Updates and happenings for Block 1, Sept. 2023
Updates and happenings for Block 1, Sept. 2023
New Student Orientation was so much fun as 521 incoming students from the Class of 2027 along with 31 transfer students arrived on campus. And we loved welcoming over 900 of you (parents, family members, and student supporters) to campus as well for move-in day. Welcome to the Block!
Pictured above: Student NSO leaders formed a spirit tunnel to cheer the arrival of all as they entered Ed Robson Arena for the official College Welcome and the kickoff of NSO 2023. Photo by Lonnie Timmons III / Colorado College.

Important Dates

Sept. 14—CC in the Spotlight: Parent and Family Programs (5-6 p.m.)
Sept. 20—End of Block 1
Sept. 25—Beginning of Block 2
Sept. 25—Registration deadline for Homecoming and Family Weekend

Looking Ahead:
Oct. 13-15—Homecoming and Family Weekend 2023
Nov. 16-26—Fall Break including Thanksgiving (Residence Halls close at noon for students. Approval required through the Housing Office for those wishing to remain on campus during any portion of this time.)
Dec. 20—Beginning of Winter Break
Jan. 8-18—Half Block
Jan. 22—Beginning of Block 5

Curious about other dates for the 2023-24 academic year? The academic calendar is posted online for your convenience. 

CC in the Spotlight

Want to learn more and connect with the CC community?
CC in the Spotlight is a free virtual event series specifically designed for parents and supporters of current students to learn more about the many resources available at CC. These informal presentations are interactive and will include time for Q&A, conversation, and connection. Get all the details and register at the links below.
Block 1:  Colorado College 101 for Parents and Families
Thursday, Sept. 14, 5-6 p.m. MT
Registration Link
Block 2: Health and Wellbeing at CC
Thursday, Oct. 5, 5-6 p.m. MT
Registration Link
Block 3: Advising Hub
Thursday, Nov. 9, 5-6 p.m. MT
Registration Link
Block 4: Study Abroad/Global Studies
Thursday, Dec. 14, 5-6 p.m. MT
Registration Link

Register Now for Homecoming and Family Weekend!

Register Now for Homecoming and Family Weekend: Oct. 13-15
Come celebrate CC's amazing Tiger Spirit on campus next month during Homecoming and Family Weekend 2023. Check out the online schedule for the many events planned to help you connect with your student on campus and experience all that the remarkable CC community has to offer.
Registration is open now through Sept. 25.  Hope you'll make plans to join!

Reminders: Tuition

Don't forget! Fall semester tuition and fees are due in full this Friday, Sept. 8. There is also the option to pay fall semester tuition and fees via CC's four-month payment plan option. Students must enroll in the fall semester payment plan by Sept. 7, at 5 p.m. (The first payment installment is then due the next day on Sept. 8.)
Get more details, instructions, and the link to pay tuition bills online at the Student Accounts web page

Student Wage Increase

Students get a raise! As of this month, student employees at CC will see an increase in their paychecks. The hourly wage has increased by $0.66 per hour, resulting in new rates of $14.31 per hour for students in Step 1 positions, and $14.71 per hour for those in Step 2 positions. 
It has been determined that with this adjustment in pay, on average, a CC student can fulfill their entire work-study award by working approximately six hours per week throughout the academic year. For specifics on how this budget augmentation was calculated, or any other questions, please contact CC's Student Employment Office.  

Transportation Options

Whether your student is on campus without a vehicle, or simply looking to travel in more sustainable ways, Colorado College has transportation alternatives they can start utilizing today! 
One campus favorite is to ride PikeRide bikes, which are easy-to-use e-assist bikes that are available throughout Colorado Springs.
The ZEB:
Planning to go to Downtown Colorado Springs, but don’t want to walk? Look no further than the ZEB, a FREE shuttle service that runs every 7-10 minutes along Tejon Street.
Outdoor Ed:
E-bikes and "fat" bikes (mountain bikes) for low-cost rentals are available during Ahlberg Gear House hours. If your student owns their own bicycle, the Bike & Ski Co-op is available to support equipment maintenance needs. The Co-op also has U-locks, bike tubes, and tires for sale.
Mountain Metro:
Want to go even farther off campus? The Mountain Metro Transit (MMT) system provides students with FREE, year-round rides to a variety of destinations all around Colorado Springs. Students can jump on with their CC ID! Want to visit Trader Joe’s or Costco? Take Bus #19, which runs every 30 minutes. Feeling adventurous? Take Bus #9 to the Downtown Terminal and connect to Bus #3, which drops off in the historic resort city of Manitou Springs! With so many routes to choose from, there are plenty of MMT adventures to discover.

Airport Shuttles
Have a student flying out of Denver International Airport or the Colorado Springs Airport for Fall or Winter Break? Students may book a free one-way shuttle ticket from campus to the Denver or Colorado Springs airport for either the afternoon of Wednesday, or the morning of Thursday, at the start of breaks. These shuttles are sponsored by CCSGA, and space is limited. Students will be notified when sign-up is open, and they should sign up in person at the Worner Desk. There are no return trip shuttles, and students will need to make their own arrangements to return to campus. From DIA, many students use Groome Shuttle (they can call 719-687-3456 and indicate they are CC students in order to be dropped off on campus). Students flying into COS can use a ride share app or local taxi service.
Fall Break (Shuttles depart from Worner Center)
Wednesday, Nov. 15
Shuttle to DIA departs at 1 p.m.
Shuttle to COS departs at 1:30 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 16
Shuttle to DIA departs at 7 a.m.
Shuttle to COS departs at 7:30 a.m.

Tiger Travel—Parents are Invited!

See the world CC style! Ever felt just a tad jealous of all the amazing educational opportunities your student has at CC? Well now it's your turn! Check out the CC Tiger Travel program offerings for alumni, parents, and families below, and stay tuned for more ways that you can see the world through CC.
Join Natalie Gosnell ’08, observational astrophysicist, artist, and Associate Professor of Physics at CC, to view the next total solar eclipse that will be visible in North America. You will spend two nights in Mexico City before heading to Mazatlán, Mexico, for four nights at an oceanside resort. This coastal city is where the moon’s shadow will first touch mainland Mexico. This tour is a perfect international, yet close-to-home escape while witnessing a spectacular natural phenomenon.
CC alumni and families will travel to Uzbekistan and follow the legendary Silk Road. The tour includes stops in Tashkent, Samarkand, and Bukhara, visiting multiple UNESCO World Heritage sites. Led by CC alum John Shors ’91, P ’26, this all-inclusive tour will feature a variety of cultural experiences, as well as an itinerary that simultaneously showcases many of Uzbekistan’s best sights while also giving guests ample free time to explore ancient pathways.
Coming Soon: Tuscan Landscapes, Oct. 2024 and Expedition to Antarctica, Jan. 30—Feb. 9, 2025
To be among the first notified when these brochures become available, contact Eos Study Tours today to add your name to the list. Call 800-856-8951 or eos@studytours.org.
Contacts and FAQs
Stay up to date with many exciting college happenings and inspiring stories on CC's newly launched platform, The Peak.
You can also find valuable resources, answers to many common questions and a listing of campus contacts on our CC Parents—Welcome to the Block web page. If you don't find the answer you are searching for, feel free to contact one of the many resources on campus for support and assistance, including the Counseling Center,  the Chaplain’s Office, the Office of Housing and Residential Experience, the Butler Center, the Advising Hub, the Office of Student Accounts, and the Wellness Resource Center. Not sure who to contact? Get in touch at parents@coloradocollege.edu and we'll help direct you. 
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