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    Frequently Asked Questions

    Registration | Events | General | Lodging and Dining | Parking |

    Registration

    When can I register?

    Registration for Family and Friends Weekend 2019 will begin on Aug. 1, 2019.

    How do I register?

    Get more information and register here.

    If we have your email address, you also should receive an email with a link that takes you directly to our secure registration portal.

    I already registered for New Student Orientation. Do I need to register again?

    Yes, please! New Student Orientation and Family and Friends Weekend are two separate events and require separate registrations.

    Do I need to register my student for Family and Friends Weekend?

    Yes! Students are not "automatically" registered for Family and Friends Weekend. Please register all people in your party, including your CC student/s, so we can have a welcome packet and name tags ready for you when you arrive on campus.

    When is the registration deadline?

    The online registration deadline is 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 20, 2019. Families are strongly encouraged to register online to avoid unnecessary waiting.

    On-site registration for events that have not reached capacity, as well as information and refreshments, will be available on Friday, Sept. 27, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 28, from 9 a.m.-noon at Registration Central on the first floor of Tutt Library (west side of the building).

    Seats or meals at reserved or ticketed events cannot be guaranteed unless you have registered by the posted deadline.

    Can I register over the phone?

    Yes, please contact us at (719) 227-8171, and we will assist you with registering over the phone.

    When will I get the confirmation of my registration?

    Your Family and Friends Weekend confirmation will be sent to the email address you provide immediately following completion of the online registration form and payment. Watch your email. If you do not immediately receive a registration confirmation, it is possible that your registration was not recorded. Please contact us at parents@coloradocollege.edu or (719) 227-8171, and we will assist you with completing your registration.

    What does the registration fee cover?

    A registration fee of $30 per family covers your attendance at most weekend events including lectures, presentations, open houses, tours, and the CC community picnic, as well as admission to the Fine Arts Center galleries, the Money Museum, the Adam F. Press Fitness Center, and Honnen Ice Arena. You will be able to register and/or pay for most events when you register for the weekend through our secure portal. Some events that take place during Family and Friends Weekend may require separate ticket purchase or registration and will be noted on the online schedule.

    What if I can't afford the Family and Friends Weekend registration fee?

    Please submit a written fee waiver request via email to parents@coloradocollege.edu. Waivers may be made available for families who have financial need.

    Do I need to purchase a Family and Friends Weekend Brunch ticket for my student?

    No, you do not need to purchase a brunch ticket for your student if your student is on a meal plan. Please choose the “free” option for your student when completing your registration.

    When will I receive my tickets?

    Tickets will be available when you check in at Registration Central. Delivery of tickets that require separate purchase or registration is coordinated by the sponsoring organizations.

    What should I do if I plan to arrive after Registration Central is closed for the day?

    Please have your student visit Registration Central and check in for you. Your student will be able to pick up your registration packet and name tags, as well as any tickets you may have reserved.

    What if my plans change, and I need to cancel my registration?

    Cancellations must be made at least one week prior to the weekend, with requests for refunds submitted via email to parents@coloradocollege.edu by 11:59 p.m. MST on Friday, Sept. 20, 2019. No refunds for college-sponsored events will be given after Friday, Sept. 20, 2019. Refunds for the Downtown Walking Tour and FAC theatre performances are at the discretion of the sponsoring organizations. 

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    Events and Activities

    When should we plan to arrive? Do family members stay for the entire weekend?

    The schedule is designed to allow you to pick and choose events throughout the weekend and to take advantage of quality time with your student. Your arrival time and length of stay is up to you. With that in mind, many families choose to check in on Friday to maximize the number of events they are able to attend. However, if you cannot join us on Friday, check in is also open on Saturday morning from 9 a.m. until noon.

    Are family members and guests welcome at all events?

    Siblings, grandparents, and other family members or guests are welcome at all events. Please ensure that all guest names, including the name of your CC student, are included with your registration so that name tags can be provided for all attendees.

    Will my student be able to participate?

    Students are encouraged and invited to attend all portions of the weekend! However, they are not "automatically" registered. Please ensure that your student's name is included with your registration.

    Will my student have class during Family and Friends Weekend?

    Yes. Colorado College's mission is to provide the finest liberal arts education in the country. Therefore, we do not cancel classes or suspend student activities during Family and Friends Weekend. We highly recommend that you speak with your student regarding their academic or other commitments and coordinate your planned activities prior to making any non-refundable travel arrangements or registering for the weekend.

    What if my student has an exam, a project, or a field trip?

    It is likely that students will have exams, major projects that require advance preparation, field trips, or other obligations during Family and Friends Weekend. Again, please have a conversation with your student prior to making your plans for the weekend.

    What if my student does not want to attend activities during Family and Friends Weekend?

    Family and Friends Weekend is an opportunity to both enjoy time together and learn more about CC. The more you know, the better you will be able to support your student throughout their educational career. Some families attend and see their student only occasionally. Other families and students spend all of their time together. Talk to your student and get a sense of what they would prefer as you make plans to visit them in their "home away from home."

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    General Information

    What should I wear?

    Dress during the weekend is casual and comfortable. Lightweight and medium-weight layers, sunscreen, hats, lip balm (and plenty of water) are all advisable. Don't forget to wear your CC gear!

    What is the weather like?

    Colorado Springs and the CC campus are about 6,000 feet above sea level in an area with low humidity. Weather patterns can change rapidly, and autumn in Colorado could bring sunshine or snow! We suggest you check the weather report before you leave home. In case of precipitation, outside activities will be moved inside or cancelled.

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    Lodging and Dining

    Where can we stay in the area?

    For your convenience, we have reserved room blocks with group rates at several of the most popular area hotels. Visit our Accommodations page for more information on these hotels, as well as for information on alternate lodging.

    Where can we eat?

    We hope you and your student will join us for weekend events that include meals. Other on-campus options are listed on the schedule page.

    Many students like to get off campus and explore the Colorado Springs dining scene when visitors come to campus. Take advantage of the discounts at local favorites during the CCSGA-sponsored Night on the Town on Saturday night, or explore on your own. Favorite restaurants within a short walking distance include: Wooglin's Deli, La'au's Taco Shop, and Panino's.

    Can I request special meals due to dietary restrictions?

    Please note on your registration form if you have dietary restrictions.

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    Parking and Accessibility

    Where can I park during Family and Friends Weekend?

    You are permitted to park in any campus parking lot. There is on-street parking available within walking distance from campus. ADA-only parking is available in the Armstrong lot (C-2 on the campus map). Please be aware that on-campus parking may be limited due to the large volume of visitors.

    We have a family member in a wheelchair. Can we get around to all the events?

    Events are held in campus buildings and areas that are handicapped-accessible. However, it is important to remember that there can be some distance between buildings and events. If you have questions about accessibility, please contact us at parents@coloradocollege.edu or (719) 227-8171, and we will be happy to assist you.

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