Colorado College is a small liberal arts school located in Colorado Springs. Founded in 1874, it has a population of just over 2,100 students. The urban setting allows students to fully take advantage of opportunities for internships and employment. The location also offers outdoor adventures, where students can hike, bike or climb Pikes Peak. Many who attend the school love nature. One of the most popular clubs organizes excursions for backpacking, cross-country skiing and kayaking.
Colorado College offers more than 80 majors, minors and special programs on campus. They cover an extensive range of topics, including Southwest studies, feminist and gender studies, Asian studies, environmental science and American cultural studies. The most popular majors are: economics; biology; sociology; international economics; and political science and government.
The school has a different setup for curriculum than most colleges. The ‘block plan’ is organized so students can study one subject at a time for three and a half week blocks. The school maintains this allows for more lab time, research and study time in the field, more intensive learning and less distractions. Professors also only teach one block at a time. The student to faculty ratio is about 10 to 1 and classes are usually capped at 25 students, to ensure plenty of individualized attention. While courses have a start time, they do not have an end time so that professors can take the time to finish each lesson.
Every month, students have a four-and-a-half day ‘block break,’ before starting the next course. Overall, students take eight classes each year. Another difference from other traditional schools: faculty members are encouraged to form relationships with students outside the classroom. They have a program called Breaking Bread, where faculty members invite students into their homes for dinner. More than 200 of these events are held every year.
There are tons of opportunities outside the classroom, including annual events like Winter Ball, a formal dance, and CC Llamapalooza, a music festival. Colorado College also places an importance on community service. All freshmen are required to take a four-day service trip, and there is a soup kitchen for locals every Sunday. The school does have a small Greek presence, with about 11% of men and women in fraternities and sororities on campus. There are also many performing arts events because of the newly-built Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center. Colorado College does have several teams competing in the NCAA Division III Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference.
Because freshmen, sophomores, and juniors are required to live on campus, the college always has many social activities to take part in. Students looking for a non-traditional school that still offers challenging academics should look into Colorado College’s programs.
Early decision (Round 1): Nov. 15
Early Action: Nov. 10
Early decision (Round 2): Jan.1
Regular Decision: Jan. 15
Transfer Decision (Fall): Mar. 1
Transfer Decision (Spring): Nov. 1
Number of applicants: 7,894
Acceptance rate: 16.0%
Early Action and Early Decision Admissions
Number of EA and ED applicants: 998
EA and ED acceptance rate: 28.1%
Waitlist Admission Statistics
Number of waitlisted applicants: 213
Admitted off the waitlist: 21
Waitlist acceptance rate: 9.9%
Number of applicants: 572
Admitted transfer applicants: 55
Transfer acceptance rate: 9.6%
Average GPA: N/A
Top 10% of High School: 69%
Middle SAT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)
SAT Critical Reading: 610-730
SAT Math: 620-720
SAT Writing: 620-720
Middle ACT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)
ACT Composite: 28-32
ACT English: 28-34
ACT Math: 27-31
Standardized Test Requirements
Writing portion recommended
SAT Subject Tests recommended
Colorado College employs a ‘flexible testing’ admissions model. Applicants must take the ACT, SAT or any three exams (ACT, SAT, AP, IB, TOEFL) of their choice as long as at least one of the test is quantitative and one other is a verbal/writing test.
4 years: 82%
5 years: 86%
6 years: 87%
Loan default rate: 0.9%
Total Rhodes Scholars: 12
Salary after attending: $41,900
Sex offenses: 13
Aggravated assaults: 0
Car thefts: 0
Tuition, room and board (2017-2018): $64,456
Total estimated cost of attendance: $68,616
|$0 to $30,000:||–|
|$30,001 to $48,000:||$5,523|
|$48,001 to $75,000:||$4,349|
|$75,001 to $110,000:||$12,715|
|$110,001 and more:||$44,605|
Graduates with student debt: 41%
Average student debt at graduation: $20,724
Student to Faculty Ratio: 10 to 1
|Undergraduate Class Sizes|
|20 to 39:||30%|
|40 to 99:||0%|
Total: 2,101 (all undergraduate)
In State: 16%
Out of State: 76%
14 East Cache La Poudre St.
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Phone: (719) 389-6344 or (800) 542-7214
This page was last updated in November 2017.
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