The trashy hip-hop music blares from student houses on Weber Street as the stumbling crowds of young adults indulge in a Saturday night stress reliever, slowly but surely making their way towards a place where the lights seem to be as low as the standards and the adrenaline runs as high as the students.
Not every prospective student searches for this display of stereotypical college life and not all get to see it, both due to choices they make and choices made for them.
Undoubtedly, there is more to the social scene of Colorado College than described above, and students do see that. However, there is a new movement in the works by the administration to make sure that the prospective students are nowhere to be found at this not-so-classy college ritual among the many things to do on campus.
Digging back to a Catalyst article published in 2005, “prospectives are not visiting to hear about the academic prowess of CC, but to see what college life is like.”
Without a doubt, even almost a decade later, this holds true in the list of reasons for why prospective students, commonly referred to as “prospies,” come to the college for more than just a tour and an interview.
From events like Multicultural Open House hosted by the college in the fall and Admitted Students Weekend to visits individually scheduled, prospies are often invited to visit and sometimes stay overnight at the college in order to get the full feel of Colorado College.
However, over the past few years, the administration has gathered and altered the routine of prospie visits so now the only time that they can stay on campus over the weekend is if they are athletes paired up with a CC athlete, in order for them to attend games and gain other CC athletic experiences.
“We adjusted the schedule and part of that was at request of the Dean’s Office. Re Evitt, along with Mike Edmonds, felt we were putting our prospies in difficult situations where they were having to choose between participating in the social scene and being cool, or saying no,” said Anna Jaquez-Herron, Associate Director of Admissions.
The new set-up of the program involves hosting the prospies in hotel rooms, either with an adult they came with or with another prospie, with mild CC surveillance of the students even at the hotel.
Students coming to do an overnight typically want to see the unfiltered, unpaid view of the college, the parts that the tour guides don’t have routed into their speeches as they pass the library. Administration understands that and is collaborating with students to do just that.
No matter what night a prospie stays on campus, they are going to find whatever social scene they are looking for. The college believes that it is their duty to control the situation as best as they can.
“We control what we’re able to control to give students an authentic and reasonably safe experience,” said Jaquez-Herron.