In recent years, there has been a trend of less and less representation of Coloradans within the CC student body, despite an increase of in-state applications.
However, according to Assistant Director of Admission Mariegrace Veres, when the Office of Admissions finds a student that fits CC, “it doesn’t really matter where they’re from.”
Unlike the decrease of Coloradans within the student body, Veres says that more Coloradans have actually been applying to CC than ever before. Out of all Colorado high schools, East High School in Denver sends CC the most applications. “We are recruiting in every single territory in Colorado because we do value kids from Colorado,” Veres said. The only way coming from Colorado could hurt someone’s chance of being accepted to CC would be if a local applicant chose to not have an interview.
In recent years, college representatives have come from all over the US to recruit students from Denver and the larger Colorado area. Therefore, the top-tier Coloradans, who apply to CC and have a chance of getting into CC, also apply to the Ivy Leagues, California schools, and East Coast liberal arts colleges.
Many of the Coloradans who are accepted to CC are likewise accepted to these out-of-state institutions, and a large portion of them end up choosing to go farther from home—“not that they don’t like the mountains,” says Veres, but because they need a change.
Freshman Huseen Sufi, from Denver, who was accepted to schools like Haverford, Brown, and John Hopkins, made the decision to come to CC instead “partly because of my family, and because I liked Colorado College better,” said Sufi. “I visited here during the multicultural weekend, so that really changed my views.” However, Sufi’s twin brother chose to go to Brown over CC, since it is far from home.
Like Sufi, CC has become more appealing to out-of-state and international students because of its new emphasis on multiculturalism. CC has the most diverse student body in all its history—around 30 percent identify as American ethic minority, says Veres. Also, 9 percent of the student body comes from international countries.
The increase in applicants has made CC more competitive. In prior years, the admit rate for CC was around 40 percent, and the Office of Admission often filled class spots with students who would not meet the current standards. This last year, the admit rate was 22 percent.
Being an international student does not increase someone’s chances of being accepted to CC. However, CC does “value that cultural perspective,” says Veres, which has encouraged the Office of Admission to focus on recruiting more applicants from other countries, further increasing CC’s selectivity.
When the international recruitment started, only about 3 percent of the student body was international. Today, six members of the Admission staff recruit globally. Admissions Counselor Emily Anding has recruited all across Europe, including Russia. Veres has traveled to parts of Asia, and other counselors have visited Latin America, Africa, the Middle East and Canada.
In the class of 2017, the largest portion (26 percent) is from Northeastern US, and only 17 percent of the class is from Colorado. CC’s class size of approximately 500 students is not expanding. However, out-of-state and international recognition of CC is expanding. The increase of applications received from out-of-state and international applicants have made CC a more competitive school for every applicant, not just local Coloradans.
Katlyn Frey, Staff Writer