Students Say

Students are drawn to Colorado College for its unique “Block Plan,” in which students take one intensive class at a time. The academic year is structured as eight blocks of 3–5 weeks each, punctuated by 5-day “block breaks.” Students find the Block Plan empowers them to participate in “a strongly immersive approach to education,” reporting that “the classes are very challenging, but after cramming in a semester’s worth of calculus in four weeks, you basically feel like you can conquer anything.” “Colorado College abhors mediocrity; either you succeed more than you ever thought possible, or fail in spectacular ways.”

Overview

Applicants
Acceptance Rate

Test Scores

SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
620 - 730
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
630 - 730
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
620 - 710
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
28 - 32

Deadlines

Early Decision
November 10

Early Decision II
January 1

Regular
January 15

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record

Selectivity Rating

Overall

Students Say

Students are drawn to Colorado College for its unique “Block Plan,” in which students take one intensive class at a time. The academic year is structured as eight blocks of 3–5 weeks each, punctuated by 5-day “block breaks.” Students find the Block Plan empowers them to participate in “a strongly immersive approach to education,” reporting that “the classes are very challenging, but after cramming in a semester’s worth of calculus in four weeks, you basically feel like you can conquer anything.” “Colorado College abhors mediocrity; either you succeed more than you ever thought possible, or fail in spectacular ways.” Academically, students “love the class sizes and classes. I feel fully invested in each class I take here.” The “intense and exhausting” pace of block classes bonds students and professors: “My professors have given me more opportunities for growth and cared more than I ever imagined they would. I have yet to have a professor whose home I haven’t been to and family I haven’t met.” “In my last block the professor was spending the whole morning afternoon—and evening—with us!” “My professors appear to be geniuses in their respective fields…I have been amazed at the extent to which the block plan allows each student to delve into their course material.” The “small classes” “do away with student anonymity” and “foster excellent discussion and intellectual growth.” Students also appreciate the “internship opportunities” and “preparation for post-graduation” offered by the school, often in concert with the “ability to study off campus or abroad.” Colorado College undergrads see their objective as “pursuing excellence through diverse and rich viewpoints” and “immersion in a dynamic array of intellectual endeavors.” “My school emphasizes an attitude of working diligently, so that free time can be appreciated to its fullest.” “They genuinely value the college’s “great support system and connections,” which make “opportunities to learn off campus” “accessible.” “The shared values of intellectual engagement, physical and mental health, passion, and a sense of adventure define Colorado College’s spirit.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
10:1
Total Faculty
202
with Terminal Degree
163

132
Men
70
Women
31
Minority
7
International

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
2 - 9


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
81%
Graduate in 5 years
86%
Graduate in 6 years
86%

Majors

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • Asian Studies/Civilization
  • French Studies
  • Hispanic-American, Puerto Rican, and Mexican-American/Chicano Studies
  • Italian Studies
  • Regional Studies (U
  • Russian Studies
  • Women's Studies

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology
  • Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  • Neuroscience

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer and Information Sciences,Other

  • Education

  • Education, General

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • Creative Writing
  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Comparative Literature
  • French Language and Literature
  • German Language and Literature
  • Italian Language and Literature
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • History

  • History, General

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Mathematics and Computer Science
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Studies

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Econometrics and Quantitative Economics
  • Economics, General
  • International Economics
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Social Sciences, Other
  • Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Dance, General
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Film/Cinema Studies
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Music, General


Degrees

Bachelor's
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
No

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
On Campus Interviews
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Ken Salazar '77
Former U.S. Secretary of the Interior

The Hon. Diana DeGette '79
U.S. Congresswoman, D-Colo.

Lori Garver '83
Former Deputy Administrator, NASA

James J. Heckman '65
2000 Nobel Laureate in Economics

Tara Nott '94
2000 Olympic Gold Medalist, Women's Weightlifting

Lynne Cheney '63
Author, Former Talk Show Co-host

Academic Rating

Career overview

Students Say

The Colorado College Career Center offers many services: advising and counseling to help students explore their interests; professional services such as resume, cover letter, and interview coaching; opportunities for networking; and internship and job search resources. Colorado College also offers funding for student internships both through the Career Center and through certain academic departments. Most students agree that Colorado College gives students “a unique academic experience that provides you with the tools and foundation for your future career.” Out of CC alumni visiting Payscale.com, 53 percent report that they derive a high level of meaning from their jobs.

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
81%
Graduate in 5 years
86%
Graduate in 6 years
86%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
No

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
On Campus Interviews
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Median Starting Salary
$41,800

Median Mid-Career Salary
$80,500

Alumni with High Job Meaning
53%

Return on Education (ROE) rating
87

Dates

Application Deadlines
Mar 1
Notification Date
Mar 15

Required Forms

FAFSA
Forms CSSProfile
Forms Divorced Parent

Bottom Line

Students are attracted to Colorado College for more than its stunning landscape. “Life at Colorado College is intense— everything from class to social life to long-weekend vacations— have yet to meet someone who doesn’t meet every opportunity with enthusiastic energy.” Tuition at Colorado College may total $46,000, but on average the school meets 100 percent of student need through financial aid.

Bang For Your Buck

Overall, Colorado College provides a nontraditional learning opportunity where young adults can develop their passions in a beautiful and supportive environment. Not only is the educational opportunity perfect for individual learners, it is attainable. Great financial aid is a major selling point. The school is committed to the philosophy that cost should not deter a student from considering Colorado College. “The staff is very nice. If you go into to any office to ask anything they are very helpful. Financial Aid has been exceptionally helpful.” Once Colorado College determines a student’s eligibility for CC grant and scholarship funds, the school will make a four-year commitment to the family (except in limited circumstances) and renew the CC funds automatically each year at the same level. Funds have been specially designated to assist families who have been adversely impacted by the downturn in the economy.

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$43,737

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$38,469

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,606

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$19,756

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
33%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$38,554

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$48,576
Required Fees
$420
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,248

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$4,668
Transportation for Commuters
$736

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall

Students Say

Colorado College undergrads respect each other, saying that “everyone here is very intelligent” and “almost everyone was a valedictorian or salutatorian.” In equal measure, “CC students have passion for academic and outdoor pursuits,” as evidenced by one student’s depiction of “intellectual discussion about our impact on nature while rock climbing.” Students do say things like, “CC is great but there are rich hippies everywhere,” and the school “is not very diverse, which is one of the main improvements I would like to see in the future.” That said, students see well beyond themselves: “The typical student is well-traveled, intelligent…quirky, outdoorsy, and a bit of a hipster.” CC students “are usually very accepting and friendly,” as well as “largely involved with their community, environment and academics” and “very vocal about their opinions.

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
2,050
Out of State
82%

International
8%
Foreign Countries Represented
57

Demographics

4.93%
Asian
2.47%
African-American
9.60%
Hispanic
70.83%
Caucasian
2.68%
Unknown
7.50%
International

53% female
47% male
82% are out of state
99% are full time
1% are part time

Overview

Students Say

Students call the Colorado College experience one of “focused study in a Rocky Mountain environment.” “Looking at Pikes Peak is a constant reminder about how beautiful of a state we are in.” “Outdoor activities are a big thing here,” and indeed, another student observes that “slacklining, doing homework in the sun, and playing guitar on the lawn all happen when it’s nice out. Sledding and skiing down campus hills, snowball fights, and fire pits happen in the winter.” Despite this athletic emphasis, “people are pretty accepting [of] what you like doing for fun” and “the common slang is ‘you do you’… Another thing I like is there is no peer pressure to get involved with substances.” “You really don’t have to leave campus if you don’t want to,” but if you do, downtown Colorado Springs “is only about a ten minute walk from campus, and there are many interesting restaurants to dine at for special occasions or a fun night out.” “Life at school is very busy,” and CC students like it that way: “People think about how to have fun after intense weeks or blocks.” In sum, a “Colorado College experience is” one of “non-competitive, non-judgmental, intellectual and physical adventure on the Block Plan in the little warm nest of the Rockies.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
76%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

First-Year Students living on campus
100%

Campus Environment
Large Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Frat Sorority
Theme Housing

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
144
Number of Honor Societies
12

Number of Social Sororities
3
Number of Religious Organizations
15

10% join a fraternity
11% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

74% participate in intramural sports
14% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Tigers)
8 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Ice Hockey
Lacrosse
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Tigers)
8 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Lacrosse
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Day Care
Health
Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: University of Colorado, Colorado Springs

Sustainability

Colorado College built the nation’s first LEED-certified science center in 2005, and hasn’t looked back since. For example, a 25-kilowatt solar PV array was installed on an apartment building, providing an on campus source for renewable energy (plans are in the works for large scale wind and solar projects). Recently another 35 kilowatts was installed as part of the Worner Student Center renovation. The college also looks to reduce its environmental impact through a UN Climate Crews Fellowship supported campus-wide, and a semester-long resource conservation and waste reduction campaign, “aCClimate 14,” which encourages students and staff to consider how they can improve economic and environmental conditions on campus. These are just the first steps towards the college’s aggressive goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2020, a plan including 30 percent reduction in existing building energy usage, along with a 20 percent reduction target through behavior change and conservation, and a strategy to derive 100 percent of electricity from renewable sources. The school features a one-acre community garden that provides the cafeteria with local, organic produce. Colorado College’s single-stream recycling and composting plan, diverts 500 tons of waste annually. Students play a key role in the school’s continuing commitment to sustainability; independent research is required of all environmental science and environmental policy majors and minors, and numerous on-campus sustainability internships focus on campus and regional sustainability issues. In addition, the State of the Rockies Project, which investigates solutions to local environmental issues through state-of-the-art research, fosters student experience and exposure to sustainability research.

School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
27%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Cash-Out Parking
Yes

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Yes

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
Yes

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
Yes

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2014.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
27

Average Number of PC's per Lab
13

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Apple, Dell

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Address
Admission Office
14 E. Cache La Poudre St.
Colorado Springs, CO 80903

Phone
8005427214


Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Worner Student Center
Palmer Hall
Shove Chapel
Cutler Hall - Admission
Armstrong Quad

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Garden of the Gods - great hiking
Old Colorado City and Manitou Springs
Pikes Peak
US Olympic Training Center
Historic downtown area

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
varies depending on time of year

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Coach Directly

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
Seniors only, Sun-Th, not during block break weeks or vacations

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Colorado Springs Airport is 10 miles southeast of campus. Taxis are available for the ride to campus.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From I-25, take the Uintah St. exit and turn east. Proceed about 1/4 mile to Cascade Ave. Turn right and you are on campus. The admissions office is in Cutler Hall on the west side of Cascade Ave.,the second driveway on your right and about half a block north of Cache La Poudre

Local Accommodations
You have quite an array of choices here, since the college is just north of the downtown section of Colorado Springs. If you are looking for a vacation with swimming, golf, the very luxurious Broadmoor (800-634-7711)is a 15-minute car ride from the college; Antlers Adams Mark Hotel (4 S. Cascade Ave.; 719-955-5600 or 800-528-0444) is in downtown Colorado Springs. You're only about 1 mile from campus here. For a more complete listing of possible hotels, please see: http://www.coloradocollege.edu/Admission/visiting/where.cfm
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Key Stats

2,050
Size

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