Colorado College

Colorado Springs, CO

Get to know Colorado College

School Profile

Urban campus setting

2,377 undergraduate students

554 first-year students

Students hail from 46 U.S. states and territories and 48 countries

10% first-generation students

80% of students are from outside of Colorado


11.6% applicants admitted

50% of first-year students did not submit testing

SAT EBRW + M: 1320-1470

ACT: 30-34


Innovative Block Plan

80 majors, specialized minors, and curated programs

Student-to-faculty ratio 10:1 

No class is larger than 25 students

Introduction to Colorado College

Land Acknowledgement: Colorado College (CC) is located within the unceded territory of the Ute and recognizes the complex histories of labor and living on this land. CC honors the Ancestors of various peoples, tribes, nations, and families whose struggle for justice on this land inspires CC's daily work.

Since 1874, students at Colorado College have attended class in the shadow of Pike's Peak (known to the Ute as Tava). Located approximately 70 miles south of Denver in Colorado Springs, CC 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 subjects, with each block covering the same amount of material as a course on the semester system. The benefits? Students can study immigration on the U.S./Mexico border, 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 classes. The First Year Program (FYP) is designed to help incoming students enjoy and adjust to their first year at Colorado College and the Block Plan. Students take full advantage of both the college's campus activities and the surrounding Rockies, returning to their next class refreshed and excited. Creativity & Innovation at CC sponsors Student Seed Innovation Grants: up to $8,000/year in funding to develop their ideas in business, non-profit, or social enterprise. With over 100 student clubs/organizations and 80 percent of the student body participating in volunteer opportunities, CC students have a great balance of academics and extracurricular involvement in the heart of the Rocky Mountain west.

Charles L. Tutt Library is the largest carbon neutral library in America and houses a data visualization lab and Geospatial Information Systems (GIS) lab.

The Bridge Scholars Program helps incoming first-year students successfully transition academically and socially from high school to college. You’ll establish a support group of peers, faculty, and staff, while also improving your writing, reading, and critical thinking skills.

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