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First-Year Applicants

Through a thorough and holistic process, we seek to understand your academic fit as well as your co-curricular contributions. While the technical aspects of your application like a school transcript and testing help us understand your academic strengths, our supplemental essays really illustrate how you might utilize the Block Plan and add to the dynamic student body at Colorado College. 

We also invite you to interview with us as part of our review process, a meeting that can help us understand your high school experience, your academic passions, and how you might fit within our small community.

The first step is filling out the preliminary application on CC BaseCamp. That lets us know your intention to apply, only takes a few minutes to complete and submit, and opens the door to emails with advice and tips on how best to apply.

The next step is identifying which application method you’ll be using:

What’s the difference? Visit each page above to learn more about the different methods and to figure out what is best for you. And don’t worry—we don’t favor one method over another. Each application method is weighed the same and is carefully evaluated in our holistic approach. 

The most recent application numbers (preliminary figures for the Class of 2020 as of July 2016)


Applications: 7,997
Admitted (overall, in all four rounds): 15.8%
Enrolled: 540

Rank in class (Admitted students with an official class rank)

21% in the top 1%

For test score information please see our section on testing.