Colorado College

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Colorado College is located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado Springs, 70 miles south of Denver.  CC is known for its unique block plan where the 2,000 students attend only one class at a time for three and a half weeks followed by a short break.  Students complete four blocks each semester and eight blocks a year.


Stay: The Broadmoor |  Breakfast: King's Chef Diner

Lunch: Marigold Cafe  | Dinner:  The Rabbit Hole

Visitor Information: Tour CC

Stay: The five-star Broadmoor, a resort on the edge of the Rockies offers golf, tennis and an indoor and outdoor pool. Housed in a historic building in downtown Colorado Springs check in to The Mining Exchange, a Wyndham Hotel.

Coffee: Opening early at 6 am weekdays, and 7 on Saturdays and Sundays, The Perk Downtown features their own locally roasted coffee and a large selection of teas, smoothies and fresh, local baked goods. Just south of downtown, Urban Steam is a relaxed morning gathering spot.

Breakfast: Students love the breakfast at King’s Chef Diner. Don’t let the kitschy castle façade fool you; this long running restaurant has been feeding locals royally since 1956. Order “The Thing”, a mound of hash browns, bacon and eggs smothered in green chili sauce - it will probably keep you going till dinner.

Lunch: Marigold Café is a popular choice for French inspired lunches and dinners with legendary desserts; it’s been one of Colorado Springs most popular restaurants for over 15 years! Seeds Community Café is a café with a concept. Their policy of pay what you can afford is inspiring. (Volunteers often man the kitchen) The healthy menu of soups, salads and gluten free pizzas changes daily to reflect what is seasonal.



Casual: Enjoy the global, eclectic menu at Shuga’s, a tiny café just south of downtown. 503W is serving Asian fusion fare with a great craft beer menu to compliment the food. Guy Fieri was recently spotted at Front Range BBQ—does that mean an episode of Diners, Drive in’s and Dives is coming soon? For thin crust Neapolitan pizzas, students head to Pizzeria Rustica. Colorado Springs has tons of burger joints—try Drifter’s Hamburgers or Crave Real Burgers.


A Step Up: The Famous is an upscale Steakhouse, considered by many as the best restaurant in town. The Rabbit Hole serves heightened classic, comfort food in a cool, subterranean space with inventive, fun cocktails. 

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Late Night Snacks: Using local ingredients and a slow method of churning Josh and John’s creates creamy, small batch artisan ice cream.

Local Attractions: Grab your hiking boots and head to Pikes Peak or Garden of the Gods. Wander around Colorado Springs neighboring town of Manitou Springs, a National Historic District with art galleries and funky boutiques. Hike at the The Broadmoor’s Seven Falls with seven cascading waterfalls and a zip line adventure course. In the winter ski at nearby Eldora, Breckenridge and Keystone.

— Quotes From Campus —

I came here for the unique block plan and I couldn’t be happier. Most classes are discussion based and you can delve into each subject without distraction from other subjects. I love being immersed in one subject for three weeks and then moving on to another topic. Small classes mean you really get to know your professors and other classmates.
— Stuart
Everyone is very friendly and laid back—it’s refreshing. You can always find someone who wants to go on a hike, rock climb or ski—depending on the season!
— Griffen
The town of Colorado Springs is extremely conservative while the campus of CC is ultra liberal, an interesting dichotomy to say the least.
— Stevie
CC is a small school and very outdoorsy, if you’re more of a couch potato than you won’t be happy here!
— Rose
After each block you get a break for a few days—it’s a great opportunity to explore Colorado!
— Maggie






School Colors

Black & Gold

Acceptance Rate

15.8% (2016)

Common Application


Supplement Essays


Early Action/Decision

Early Decision








Admissions Office

14 East Cache La Poudre Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80903-9854

(p) (719) 389-6344
(f) (719) 389-6816

Carlos Jiminez, Director of Admission, Outreach & Recruitment

Sports Divisions

NCAA Division III

Greek Life


Noteworthy Alumni

Lynne Cheney

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