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Experience Colorado College

 COVID-19 UPDATE: In order to protect your family and the CC community, and in keeping with state and public health recommendations, our plan for fall requires that we restrict visitors to campus and all large events. Consequently, plans for ECC 2020 will be adjusted to a virtual program on October 4th. Students selected to the program will still be granted a travel voucher for them and a parent/guardian for spring 2021.

Experience Colorado College: Fall Visit Scholarship Program

(application now open)

Our virtual program is scheduled for October 4th, 2020
Pre-programs during Fall Open House | October 2nd & 3rd

How to Appy

We know you have options. At CC, you’ll author your own story. You’ll discover your community. You’ll find your home. Over the weekend, you will see campus through the eyes of a Tiger — learning on the Block Plan, discovering community & campus life, and engaging in a #RealTalk. And yeah, a ton more.

In order to complete your application, after you've have submitted your application above, then submit:

  1.  An unofficial transcript (from you or your counselor).
  2.  Unofficial test scores (optional).
  3.  Have your counselor submit a short recommendation form.

The deadline to apply for our program is September 13, 2020

Our decisions will go out on a rolling basis starting in July, 2020, so we encourage you to apply early!

Travel Grant

Once accepted to the program, you will receive information regarding registration, flight information, and ground transportation reimbursements (if you’re driving).

What else does ECC Have to Offer?

During our virtual program, you'll have the opportunity to

  •         Dive into the innovative Block Plan
  •         Tour campus     
  •         Interview with an Admission Fellow
  •         Connect with our incredible faculty and staff
  •         Learn about Financial Aid at CC
  •         Get tips on crafting your essay(s)
  •         Engage in the affinity conversations to explore diversity, inclusion and equity at CC

Wondering what your days will look like? View samples of the student version or guest version of this year's schedule (to be abridged for virtual program)


The program is open to high school seniors (class of 2021), gap year students or transfer students currently residing in the United States. To apply for this program, you must meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Self-identify as a student of color (of Black, Indigenous, Asian, and/or Latinx descent)
  • Eligible for the Pell Grant
  • Qualify for Free/Reduced Lunch
  • DACA or undocumented student
  • Identify as a First-Generation student (neither of your parents obtained a bachelor degree)

*International students (including students currently residing in the United States) are ineligible to apply for ECC. For more information about international students, please click on this link.

Resources & Tips

Travel Tips for First Time Flyers

Learn the airport procedures

The first step that any first-time flyer should take is to learn the airport procedures before taking their flight, including acceptable forms of identification. All travelers flying on a domestic flight must present a photo ID issued at the state or federal level, such as a state driver's license that meets Real ID requirements, military ID, or the United States passport.

Check-in online

Many airlines offer online check-in for their flights. This allows you to check-in for your flight and print off your boarding pass from home through the airline’s website or mobile app. If you’ve checked in online, you can skip the check-in queues and go straight to security, which is a massive time-saver. However, it’s worth noting that not all airlines will allow you to check-in online. And, if you need special assistance, you’ll have to check-in at the airport.

Arrive in good time

Make sure you give yourself plenty of time to go through airport procedures. This is especially important if you have to check-in at the airport or drop checked baggage. o Airports are unpredictable. You can never know for sure how busy it will be or how long it might take to get through security. And, if it's your first time visiting an airport. o If you’re checking-in at the airport or have baggage to check, you don’t want to arrive too early! Check-in counters will usually open 2–4 hours before your flight, depending on the airline and the destinations that you’re flying between.

Make your baggage easily identifiable

Wrap a coloured ribbon or belt around your baggage. At baggage reclaim, instead of having to pull piece after piece of baggage from the conveyor belt to check if it’s yours, you’ll be able to quickly and easily identify your baggage and will save a load of time and hassle. Do the same with your backpacks or smaller luggage.

Stay hydrated

High altitude and low cabin humidity might cause headaches and dizziness if you’re not used to it. The best way to combat this is by drinking lots of water and staying hydrated.

Health Tips for Traveling to Colorado

  • Drink Lots of Water
    • Not only while you’re here but days leading up to your arrival
  • Pack for Varying Weather
    • Although we have 300 days of sunshine a year the weather can turn at any moment. Be prepared!
  • Take It Easy
    • Try not to engage in exercise initially while you are here, giving your body adequate time to adjust to the higher elevation.
  • Watch what you eat
    • Foods containing high amounts of Potassium and limiting your salt intake are a great precaution against altitude sickness. Electrolytes are imperative to refueling your body!
  • What to Pack
    • Refillable water bottle
    • Lip balm
    • Comfortable footwear
    • Plenty of layers (in case of snow)
    • Travel Pillow (for flight, hotel use)
    • Sunglasses and hat
    • Phone/camera


The Bursar’s Office (Student Accounts at CC) is responsible for collecting and analyzing all student charges and fees, which includes tuition and student unions and health and dental insurance 

The CSS Profile, short for the College Scholarship Service, is an online application to determine eligibility for non-federal financial aid. Not every college requires it, but nearly 400 colleges do, so be sure to first check the list of schools to determine whether your child needs to complete the application. It's important to see if the school requires students of divorced parents to complete the additional Noncustodial PROFILE.

Enrollment Deposit is a financial deposit to the institution that you plan to attend and it will guarantee your place in the class for the upcoming year. It is often deducted from tuition or room & board at said college. 

Experiential Learning is a process of education through experience, followed by reflection on that experience. There are four elements involved in experiential learning. First, the learner must be willing to be actively involved in the experience. Second, the learner must be able to reflect on the experience. Third, the learner must possess and use analytical skills to conceptualize the experience. Finally, the learner must possess decision making and problem solving skills in order to use the new ideas gained from the experience.

FAFSA is a form filled out by current and future undergraduate college students in the United States to determine whether they are eligible for student financial aid. Students are required to submit demographic and family financial information, such as a family’s federal income tax returns, bank statements, W-2 forms and information on a family’s investment.

First Generation Student is a student who will be the first in their family, not including siblings, to obtain bachelor’s degree at a post-secondary institution, such as a college or university, in the United States.

Financial aid includes funds from the government, private organizations and/or from an educational institution to help students pay for their education. There are various types of financial aid including grants, work-study, loans and scholarships. For a glossary on Financial Aid at CC CLICK HERE to select your decision plan and learn about what forms you’ll need to apply.

Interdisciplinary teaching is a method of educational instruction whereby a student learns about a single topic or issue from a variety of different viewpoints. For example, if a student is learning about tourism in the United States in an interdisciplinary way, they may learn about the revenue generated from tourism in an economics class, the most popular tourist sites in a geography class, historical tourism trends in a history course and effective advertising strategies for tourism agencies in a marketing class. 

Room & Board is defined as on-campus college housing that is accompanied by a meal plan. It is a convenient arrangement that allows students to live on campus with easy, accountable access to food. Some colleges require incoming freshmen to sign up for room & board for their first year or two of college, but it is often an option available for any student throughout their four years.

Subsidized Loans are loans for undergraduate students with financial need, as determined by your cost of attendance minus expected family contribution and other financial aid (such as grants or scholarships). Subsidized Loans do not accrue interest while you are in school at least half-time or during deferment periods.

syllabus is a written set of expectations for a course. It usually includes course policies, rules and regulations, required and optional texts and an assessment breakdown.

Tuition is the associated charges or fees for learning at a college or university. Tuition usually applies to one academic year of class—generally from September to April.

Unsubsidized Loans are loans for both undergraduate and graduate students that are not based on financial need. Eligibility is determined by your cost of attendance minus other financial aid (such as grants or scholarships). Interest is charged during in-school, deferment, and grace period.

Work-Study is a federal program that provides part-time jobs for undergraduate and graduate students with financial need, allowing them to earn money to help pay education expenses. Eligibility for work-study comes from filling out the FAFSA.