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    International Students

    How to Apply

    The Colorado College application process is largely the same for international/DACA/undocumented students, who also use the same application platforms (either the Common Application, Coalition Application, or QuestBridge Application) and apply with the same deadlines.  There are a few differences highlighted below.

    How does Colorado College define ‘international student’?  

    For admission and visa purposes, anyone who does not possess a U.S. passport is considered an international student. 

    If you have dual citizenship with the United States, and/or are an American citizen who has studied abroad for several years, you are considered an American citizen as you do not need to apply for a visa to attend CC. You are still welcome to attend our international student orientation and connect with international organizations on campus if you are interested.


    The following items are required by the decision plan deadline for full consideration by the Admission Committee. Please note that there is no fee to apply to Colorado College.

    Admission Application

    We accept the Common Application, Coalition Application, or QuestBridge Application. We recommend all students begin by submitting the preliminary application

    Writing Supplement

    In addition to the required essay(s) for the application of your choice, all applicants will be required to complete one supplemental essay for their application to be considered complete. The supplemental essay prompt for the Fall 2021 application is as follows:

    • Why do you want to join the Colorado College community, and how do you think you will contribute to it? (Maximum 200 words.)

    Transcript(s), School Report, & Counselor Evaluation

    We require your transcript(s) through the end of your junior year and will eventually require your Mid-Year Report — first semester or trimester of your senior year — and Final Report grades. A counselor letter of recommendation is recommended, but not required. 

    Teacher Evaluations

    We require two teacher evaluations — preferably from your junior year, from teachers in core subjects: English or language arts, math, science, social studies, and foreign languages. Additional recommendation letters from teachers, supervisors, coaches, and others are accepted and can be emailed to

    Early Decision Agreement

    This item is only required for those applying Early Decision to Colorado College. For more about decision plans, please continue to the Decision Plans & Deadlines section on this page.

    Standardized Testing

    Given the limitations on opportunities for SAT and ACT testing during COVID-19, Colorado College will suspend its SAT and ACT requirements for all students applying this year.

    Colorado College will waive the English Language Proficiency requirement for students whose native language is English or for students whose high school curriculum is conducted entirely in English for all three or four years. We will also waive the testing requirement for IBDP students.

    If you attend a school where English is not the language of instruction, English is not your first language, and/or you are not an IBDP student, we strongly recommend an English proficiency exam with the Duolingo English Test (DET).  If you need a fee waiver for the exam, please email

    In addition to the DET, we will also accept:

    • InitialView or Vericant interviews.  Please contact your college counselor for fee waivers.
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Recommended score: 100 or higher on iBT scale
    • TOEFL ITP (students who submit these scores are strongly recommend to submit an IntialView or Vericant interview).
    • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE). Recommended score: 68 or higher
    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Recommended score: 7.0 or higher

    Colorado College has no minimum scores that would automatically eliminate an application; we provide these recommended scores as context for applicants. Please contact with questions.

    Art Supplements

    We invite students interested in the arts to submit an optional art supplement in visual art, music, dance, theater, creative writing or film. Students may upload media for their art supplement to their Applicant Portal after submitting the preliminary application. Students can also indicate whether or not they'd like to submit an art supplement within their Applicant Portal.

    Decision Plans & Deadlines

    Students may choose to apply Early Decision (binding), Early Action (non-binding), or Regular Action (non-binding). Early Decision is a binding method of application where the student commits to attend prior to receiving an offer of admission. Early Action and Regular Action are non-binding and students are able to consider their options until the May 1 National Candidate Reply Date.

     Decision Plan
    Deadline Decision Released  Candidate Reply
    Early Decision I
    November 1 Mid-December Mid-January
    Early Action November 1 Late-December May 1
    Early Decision II
    January 15 Mid-February  Early-March
    Regular Action January 15 Mid-March May 1


    Prospective international students who wish to apply for financial aid should indicate that on their application (the application specifically asks if you will be applying for financial aid). Eligibility is determined from the financial data you provide on the CSS PROFILE. 

    Merit-based scholarships are selected by the strength of the student’s academic work, including school performance, course rigor, standardized test scores, essay quality, and teacher recommendations. There is no separate application for merit-based scholarship consideration. 

    Each year Colorado College awards scholarships to non-U.S. citizens and non-U.S. permanent residents enrolling as degree-seeking students. 

    We evaluate the amount each family can contribute toward the total cost of attendance, including tuition, housing, meals, health insurance, books, personal expenses, and transportation to and from a student’s home country. 

    Please visit our international/DACA/undocumented financial aid page below for more information.

    Visa Advising and International Student Resources

    For questions about your visa application process, please email our International Student and Scholar Specialists:  

    Colorado College also offers a Global Scholars Program, an International Student Orientation, and the opportunity for non-native English speakers to work individually with a Culture and Linguistic Diversity Education Specialist.   

    The Center for Global Education & Field Study empowers and supports the CC community to engage in intercultural, international, and experiential learning by leveraging the opportunities of the Block Plan.  

    Colorado College is also a Davis United World College Partner  

    If you would like to connect with a Davis Scholar at Colorado College, please email 

    Social Media opportunities for Mainland China 

    WeChat:  ccadmissions 

    CC's Bilibili page