Colby College Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid & More

Miller LIbrary at Colby College
Miller LIbrary at Colby College. Colby Mariam / Wikimedia Commons

Colby College Admissions Overview:

Colby College has selective admissions--only a quarter of students are accepted each year. To apply, students can use the Common Application (more information on that below), and must also send in test scores from the SAT or ACT. Those interested in Colby should check out the school's website for more information, and are encouraged to visit the campus and meet with an admissions counselor.

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Admissions Data (2016):

Colby College Description:

Located in Waterville, Maine, Colby College frequently ranks among the top 20 liberal arts colleges in the country. The 714-acre campus houses attractive red-brick buildings and a 128-acre arboretum. Students have 53 majors from which to choose, and the college boasts of a 10 to 1 student faculty / ratio. The college has a chapter of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa honor society.

Colby wins high marks for its environmental initiatives and for its emphasis on study abroad and internationalization. The alpine and Nordic ski teams at Colby compete in Division I. Other popular sports include football, squash, track and field, basketball, cross country.

Enrollment (2016):

  • Total Enrollment: 1,879 (all undergraduate)
  • Gender Breakdown: 48% Male / 52% Female
  • 100% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $50,960
  • Books: $732 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $13,100
  • Other Expenses: $1,032
  • Total Cost: $65,824

Colby College Financial Aid (2015 - 16):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 48%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 42%
    • Loans: 20%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $42,298
    • Loans: $6,306

Academic Programs:

Transfer, Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 93%
  • Transfer-out Rate: 7%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 84%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 89%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Men's Sports: Lacrosse, Football, Track and Field, Tennis, Ice Hockey, Rowing, Lacrosse, Basketball, Baseball, Skiing, Squash, Swimming and Diving
  • Women's Sports: Rowing, Ice Hockey, Field Hockey, Basketball, Cross Country, Track and Field, Volleyball, Tennis, Softball

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

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Colby College and the Common Application

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