Colorado College Colorado Springs
In the early years, before there existed so much as a permanent building, Colorado College Colorado Springs gathered a small faculty whose roots ran to traditional New England scholarship. Established in 1874 as a coeducational institution two years before Colorado became a state, Colorado College history is a long and proud one.
In 1871, General William Jackson Palmer, founder of the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad, laid out the city of Colorado Springs along his new line from Denver. Envisioning a model city, he reserved land and contributed funds for a college, which was to open May 6, 1874.
The college’s first building, Cutler Hall, was occupied in 1880; the first bachelor’s degrees were conferred in 1882. Under President William F. Slocum, who served from 1888 to 1917, the campus took the shape it held until the 1950s. During this time, Colorado College Colorado Springs reached scholarly maturity, especially by significantly expanding and improving the library’s holdings and by attracting leading scholars in a number of fields.
Since the mid-1950s, the campus has been virtually rebuilt. New facilities include three large residence halls, Worner Campus Center, Tutt Library, Olin Hall of Science and the Barnes Science Center, Honnen Ice Rink, Boettcher Health Center, Schlessman Pool, Armstrong Hall of Humanities, Palmer Hall, El Pomar Sports Center and Packard Hall of Music and Art. Bemis, Cossitt, Cutler, Montgomery and Palmer Halls are some of the remaining turn-of-the-century structures on the National Register of Historic Places, along with the William I. Spencer Center.
Visually, Cutler Hall and the mountain view are about all that remain of the college's physical beginnings, but the changes cannot obscure real continuities. Colorado College Colorado Springs remains dedicated to the traditional principles of a liberal arts and sciences education as envisioned by its founders more than 125 years ago.
For more information about Colorado College history, please visit the official website.