High Mountain Institute

Welcome to the High Mountain Institute program.

High Mountain Institute and Western State Colorado University have developed a partnership to provide college credit for High Mountain Institute courses.

Once a student enrolls in a High Mountain Institute course, graduate and undergraduate credit registration is available through Western Extended Studies. upon successful completion of the course and assignments due, college credit is awarded. The amount of credit earned is based upon the type and length of the course.

Credit Registration

You can request an undergraduate or graduate registration packet by completing the outdoor programs application request form.



1. Carefully read, and complete the appropriate High Mountain Institute Course Credit Registration Packet.
2. Complete, sign and initial all designated areas in Sections B and C (required).
3. Complete and sign Section D (optional).
4. Carefully review Payment Instructions (Cash, AmeriCorps, or 529 plan). Make sure this section is complete.
5. Return Sections B, C, and D to the Extended Studies Office by email, fax, or mail.
6. If you are registering for graduate credit, send a copy of your transcript that includes your conferred degree along with the items in #5.
7. Keep all other information with you in an accessible place for reference.

IMPORTANT: Registration and full payment for credit should be received by our office no later than two weeks before the first day of a course. Incomplete registration forms will not be processed. Registrations are processed in the order they are received. If received less than two weeks before the course start date, processing is not guaranteed. Registration requests to process AmeriCorps or 529 plan funding for High Mountain Institute tuition and fees must be submitted no later than 30 days before the High Mountain Institute payment deadline for course fees.


If you are in the graduate Apprentice Seminar program earning ROE 510 credit, all assignments will be issued and collected for grading by your professor at High Mountain Institute. 

If you are earning undergraduate ENVS 297 credit, all assignments will be issued and collected for grading by your professor at High Mountain Institute.

If you are earning undergraduate OUTD 189 credit, your assignment will be sent to you in your registration confirmation from Extended Studies. This assignment must be sent to outdoorprograms@western.edu at the conclusion of your course. Western Recreation and Outdoor Education (ROE) faculty will grade this assignment. You may also download the OUTD 189 assignment here.

OUTD 189 also requires an instructor evaluation of your performance on the course. This evaluation is to be completed and sent to outdoorprograms@western.edu at the conclusion of your course directly from your instructor. 


Registration forms and check payments may be mailed to:

Extended Studies
600 N Adams St, Taylor Hall 303
Gunnison, CO  81231

Make checks out to: Western State Colorado University

Registration forms, assignments and questions may be sent by email to outdoorprograms@western.edu.