Since 1874, students at Colorado College have attended class in the shadow of Pike's Peak. Located approximately 70 miles south of Denver in Colorado Springs, Colorado College is known for its “Block Plan,” a unique academic schedule that allows students to focus on just one class every three and a half weeks rather than balancing several courses throughout one semester. Students dive deep into a subject, with each block covering the same amount of material as a course on the semester system. The benefits? 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.
After each block comes the “block break”, a four and a half day hiatus from class. Students take full advantage of both the college's campus activities and the surrounding mountains, returning to their next class refreshed and excited. With over 100 student clubs/organizations and 80 percent of the student body participating in volunteer opportunities, Colorado College students get a great balance of academics and extracurricular involvement.
Fun fact: Colorado Springs averages 300 days of sunshine per year.