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For Winter Starts

Each year about 40 first-year students start their CC careers in January as Winter Starts. Being a Winter Start gives you a unique opportunity take the fall semester to reflect, explore, and grow before jumping into your college experience at CC. In the past Winter Starts have chosen to spend their time in countless ways, whether it be working, traveling, doing an internship, or engaging through a semester program. We are confident that this time contributes to personal growth and will enhance students’ unique adventure once at CC. Whatever you choose to do, we know that our Winter Starts will spend their fall semester in meaningful acts of learning and contributing. Check out Ideas for Fall to hear Winter Start voices and learn about some popular program offerings.

Shove in winter

While the Winter Start program is a little atypical, we have a number of programs in place to help make your college transition smooth. Once at CC  Winter Starts kick off  their experience with a New Student Orientation (NSO) trip to Baca, our satellite campus in the San Luis Valley. You will then join your CC peers on campus and begin your double block introductory course, the First-Year Experience, designed to facilitate the academic  transition to the Block Plan. In terms of graduation time, many winter starts get extra credits during CC’s summer block offerings, half blocks, or during their  pre-CC semester and graduate in May with the rest of their class. However, others choose to finish in December, fulfilling a full four years on campus.