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Frequently Asked Questions

If you have any additional questions regarding your application process or time at Colorado College, please do not hesitate to reach out to our office.

Who can apply to the Pre-College program?

Ambitious rising high school juniors and seniors can apply to the Pre-College program. If you are a current senior in high school and would like to participate in a summer course at Colorado College, please apply as a Visiting Undergrad. 

What is the difference between Block A, Block B, and the Pre-College Block?

Block A and Block B courses are 3 ½ weeks long, and taken with other Colorado College Undergraduates. Courses in the Pre-College Block are 2 ½ weeks long, and designed specifically for high school students.

Is Financial Aid available?

Yes, there are two options for available financial aid:

Need-Based Scholarship
As part of your online course application, you will need to submit a 500 word essay on "The Importance of a Liberal Arts Education in Today's Society" and a copy of your parents' full, most recent, tax return. Students should submit essay, tax information, and all application materials by March 30, 2018. You will be notified of your award on April 13, 2018. Need-based financial aid is not available for international high school students.

Pre-College Alumni Grant
A $500 merit-based award for students applying to a Pre-College course. Graduates of Colorado College or individuals that have completed a course at Colorado College may nominate a high school student for this award. Limited funding is available and will be awarded based on a strong personal profile. Students should submit the completed Pre-College Alumni Grant form and all application materials by March 30, 2018.

What do I need to submit with my application?

Students applying for the Pre-College program will be asked to submit a completed online application, a counselor report, a copy of their transcripts, and a $50 application fee. If the student is accepted into the Pre-College program, they will be asked to complete additional questions on their online application, submit the $500 course deposit (which holds their spot in the course and counts towards tuition), and complete a series of medical forms. Please have all additional information completed and submitted at least one week before arrival, and do not hesitate to contact us at with questions.

How do I pay my application fee and deposit?

You will be given three options regarding your application fee and deposit payment method:

1. Online
You will be asked to provide credit card information through our online platform. This information is not saved, and will have to be re-entered to pay the course deposit.

2. By Check
Please mail two separate checks to:

Colorado College
Pre-College Programs
14 E. Cache la Poudre St.
Colorado Springs Colorado 80903.

3. By Phone
If you wish to pay your application fee and deposit over the phone, please call (719) 389-6655 with your credit card number.

When is my tuition due?

Your tuition, room and board fees (if you are living on campus), and applicable program fees will be billed by the Student Accounts Office beginning in April. An invoice will be mailed directly to the address of your designated financially responsible party. If you have any questions regarding your bill, please contact the Student Accounts Office.

Can I pay my tuition online?

Tuition payments are to be paid through our Office of Student Accounts, and cannot be paid online. If you have additional questions regarding how to pay your tuition, please contact the Office of Student Accounts.

*International students are able to pay their tuition online through Flywire

Where will I live?

Students participating in the Summer Pre-College Program will reside in Elf/Elbert, Haskell, Windom, and Mullett - Colorado College’s language houses. A Summer Session Program Assistant will live in each of these houses, as well as 12-20 students.

Is there a student handbook?

Yes, all Pre-College students will be asked to read the Pre-College Pathfinder student handbook before they arrive on campus. 

When do I need to arrive and depart?

Students are required to arrive on campus by 4:00pm the day before their course begins. This allows time to tour campus, see where their class will take place, obtain a CC ID card, unpack, and attend the Pre-College welcome dinner at 6:00pm. Class ends at noon on the last day of their block, and will be followed by a good-bye lunch. Parents are welcome to attend! Residence halls will close 24 hours after the block ends.

Block A Arrive: May 29, before 4:00pm Depart: June 22 after 2:00pm, June 23 before 12:00pm
Block B Arrive: June 26 before 4:00pm Depart: July 20 after 2:00pm July 21 before 12:00pm
Pre-College Block Arrive: July 8 before 4:00pm Depart: July 25 after 2:00pm or July 26 before 12:00pm

How will I get from the airport to campus?

If you are utilizing the Colorado Springs Airport, one of the Summer Session Program Assistants will provide transportation. If you are utilizing the Denver International Airport, you will need to reserve the Colorado Springs Airport Shuttle. We will ask you to fill out an arrival/departure form before you arrive on campus to provide additional information.

How long will it take to receive my admission decision?

You will receive an admission decision within two weeks of the receipt of your completed application.

When do I need to turn in my additional application forms?

Please turn in all forms (Tuition Payment Agreement, Handbook acknowledgement, all medical documentation) at least one week before your arrive on campus. If you do not turn in your completed medical documentation, you will not be able to access your transcript after you complete the course.

What if I need to withdraw from my course?

If you do need to withdraw from your summer course at Colorado College, contact us at Please reference the following dates for refund policies.

Block  A Withdrawal Date Refund
Before May 9th  100% (minus non-refundable deposit and application fee)
Between May 9th and May 29th  70% (minus non-refundable deposit and application fee)
May 30th and After 0%
Block B Withdrawal Date Refund
Before June 5th 100% (minus non-refundable deposit and application fee)
Between June 5th and June 25th 70% (minus non-refundable deposit and application fee)
June 26th and After 0%
Pre-College Block Withdrawal Date Refund
Before June 18th 100% (minus non-refundable deposit and application fee)
Between June 18th and July 8th 70% (minus non-refundable deposit and application fee)
July 9th and After 0%

Jim Burke

Director Of Summer Session

(719) 389-6656 

Katherine Ruckstuhl

Coordinator of Summer Programs

(719) 389-6098

Rosy Mondragon

Administrative Assistant

(719) 389-6655