Colorado College Top Questions

Describe the students at your school.


My classmates are fun, kind people who play hard and work hard, care equally about school and the enviornment, can be a little spoiled but always mean well, and are always down for new adventures.


Students at CC are intelligent and motivated, but also relaxed and fun to be with.


Adventurous and idealistic


Dedicated, well rounded.


My classmates are quirky and unique.


Liberal, rich, outdoorsy, athletic, social, successful, and going places. They tend to hide their wealth well and are not condescending or snobby. Often they act like they don't do any work when really everyone's working as hard as they can when no one's looking.


CC students are friendly and always up for adventure: work hard, play hard.


Very friendly, welcoming and open politically liberal quasi-hippies make up half the community, with the other half being a big mix!


Dirty, smug hippies


It seems that most of the students at CC are from wealthy east coast families. This may be true, but there are many exceptions. My roommate freshman year grew up in the Ivory Coast, Zimbabwe, Turkey, Egypt, and so many other places I can't remember. Another friend grew up in Panama and continues to do Panamanian folk dancing. One girl walks around campus with a harmonica. There are many interesting people at CC. Almost everyone likes to ski. The students are very casual, even wearing pajamas to class.


The students at Colorado College are liberal and earthy but I would not describe them as all out hippies seeing as most of them are from white wealthy upper-class families. Most C.C. students can be described as being very in to whatever they are interested in. For example if a person rock-climbs, it would not be unusual for him or her to be in the climbing gym almost every day; or if a person acts for them to audition for every play and sometimes more than one at a time.


Overall, we are a very liberal, free-spirited student body. There are lots of "hippies," and nobody cares how you dress or what you do. Just about anything is accepted, except maybe conservatism, sometimes. Because of the party scene, there is a fair amount of vandalism on campus, mainly in the dorms, and sometimes the student body seems contradictory because they seem like such a bright group, but then they do stupid things.


see stereotype section....


the student body at CC is definitely white american. anyone who is not stands out but in a good way because people want to know them and learn about them. LGBT is highly accepted, again a "live and let live" mentality. It might take a while for people to warm up to those who are excessively 'different' but almost everyone has a niche they belong to and are most comfortable in. students do not really discuss their financial situation whether it's about where they come from or how much they'll make in the future. the only money they talk about are dining dollars and gold card money. students are somewhat politically aware and some are active. They like to act like they know what the candidates stand for but for the most part do not have a strong idea. for the most part students are predominantly left.


There is definitely no dress code. And there are definitely different social groups but I don't really think there are cliches or a hierarchy. A lot more students are now from the east coast and there is a greater diversity in the types of students but many of them still fall under liberal, not very religious, white, and affluent.


besides the fact that the student body is predominantly white, the demographic is often hard to decipher. i would say that many students actively try to play down their economic upbringing, so economic stratification isn't at the forefront of people's minds, for better or for worse. there have been incidents of severe racialism, homophobia and sexism, seemingly acts of ignorance, which hopefully will be resolved and informed by virtue of the fact that these students go to cc. for the most part the campus body is very tolerant, the most noticeable form of intolerance being intolerance of intolerance itself.


I don't know much about the student body. That may be a clue or maybe I just don't like to be involved in things that look like politics.


I went to public school and I was shocked by the number of 'trustafarians' at CC. A lot of kids went to ritzy boarding schools but are actually way more laid back than the East Coast atmosphere, so they come to CC. There is not a lot of diversity at CC, which was a bummer for me coming from Washington, DC. Kids wear whatever they want to class- sweatpants or sundresses are both 100{4a082faed443b016e84c6ea63012b481c58f64867aa2dc62fff66e22ad7dff6c} okay. I definitely wore both. For the most part CC is a liberal campus, although there are some conservative kids. CC students are really well informed on global and national news, especially politics, and are really active in global and national causes. I really don't think anybody would feel out of place at CC, except maybe somebody who never ever left their dorm room. CC is really social so that kid might feel left out? Unless they did not want to be social?


I really wish Colorado College was more diverse. However, this bland student body will have a hard time digging itself out of this hole because the lack of diversity in itself drives people away. Although I am not a minority, I believe it is fair to say that those in a minority position would be turned off to the school upon discovering this ridiculous lack of diversity. Despite the school's white majority, (at least in my own experience) no one on campus is prejudiced, so those that are minorities are not discriminated against, and there is a fair distribution of minority students among cliques. For example, I came from a rich public school where non-minorities stuck together, as did minorities. It is not like this at CC, and of that I am thankful.


Most students dress nicely for class. Occasionally, you'll see the quintessential freshman who has to get the "pajama-to-class" syndrome out of his/her system. Or the hungover upperclassman who is wearing the same thing s/he did yesterday. Everyone is friendly and welcoming, politically aware. However, I would say that students are naively liberal. Unfortunately, I expect that more often than not, the conservative opinion is not given valid consideration, except perhaps in the economics department. I have never heard any student mention being rich or not rich in the future, based on his or her studies at CC.


There is a large portion of so-called trustifarians on our campus. I would say that there are three major groups of students. The "hippies" are the largest, but not all of them truly have hippy ideals. Then there are the socialites. These include members of greek life, athletes, and other kids who like to shower and go out to parties on the weekends if not more often. They all seem to know each other and don't get along with the hippies, generally. The final group would be those in your graduating class that you've never seen before. They keep to themselves. They study a lot and choose to participate in very few campus activities. Students here care about the world. Most of them are very wealthy and attend CC in defiance of their upbringing. If you're middle class or lower be prepared to eat alone when all of your friends go out to expensive dinners every night. Most of the student body is liberal. Very few conservatives. Few religious people. CC is so politically correct it can be frustrating. Anything that could potentially be considered harmful to ANY group is immediately ridiculed and removed. For example, "redneck prom" was deemed unacceptable this year and was called "flannel formal" instead. If CC is biased against any group, it would be caucasian, conservatives, males, etc. aka any group that has historically been dominant in western society.


Experiences: P.C. Mania Out of Place: Transfer students Clothes: Goodwill and ARC second-hand clothes \ designer apparel ... usually on the same person Interaction: I guess, I mean the spring sports don't really party with the fall sports, but the winter sports don't seem to discriminate... I don't know what people who don't play sports do because they are unimportant Four tables: 1. Those damn hippies with their weed, their ragged clothing, and their vast sums of money 2. the training room, aka the training table (that was a cute play on words) 3. Those people that always eat alone except they probably couldn't be convinced to convene at one table so this table would be empty 4. other people? CC students come from: Minnesota Financial backrounds: except for the kids that actually are on f. aid and work like 2-3 jobs at the school and have chosen a major that will eventually lead to a lucrative career than I think I already covered it Political awareness: yes, if you're a democrat Talk about earnings: I feel like a lot of kids brag about how big a ski bum they will some day be, but at the end of they day there are massive amounts of money waiting for those kids. Those kids kind of suck.


People are usually really hippies. There are great things to do in the outdoors and even the non hippies take advantage of it. Even though I'm not a hippie I really enjoy the laid back attitude. It's really nice not having to get all fancy just to go to class. The standard attire is basically just jeans and a sweatshirt. It is honestly whatever you want. You could wear a ballet outfit and a flannel. It's really up to you. When it comes to different races, I wouldn't say that it is the most diverse campus. People mix and it's not a big deal. It's a small school so everyone is open to anything really. Since the community surrounding us is really conservative, the CC campus is really liberal. All the time we will have funny conservative Christians coming on campus and preaching about not having sex etc... they are really humorous. CC is a very politically aware campus which I think is a plus.


The campus is pretty accepting of anybody. Some say that racism and sexism are prevolant but I have never felt like they are. People tend to find their social groups in their sophomore year and stick to them, but people remain accepting and switching social groups is not uncommon. Besides groups overlap a lot. Students don't focus on their future sallaries so much as on their interests.


If you are a girl and high maintenance, you will feel somewhat out of place at CC but for the most part it is a very accepting atmosphere regardless of race, religion, sexual preference, you name it. The dirty-hippy stereotype comes in when kids are going to class, most dress down and it isn't particularly nice, but it makes it easy to roll out of bed and go to class. Most kids are upper-middle class but it is actually fairly hard to tell who is on financial aid and who isn't and it doesn't particularly matter anyways. The students are largely democratic, which doesn't sit well with Colorado Springs which is rabidly republican.


Overwhelmingly left-wing, white, upper-middle class. The college administration works hard to get a more diverse student body, but this is the group that most often finds it's way here. Usually, however, the different groups (minorities, internationals, departments, etc.) on campus get along together quite well, and everyone tries hard to create an open, accepting (and fun) community.


few Gays, few Blacks, a handful of Jews, mostly white upper class kids who would otherwise go to east coast schools similar to CC.


The student body currently is mostly rich white kids. I grew up in a working class family and so it was quite a shock at first. Many students act entitled and selfish, but the average person is easy to relate to. Students are vastly left-minded, politically. Many claim to be open-minded but will vehemently defend their own views and the fallacies of anyone else. Open-mindedness is rare around here. We do challenge each other often outside of class. My roommates and I often get into heated debates about various issues. Sometimes we stop and laugh because perhaps we're talking about Dante or the philosophy of religion or the idea of evil while barbecuing or on the way to the movies. Because of the block plan, you never stop thinking about that single subject for a month, even at home.


Liberals definitely are the majority on campus.


Most of the students at CC are very laid back, but others are very professional about school. You'll see people coming to class in sweats while others may wear a blouse and slacks. Most students come from a higher socio-economic class - the upper middle class, the professional class, etc.


I would say that I like the older student body more and that the younger student body is more and more preppy and pretentious. CC isn't very diverse, really. I think super Christian kids feel out of place and probably black students and Hispanic students. You can wear anything to class. People dress really oddly in general and especially at parties and events. Neon seems to popular lately, and spandex. Many more students are wealthy rather than not, but most of my friends have a lot less money. I think all of the students who pay full tuition make up for the students who can't pay almost at all. Most students are really involved and active.


One thing Colorado College lacks is racial and religious diversity. There are hardly any minorities on campus and most people do not practice religion. However, I would not want this to discourage anyone from coming, because I think that is one thing the student body as a whole would like to change. Everyone I talk to would love to see more diversity. There do tend to be clicks at CC, but they tend to mesh a lot. Everyone has friends is different groups because they are involved in so many different things. CC is a very expensive school, so most people are very well off, but I have also met many that come from more middle class families like myself. Either way, no one cares. CC is also a very liberal school. I'd have to say one of the most liberal and it is very apparent on campus.


Most of the students that I know are very outdoorsy and very left. One common criticism is that students are not that politically aware and I agree with that. People will often sign a petition if it sounds progressive, or they will discredit something for not being environmentally friendly, without really knowing much about the issue. People here are very outgoing and friendly, they are happy to engage you in the things they are passionate about.


It's ok though they are getting richer and more snotty as new first-years come in. But it's not like you can't find cool people anywhere you go. And it's getting a bit more intolerant as time goes on. But enough people make it a cool enough place. And people tend to be a little uneducated about other ways of thinking though the student body is involved in trying to change that and it's in the hands of everyone here to figure out how much to learn.


our campus is very proud of its acceptance of others. well, except those 'evil' conservative christians..... (in jest, i am one of those 'heathens') the only type of student who would feel out of place would be the conservative christians. people on campus (profs included) speak of this group with a biternness on the tongue. to class, anything is acceptable. pajama pants, robes, and bare feet are often seen. CC is a very expensive school. most of our students are trust fund babies, living it up with their riches. then there are the lower class (myself) whom have to work often to ensure another year here. there aren't a whole lot in between. both backgrounds get along great, and there is no animosity between the two groups. students at CC are as politically aware as they come. i would estimate 90{4a082faed443b016e84c6ea63012b481c58f64867aa2dc62fff66e22ad7dff6c} of the body is left wing, with some VERY far left wingers as well.


Most people at CC are pretty liberal but recently there has been a backlash at CC at the political correctness. One of my friends was called a faggot and then the guy said "yeah, I'm at CC and saying that." There is definitely this idea of CC being a very peaceful and loving campus but I think the hippie atmosphere is changing. I still think most people are open and really good natured people. That was honestly the thing that struck me when I first decided to go to CC is that everyone just seemed so happy to be there and I have found that to be very true. There is no dress code as I have seen people go to class in one piece nighties (and not as a joke). I think the religious student or racial (predominantly white), political (predominantl liberal) or economical (predominantly rich) minority might feel out of place though. There are a lot more people from the east coast but there are generally people from all over. Aside from the jocks sitting together there are no obvious cliches. There are groups of friends but it doesn't seem exclusive at all. I'd like to say that CC is a very politically aware campus but I haven't found much activism at all even if there may be awareness. Money is becoming more showy but for the most part I think showing off wealth is not something people try to explicitly do. In fact the 'it' place is the ARC which is like a Salvation Army. However, most people come into CC either pre-med or pre-law so I think many people at least plan on trying to maintain the lifestyle they've grown accustomed to.


Most students are very open minded. The types of people found at CC vary pretty drastically. For example, one can find jocks, hippies, the studious type, and partiers. Pretty much everyone can find a group to relate to. Most people are wealthy, religion is not very big here, and there is not a whole lot of racial diversity. Many of the foreign exchange students hang out with other foreign students.


It's not very racially diverse, but the deans are promising that they're working on that. Otherwise, I think it's easy for a variety of different people to find others here, who are interested in the same things they are.


Colorado College continues to seek diversity. Socio-economic demands for private liberal arts institutions are difficult to overcome and stifle socio-economic diversity a lot. Additionally, CC's location, on the Front Range in Colorado makes it relatively inaccessible for many students who are not from the closest metropolitan cities, Denver and Santa Fe. With that said, CC feels like a very inclusive and accepting environment but challenges that come from a relatively homogenous school (upper middle class, white, straight, secular students for the most part) are highlighted when possible. For example, issues of discrimination do not go unnoticed. CC has had a handful of public discussions and protests regarding incidents of sexual, racial, and religious harassment. Rather than hiding these issues, the CC community holds perpetrators responsible for their actions in the public sphere and demands explanation, apology, and appropriate administrative reprimands to create constructive community dialogue around sensitive issues of diversity. I think it's a testament to the integrity of the students and the integrity of the college that embarrassing issues are brought to everyone's attention in order to best learn from individuals grave mistakes and to act accordingly as an inclusive institution that values everyone's opinions and nuances in a beneficial way.


MAJORITY: alternative style, hippie, laid back, LIBERAL, north-east coast and OR, CA, and WA MINORITY: lack of racial diversity. slight lack of religious diversity.


Colorado College is very aware of diversity and prides itself on it. Yes there are a small few who enjoy poking at that, but they are generally outshined by the rest of the campus coming together against it. A student that would feel out of place at CC is someone looking to ONLY take classes in their specific field, but I think most students could feel at home somewhere on campus. Most of colorado college is a social mix. Yes there are the frat boys, jocks, nerds, etc, but there is so much intermingling of these social types that it hardly matters. Ditto for social, financial, and political backgrounds.


My favorite thing about CC is how well rounded the student body is. Not well rounded as a whole, but every individual in themselves. The average CC student is a genius, athletic, and creative. You can walk up to almost any student on campus and have an intellectually stimulating conversation. However, I am disappointed in the lack of socio-economic diversity. From my knowledge, the majority of the students are fairly wealthy. Despite this fact, wealth is usually only seen in skis, climbing equipment, and backpacking supplies.


The campus is not very racially or socio-economically diverse. I feel kind of out of place being a minority and from a lower class. conservative christians are not very welcome on campus. Students seem very concerned with getting high paying jobs.


the student body is very liberal and generally open minded unless you say you are a conservative or a Christian. but eventually people get over that. people wear whatever they want to class. it could be sweats or something nice or some hippy outfit. CC is predominately white and upperclass but people generally don't flaunt their money.


Students play hard and work just as hard, if not harder. They are driven but not abject to stopping to smell the roses from time to time. They are also very social and open to new situations and people. They are very accepting of almost any lifestyle (except the most dangerous) and will not put you down for your religion, race, sexual preference, or anything else "different" about you. However, there is a little bit of a low tolerance for the political right and the liberals, especially the Feminist and Gender Studies students and department, rule the school. But how is that different from any other liberal arts college? It's a shame, really, that students can't be more accepting about politics.


Not that many international/ethnically diverse students, but the majority of the student body does not discriminate against the minorities. For the most part good people here.


I have heard many racial minorities and students who are from a lower socioeconomic class say they feel out of place at CC. There are definitely more Caucasian students and many students who are in the higher middle class, but there is mixture between those who are open to it.


CC is an incredibly accepting campus that lacks diversity to accept. The majority of the student body is rich white kids who desperately wish that they weren't. Everyone can find a group here but some of my substance free friends found it difficult to find their place at the beginning of the year. People pride themselves of their global awareness but most students do not actually take action in the causes they talk so much about.


Well, I'm totally caucasian, but since I applied from Quito, Ecuador (I was living there at the time), I am considered an "international" student and represent diversity at CC - which tells you something about "diversity" at CC. But I never see any discrimination going on. Mostly, CC is full of bare-footed leftist rich hippies...but I mean that in a nice way.


very liberal and mostly open minded