For Admitted Students
Your opportunities for a unique intellectual adventure are just beginning … and so are your questions about being a Colorado College Tiger. We’ve compiled links, frequently asked questions, and resources around campus for you to peruse. Of course, you’re welcome to contact us any time with questions, whoops of joy, or to schedule a visit to check out your future home.
Answers for New Students
When can I visit?
Most of our special planning for admitted students occurs during the Spring Open House programs; however, you may visit at any time. If you would like to attend a class, sit in on a regularly scheduled information session, stay overnight with a student host, or tour the campus, please log in to our online event tool using your CC Base Camp credentials to schedule your visit.
May I take a gap year or semester?
Taking a year off to study abroad, pursue a special interest, or participate in an interesting and rewarding program can be a great opportunity. We encourage you to pursue your interests and dreams. If you would like to defer your admission for a semester or a year, please be sure to postmark your request by May 1 and send it along with your enrollment form and deposit. This permission is granted with the assumption that you are committing to enroll after that period, and with the caveat that you may not enroll at another college or university during that year. Deferred students must reapply for financial aid.
When will I hear about housing?
During the first week of June, the college will send you a letter with logon information to access options for class selection, advisor selection, meal plan, etc. You should receive your hall assignment and roommate’s home address in early August. First-year students typically live in double rooms on first-year wings in large coeducational residence halls: Mathias, Slocum, and Loomis. There are organized events in the residence halls for first-year students to promote camaraderie and a sense of community. After their first year, students have a wide variety of housing options: single-sex halls, coeducational halls, small and large halls, theme houses, language houses, single rooms, double rooms, and suites. Students are expected to live on campus until their senior year.
What else will I need to do during the summer?
Besides class and housing registration, the online enrollment information will include requests for meal plan decisions, payment plan decisions, etc. The health center will also need documentation verifying your health insurance (the college does offer insurance) and proof of a recent physical exam and vaccinations.
When do I select classes?
Using the registration materials in CC Bound, first-year students will select their First-Year Experience courses during the summer. During second block, first-year students meet with their faculty advisors and select their courses for the remainder of the year.
Do you have advisors? How are they assigned?
Every student has a faculty advisor (and every faculty member has advisees). This advisor is often your first or second block professor and is assigned over the summer. When declaring a major, students select a new advisor within the department of their major.
How do I get involved in a sport or activity?
The campus welcomes new students the first week of each semester with an activities fair with representatives from all our clubs, programs, and activities. Our friendly and active campus means there are myriad opportunities to get involved.
May I bring my car? Do I need a car?
No, Colorado College does not allow first-year students to have a car on campus, and most students do not feel that they need one. We have great public transportation in Colorado Springs, as well as a nifty car rental program through Hertz (even for students under the age of 24).
Can I get a job on or off campus?
Students receiving need-based financial aid have priority in receiving on-campus jobs and should be in contact with the financial aid office during the summer. Other students can check with the office about the possibility of on-campus employment, but will have to wait until after Block 1 to obtain a job. Many students take off-campus jobs. There are a number of local shops that hire Colorado College students every year. Internships at nearby nonprofits are also popular.
What kinds of computer resources are available? Are students required to have their own computer?
There are computer labs in each of the main academic buildings and residence halls. Some departments, like mathematics, have more sophisticated labs for the complex work assigned to their students. While more than 200 PCs and Macs are dedicated to student use on campus, students are strongly encouraged to bring their own. CC Bound includes a section on recommended computer specifications and capacities.