Instructions, Advice, Strategy
Every year, Colorado College enrolls an academically accomplished student body that encompasses a wide variety of interests, talents, and backgrounds. Our holistic evaluation process considers your academic work, writing, letters of recommendation, test scores, extracurricular activities, and your unique talents and personal qualities.
Make sure to fill out the forms carefully and completely. If necessary, feel free to list your responses on additional pages or a resume. Double-check that the submission goes through.
We encourage you to highlight significant awards, activities, and personal accomplishments. In our view, it is better to provide too much information than not enough.
We look at your transcript(s) for information about your ability to excel in the classroom and thrive as a scholar on our campus. Your course grades, along with the rigor of your chosen academic program, give us insight into your academic preparedness for Colorado College.
A successful applicant almost always has excelled in a rigorous college preparatory program including honors, AP, or IB courses, if offered. Most students will have completed at least 16 (but usually 20) solid academic courses by the time they graduate high school.
We require two teacher/professor recommendations in academic subject areas. Non-academic recommendations such as journalism, math team, or coaches do not count toward this requirement. Select these teachers/professors carefully; they should be people who know you well and can speak specifically about your academic contributions to their class and to the school as a whole. Plan ahead so that your recommenders have ample time to thoughtfully complete the forms and submit them to CC on time. Generally speaking, additional recommendations are not helpful. However, if you feel that your two recommendations cannot give us an accurate picture of who you are, feel free to send in an additional optional recommendation.
Because strong writing skills are so essential to academic success at CC, we read essays very carefully. You’ll write one major essay and a few complementary essays as part of the supplement to the Common Application. We believe essays are an important indicator of an applicant’s ability to think critically and write clearly and fluidly. The essays are also our chance to get to know you, the applicant, on a more personal level. It is our one chance to hear directly from you. Please take the time to think carefully about what you want us to know about you, and then write your essays in a way that reflects this information. There is nothing inherently better about a funny essay or a serious essay. Please stay true to yourself, write in your own voice, and write about topics that are relevant to you.
While there is no ideal extracurricular profile for a Colorado College applicant, we appreciate students who have cultivated non-academic pursuits that complement their classroom achievements. Generally speaking, we are looking for sustained commitment to a few interests (possibly achieving leadership positions within those activities) rather than sporadic participation in various pursuits each year. We also take into consideration exceptional accomplishment.
Colorado College offers interviews as part of the evaluation process. These interviews are not required, but can help us get a feel for each applicant on a more personal level. Rarely will an interview be a deciding factor in an admission decision, but it may give us some context in which to view the application. Interviews are conducted by alumni volunteers, student fellows and admission staff. Students may interview on or off campus and do not need more than one interview.
We offer interviews on campus for seniors and transfers. Early Action and Early Decision 1 applicant interviews should be completed before Thanksgiving. Early Decision 2 applicant interviews should be completed before Winter Break. Regular Action applicant interviews should be completed by the end of January. Transfer applicant interviews should be completed by the application deadline. Interviews can occur either before or after submitting an admission application. Students living on the Front Range in Colorado are strongly encouraged to visit campus and have an interview.
If you wish to submit fine arts materials, you may do so electronically within CCBaseCamp.com. As part of the application review process, your Arts Supplement will be passed along to the academic department of your choice. Feedback from the department will be included in your application record. The academic departments that have committed to review Arts Supplements at this time are: music, film, theatre, dance, and creative writing. Please submit materials within CCBaseCamp.com by the application deadline you have selected.