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Colby College Admissions

If you are considering submitting an applicationto Colby College, the regular decision application deadline is January 1 and the application fee costs $0. Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students who are struggling to afford application fees may qualify for for an application fee waiver.

Students who submit their applications for Fall should hear back from Colby College by April 1.

Considering Applying Early to Colby College?

Colby College offers early decision but not early action Early decision is binding, meaning you must attend if you are admitted, while early action allows you to apply early without committing. Early Decision 2 applications are due 1/1.

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.

See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission. In 2021, Colby College waitlisted 3,463 students. Of those, 1425 eventually were offered a spot.

What Does Colby College Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are given the most weight in the admissions process. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengthsand any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that put the most emphasis the areas where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at Colby College

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Very Important
Geographical Residence Considered
Class Rank Important
Work Experience Considered
Extracurricular Activities Important
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
Application Essay Important
First Generation Considered
Interview Not Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Important
Recommendation(s) Very Important
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
State Residency Not Considered
Talent/Ability Important
Standardized Test Scores Considered
Volunteer Work Considered

Colby College 2021-2022 Application Requirements

To apply, all applicants to Colby College must submit the following items. Double check with Colby College's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for some Details (if any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Letter(s) of Recommendation 3
Transcript of High School Record

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Colby College?

Out of all students that were admitted, 21% submitted a class rank. At Colby College 74% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 89% were in the top 25% and 95% were in the top 50%.

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.

At Colby College, students GPAs fall in the following ranges
4.0 GPA 21%

Colby College is test optional. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2021, 47% of Colby College's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 32% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What's a Good SAT Score for Colby College?

To be competitive with other Colby College applicants, you should strive to earn between 1380 and 1520 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Colby College 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1520 and 25% of scored lower than 1380, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Colby College students scored 780 or higher and 75% of students scored 680 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Colby College students scored 740 or higher, and 75% scored a 680 or higher.

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What's a Good ACT Score for Colby College?

To be most competitive at Colby College, you should strive to earn between 31 and 34 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 34 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Colby College's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 34, and three out of four students scored lower than 34 on the ACT.

A 31 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Colby College students. Only one out of every four students scored below 31.

Want To Bring Up Your ACT Score? Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates.

Transferring to Colby College

For transfer students wishing to start in the Fall, the deadline to apply is April 1. Applicants should hear back by May 15.

Transfer students can enroll in Colby College during the following terms: Fall Term Spring Term

Colby College Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Colby College?

Students who are admitted to Colby College must attend in the term they start. Deferring admissions is not encouraged. If you have a unusual circumstance, contact the admissions department..

Does Colby College accept transfer credits?

Colby College accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions.

Does Colby College accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

Colby College accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) creditsand Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Colby College?

No, Colby College is test optional, so you can choose whether or not to send your ACT or SAT scores. If you have higher than average scores, you probably want to include them. If you scored lower than a school's average,, you may want not want to include them in your application..

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Colby College Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

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Colby College Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Apr 1

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

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

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

Colby College ACT Scores

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ACT Range

31 - 34

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

34 and Above

Good

31 to 34

Avg

31 and Less

Low

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Colby College SAT Scores

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Composite SAT Range

1380 - 1520

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Math SAT Range

700 - 780

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Reading SAT Range

680 - 740

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Colby College GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)

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Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

2,155

Campus Setting

Small Town

Acceptance Rate

10%

Tuition and Fees

In State

$59,430

Out-of-State

$59,430

Fall Freshmen
Application Deadline

Jan 1
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