At The Colorado College Student Union, co-eds sat glued to the TV, Monday afternoon.
"I just feel awful for the students that go to that school," said student Kara Smith, as she watched footage of a shattered Virginia Tech campus.
Smith says she can't imagine it happening at Colorado College, but if it did, she wonders how she'd find out about it.
"At this school, they send out e-mails, and I don't check my e-mails every morning."
Like Smith, many at CC, depend on word-of-mouth, just one advantage of a small campus. But when it comes to preventing a catastrophe, Emergency Management Chair, Randy Stiles, says, places of higher education are at higher risk.
"College and university campuses are open and inviting," said Stiles. "They're places that are intended to be accessible. We don't want to build and armed fortress or a camp here." Stiles says the best they can do is have a plan to respond if something bad happens.
Across town at UCCS, police and campus security have stepped up patrols to help take the edge off for students.
"It makes me feel a little bit better," said UCCS student Morgan Conger. The University Counseling Center is offering extended hours, to further put student's minds at ease.
Back at Colorado College, Smith says she's not naive about the possibility of something dire happening on campus.
"It really could be any college, anywhere in the country."
But many students agree with Smith's resolve to not let the shooting break her sense of security at school.
"I'm not going to live in fear just because of this one incident."