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Location
Colorado Springs, CO
Undergrads
1,983
Tuition
$41,892
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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4 College Freshman

Academics: Academics are really good. The block plan is the way to go.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: I am an EV Policy major and the Environmental department is great at CC. The block plan allows for a unique experience with hands on studying. For example, my Global climate change class went camping and summited a mountain all while studying the changing tree line in Colorado.

5 College Freshman

Academics: The Block Plan is what makes or breaks CC for people. The people who are here love the block plan, and if you don't, you find out very quickly. It is an intense, immersive program that really facilitates student-professor connections. It also allows you to fully immerse yourself in what you are doing.

If you don't like the class it's done in 3 1/2 weeks...If you love it you get to do only that for 3 1/2 weeks!

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5 College Freshman

Academics: The professors are really helpful and interesting people.
The block plan works out to the same amount of work you would do on any semester plan (if not more). So, you have to be committed. However, it really is not too much.
Your advisor helps you choose your classes and your first year you have a ton of support as you select.

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: I am a geology, anthropology double major. It means I have a lot of work and some very hard classes. The work is fascinating though. Geology has a lot of week long field trips and the professors are dedicated interesting people who are completely geeked out in their area of expertise. Anthropology is interesting too. Again, there are lots of field trips, and the professors are great. The requirements for each are similar in that they are about 12 courses that vary in discipline slightly. You have to cover all areas of geology with a special interest in one particular sect (such as physical, chemical, or volcano-logy). The anthropology major calls for you to do something similar, except you need to take a course in biological, cultural, linguistic, and an interdisciplinary study. The faculty for each really get to know you and are understanding of your interests and know that in some classes you will excel while others you will struggle.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 44th
    Professors Most Interested in Classes
  • 81st
    Most Caring Professors
  • 85th
    Smartest Professors
  • 106th
    Most Flexible Curriculums
  • 161st
    Best Course Variety

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Cobun Keegan
Hometown
Paonia, CO
Major
Psychology
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Colorado College has been called the “Harvard of the West," and whether or not it merits this prestigious nickname, there's no doubt that the school has created a healthy reputation for the quality of its professors and its student body.

One of CC’s most important characteristics is its size. It’s one of the few small liberal arts colleges in the region, and its maximum class size of 25 students per professor helps to foster an intimate atmosphere unheard of in larger universities. Professors at CC are quick to befriend students, inviting them to engage in conversation and debate, both in and out of the classroom. Many professors take a personal interest in their students, although just like at any other school, there is the occasional aloof professor. Despite being friendly, professors know their material and demand a lot from their students.

Many students spend six to eight hours per night on homework and may still go to class feeling unprepared. Part of this burden is a product of the Block Plan: one day of class at CC often covers the same as a whole week at a semester school. But there is not a competitive atmosphere around grades at CC, and the number of hours people spend studying really depends on their personal priorities. If nothing else, the Block Plan really forces students to prioritize and become better at managing their time.

Colorado College has strong programs in many departments, including the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities. Science majors sometimes complain that students in other areas get off easy with their lighter schedule, free of afternoon labs. But non-science students certainly don’t breeze through their studies. Most professors expect that their students prepare thoroughly, not only for tests, but also for strong participation in class every day. Overall, it can be said that CC has truly reached a level of academic excellence attained by few schools around the nation.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
10:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
180
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
38
Total FT Faculty
180
Faculty with Terminal Degree
90%
Average Faculty Salary
$90,815
Full-Time Retention Rate
95%
Graduation Rate
90%
Programs/Majors Offered
43
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
Yes
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 63%
  • 20 to 49 students: 37%
  • 50 or more students: 0%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master's degree
Most Popular Majors
  • Biology and Biological Sciences: 4%
  • Economics and Econometrics: 5%
  • Political Science and Government, General: 2%
  • Sociology: 3%
Graduation Requirements
  • Foreign languages
  • Humanities
  • Sciences (biological and physical)
  • Social science
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Other Academic Offerings
  • Cooperative 3/2 program
  • Double major
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Liberal arts/career combination
  • Student-designed major
Best Places to Study
  • The Barnes "Fishbowl"
  • The Lincoln Room at Tutt Library
  • Loomis dorm lounge
  • The quad
Tips to Succeed
  • Ask upperclassmen for advice on professors and classes.
  • Come into CC with an open mind and don't be afraid to try new classes. Getting your heart set on a certain major from the beginning may leave you disappointed.
  • Don't get bogged down in schoolwork; find other activities to balance your life.
  • Don't go to parties every night-no matter how many of your friends are going.
  • Find a place and time to study where you won't get distracted by friends.
  • Find something you love to study and pursue it.
  • Get outdoors in the afternoons and on the weekends.
  • Keep an open mind, and don't lock yourself into a major right away.
  • Learn how to manage your time.
  • Schedule lab classes for times you know you won't have many other time commitments.
  • Start assignments early whenever possible.
  • Take advantage of block breaks to relax your body and mind.
  • Talk to professors if you have questions, even if they intimidate you.
  • Use tutoring resources, like the WC (Writing Center) and the Quantitative Reasoning Center.
Did You Know?
  • Colorado College is one of only seven colleges in the United States to utilize the Block Plan. On the Block Plan, students take only one class at a time for three and a half weeks. In between blocks, students have four-day vacation periods called block breaks. The school believes students benefit from being able to immerse themselves in a subject rather than having to spread effort and brain space over four or five different classes at the same time.
  • The average class size at Colorado College is about 10 to 15 students.
  • CC allows students unsatisfied with the selection of majors at the school to create their own major in Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS). Students must create a list of courses for their major and write a compelling argument of their vision. The southwest studies major originated as an LAS proposed by a student.

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  • Academic advisers
  • Class availability
  • Consistency in grading
  • Course subject variety
  • Curriculum flexibility
  • Gen-Ed requirements
  • Manageability of workload
  • Online course options
  • Quality of teaching assistants (TAs)
  • Scheduling/registration process
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  • Accessibility
  • Communication skills
  • General knowledge
  • Interest in class subjects
  • Interest in students
  • Time spent in classroom
  • Use of teaching assistants

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