Fall Open House

Welcome to CC's Virtual Fall Open House! 

We're excited to have you join us for our Virtual Fall Open House! You will spend two days virtually meeting CC students, faculty, and staff and discover our unique Block Plan—our distinctive academic program—and the benefits of a liberal arts education set in the Rocky Mountain West. As you navigate our opportunities, please make sure to connect with us via email on any questions you might have. 

2021 Schedule

All times below are in U.S. Mountain Time. Should you run into any difficulties and need assistance, please email admission@coloradocollege.edu during the program or call our office at (719) 389-6344. 

Fall Open House Session recordings will be posted at a later date.  


3:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. - Community Welcome 

We will welcome prospective students and guests to Colorado College and provide logistics for the virtual event. You will also learn about the value of a Colorado College education, the Block Plan, and the general processes for admission and financial aid.  

3:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. - Financial Aid Session 

Join a Financial Aid officer for a deeper dive into how financial aid works at CC.

3:30 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. - Campus Resource Panel 

Learn from experts across campus about the variety of resources available to students outside the classroom. The following offices will be showcased: 

  • Advising Hub 
  • Career Center
  • Athletics & Recreation 
  • Outdoor Education
  • Residential Experience

4:15 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. - Breakout Sessions

Select from three different topics and learn how to strengthen your application to Colorado College. See session descriptions below.  


10:00 a.m. - 10:50 a.m. - Student Panel: Life at CC 

Current students provide their perspective on what it is like to be a Colorado College student.  

11:00 a.m. - 11:50 a.m. - Mock Classes (students only) 

Students will have the opportunity to sample a Colorado College classroom environment. Note: Select your course from a preselected list of classes below. 

Breakout Sessions (Day 1)

Welcome to the Fall Open House Breakout Sessions! We have multiple sessions and different opportunities for you to participate in. Each session will last for 45 minutes total, and we will offer two rotations so you will have the chance to learn the ins and outs of the highly selective admission process and learn how to strengthen your own application to Colorado College. 

Option 1: Tips on Applying

An admission officer will address the ins and outs of the highly selective admission process, as well as answer questions for prospective students about how to strengthen your own application to Colorado College. 

Option 2: Writing the College Essay

Still working on drafts of your college essays? Listen to expert advice from an admission officer on how to write an impactful piece that reflects your authentic story. 

Option 3: Tips on Interviewing  

Not all interviews are created to be the same! Is the interview evaluative or just informational? Is the interview scripted or casual? Will it actually feel like an interview or more like a conversation? Who will I even be interviewing with? This session will discuss the intent and use of the college interview, and the various ways schools structure this opportunity for engagement and how to prepare yourself to present your story best. 

Panels (Both Days)

Nothing helps you learn more about CC than hearing directly from our students, faculty, and staff. With this in mind, we can't wait to share with you everything we know and love about our community during our two Fall Open House featured panels. Whether learning about life as a student at CC with our Office of Admission CUBS Team during our Student Panel or discovering what programs and support we offer in our Parent Panels, you'll come away with the knowledge and information you'll need from CC.

Day One: Campus Resource Panel 

Learn from experts across campus about the variety of resources available to students outside the classroom. The following departments will be represented on the panel: Advising Hub, Athletics & Recreation, Career Center, Outdoor Education and the Residential Experience.

  • Greg Capell, senior associate athletic director
  • David Crye, associate director of outdoor education
  • Edwin Hamada, assistant vice president of the Residential Experience
  • Jennifer O’Bryant, student success specialist
  • Megan Nicklaus, Career Center director

Day Two: Student Panel: Life at CC 

Current students provide their perspective on what it is like to be a Colorado College student.

  • Sophie Cardin '22, political science major — focus on political theory
  • Lilly Davis '22, political science and math major
  • Owen Rask '24, economics major, minor in political science
  • Zeke Lloyd '23, business, economics, society, minor in journalism
  • Josie Ballew '24, sociology major, feminist and gender studies and music minor
  • Liza Roe '22, education major and history minor
  • Katie Rowley '23, english major, film and media studies minor

Mock Classes (Day 2)

Can't wait to experience what it's like to learn on the Block Plan? We've got you covered! Experience a CC class first-hand with our incredible professors. The following mock classes will be offered for Fall Open House 2:   

Mock Class #1: Critical Race Theory in Education

Manya Whitaker, associate professor and chair of education

Class description: Education continues to be among the most contentious issues in the U.S. Particularly within the current sociopolitical landscape, issues of individual and collective freedom have collided with well-known policy debates related to curriculum and teacher agency. This mock class contextualizes current education tensions through appropriate theoretical and legal frameworks.

Mock Class #2: The Three Forces of Inflation

Jake Organ, visiting assistant professor of economics and business

Class description: In this class you will learn about inflation, how it hurts an economy, and the sources of inflation.

Mock Class #3: Disability Activism in Schooling Contexts 

Nickie Coomer, assistant professor of education

Class description: We will examine counter narratives to racism, ableism, and (hetero)sexism by looking at the work of Disabled Activists in the Civil Rights Movement. We will specifically look at the 504 Sit-In, and how this paved the way to the Capitol Crawl and the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Lastly, we will talk about how the ways in which disability is treated in elementary and high schools are connected to such contemporary movements as Occupy Wall Street, Black Lives Matter, #Me Too, LGBTQ+ Rights, and Criminal Justice Reform.

Mock Class #4: Borders, Art, and Migration: Voices from Africa and Europe

Michael Uhuegbu, visiting assistant professor of german

Class description: With the rising number of migrants and refugees arriving in Europe at the beginning of 2015, the securitization of the Western World became even more evident when global mass surveillance was used to monitor, target, and track the movements of individuals and minority groups. This course will critically analyze how selected artistic works reflect, engage, and shape the perception of border-crossing in contemporary Europe with a particular focus on the so-called refugee crisis. The goal of this course is twofold. We will first engage with the meaning of borders in Western society through theoretical texts that are drawn from disciplines such as philosophy, sociology, and law. We will then focus on the artistic representation, and reflection of intersecting concepts such as migration, surveillance, and the “other” in literary, theatrical, filmic, and digital works and their implications for the everyday lives of individuals on the move. With our final projects, we will analyze the shifting understanding of what it means to be categorized as an “other,” and to reflect upon the impact of borders as a tool for segregation and experiment with strategies to grasp with the aftermath of border crossing from a local, but also global perspective. This course will be organized around three interconnected themes (1) “Borders and Citizenship,” (2) “Migration and Movement” (3) “Transcultural Exchange.” All three themes are united by a reflection on the ambiguity of visibility, representation, and voice of migrants and refugees in contemporary Europe, which brings back Europe’s rich history of border-crossing from Ancient times up to the contemporary.

Mock Class #5: Evaluating Marketing Like a Pro

John Mann, visiting assistant professor of economics and business

Class description: While that purpose might be to connect with consumers to buy a product, it may also seek to change a behavior (recycle) or change a belief (it’s safe to get a vaccination). Walk away with an understanding of the strategies marketers use to tell stories that capture our attention and compel us to consider acting or thinking differently.

Mock Class #6: The Empires Strike Back: From Anti-Colonial Conflicts to Star Wars

Danielle Sanchez, assistant professor of history

Class description: In this class we will talk about sabotage and guerrilla warfare in the South African anti-apartheid struggle and Star Wars.

Mock Class #7: Emerson's essay "Nature"

John Riker, professor of philosophy

Class description: In this class you will learn about Emerson's essay "Nature" in which he claims that one needs a profound relationship with nature in order to become a genuinely individuated person. We will discuss what nature is, how it can provide meaning, and how it vivifies experience.

Mock Class #8: Introduction to Molecular and Cellular Biology

Sara Hanson, assistant professor of molecular biology

Class description: Structures and functions of biomacromolecules, organelles, and cells and the flow of energy and information within and among them. Provides an introduction to molecular and cellular biology, with emphasis on how to address questions experimentally. This mock class will be a discussion of a classic experiment that demonstrates the semi-conservative model for DNA replication, which has been described as “the most beautiful experiment in biology”.

Mock Class #9: Programming Language as Language

Dan Ellsworth, assistant professor of mathematics and computer science

Class description: Modern programming languages (e.g. Python) have many strong structural similarities to natural languages (e.g. English). Approached from this perspective a program is a written text, very much like a story or essay, intended for a nonhuman reader (i.e. the computer). This interactive lecture introduces some basic Python by mapping parts of speech and grammar ideas from English to the Python programming language.

Connect with your Rep

CC's Office of Admission is excited to work with prospective students! If you have any questions not covered during the Open House program, please feel free to get in touch with us!

Matt Bonser
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States and Territories: IA, GU, ME, MN, NH, PR, WI, VT
International: Africa, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand

Hillary Dickman
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States: KS, NE, ID, MT, ND, SD, WY
Colorado Counties: Alamosa, Archuleta, Boulder, Chaffee, Clear Creek, Conejos, Costilla, Delta, Dolores, Eagle, Garfield, Gilpin, Grand, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Jackson, La Plata, Lake, Larimer, Mesa, Mineral, Moffat, Montezuma, Montrose, Ouray, Park, Pitkin, Rio Blanco, Rio Grande, Routt, Saguache, San Juan, San Miguel, and Summit

Michael Garcia
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States: CA (Los Angeles) and TX (Dallas and West Texas)
CO Counties: Adams, Arapahoe, Broomfield, Logan, Morgan, Phillips, Sedgwick, Washington, Weld, and Yuma

Karen Kristof
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States: CT, MA, RI

Cody Leong
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States: DE, NJ, PA, OR, WA, TX (Austin, Houston, and San Antonio)

Pedro Ramirez
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International: Canada, Mexico, and South America
States: CA (Northern)
Colorado Counties: Denver and Jefferson

Dylan Sanchez
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States: IL, IN, MI, MO, OH, OK, WV

Marissa Salazar
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States: AL, AR, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, NC, SC, TN
International: Europe

Edward Truong
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States: CA (San Diego and Orange County), NY

Mateen Zafer
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States: AK, AZ, DC, HI, MD, NM, NV, UT, VA
Colorado Counties: Baca, Bent, Cheyenne, Crowley, Custer, Douglas, El Paso, Elbert, Fremont, Huerfano, Kiowa, Kit Carson, Las Animas, Lincoln, Otero, Prowers, Puebo, and Teller


I am interested in interviewing, how can I sign up? 

Interviews are not being offered during the Virtual Event, but you can sign up to interview after the event.  Interviews are optional and used in the evaluation of admission applications. Interested rising high school seniors (current high school juniors) and transfer students are eligible to interview at this time. We currently offer the opportunity to interview virtually with members of our Admission Fellows team and alumni volunteer network. For more information on our virtual interview request form and process, please click here.   

I am interested in visiting campus, when can I visit in person?

We offer a 30 minute Information Session followed by an hour-long Campus Tour. You can register for an in-person visit.

I am interested in sitting in on a class, is this possible?   

Currently, class visits are not being offered.   

How can I ask questions during a session? 

We will be hosting all sessions on Zoom. To ask a question, type your question into the Q&A box. Click Send. Be sure to check "Send Anonymously" if you do not want your name attached to your question in the Q&A.  If the host replies via the Q&A, you will see a reply in the Q&A window. The host can also answer your question live (out loud). 

I missed a session; will they be recorded? 

All sessions will be recorded and available on the Fall Open Campus website after the event.  Please check the website in October after the event for the session recordings.  

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