Gap and College – High Mountain Institute

College Credit

We offer optional college credit through Western State Colorado University and Portland State University. 

You can read more about the differences between the two options below. 

Every student on an HMI Gap course will participate in this curriculum, but will receive an additional evaluation if they are enrolled in college credit. There are additional requirements for Western State courses which should be completed after the conclusion of the HMI Gap program. 

Western Colorado University courses offered ($165/credit)

  • ROE 189 – Principles of Outdoor Recreation (3 credits)
  • ENVS 297 – Land Conservation Ethics (3 credits)

As an accredited member of the Gap Year Association, we are able to offer our students the option of earning college credit with Portland State University through its Education Abroad office.

To learn more about this opportunity please visit the PSU/GYA college credit website here. 

529 Education Saving Plans

Through our partnerships with Western Colorado University and Portland State University students are able to pay for HMI Gap with their 529 Education Saving Plans. 

Students must enroll in at least one course through WCU or PSU in order to use their 529 plan. Contact to learn more. 

College Partnerships

HMI has a formal partnership with Prescott College, a liberal arts college in Prescott, Arizona with a focus on sustainability and social justice. Prescott College guarantees admission to HMI alumni. Up to 16 credits can be awarded for an HMI experience, and HMI students, alumni, and staff receive a 20% discount off published tuition or an eligible merit scholarship, whichever is higher.