How to Get Started
Step 1 - Apply for Admission & Financial Assistance
Apply for Admission to Aims
Complete the online application, or apply in person at any Aims Campus.
- Need to browse through our programs and courses before you apply? Check out the Areas of Study.
- Students with disabilities can arrange accommodations in the following ways: email firstname.lastname@example.org, call (970) 339-6388, or text (970) 823-2467. Call (970) 339-6404 to set up an appointment.
Apply for Financial Aid, if needed
This is optional, but it's free to apply. You may qualify for:
- Grants and Scholarships (generally, not paid back)
- Loans (must be paid back)
- Work study (work part-time to earn money while attending Aims)
It's best to apply at least two months before classes begin. Many apply as early as
January to get help paying for classes that start in August.
Aims scholarship information
Step 2 - Complete Orientation
Complete the online New Student Orientation
The online New Student Orientation will help you get off to a good start at Aims.
- Log into your myAims account, click on the Student tab, and click on the New Student Orientation link.
- It’s required if you are pursuing a degree or certificate, but all students are encouraged
- You can view it anytime, anywhere, and at your own pace. Computer labs are available
on all campuses if you don't have internet access.
Step 3 - Academic and Personal Assessment
Share your academic background.
Assessment of your background in reading, English, and math helps determine best course-level
placement. There are minimum academic requirements for students seeking certificates/degrees
(some programs have alternate or additional requirements). Courses like English, math
and science have minimum requirements called pre-requisites; pre-requisites are not
required for courses like PE, art, or conversational foreign language.
Share your academic background in multiple ways:
- High school transcript with overall GPA and English or math courses completed with
a C or higher**
- ACT (Reading 17, English 18, Math 19)*
- SAT (Before March 2016: Critical Reading/Verbal 430/440, Math 460; After March 2016:
Evidence-Based Reading and Writing 470, Math 500)*
- Successful completion (“C” or higher) of an equivalent college-level math and/or writing
course from a regionally accredited school**
Additional measures include the PARCC**, GED**, HISET**, TASC** and Accuplacer*. Please
see the Assessment page for more information. You may send your transcripts or test scores to email@example.com or bring them with you when you take the CSI.
*Scores are valid for a period of three years from the date taken.
**Grades must be within the past 10 years.
Take the personal assessment.
Visit the testing center to take the Ruffalo College Student Inventory (CSI) which will provide you and your advisor information
about your academic motivations and areas Aims can assist you to be more successful.
Step 4 - Meet Advisor & Register
Meet with an Academic Advisor
Call for an appointment. You do not have to meet with an advisor if you are taking
classes for personal interest.
- Greeley (970) 339-6404
- Fort Lupton (303) 857-4022, ext. 4300
- Loveland (970) 667-4611, ext. 3300
- Windsor (970) 339-6690
Register for classes
- Register online using your myAims account.
- Consider AAA 109: This class can help you make connections with other students while
you learn strategies to boost your grades and success in college. You’ll learn how
to work smarter, not harder. Whether you are learning to take notes from fast-talking
professors or strategies for reading and remembering hundreds of textbook pages, the
Advancing Academic Achievement class can make you a better student.
Step 5 - Pay Tuition & Fees
Pay for classes
Step 6 - Prepare for Classes
Prepare for classes
- Buy books and supplies in the Aims bookstore or online.
- Get a Student ID Card and Parking permit at the Student Activities, Inclusion & Leadership
GREELEY & WINDSOR: Visit the Greeley Student Activities, Inclusion & Leadership (SAIL) Office, College
Center, Rm. 131.*
FORT LUPTON & LOVELAND: Visit the campus to get your student ID card.
*Windsor students can obtain a parking permit at the Windsor Campus Safety desk in
- Learn about services for students and how to use myAims.