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Welcome Class of 2016!

Colorado College received an all-time record high number of applications, as 5,570 first-year students sought admittance to the Class of 2016. Additionally, a record low 22.9 percent of applicants were accepted, making the incoming class the most selective in the college's history. A total of 41.5 percent of admitted students accepted CC's offer of admission, "a surprising and delightful number given the talent within the admit pool," said Mark Hatch, CC's vice president for enrollment management.

The incoming class features students from 390 high schools in 44 states, the District of Columbia, and 18 foreign countries. A record 27 percent are students of color, 11 percent are Asian, 7.5 percent Hispanic, 6.5 percent African-American, and 2 percent Native American.

International students constitute 7 percent of the class, another record for CC. Among the countries represented are Bangladesh, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, Chile, China, Ecuador, France, Ghana, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Korea, Lesotho, Mozambique, Portugal, Romania, and the United Kingdom.

Members of CC's Class of 2016 will read "Rock the Casbah: Rage and Rebellion Across the Islamic World" by Robin Wright as their common New Student Orientation book. The book is the winner of the 2012 Overseas Press Club award for "Best Book on International Affairs" and was selected by The Washington Post as one of the top notable non-fiction books of 2011. Wright will deliver the capstone lecture during New Student Orientation.

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