Who should apply?

The Apprentice Program is for motivated college graduates seeking experience in the classroom, residential education, and wilderness. Students may choose to pursue graduate credit for their participation in the Apprentice Program.

Applications are due for the 2019-2020 school year on February 1st, 2019. Please contact Timbah Bell, Dean of the Apprentice Program, at or 719-486-8200 x108 with questions or to have a conversation.

HMI has visited the following schools for information sessions in past years:

  • Williams College
  • University of Vermont
  • University of New Hampshire
  • Stanford University
  • Northwestern University
  • Dartmouth University
  • University of Mississippi


Click here to access the Apprentice Program online application.

A completed online application includes the following:

  • General information questions
  • Academic Transcript
  • Resume
  • A completed essay
  • List of 2 references

Note: you are able to begin your application and return to it at any point until you are ready to submit.


Accepted apprentices must provide proof of health insurance, current CPR, and Wilderness First Responder (WFR) or Wilderness First Aid (WFA) certification by the time the program begins. The High Mountain Institute hosts Wilderness Medicine Institute WFA and WFR certification courses throughout the year. Click here to see a schedule of courses offered.

2018-19 Dates

Fall Semester: August 3, 2018- December 17, 2018
Spring Semester: January 6, 2019- May 27, 2019


  • $4,765 per Semester
  • Cost includes room & board, all class materials, and wilderness gear rental
  • Financial aid is available
  • AmeriCorps awards accepted and graduate credit offered