Admissions, Tuition, & Affordability

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 15th, 2019. Please contact Timbah Bell, Dean of the Apprentice Program, at or 719-486-8200 x108 with questions or to have a conversation.

One more Apprentice Program webinar is happening this fall:

Tuesday, December 11th from 6:15 PM – 7:00 PM MST — Sign up here

Please join to learn more about the HMI Apprentice Program during this forty-five minute informational and Q&A session. You can view a past webinar here.


Click here to access the Apprentice Program online application.

A completed online application includes the following:

  • General information questions
  • 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.

2019-20 Dates

Fall Semester: August 2, 2019- December 19, 2019
Spring Semester: January 5, 2019- May 22, 2019

Tuition & Affordability

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

Financial Aid

HMI recognizes that the cost of the Apprentice Program is significant. As a result, HMI subsidizes the program to keep costs down and attempts to make the Apprentice Program affordable for all accepted apprentices, regardless of their financial circumstances. In offering aid, we hope to attract apprentices from a wide range of economic, ethnic, and geographic backgrounds. You will find the financial aid form within the application.