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The Colorado College

Colorado Springs, CO 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate16%

Colorado College Admissions

It is very difficult to get into The Colorado College. Around 16% of applicants get into The Colorado College each year. Last year, 7,846 students applied to The Colorado College and 1,279 were admitted.

Reach out to The Colorado College's admissions department for any important information, including application fees.

Students who submit their applications to The Colorado College for fall should receive an admissions decision no later than March 20.

The Colorado College Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here is an overiew of some of The Colorado College's admissions stats.

The Colorado College 2023 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.8
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 72%
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 34%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 28%
Waitlist Yes

The Colorado College Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for The Colorado College.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I Yes November 1 December 15
Early Decision II Yes January 15 February 15
Early Action Yes November 1 December 20
Regular Decision Yes 1 15 March 20

Considering Applying Early to The Colorado College?

The Colorado College offers early decision and also offers early action. Early decision is binding, which means you must attend if you are admitted, while early action allows you to apply early without committing.

πŸ—“οΈ Early Decision I applications are due by November 1 EDI applicants should receive a decision by December 15.

πŸ—“οΈ Early Decision II applications are due January 15. ED II Applicants will recieve their decision before February 15.

πŸ—“οΈ The Early Action deadline is November 1. The Colorado College will release EA admissions decisions no later than December 20.

The early decision acceptance rate at The Colorado College is 44%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 16%.

The Colorado College accepts around 14% of early action applicants and 16% all applicants for all deadlines. Last year, The Colorado College admitted 306 of the 691 students who applied early decision. Last year, The Colorado College admitted 625 of the 4,417 who applied early action.

Some students apply early to help their chances of being offering admission. When you apply early, your application is considered before all the regular decision applicants apply. Applying early may increase the chance of being admitted, since it shows your interest in a school.

➑️ Discover a list of some selective colleges that accept significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on The Colorado College Admissions

How To Get Into The Colorado College

Colorado College is a very difficult school to get into. Colorado College evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny or waitlist.

In 2022, Colorado College accepted 16% of students, approximately 1,279 from 7,846 applicants.

Schools that are very difficult to get into, like Colorado College, accept fewer than 60% of all applicants. At least 50% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1230 on the SAT and over 26 on the ACT.

Transferring to The Colorado College

It is very difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.

For Students Waitlisted to The Colorado College

In 2022, The Colorado College waitlisted 823 students and 193 accepted a place on the waitlist. Of those, 2 eventually got off the waitlist.

What Does The Colorado College Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when deciding who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college has a different way of determining which factors are given the most weight when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that prioritize the admissions factors where you're strong.

Admissions Factors at The Colorado College

What does The Colorado College consider during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Application Essay Important
Extracurricular Activities Important
Recommendation(s) Important
Academic GPA Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Considered
Class Rank Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Interview Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered
State Residency Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Volunteer Work Considered
Work Experience Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
First Generation Considered

Make sure to check with The Colorado College for more information on admission factors.

The Colorado College Application Requirements

To apply to The Colorado College, all applicants must submit the following items. Double check with The Colorado College's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Interview – √ – –
Transcript(S) of College Record – – – –
Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S) – – – –
Letter(s) of Recommendation 2 – – –
Written Essay or Personal Statement √ – – –
Transcript of High School Record √ – – –

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into The Colorado College?

Students admitted to The Colorado College have an average unweighted GPA of 3.8.

Out of all students that were admitted, 24% submitted a class rank. At The Colorado College 72% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 95% were in the top 25% and 99% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At The Colorado College, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 44%
3.75 and 3.99 32%
3.50 and 3.74 15%
3.25 and 3.49 7%
3.00 and 3.24 1%
2.50 and 2.9 1%
2.00 and 2.49 –

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to The Colorado College directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that reflects your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

The Colorado College is a test optional school. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2022, 34% of The Colorado College's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 28% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for The Colorado College?

To be competitive with other The Colorado College applicants, you should strive to earn between 1270 and 1460 (or higher!) on the SAT. At The Colorado College 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1460 and 25% of scored lower than 1270, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of The Colorado College students scored 750 or higher and 75% of students scored 640 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of The Colorado College students scored 730 or higher, and 75% scored a 640 or higher.

To be most competitive at The Colorado College, you should strive to earn between 29 and 33 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 33 means you fall in the 75th percentile for The Colorado College's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 33, and three out of four students scored lower than 33 on the ACT.

A 29 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for The Colorado College students. Only one out of every four students scored below 29.

More Information on Transferring to The Colorado College

For transfer students, it is very difficult to get admitted to The Colorado College.

For transfer students wishing to start in the fall, the deadline to apply is March 1. Applicants should hear back by May 1.

Transfer students can enroll in The Colorado College during the following terms:

β€’ Fall Term

β€’ Winter Term

β€’ Spring Term

β€’ Winter Term

β€’ Summer Term

The Colorado College Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to The Colorado College?

βœ… Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to The Colorado College.

Does The Colorado College accept transfer credits?

βœ… The Colorado College accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions.

Does The Colorado College accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

βœ… The Colorado College accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to The Colorado College?

❌ No, The Colorado College is test optional, so you can choose whether to include your test scores. If you have higher than average scores, you probably want to include them. If your scores are average or below average, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application.

What is The Colorado College's acceptance rate?

βœ… The Colorado College's acceptance rate is 16%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at The Colorado College?

βœ… The Colorado College's early decision acceptance rate was 44% in 2021.

What is the early action acceptance rate at The Colorado College?

βœ… The early action acceptance rate at The Colorado College was 14% in 2021.

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Colorado College Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Very Selective


How hard is it to get into Colorado College? Colorado College is a very selective institution. The Colorado College acceptance rate is 16%. This means that the institution accepts 16 out of every 100 applicants.


Colorado College Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 15

Transfer Applications are Due

Mar 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Colorado College is Jan 15.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Colorado College is Mar 1.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Colorado College SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1270 - 1460


Math SAT Range

620 - 750


Reading SAT Range

640 - 730

Colorado College GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Colorado College, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.85. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

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