personnel and family members are considered California residents for tuition purposes—present your military ID at registration.
Criminal Background Checks
Some CMC programs require a criminal background check. The results of this background check may have an impact on academic program eligibility or clinical/community site placement. You may be denied access to a program based on a background check.
The college is required to comply with licensing requirements and with the policies of our partner agencies. If you have a felony or misdemeanor in your background, see your program director to discuss the potential impact on your academic and professional career.
As a student, you’re responsible for meeting the full requirements for graduation as specified in the college catalog. Counselors can help you plan your program of study, but the final responsibility rests with you.
Complete an Intent to Earn an Associate Degree or Intent to Earn a Certificate form the semester prior to graduation (if you plan to earn more than one degree/certificate, submit a separate form for each). Submit your forms by October 1 for fall graduation or March 1 for spring or summer graduation.
Whether or not you plan to attend a commencement ceremony, you must apply for a graduation evaluation by these deadlines to have your preferred graduation date posted on your transcript.
Be sure you have official transcripts from all colleges/universities you’ve attended on file with Admissions & Records. We can’t confer your degree until all official transcripts with all degree-applicable grades are on file. Call us at 760.366.3791 ext. 4232 for more information.
Copper Mountain College collects no personal information about you unless you choose to provide that information to us. We do not give, share, transfer, or sell any information to a third party. Some of our web pages (such as online application forms) allow website visitors to voluntarily submit personal information.
Other Programs for New Students
As a new Copper Mountain student, you may be eligible for targeted support programs.
Services and accommodations for students with disabilities
Advising, employment, mentoring, and more for students receiving public assistance
Counseling and support for educationally disadvantaged students
Educational support for single parents of children receiving public assistance
Educational support for current and former foster youth
Information, support, and community for veterans and other military connected students