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Mission and Vision

As Colorado College moves forward with new strategic initiatives, our mission remains the same—providing the finest liberal arts education in the country. Yes, it’s a simple statement. But in these complicated times, it helps everyone at the College to focus clearly on what is most important, connecting our primary goal to our daily work.

How do we back up such a bold statement? With the block plan and our distinctive place in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Both support our strategic focus with a spirit of adventure—a rigorous exploration that develops habits of intellect and imagination.

We believe the best liberal arts education in the country is the one that engages students most directly and best prepares them for learning and leadership in the 21st century. In a time of rapid change and globalization, a liberal arts education is more important than ever to give students the opportunity to think creatively and to focus on details while being able to see the big picture. As a recent survey of 700 employers in the U.S. indicated, businesses are desperately seeking qualified candidates who can communicate effectively, adapt to new situations, solve problems and make decisions. In other words, they need highly skilled liberal arts graduates.

At Colorado College, students learn more than theoretical approaches to the arts and sciences—they learn firsthand from faculty and staff who have dedicated their lives to creating a better world. Students learn the importance of diverse backgrounds and viewpoints—and they appreciate how diversity enriches their understanding of the world. Every day they see these lessons in action.

They also receive an educational experience that draws inspiration from the spirit of the Rocky Mountains. We believe the liberal arts involves an intellectual adventure, one that requires challenging hearts and minds in new ways, as well as providing space for reflection and contemplation—and our natural surroundings provides the perfect environment for these types of engagement.

Colorado College builds habits of intellect and imagination to succeed in a challenging, complex world.  That’s what the finest liberal arts education in the country offers its students.