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International Students

How to Apply

The Colorado College application process is largely similar across citizenship cohorts. International students may use the same application platforms (either the Common Application, Coalition Application, or QuestBridge Application) and apply with the same deadlines. There are a few differences highlighted below.

How does Colorado College define 'international student'?

Students who will be seeking an F-1 visa or who will remain on another visa status during their time at CC are considered international students.

If you have dual citizenship with the United States, and/or are an American citizen who has studied abroad for several years, you are considered an American citizen as you do not need to apply for a visa to attend CC. You are still welcome to attend our international student orientation and connect with international organizations on campus. DACA and undocumented students residing in the US who will not pursue an F-1 visa are considered domestic students. 


The following items are required by the decision plan deadline for full consideration by the Admission Committee. Please note that there is no fee to apply to Colorado College.

Admission Application

We accept the Common Application, Coalition Application, or QuestBridge Application. We recommend all students begin by submitting 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.

Writing Supplement

In addition to the required essay(s) for the application of your choice, all applicants will be required to complete one supplemental essay for their application to be considered complete. The supplemental essay prompt for the Fall 2021 application is as follows:

  • Why do you wish to attend Colorado College and how would the Block Plan serve your educational goals? (Maximum 200 words)

Transcript(s), School Report, & Counselor Evaluation

We require your transcript(s) through the end of your junior year and will eventually require your Mid-Year Report - first semester or trimester of your senior year - and Final Report grades. A counselor letter of recommendation is recommended, but not required.

Teacher Evaluations

We require two teacher evaluations - preferably from your junior year, from teachers in core subjects: English or language arts, math, science, social studies, and foreign languages. Additional recommendation letters from teachers, supervisors, coaches, and others are accepted and can be emailed to

Early Decision Agreement

This item is only required for those applying Early Decision to Colorado College. For more about decision plans, please continue to the Decision Plans & Deadlines section.

Standardized Testing

Given the limitations on opportunities for SAT and ACT testing during COVID-19, Colorado College has suspended its SAT/ACT requirement for all students applying this year.

Colorado College will waive the English Language Proficiency requirement for students whose native language is English or for students whose high school curriculum is conducted entirely in English for all three or four years. We will also waive the testing requirement for IBDP students.

If you attend a school where English is not the language of instruction, English is not your first language, and/or you are not an IBDP student, we strongly recommend an English proficiency exam with the Duolingo English Test (DET). If you need a fee waiver for the exam, please email

In addition to the DET, we will also accept:

  • InitialView or Vericant interviews. Please contact your college counselor for fee waivers.
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Recommended score: 100 or higher on iBT scale
  • TOEFL ITP (students who submit these scores are strongly recommend to submit an IntialView or Vericant interview).
  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE). Recommended score: 68 or higher
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Recommended score: 7.0 or higher

Colorado College has no minimum scores that would automatically eliminate an application; we provide these recommended scores as context for applicants. Please contact with questions.

Art Supplements

We invite students interested in the arts to submit an optional art supplement in visual art, music, dance, theater, creative writing or film. Students may upload media for their art supplement to their Applicant Portal after submitting the preliminary application. Students can also indicate whether or not they'd like to submit an art supplement within their Applicant Portal.

Decision Plans & Deadlines

Students may choose to apply Early Decision (binding), Early Action (non-binding), or Regular Action (non-binding). Early Decision is a binding method of application where the student commits to attend prior to receiving an offer of admission. Early Action and Regular Action are non-binding and students are able to consider their options until the May 1 National Candidate Reply Date.

Decision Plan
Deadline Decision Released Candidate Reply
Early Decision I
November 1 Mid-December January
Early Action November 1 Late-December May 1
Early Decision II
January 15 Mid-February March
Regular Action January 15 Mid-March May 1


Prospective international students who wish to apply for financial aid should indicate that on their application (the application specifically asks if you will be applying for financial aid). Eligibility is determined from the financial data you provide on the CSS PROFILE.

Merit-based scholarships are selected by the strength of the student's academic work, including school performance, course rigor, standardized test scores, essay quality, and teacher recommendations. There is no separate application for merit-based scholarship consideration.

Each year Colorado College awards scholarships to non-U.S. citizens and non-U.S. permanent residents enrolling as degree-seeking students.

We evaluate the amount each family can contribute toward the total cost of attendance, including tuition, housing, meals, health insurance, books, personal expenses, and transportation to and from a student's home country.

Please visit our international/DACA/undocumented financial aid page below for more information.

Visa Advising and International Student Resources

For questions about your visa application process, please email our International Student and Scholar Specialists:

Colorado College also offers a Global Scholars Program, an International Student Orientation, and the opportunity for non-native English speakers to work individually with a Culture and Linguistic Diversity Education Specialist.

If you have questions about the Global Scholars Program, please contact or Dr. Chelsea Walter, Cultural & Linguistic Diversity Education Specialist, at

The Center for Global Education & Field Study empowers and supports the CC community to engage in intercultural, international, and experiential learning by leveraging the opportunities of the Block Plan.

Colorado College is also a Davis United World College Partner. If you would like to connect with a Davis Scholar at Colorado College, please email


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