Red Rocks Community College
13300 W Sixth Ave, Lakewood, CO 80228
Lakewood, CO 80228
(303) 914-6360
Accrediting Agency:
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

Founded in 1969 in Lakewood, Colo., Red Rocks Community College was established as one of three new Community College of Denver campuses. Today, as a community college, RRCC serves more than 4,000 students each year in the counties of Clear Creek, Gilpin, Jefferson, and Park. It strives to provide a high-quality education through small class sizes, an average of less than 20 students, diverse educational programs, and by emphasizing innovation, leadership, quality, and service. With campuses in both Lakewood and Arvada, RRCC students can take courses in various formats including traditional classroom, online, self-paced, and weekend classes.

Programs Offered

RRCC offers more than 150 programs of study and 650 courses that lead to either a two-year degree or professional certificate. Areas of study include health professions, computer technology, fire science, law enforcement, speech-language pathology and audiology, liberal arts and sciences, education, business, and more. Degrees offered include: Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, Associate of General Studies, and Associate of Applied Science. In addition, RRCC has a variety of certificate programs purposed for those who are looking for a career change or just want to increase their skills in their current occupation. In addition, online learning opportunities are also available through RRCC Online and CCCOnline, a program that consists of students and instructors from all CCCS colleges in the system.


RRCC has been accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission, since 1975, according to College Navigator.


Due to RRCC’s “open door” admissions policy, anyone over the age of 17 who is a high school graduate or non-graduate can enroll in instructional programs and courses. Students who are at least 16 years of age and currently enrolled in a high school concurrent enrollment program can also take courses, and those younger than 17 not enrolled in such a program may apply for a waiver of the age requirement. Applicants must complete the RRCC application and meet assessment requirements, including taking the Accuplacer to be assessed for reading, writing, and math skills. Non-degree-seeking students, those with a college degree, and those who can show proof of ACT/SAT scores meeting the minimum requirements may be exempt from taking the Accuplacer.


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