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A Welcome from the Dean to Transfer Applicants 

At Colorado College, we value transfer students and what they bring to our community both in an out of the classroom.  They are often very deliberate about their choice to seek a CC education after experiencing another college or university.  They arrive focused and eager to engage in our unique curriculum.  As such, we set aside spaces each year for transfer students rather than simply using transfer students as “seat fillers” if a larger number of students choose to study abroad or take a leave of absence.

There are many reasons why you might be considering transferring from your current institution to Colorado College. In recent years, we’ve seen students in our transfer pool who are coming from local community colleges in pursuit of a 4-year college experience, from peer institutions who are seeking similar liberal arts opportunities but through the Block Plan, from larger state schools who want a smaller academic and social community, and everything in-between. No matter what type of institution you are coming from, there are a number of ways you can prepare yourself to be a successful applicant in our transfer pool and, more importantly, to grow and thrive as members of our community here at CC. Here are my biggest pieces of advice:

  • Pursue courses that span the liberal arts curriculum. CC is a liberal arts and sciences institution. As such, we are looking for students who are excited to explore courses across many disciplines and who have already begun to do so at their previous institutions. This will also help you jump into completing our all-college requirements, as well as help narrow down what you would like to pursue for your major(s) and/or thematic minor(s). This includes taking a foreign language, math and science, and classes that help you grow as a writer, critical thinker, and communicator.
  • Get involved ... inside the classroom and outside the classroom. Challenge yourself to take on leadership opportunities and get to know your professors (they’ll write better recommendations for you!). This tells us that you want to do the same at CC.
  • Tell us why you really want to transfer. What has been challenging for you at your current institution? Why do you think CC will be a better fit for you academically and/or socially? We are eager to hear why you may be “eager to be at CC rather than choosing to leave your current institution.”

We look forward to getting to know you, and wish you the best of luck in the process.


Mark J. Hatch
Vice President of Enrollment

We encourage you to log in to CC Basecamp and start a preliminary application file. It’ll take you a few minutes to complete and submit this part of our admission application. Then you can start the Common Application here.

Each year our enrollment and financial aid availability fluctuates for transfers, making our transfer process less easy to predict than our first year process. Please check with our transfer coordinator for more information on this year’s space and financial aid availability.