Colorado College

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14 E. Cache La Poudre Street

Colorado Springs, CO 80903

Phone: (719) 389-6000
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
male /
Jan. 15
application deadline

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#31 Overall Score: 78 out of 100. National Liberal Arts Colleges

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Colorado College is a private institution that was founded in 1874. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,008, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 90 acres. Colorado College's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Liberal Arts Colleges, 31. Its tuition and fees are $44,222 (2013-14).

At Colorado College, the typical semester does not exist. Instead of taking a full course load like students at most other schools, CC students take one class every three-and-a-half weeks through the school’s Block Plan. Classes are small and, with no designated end time, can run as long as a teacher needs. Each month, students get a four-and-a-half day Block Break to recharge before starting a new course. In total, students will take eight classes a year. When not in class, students can experience all the Colorado landscape has to offer. CC is located in Colorado Springs at the base of Pikes Peak, where students can hike, bike and climb. In addition, the student Outdoor Recreation Committee facilitates excursions such as backpacking, cross-country skiing, kayaking and ice climbing.

On campus, students can partake in annual events like the Winter Ball, a formal dance, and CC Llamapalooza, a music festival. Volunteerism is another student body focus: All first-year students complete a four-day service trip before freshman year, and students run an on-campus soup kitchen for the local poor on Sundays. CC has a small Greek community with three fraternities and three sororities. CC has a Division I women’s soccer and men’s hockey team; all other CC Tiger teams compete in the NCAA Division III Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference. Most students stay close to the many on-campus activities at CC because freshmen, sophomores, and juniors must live in university residence facilities.

A faculty-student relationship is encouraged outside of the classroom. Faculty members are reimbursed by the university when they host students in their homes for dinner. Called the Breaking Bread program, faculty members host about 200 total events a year. Notable alumni of CC include former Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, U.S. Representative Diana DeGette and Nobel Prize-winning economist James Heckman.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Colorado College is a private, liberal arts and sciences institution located at the foot of Pike's Peak and the gateway to the Southwest. The official college motto is "Scientia et Disciplina" or, as one scholar translates it, "Acquiring knowledge and living it." And living it -- that is the essence of Colorado College. Students are living their learning -- in the acquisition, in the sharing, and ultimately in the being out in the world. So is the faculty in their engaged, intensive, interdisciplinary teaching, their one-on-one advising, and their collaborative research with students. And so is the staff, who take students into their lives and serve as teachers in often important and unexpected ways.

Students become most alive in their education when they pursue a single subject for an uninterrupted time in small class communities under the college's Block Plan. In stimulating learning environments -- classroom and library, field and laboratory, stage and studio, residence halls and student center, the local community and foreign countries -- students immerse themselves in rigorous academic adventure. This experience, combined with athletics, outdoor recreation, student organizations, residential life, and community service offers students a true renaissance in the Rockies.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1874
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar block plan
Setting city
2012 Endowment $507,012,998


When applying to Colorado College, it's important to note the application deadline is January 15, and the early action deadline and the early decision deadline are November 15 and November 15, respectively. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due January 15. The application fee at Colorado College is $60. It is most selective, with an acceptance rate of 23 percent and an early acceptance rate of 31.2 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity most selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 23.0%
Application deadline January 15
SAT/ACT scores must be received by January 15

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Colorado College is 10:1, and the school has 65.2 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Colorado College include: Economics, General; Biology/Biological Sciences, General; Sociology; International Economics; and Political Science and Government, General. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 95.3 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 10:1
4-year graduation rate 83%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Economics, General 10%
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 9%
Sociology 6%
International Economics 5%
Political Science and Government, General 5%

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Student Life

Colorado College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,008, with a gender distribution of 45.7 percent male students and 54.3 percent female students. At this school, 78 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 22 percent of students live off campus. Colorado College is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 2,026
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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Campus Info & Services

Colorado College offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, day care, health service, and health insurance. Colorado College also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Colorado College, 21 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Colorado College.

Students who have cars on campus 21%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Colorado College, 36.5 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $30,542.

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Tuition and fees $44,222 (2013-14)
Room and board $10,312 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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