Colorado College


Since 1874, students at Colorado College have bustled to and from class in the foreground of the Rocky Mountain foothills. Located approximately 70 miles south of Denver, Colorado College is known for its “Block Plan,” a unique academic schedule that allows students to dive into a different subject every three and a half weeks rather than balancing several courses throughout one semester. Students take one course at a time, with each block covering the same amount of material as a semester system. The result? Students can study the film industry on location in Hollywood, find Jupiter during evening labs in Barnes observatory, or traverse the natural wonders of the Southwest as a field archaeologist. Because the Block Plan lends itself to “block breaks,” a four and a half day hiatus between blocks, students can fully take advantage of the college’s campus activities as well as the outdoors so they return to their next class feeling refreshed and excited. With over 100 student clubs and organizations and 80% of students participating in volunteering opportunities, Colorado College students get a great balance of academics and extracurricular involvement. Fun fact: Colorado Springs averages 300 days of sunshine per year.

Programs Supporting First-Generation College Students

Pre-College Prep & Outreach Friends of CC Host Family Program

Friends of CC is an outreach program which pairs minority, international and first-generation students with friends in the community for events several times a year both on and off-campus.

Open House, Fly-in, Visit Tigers on a Quest, Flyin’ Tigers — Funded Campus Visits

Tigers on a Quest is a travel grant for high school seniors which funds attendance at the Fall Open House in early October. Flyin’ Tigers is a grant for high school seniors to travel to CC at the end of October for an overnight program. Both programs provide an exciting opportunity for prospective students to experience life at Colorado College, and include a campus tour, class visit, overnight stay on campus, and more information about applying to CC. Learn more about Tigers on a Quest, Flyin’ Tigers — Funded Campus Visits

First-Year Experience & Transition Bridge Scholars Program

The Bridge Program is a unique learning experience which is dedicated to helping incoming freshmen successfully transition academically and socially from high school to college. Students invited to participate— typically graduates of under-resourced high schools, members of historically underrepresented populations at CC, or first-generation college students—have the opportunity to improve writing, reading and critical thinking skills while establishing a support group of invaluable relationships with CC faculty, staff, and peers. Learn more about Bridge Scholars Program

Student Life & Support The Butler Center

The Butler Center at Colorado College supports cross-cultural inclusion and success through various advising and mentorship programs, including the First Generation Program, which provides support to students who are the first in their families to attend a four-year college or university. In conjunction with Residential Life, the Butler Center also provides advising and support to the Glass House, a multicultural themed house located on the East Campus, as well as the Enclave, an experimental learning community for students interesting in understanding “ethnic enclaves” and “safe spaces” in higher education and the community. Learn more about The Butler Center

Student Diversity

  • 2,101
  • 46/54
  • 11%
    First-generation college students
  • <1%
    American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • 4%
  • 2%
    Black or African American
  • 8%
  • <1%
    Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • 65%
  • 9%
    Two or more races
  • 1%
    Race and/or ethnicity unknown
  • 8%

Student Success

  • 96%
    First-to-second year retention
  • 87%
    Six-year graduation
  • 86%
    Six-year graduation for underrepresented minority groups
  • 100%
    Freshmen who live on campus
  • 75%
    Undergraduates who live on campus
  • 186
    Full-time faculty
  • 46
    Full-time minority faculty
  • 10:1
    Student–faculty ratio
  • Top 5 Majors

    Biology, English, Economics, International Political Economy, Environmental Science

  • Multicultural Student Clubs and Organizations

    Artists and Makers of Undying Nobility, Asian Student Union, Black Student Union, Class Salon, Chinese Student Assoc., Empowered Queers United for Absolute Liberation, FemCo, Korean American Student Assoc., Mind, Body, & Soul, Minority Assoc. for Pre-Health Students, MOSAIC, Native American Student Union, Queer Community Assoc., South Asia Student Assoc., SOMOS, Ubuntu African Group


Cost of Attendance

  • $52,380
  • n/a
    In-state Tuition
  • $438
    Required Fees
  • $12,076
    Room and Board

Financial Aid

  • $33,274,754
    Total institutional scholarships/grants
  • $50,369
    Average aid package
  • $17,949
    Average student loan debt upon graduation (of those who borrow)
  • 12%
    Pell Grant recipients among freshmen
  • 44%
    Students with financial need
  • 100%
    Students with need awarded financial aid
  • 96%
    Students with need awarded need-based scholarship or grant aid
  • 100%
    Students with need whose need was fully met


Applicant Academics

  • 7,997
    # of applicants
  • 16%
  • n/a
    Average HS GPA
  • 31
    ACT Composite
  • n/a—n/a
    SAT Critical Reading
  • n/a—n/a
    SAT Math
  • n/a—n/a
    SAT Writing
  • n/a
    SAT/ACT optional


  • 1/15
    Regular application closing date
  • $60
    Application Fee
  • $60
    Application Fee (online)
  • yes
    Fee waiver for applicants with financial need
  • yes
    Early decision plan
  • 11/10, 1/15
    Early decision application closing date
  • yes
    Early action plan
  • 11/10
    Early action application closing date