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For Wait-Listed Students

We thought you might appreciate seeing some of the questions we are frequently asked. If you have other questions, please feel free to contact the admission office at 1-800-542-7214.


Why was I put on the waiting list?
More than 8,500 students applied to Colorado College this year. We are aiming for a first-year class of just over 500 students. While we recognize that many of the students in our pool were academically capable of succeeding here, unfortunately, we could not admit all of them. You are one of the students who came very close to being admitted. While we cannot make any promises of admission, we are optimistic that we will be making offers from the waiting list and remain hopeful you will submit our online waiting list form available in your applicant portal.

What are my chances of getting admitted off the waiting list? What is my ranking within the list?
We typically admit between 20 and 80 students from the waiting list. These students were selected from a group of about 250 applicants who chose to remain on the waiting list. We do not rank students on our waiting list. We will review all wait-listed candidates when we determine how many spaces are available in the entering class (fall start, winter start, fall semester away, or gap year programs).

When and how will I be notified?
The majority of waiting list decisions will be made in mid-May, though we may admit a handful of students from the waiting list during the last week of April. We will monitor our deposits from admitted students on a daily basis and will make a careful assessment of our enrollment. While we expect to have most of our spaces filled by the end of May, we may make some offers as late as June. We reach out to students via email and text to reconfirm interest and then post admission decisions on the applicant portal.

What if I applied for financial aid? Will there still be scholarship funding available?
We commit to meet the full demonstrated need of all admitted students regardless of when they are admitted. We closely monitor our financial aid budget and seek every year to expend all available resources. Please be sure that all your financial aid documents are complete if you are applying for assistance or let us know if you no longer wish to apply for aid.

Can I visit CC now? May I schedule an interview?
You may schedule a visit including an information session, campus tour, and interview with a current student.

I don’t want to lose my spot at another college. If I’m not taken off the waiting list before May 1, what should I do?
You should secure a space at another college by depositing their required fee. The receiving college will understand if you withdraw later, and this is not considered double-depositing.

Will housing still be available?
All enrolling students are guaranteed housing, and they are required to live on campus for the first three years. Enrollment information (including housing forms), will be sent to all enrolling students in June.