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Office of Admissions
Mailing Address: 14 E. Cache la Poudre Street, Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Phone: 719-389-6344   Toll Free: 800-542-7214
Colorado College accepts the Common Application, the QuestBridge Application, or the Coalition Application along with a writing supplement. There is no application fee.
  • Early Decision I (binding) deadline is November 1; notification comes in mid-December.
  • Early Action (non-binding) deadline is November 1; notification comes in late-December.
  • Early Decision II (binding) deadline is January 15; notification comes in mid-February.
  • Regular Action deadline is January 15; notification comes in mid-March.
  • The reply date for both early action and regular action applicants is May 1. Admitted students may request by May 1 to defer entrance for one year.
Every year, Colorado College enrolls an academically accomplished student body that encompasses a wide variety of interests, talents, and backgrounds. Our holistic evaluation process considers your academic work, writing, letters of recommendation, extracurricular activities, your unique talents and personal qualities, and testing — if you choose to submit test scores.
Colorado College is somewhat unique among highly selective colleges in that we choose to support a binding Early Decision program, as well as non-binding Early Action and Regular Action programs, giving students greater flexibility to choose the option that is right for them. This has resulted in a large increase in early applicants and a larger percentage of our class enrolling from an early round. Our percentage of students enrolled through Early Decision — around a third of the class for the fall of 2020 — is consistent with many of our peers.
Instructions, Advice, And Strategy
  • What is the Preliminary Application?
  • How do I know which application to apply with?
  • Can I still be considered for admission if I don’t match through QuestBridge?
  • What supplemental essay is required for admission?
  • How do I access my applicant portal? 
  • Can I upload additional materials (i.e. resume)? What qualifies as an academic recommendation?
  • How can I submit my art supplement?
      • We invite students interested in the arts to submit an optional art supplement in visual art, music, dance, theater, creative writing or film.  Art supplements will be included in a student’s application for consideration as part of our holistic review process.
      • Art supplements must be submitted via the Applicant Portal.  This part of the applicant portal will only appear if you indicated on your application that you would like to submit an art supplement. 
      • Note: You must submit your application first before the Art Supplement section will appear on your Applicant Portal.
  • I’m a high school student taking college classes. Do I apply as a transfer student?
  • Can I appeal my admission decision?
  • I would like to withdraw my application.  
We remain committed to the philosophy that cost should not deter a student from considering Colorado College. While the majority of college aid is need-based, we do offer some merit-based scholarships, as well as athletic scholarships through our two NCAA Division I athletic programs – women's soccer and men's ice hockey.
We require the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the CSS PROFILE form. We encourage all students and parents to read the Financial Aid Policies Handbook