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Bridge Scholars Program

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The Bridge Scholars Program provides you with an early opportunity to experience the student-centered CC classroom, learn about the supportive network of campus resources, work closely with student-mentors, and engage in a vibrant community of highly motivated incoming students.

Is the Bridge Scholars Program right for me?

The transition to college can be challenging for everyone:  every student must learn how to recognize and respond to the demands of the new learning environment. Certain factors, however, can make this period of adjustment even more demanding, such as: 

  • Being the first in the family to go to college.
  • Having attended high schools that offered relatively limited opportunities for advanced course work.
  • CC QuestBridge Scholars

The Bridge Scholars Program is a voluntary program.  By being admitted, you have already met the admission standards of Colorado College. Our curriculum is designed to help motivated students, with diverse academic strengths and interests, achieve the goals they have set for themselves and be successful in all aspects of their lives at Colorado College.

How do I join the program? 

After your admission to Colorado College, students who are identified as First Generation Students, or who have attended high schools that do not have a lot of opportunities for advanced course work will receive an e-invitation to participate. We also invite all QuestBridge Scholars to our program. Sometimes, athletic coaches will also help us identify prospective Bridge Scholars. 

If you received an invitation, you should respond to the invitation to indicate your intention to enroll in the program. 

If you did not receive an invitation, but feel that this is the right program for you, you can still participate! Occasionally our database will miss a few students—if you are interested in joining the Bridge Scholars community but have not received an invitation, please email us to let us know of your interest. Please contact Sendi Estrada at the Office of the Dean. 

Program Structure

Program participants will live on campus in a residence hall and take a 0.5 credit mini-course (see course options below). Co-curricular workshops will help students familiarize themselves with campus opportunities and resources, and allow students to learn about and develop their learning strategies. Program activities also help students learn about college life from experienced CC students while building a close-knit community of peers who will embark on the CC journey together.