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Instructions, Advice, and Strategy

Applying to Colorado College

Every year, Colorado College enrolls an academically accomplished student body that encompasses a wide variety of interests, talents, and backgrounds. Our holistic evaluation process considers your academic work, writing, letters of recommendation, extracurricular activities, your unique talents and personal qualities, and testing — if you choose to submit test scores.

Colorado College is somewhat unique among highly selective colleges in that we choose to support a binding Early Decision program, as well as non-binding Early Action and Regular Action programs, giving students greater flexibility to choose the option that is right for them. This has resulted in a large increase in early applicants and a larger percentage of our class enrolling from an early round. Our percentage of students enrolled through Early Decision — around a third of the class for the fall of 2020 — is consistent with many of our peers.

What is the Preliminary Application?

The Preliminary Application is a free, fast application to provide us with better insight into how we can better serve you, the student. Based on what you tell us, we will provide information to help you through the application process, By submitting the Preliminary Application, you are expressing an intent to complete your application at a later date.

How do I know which application to apply with?

We accept three different applications or admission: the Common Application, the Coalition Application and the QuestBridge Application. We review all three with the same holistic standards in place, and no one method offers an advantage over the others.

The Common Application is the most common application method, but we recommend you review all three application methods to determine which option is the best fit for you.

Can I still be considered for admission if I don’t match through QuestBridge?

Of course! If you don’t match through QuestBridge, you can absolutely still be considered for a different round. Your application will still be reviewed under our early action round.

What supplemental essay is required for admission?

In addition to the regular essays on the Common Application (or QuestBridge or Coalition Application), you will need to complete one brief (200 words) supplemental essay as part of your application to Colorado College. The prompt is:

  • Why do you want to join the Colorado College community, and how do you think you will contribute to it?

How do I access my applicant portal? 

Approximately 24-hours after you submit an application (either the Preliminary application, Coalition Application, Common Application or QuestBridge Application) you will be emailed the link to your applicant portal page, and your username and temporary password. You can access that link here.

If you need your password reset, please submit a reset request to

Can I upload additional materials (i.e. resume)?

Absolutely! You can upload additional materials in your Applicant Portal under ‘Upload Materials,’ and they will be added to your application.  

You can also email any additional materials to, and we will add them to your application for you. It takes approximately 7-10 business days for an admission team member to upload materials to your application. We strongly encourage you to upload your materials from your applicant portal.

What qualifies as an academic recommendation?

We require two teacher/professor recommendations in academic subject areas. These are areas such as history, english or math. Non-academic recommendations such as journalism, a club, or coaches do not count toward this requirement. Select these teachers/professors carefully; they should be people who know you well and can speak specifically about your academic contributions to their class and to the school as a whole. Plan ahead so that your recommenders have ample time to thoughtfully complete the forms and submit them to CC on time.

How can I submit my art supplement?

We invite students interested in the arts to submit an optional art supplement in visual art, music, dance, theater, creative writing or film.  Art supplements will be included in a student’s application for consideration as part of our holistic review process.

Art supplements must be submitted via Slideroom, the Common Application’s art supplement platform. If you are applying to CC with the Common Application, please indicate that you will be submitting an art supplement under ‘Questions.’ The Common App will then populate an art supplement ‘Portfolio’ tab with a link to CC’s Slideroom portal.  If you are submitting an application through QuestBridge, simply go to and log in to submit your art supplement.

There is a $5 Slideroom fee to submit an art supplement.

Please follow this link to review the departmental requirements for art supplements.

I’m a high school student taking college classes. Do I apply as a transfer student?

No, you will still apply as a first-year student. As long as you have not graduated high school, you will be considered a first-year student.

Can I appeal my admission decision?

Unfortunately, no. All admission decisions are final. We do not have an appeal process. If Colorado College continues to be of interest, we would be pleased to consult with you regarding applying again either as a first-year or transfer applicant in a subsequent admission cycle.

I would like to withdraw my application.

Thank you for letting us know that you've decided to withdraw your application to Colorado College.  We'll close out your file.

We wish you all the best at your college of choice!  Would you mind sharing which institution you've decided to attend?

Contact Us

Office of Admission

14 E. Cache La Poudre St.
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Phone: (719) 389-6344
Fax: (719) 389-6816

Office of Financial Aid & Student Employment

14 E. Cache La Poudre St.
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Phone: (719) 389-6651
Fax: (719) 389-6173