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Overall Score: 68.03

Colorado College

Colorado Springs, CO http://www.coloradocollege.edu/
Colorado College says its goal is to “provide the finest liberal arts education in the country.” To accomplish that ambitious mission, the college follows an unusual academic schedule that it calls the “Block Plan.” Each semester, students take four courses – but not simultaneously. Instead, they take them one at a time in intensive “blocks" that last three and a half weeks. By the time they graduate, students will have completed 32 blocks. CC has just over 2,000 undergrads and a handful of grad students. About three-fourths of students live on campus (they’re required to for the first three years), and roughly 160 belong to fraternities or sororities. The CC campus is just north of downtown Colorado Springs, a city near the base of Pikes Peak in the Rocky Mountains – “nestled at the intersection of nature's call and urban sprawl,” as the college itself puts it. Colorado College scores particularly high on Money’s “quality” measures, which look at graduation rates, the student-faculty ratio and the percentage of admitted students who choose to enroll, among other things.

Costs

Est. full price 2022-2023
$80,300
% of students who get any grants
48%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$28,800
Average price for low-income students
$8,850

Admissions

Acceptance rate
14%
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
SAT/ACT required?
No
Undergraduate enrollment
2,090

Financial Aid

% of students with need who get grants
100%
% of need met
100%
% of students who get merit grants
8%
Average merit grant
$6,960

Student Success

Graduation rate
88%
Average time to a degree
4.1 years
Median student debt
$18,303
Early career earnings
$57,010
% earning more than a high school grad
66%

Notes: Students who get merit grants are full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants. Graduation rate measures degree completion within six years for both transfer students and first-time students. Early career earnings are the median earnings for both graduates and non-completers, 10 years after they first enrolled.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson’s, Money/Witlytic calculations.

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