Program Overview

What is the Priddy Experience?

Each year, Colorado College offers its incoming students an exciting New Student Orientation program to help students get acquainted with the school before classes begin. Funding from the Priddy Grant and Colorado College has provided students with the opportunity to offer a unique orientation experience to each incoming student. These experiences are often the highlight of a student's introduction to CC, and help ease the transition to a college environment.

All Priddy Experience programs include a half day of community service with a variety of organizations alongside a "cultural day" to explore the local surroundings as a group and immerse themselves in the local community and location. Throughout these days together, groups have ample time to begin building relationships with their fellow classmates, as well as to gain insight from their upperclassmen leaders. Group reflections and discussion surrounding academics and the culture at CC are a large part of the experience, and provide opportunity for incoming students to begin goal-setting and preparing for their upcoming first year experience.


Goals of the Program

  1. Students will have a shared knowledge of Colorado College culture and develop a sense of belonging and connection to Colorado College.
  2. Students will learn the value of community service and the importance of community engagement throughout their time at CC and beyond.
  3. Students will be better prepared for life at Colorado College by learning about academic and student life support services and CC expectations.
  4. Students will begin to develop their leadership skills through experiential learning opportunities.
  5. Create a welcoming and inclusive environment and community.


Where do the groups go?

Priddy Experience groups travel to a variety of service and recreation sites in close proximity to Colorado Springs.  Students engage in service ranging from Habitat for Humanity and National Forests to Rocky Mountain Field Institute and the Care and Share Food Bank of Southern Colorado. In addition to providing these sites with many working hands for important projects, many sites also encourage students to explore concepts closely tied to the site, such as sustainable farming, community development, and environmental stewardship. 



The Priddy Experience first began in August 27-30, 2003, when a total of 634 incoming CC students engaged in Colorado College's first Orientation Trip Program. The experience was made possible by the support of the Priddy Grant and marks the beginning of a new era in how students begin their college career at CC. Since then, CC has continue to develop and expand on the curriculum and the type of experience all incoming student have. Since then we have added a Winter Start Orientation Trip, expanding on NSO Leader Training, and service sites and partners.


Priddy Experience Trip Sites

Below are links to sites visited by Priddy Experience trips. Here you can find information about the non-profit organizations with whom we have worked with in the past. We are always seeking out new partnerships with local and regional groups so please understand this list is not exhaustive but can provide an overview of the varying organizations and groups CC has worked with.


Interested in being a site host?

Every year we are constantly searching for new sites to send our service trips to in close proximity to Colorado Springs.

If you are interested in being a work site for our future Priddy Experiences, please contact Outdoor Education at



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