I am writing to give you an update on our Early Action and Early Decision I application process. Like many colleges, we have seen a dramatic increase in students applying early. A decade ago, we received 475 early applicants. Last year, our record early pool eclipsed 2,500 applicants – with 406 Early Decision I applicants and 2,170 Early Action applicants. As of 11/18/13, we have received 3,125 Early Action applications and 551 Early Decision applications, a 43% increase over a year ago.
Last spring, Colorado College accepted an invitation to join the QuestBridge organization (www.QuestBridge.org) as their 35th partner college and just over half the increase cited above is due to the volume of students who came through QuestBridge.
Phone calls and emails from counselors asking for early reads:
As a former college counselor myself, I understand how important these calls are for you. Our Admission Committee also values these exchanges. Due to the volume of applications and sending schools, please realize that there are increased limitations with our ability to conduct lengthy correspondence. Our Admission Officers are being encouraged to handle preliminary exchanges with confidential emails and we encourage you to send pertinent comments related to your students via email as well. Due to the timing of our Early Action committee process, it is likely many schools will have closed for the winter holiday before we complete our deliberations.
Calls from Early Action applicants who want to switch to Early Decision:
Each year there are 20-25 students who call or email us after the November 15th deadline asking to change from Early Action to Early Decision I. We will allow students to do this as long as they confer with their parent(s) and counselor and notify us, in writing, on or before November 27th.
Students in our Early Action pool who may be applying Early Decision to another college:
As with past years, we need your help in urging your students to withdraw their application from consideration at Colorado College as soon as they are admitted under a binding Early Decision program at another college. While many students are quick to let us know, there are several who fail to do so. Unfortunately, some even proactively log in to our portal account on the appointed date to see if they are admitted to Colorado College and then, a few minutes later, send us an email to notify us of their commitment elsewhere. Please have your student(s) send us a quick email – one line will do – to firstname.lastname@example.org. We can only validate such correspondence when we receive it in writing. We are grateful for your support here.
Missing Credentials for students:
The following notice was sent out all applicants on 11/21/13. It is the responsibility of the student to check their portal account for updates.
Missing Credentials for students:
*Important Notice for Common Application and QuestBridge Application Submissions
As in previous years, we are processing an extraordinarily high volume of digital and print documents and our processing team will need more than a week past our deadline to complete our routine administrative requirements. If you are inquiring about the status of your application, we ask for your patience as we work with deliberate speed while processing application fees, supplements, standardized results, and high school credentials.
- If you successfully submitted the Common Application on or before Monday, November 18, your application met our deadline—even if one or more of your supporting documents reaches our office after November 18.
- If your Common Application account indicates one or more forms were successfully submitted but receipt of these same forms does not appear on your CC Base Camp application checklist, please be patient as we work to add these documents to your digital application record.
- We continue to make daily progress processing application credentials and updated information will appear daily in individual CC Base Camp accounts. However, we project all application records will be up to date after the Thanksgiving holiday on Monday, December 2nd. Should your CC Base Camp checklist indicate one or more documents are still missing from your file after this date, please ask for another copy of the document be sent to email@example.com as soon as possible.
- Given our high volume of processing requirements, our admission staff is not available to check individual application records for missing items or verify receipt of documents. Please check your CC Base Camp account for the latest updates to your individual record.
Since our admission staff is entirely devoted to supporting our application processing operations, our hope is that the points above will serve as a sufficient answer to your question(s). If your question is related to an entirely different matter other than the receipt or validation of admission application documents, rest assured that we will respond to your question as soon as possible.
Financial Aid Portal:
We also have a Colorado College Financial Aid Base Camp portal for students to check the status of their financial aid application and, if admitted, their estimated award, at https://ccfa.coloradocollege.edu/NetPartner/NetPartnerStudent/Logon.aspx. While we are prohibited from sharing pin numbers or passwords directly with parents, we assume that most students will communicate with their parents if something is missing. We have sent out login information directly to all applicants who have indicated an interest in applying for need-based aid.
Winter Start (January term) Program for students in Salamanca, Spain (August-December 2014):
We are launching an exciting new pilot program for Winter Start students. Next fall, as many as 20 of our 45 Winter Start students will be offered a place in our Fall Semester in Spain, reserved exclusively for first-year students. There will be a full orientation program and each student will receive four blocks of credit from the College prior to beginning their studies on campus in January 2015. Specifically, we are looking for two sections – one for a two-block sequence of Spanish 101 and another for a two-block sequence of Spanish 201. All twenty students will be enrolled in a Spanish Culture class in Blocks 3 and 4 before returning to the United States in mid-December. Should you have students who may be interested in this program, you can urge them to write directly to us to voice their interest in participating. We also encourage you to be proactive in promoting this opportunity to students and parents.
Given the volume increase in applications and the condensed timeframe in which we have to evaluate all applicants, we will NOT be mailing official decision letters for Early Action and Early Decision students. Instead, students are expected to access their personalized – and confidential – portal account at www.CCbasecamp.com. Our anticipated notification dates are as follows:
Early Decision: Monday December 16th, 2013 at 4pm MST
Early Action: Thursday December 19th, 2013 at 4pm MST
Our office will remain open until noon on December 20, 2013. In accordance with our campus-wide schedule, all offices at the College will be closed from December 20, 2013 to January 6, 2014. We will not be available for phone conferences during this time.
In closing, I want to thank you for your tireless efforts on behalf of your students and for your support of Colorado College. We are grateful for your advocacy as well as your collegiality.
Mark J. Hatch
Vice President for Enrollment