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Thinking about checking out colleges in Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region? Then you’re definitely one smart cookie! Not only do we have just about any type of schooling you could desire, we’re also a veritable paradise of indoor and outdoor fun, all situated in one of the most beautiful places on earth. And if you don’t believe us on the last claim, we think it’s time you paid us a visit. If you’ve yet to decide whether or not to visit a few Colorado Springs colleges, we’re here to entice you with some killer reasons why the Pikes Peak region should be your first choice when looking for higher education.
Colorado Springs Has a Variety Colleges to Choose From
We’re going to talk about education first, because it’s absolutely the most important part of choosing a school. Fortunately for you, there’s no shortage of options here. Colorado Springs is home to a variety of educational institutions. Non-traditional students will find flexible classes and degrees — as well as online courses — at the highly ranked Pikes Peak Community College. Students looking to explore trades can check out Pikes Peak Community College, too, as well as programs at schools such as Toni & Guy or Paul Mitchell beauty schools. We’ve got our fair share of universities, too! The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in multiple disciplines, as does our local and prestigious private university, Colorado College. Whatever you’re seeking in an education, you’re sure to find it here.
You’ll Find Plentiful Outdoor Fun in the Pikes Peak Region
Colorado Springs does many things well, but its outstanding dedication to pristine open spaces is unrivaled. We have miles of trails for hiking, biking, running or simply taking a breather from your studies. Want to learn to rock climb? Kayak? Stand-up paddleboard? White water raft? Join up with one of the many meet-up groups or outdoor clubs or outfitters and you’ll discover everything you ever wanted to know. Between classes, you can burn stress on the Manitou Springs Incline, meditate in the scenic wonder of Garden of the Gods or bike or run for miles on the Sante Fe Trail. You can also explore Red Rock Open Space, Cheyenne Canyon, Bear Creek Park, Palmer Park … (We’re not actually done, we’re just running out of room.) And while we do have winter here, the climate stays pretty mild, which means that even in December, you’ll usually find plenty of days to get out and play (or you can ski, snowboard, ride snow-friendly fat bikes, sled … you get the picture).
Your Parents Will Love It
While you may be excited to be on your own for the first time, you’re probably going to miss your family — at least a little bit. That means you’ll absolutely want them to come visit. When they do, you can show them just how awesome your new home is with cool adventures that are built to impress. Summit a 14er with your clan via the Pikes Peak Highway (or hike up Barr Trail if you’re brave), take them on a white-water rafting adventure or family float, horseback ride through Garden of the Gods or simply chill out in one of the many pubs or restaurants in downtown Colorado Springs or historic Old Colorado City. You can prove that you’re doing just fine on your own, show off your new city and have a whole lot of fun doing it. The only downside? Your desire for distance may suffer if your family catches the Colorado bug and never wants to leave.
There’s a Pretty Stellar Nightlife
If you happen to be 21, you’ll find a ton of local breweries, clubs and late-night locales to dance, drink and mingle (when you’re not pursuing your education, of course). Downtown Colorado Springs, Manitou Springs and Old Colorado City always have local hot spots featuring live music, karaoke, DJs and dancing — there’s something going on every night of the week. And if you’re under 21? Don’t despair! You’ll be able to check out trivia nights for the 18+ crowd, as well as clubs for all ages, karaoke nights and more. And everyone can enjoy a little culture when First Friday comes around. Art galleries from Colorado Springs all the way to Manitou throw open their doors after hours to visitors, with musical and acting performances, interactive art installations and other fun festivities. There’s even a shuttle that runs April through September to get you to all the galleries quickly and easily. Did we mention all the theaters and concert venues? Yes, we have those, too. Basically, if you’re bored here, it’s because you’re not trying (or you accidentally got locked in your room).
We know that picking a place to attend college is a huge commitment. It’s where you’ll take the first steps on the path to your future. You may be there for years! Why not pick the place with the best schools, the coolest outdoor spaces and raddest non-school entertainment? That’s what we thought. Welcome to Colorado Springs!