Student life, desert life, community life—it all comes together on the campus of Copper Mountain College. See what we have for you!

We are a hub for our community: current and future students, lifelong learners, neighbors, entrepreneurs, and local ventures.

Students find services to help them succeed and forge new connections. Our neighbors find services and support for a life well-lived.

Student Life

Life at Copper Mountain is even more engaging when you look beyond your class assignments. Build on your interests as you connect with other like-minded individuals. Whatever you’re interested in, chances are CMC has something to match that. Take a look for yourself!

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Student Art Gallery

The Student Art Gallery hosts art shows dedicated to displaying and celebrating CMC student artwork. Browse through the current collection and find out how you can join in on the next one!

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Student Clubs

What sparks your interest? Find like-minded individuals at Copper Mountain. Our students have created clubs that focus on everything from academic success to service and crafts.

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Student Government

Be proactive about your student experience; get involved with student government. Students work together to organize programs and help student voices be heard in college decisions.

Caring for Tortoises and Preserving their Home

Being connected to Copper Mountain College also gives you the chance to learn about and support the local wildlife. We actively protect the delicate ecosystem that houses these ancient creatures and infuse desert studies into many of our academic programs. Come to campus and learn more about tortoises Alyssa, Bert, Clyde, and GiGi, and how you can take an active role in their protection.

For Our Community

You don’t have to be a student to enjoy the amenities of our campus. Copper Mountain College welcomes our neighbors to enjoy our beautiful campus, take in events, meet the tortoises, and even grab lunch.

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Desert Studies

We are committed to preserving, understanding and loving our Mojave Desert home. Learn about our unique ecology and how you can join our efforts.

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Show your pride for Copper Mountain College by cheering on the Fighting Cacti!
Check out upcoming games and find out how to raise your hand to be recruited.

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Our on-campus eatery, Jorge’s, is the meeting place for hungry minds and bodies alike. Grab takeout, join your study ​​group—find community and nourishment here.

Who We Are

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Administration & Operations

CMC is led by President Daren Otten and a Board of Trustees elected from our community. Meet the team and learn about their work.

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Campus Admin & Services

Our campus runs smoothly thanks to the skills and dedication of our people. Learn more about our offices and teams.

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Copper Mountain College’s story begins in 1966. Since then, we’ve grown a lot.


Pride Story Writing Workshop

June 24 @ 1:00 pm

LGBTQIA+ Lunch and Learn

June 26 @ 2:00 pm

Contact Admissions

Admissions & Records
300 Quad
6162 Rotary Way
Joshua Tree, CA 92252
Phone: 760.366.5201 ext. 4232