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Experiential Learning in Economics

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Experiential Learning in Economics

You may already know how much being in the field shaped your Colorado College experience. Now you can create those opportunities for today’s students and double the impact of your gift while doing so.

Three generous donors have agreed to match all contributions for field trips in Economics and Business, up to a maximum of $21,000.

Field study brings students outside of their comfort zone, and they learn from and in the real world.

To engage students in these formative experiences requires dedication and knowledge, which the department has in abundance. We’ve taken hundreds of students on trips both near and far, to locations that include Denver, Oregon, New York City, Boston, Washington, D.C., and Britain. We’ve even written professional research papers about how to take students into the field. Think about everything students can learn about policymaking in Washington, what they learn about innovation in Boston, or what they learn about the Industrial Revolution in Britain! Or, if you’re one of the lucky ones who went on those trips, you don’t have to imagine.

These valuable field work opportunities require funding. We commit a large share of our department’s annual budget to field expenses because we’ve seen the impact these experiences have on students.

We subsidize every single student on every single trip. But we can do more to include students in deep financial need, and to expand how often and how effective our field courses can be. Transporting students, housing and feeding them, and admitting them to museums requires financial resources. We keep those costs as low as we can, but as all good economists know, there’s no such thing as a free lunch.

We need your help.                                                                                     

We encourage you to give at one the levels listed on the right.

Also, please remember, that three generous donors have agreed to match all contributions for this purpose, up to a maximum of $21,000, essentially doubling your gift’s impact. So, you can support two students for the price of one. Maybe there is a free lunch after all.

Choose a giving level


Buy an admission ticket

$10 pays for a student’s admission to a museum or gallery.


Buy transportation for a trip

$20 covers a student’s local transportation on bus or metro for the whole trip.


Buy three square meals

$30 covers a student’s meals for a day in the field.


Buy lodging for a night

$50 pays for lodging for a night… don’t laugh, we don’t stay at the fanciest places and we bargain hard.


Buy bus rental for the day

$100 pays for a bus rental for the day, to take students to a Colorado venue.


Buy lunch for an entire class

$200 pays for an entire class to enjoy lunch with an alumnus or an alumna.


Buy domestic airfare

$400 pays for a student’s airfare to a great US destination.


Buy international airfare

$700 pays for a student’s airfare to many international locations.


Cover the costs for a paraprof

$2000 pays for the paraprofessional (a recent CC alumnus or alumna) to accompany a trip, to learn about how to run a field experience while helping with logistics and pedagogical content.

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