I wrote a short blog about Colorado College’s unique Block Plan prior to my visit to their campus last week because they are one of only two colleges in the U.S. who utilize such a format for their academic programs. But what really stood out to me after spending some time on their campus wasn’t just the uniqueness of their classroom experience – it was the uniqueness of their student body.
One has to expect that, as the only liberal arts college in the Mountain Time Zone, CC is going to stand out. But the more I learned about the types of students who come to CC (and excel there), the more I believe that CC students would probably stand out anywhere. For example:
Eighty percent of CC students are involved in the arts. Eighty percent. That’s rare for a college campus. Considering that they also have 15 NCAA Division III sports (as well as Division I hockey and women’s soccer), that statistic alone says a lot about their dedication to balancing mental and physical pursuits. (And because I tend to encounter a lot of equestrian students who also participate in music, theater, or visual arts of some kind, this is great for them as well!)
What’s more, less than fifteen percent of the student body participate in Greek life. Clearly, students at CC are capable of making their own fun (or else they’re too busy with sports and the arts!) and don’t rely on their Greek system to be the only source of social life on campus. This is important for high school students to know because many are intimidated by the Greek system at colleges and universities (usually because few high schools have equivalent programs so they have no experience with it unless they have older siblings or have watched the television show Greek). So for a student who doesn’t necessarily want that to be a part of their college life, CC’s Greek system doesn’t seem to be the only thing happening on campus – but it’s there for the student who does want to enter into a fraternity or sorority.
Finally, CC’s campus is home to the nation’s oldest student-run soup kitchen. Eighty percent of their students participate in some type of community service – a statistic that speaks to a philanthropic and selfless nature and attitude in the student body. For a service-minded high school student, that’s a huge plus.
And let’s not forget, future college equestrians, that CC does have an IHSA hunt seat team. They train at MM Equestrian Center in nearby Fountain and the equestrian club is a student-run campus organization. (Check out their Facebook page here for updates.) The equestrian center also holds its own series of schooling shows right on site, which can be another option for equestrian students looking to keep their competitive edge.
Could CC be a good fit for you? Let’s chat!