Choosing a college — one that is “the right fit” — is a challenging and formidable task. As you support your student’s journey from high school to college, we encourage you to be aware of the programs, resources, and opportunities available to students at Colorado College. The information you gather now will help you and your student plan for the best possible transition to college life.
Head on over to our Communication page for information that will help inform all stages of the decision process, including answers to your most frequently asked questions. If you don't find the answers you need, please feel welcome to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or (719) 389-6103.
If you haven't yet visited campus, or if you need a second look around, consider attending an Admitted Student Open House. Or just come for the day and take a short tour. It's worth the trip to be sure that Colorado College is the place your student wants to spend the next four years.
No matter which college your student ultimately chooses, you may also find these online resources to be helpful with your transition planning:
- Parent Toolkit: Advice and ideas for supporting your student's growing independence.
- Set To Go: A program that guides students and families through the social, emotional and mental health challenges related to the transition out of high school to college and adulthood.
- Grown and Flown: A blog that offers a variety of parent and family perspectives.
- Your Teen for Parents: Admission, campus visit and other advice for parenting college-aged teens.
- Going to College: What Families Need to Know About Sexual Assault and Safety on Campus
Once the decision is final and a deposit has been received, next steps for enrollment will be communicated to your student via email and through the admissions portal. Your student can continue to utilize the portal until their arrival on campus.
Dates, deadlines, to-do's and other important new student information are all available through CCBound, our orientation website, which is updated every spring. Encourage your student to thoroughly investigate CCBound for a peek at what they can expect from orientation.
Explore our FAQ page to get answers to your most common questions. Here are a few to get you started:
Is New Student Orientation required for all new students?
Yes, participation in the week-long New Student Orientation is required for all new first-year and transfer students. It is an opportunity for all incoming students to participate in and connect to their new environment. Through NSO, students can expect to learn more about the culture at CC, how to be successful both academically and socially, and develop friendships and relationships with fellow students, faculty, and staff.
The orientation week includes CC's signature orientation program, the Priddy Experience. The full orientation schedule outlines the activities for the week and is updated as details become available. Please note that the family orientation program is shorter than the one for students. Please consult the schedule prior to making travel arrangements.
What is the First Year Experience?
The First-Year Experience (FYE) is a program designed to help incoming students enjoy and adjust to in-depth critical thinking, analytic discussion, and the systems that make our institution unique. All first-year students spend their first two blocks at CC immersed in a pair of fast-paced courses that are typical of the Block Plan and that are designed to help students make the academic transition from high school to college.
When will my first-year student receive their housing assignment?
The Office of Housing and Conferences begins the room assignment process when the deadline for completion of the online housing agreement by incoming students has concluded. Please encourage your student to complete this agreement, and any other requested materials, as indicated by the enrollment checklist in their admissions portal. Your student can then expect to receive room and roommate information in early August.
Can first-year students bring cars to campus?
No, Colorado College does not allow first-year students to have a car on campus, and most students do not feel that they need one. For transportation options in Colorado Springs and to/from the Colorado Springs Airport and Denver International Airport, please refer to our FAQ page.