Colorado College: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

Colorado College

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Colorado College is a private liberal arts college with an acceptance rate of 15%. Located in Colorado Springs and founded in 1874, Colorado College has a rich history of education. The school nearly always finds itself on the lists of top colleges in the United States, and the school has a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. Academics at Colorado College are unusual because of the school's "block plan". Students take a single class in each three-and-a-half week long semester. This allows faculty and students to devote all their attention and energy to a single subject at a time. Popular sports at Colorado College include basketball, lacrosse, track and field, swimming and diving, ice hockey, and volleyball.

Considering applying to this highly selective school? Here are the Colorado College admissions statistics you should know.

Acceptance Rate

During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, Colorado College had an acceptance rate of 15%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 15 students were admitted, making Colorado College's admissions process highly competitive.

Admissions Statistics (2017-18)
Number of Applicants 8,552
Percent Admitted 15%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 42%

SAT Scores and Requirements

Colorado College has a test-optional standardized testing policy. Applicants to Colorado College may submit SAT or ACT scores to the school, but they are not required. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 43% of admitted students submitted SAT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 650 720
Math 650 750
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

This admissions data tells us that of those students who submitted scores during the 2017-18 admissions cycle, most of Colorado College's admitted students fall within the top 20% nationally on the SAT. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, 50% of students admitted to Colorado College scored between 650 and 720, while 25% scored below 650 and 25% scored above 720. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 650 and 750, while 25% scored below 650 and 25% scored above 750. While the SAT is not required, this data tells us that a composite SAT score of 1470 or higher is competitive for Colorado College.

Requirements

Colorado College does not require SAT scores for admission. For students who choose to submit scores, note that Colorado College participates in the scorechoice program, meaning that the admissions office will consider your highest score from each individual section across all SAT test dates. Colorado College does not require the essay section of the SAT.

ACT Scores and Requirements

Colorado College has a test-optional standardized testing policy. Applicants to Colorado College may submit SAT or ACT scores to the school, but they are not required. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 52% of admitted students submitted ACT scores.

ACT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
English 30 35
Math 27 31
Composite 29 33

This admissions data tells us that of those who submitted scores during the 2017-18 admissions cycle, most of Colorado College's admitted students fall within the top 9% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to Colorado College's received a composite ACT score between 29 and 33, while 25% scored above 33 and 25% scored below 29.

Requirements

Note that Colorado College does not require ACT scores for admission. For students who choose to submit scores, Colorado College does not superscore ACT results; your highest composite ACT score will be considered. Colorado College does not require the ACT writing section.

GPA

Colorado College does not provide data about admitted students' high school GPAs.

Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph

Colorado College Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph.
Colorado College Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph. Data courtesy of Cappex.

The admissions data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to Colorado College. GPAs are unweighted. Find out how you compare to accepted students, see the real-time graph, and calculate your chances of getting in with a free Cappex account.

Admissions Chances

Colorado College, which accepts 15% of applicants, has highly selective admissions. However, Colorado College has a holistic admissions process and is test-optional, and admissions decisions are based on much more than numbers. A strong application essay, supplemental essays, and glowing letters of recommendation can strengthen your application, as can participation in meaningful extracurricular activities and a rigorous course schedule. While not required, Colorado College offers optional interviews for interested applicants.

In the scattergram above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students. You can see that the majority of successful applicants had "A" averages, SAT scores of about 1300 or higher, and ACT composite scores of 27 or higher. The higher your grades, the better your chances of acceptance to Colorado College.

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