The Colorado College (CC) is a private liberal arts college in Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States, near the foot of the Rocky Mountains. It was founded in 1874 by Thomas Nelson Haskell. The college enrolls approximately 2,000 undergraduates at its 90-acre (36 ha) campus, 70 miles (110 km) south of Denver. The college offers 42 majors and 33 minors, and has a student-faculty ratio of 10:1.
Colorado College had an acceptance rate of 15.8% for the Class of 2020, was ranked as the best private college in Colorado by Forbes and was listed as tied for the 24th-best National Liberal Arts College in the 2017 U.S. News & World Report rankings.
The college offers more than 80 majors, minors, and specialized programs including: Southwest studies, feminist and gender studies, Asian studies, biochemistry, environmental science, neuroscience, Latin American studies, Russian and Eurasian studies, and American cultural studies, as well as an across-the-curriculum writing program. In addition to its undergraduate programs, the college offers a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree. Tutt Library has approximately half a million bound volumes. In 2012, Colorado College yielded a student-to-faculty ratio of 10:1.
In its 2017 edition, U.S. News & World Report ranks Colorado College as tied for 24th-best liberal arts college in the nation and No. 2 among the most innovative national liberal arts colleges. The most innovative schools are those “making the most innovative improvements in terms of curriculum, faculty, students, campus life, technology or facilities.”
Kiplinger’s Personal Finance places Colorado College 22nd in its 2016 ranking of best value liberal arts colleges in the United States.
In 2016, Forbes rated it 57th overall in “America’s Top Colleges,” which ranked 660 national universities and liberal arts colleges.
CC is considered a “Hidden Ivy.”