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About Colby

Colby Early Decision Results Release Date 2021

Colby will release their Early Decision results on Wednesday December 15th. Share results and connect with other early applicants in the Colby Community discussion.

Good luck to all early applicants!

Colby College Overview

Colby College is a private, nonprofit school in a small town setting in Waterville, Maine. Colby was founded in 1813 and now enrolls around 2,155 students a year, including 2,155 undergrads. Colby offers on-campus housing for up to 1,981 students. The majority of students live on campus, and first year-students are required to live in campus housing. On the weekends, about 90% of students stay on-campus and participate in campus events and social life.

There are many ways for students to get involved at Colby! Love music or performing? Sing in a chorus or perform with one of Colby's theater groups.

Interested in journalism or communications? Colby students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

There are no fraternities or sororities at Colby, so it might be a good choice if you're not interested in Greek life.

Planning to play sports? Colby has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at Colby on the Student Life page.

Learn more about life at Colby on the Student Life page.

Mark your calendar! The final application deadline for Fall 2022 is January 1. Regular decision applicants for Fall 2022 should hear from Colby by April 1.

2021 Colby Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar 4-1-4 (2 long terms separated by a month-long mini-term)
Overall Acceptance Rate 10%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate 0%
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 47%
Tuition $56,930

Is Colby a Good School?

The definition of a "good school" is different for different people. Admissions criteria, acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how competitive an institution is, but they don't tell you how happy or successful students are. There are a few statistics that can give you a good idea of how satisfied students are and how well a school supports its students.

Let's take a closer look at each of these factors to get a better sense of what Colby offers and if it could be the right college for you.

2021 Acceptance Rate for Colby College

Colby admitted 10% of all applicants in 2021. Out of 13,922 applications received in 2021, 1,430 students were offered admission.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Colby

Retention is the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. This is a way to get a sense of how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

Out of all the first-year, full-time undergrads who start at Colby, around 90% return for the next year. Colby's six-year graduation rate for undergrads is 90%. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61% for public schools and 67% for private.

Job Outlook Colby Graduates

Job placement rates after graduation and average starting salaries can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school. Within six months of graduating, 76% of graduates receive at least one full-time job offer.

Colby's Endowment

An endowment is the total value of a school's investments, donations, and assets. Endowment is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of a school, but it can give you a sense of how much money a college can afford to invest in expanding programs, improving facilities, and support students. The school spends $26,585 for each full-time student enrolled.

Tuition and Financial Aid at Colby

Cost is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need. Colby meets 100% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $59,110 a year.

Graduates in the class of 2021 had an average of $27,196 in student loans per borrower. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some financial aid is available on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA early. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! You should never have to pay to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at Colby. Based on this information, how does Colby sound? Remember, the best school for one person may be a terrible fit for someone else! So ask yourself: Is Colby a good school for you?

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Where is Colby College Located?

Colby is located in the small town setting of Waterville, Maine, less than an hour from Portland.

If you want to see Colby for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 95 to Waterville, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Augusta Municipal.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Colby and Waterville are like without leaving home.

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College Info

Colby Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Apr 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Colby is Jan 1.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Colby is Apr 1.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs


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Colby ACT Scores


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31 - 34

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1380 - 1520


Math SAT Range

700 - 780


Reading SAT Range

680 - 740

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Wondering what life at Colby is like? There are approximately 2,155 students enrolled at Colby. 100% percent of students attend school full-time, 9% percent are from ME and 91% percent of students are from other states.


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