Colorado College received 5,775 applications for the incoming class, an all-time record high, said Mark Hatch, Colorado College vice president for enrollment management. As a result, the overall acceptance rate for the Class of 2017 was 22 percent, an all-time low.
Nearly 2,800 applications were received under the Early Decision or Early Action plan, he said. There was a 35 percent acceptance rate for Early Decision and a 29 percent acceptance rate for Early Action applicants. The Regular Decision acceptance rate was 12 percent. The admit rates for all three rounds represent all-time lows for the college.
The applicant pool was extraordinary, Hatch said, and the Admission Committee had a difficult task in choosing among so many well-qualified applicants. Beyond their extraordinary grades and test scores, students in the admitted pool demonstrated a passion for learning and leadership, a dedication to service, and a familiarity with and appreciation for different cultures.
This year 30 percent of admitted students self-identified as students of color, and another nine percent are international students, Hatch said. Colorado, California, Massachusetts, Illinois, and New York were the top five states for admitted students, while China, Singapore, and the United Kingdom were the top three sending countries.
CC is expecting a class of 520 first-year students to enroll next fall. Another 45 students will begin their studies in January 2014 as part of the college’s Winter Start program.