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5 College Freshman

Academics: Classes are hard and the professors expect a lot, but I have learned so much and I really enjoy my classes

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4 College Freshman

Academics: The classes are all very rigorous due in part to the block plan, but there are many people there to help you through it.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: The professors are very nice, there is a lot of study abroad opportunities, and lots of support if you need any.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: The sciences on the block plan is rigorous but doable. Other subjects are challenging as well, but there are a few classes that are a breeze. The library has tutoring options for all subjects, and most professors have a lot of open office hours, so it's easy to get the help you need should you need it.

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4 College Freshman

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

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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
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
Total FT Faculty
Faculty with Terminal Degree
Average Faculty Salary
Full-Time Retention Rate
Graduation Rate
Programs/Majors Offered
Academic/Career Counseling?
Remedial Services?
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: 3%
  • Economics and Econometrics: 3%
  • Environmental and Marine Sciences: 3%
  • 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.

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 31 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How often do you:    Based on 17 responses

  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 17 responses

  • 41% This was my dream school.
  • 53% This was one of my top choices.
  • 6% This was a school I settled for (safety school).


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