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First-Year Applicants


Each year Colby admissions counselors read thousands of applications to enroll a class of 500 students. Your application is what will set you apart from other applicants. Tell us what interests you. Share your accomplishments and what you’ve learned along the way. Emphasize your dedication to both academic and extracurricular activities. Tell us your story. Don’t let worry about costs keep you from applying. Our financial aid packages meet 100 percent of your demonstrated financial need, making this education available to students from every background.

Early Decision or Regular Decision?

If you’re 100 percent sure that Colby is for you, consider applying Early Decision. We’ll give you our decision quickly, but if you are admitted, we expect you to withdraw all other applications. If you’re still weighing your options, Regular Decision applications are due January 1, and we’ll let you know our decision by April 1.

Application Materials

Application Dates and Deadlines

 Application Submitted/ PostmarkedComplete
Admission Decision and Financial Aid Offers ReleasedCandidate's Reply
Early Decision INov. 15Nov. 15On or before Dec. 15Dec. 29
Early Decision IIJan. 1Jan. 1On or before Feb. 15Mar. 1
Regular DecisionJan. 1Jan. 31On or before April 1May 1
Spring TransferNov. 1Nov. 15On or before Dec. 15Two weeks after admission
Fall TransferApril 1April 1On or before May 15Two weeks after admission

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Early Decision Conversion: If you have filed your regular decision application prior to the deadlines of November 15 or January 1, you can convert your application to Early Decision by submitting a signed Early Decision Agreement by December 1 in the case of EDI, or by February 1 in the case of EDII.

Deferral Policy: Students admitted to Colby may request to defer their matriculation.

NESCAC Statement of Common Admissions Practices: Guidelines and factors in admissions decisions for prospective student athletes.

FAQ for First-Year Applicants
Colby Nondiscrimination Policy

Colby is a member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) and has endorsed the principles contained in the association’s Statement of Principles of Good Practice (SPGP).

Financial Aid

Colby aid packages contain grants and work-study aid—but not loans. While our admissions process is need-aware, we’ll meet 100 percent of your demonstrated financial need if you are admitted. More than 90 percent of families with a total income of $200,000 or less have qualified for some form of financial assistance in recent years, and families with a total income of less than $60,000 and assets typical of this income range will have a parent or guardian contribution of $0.

Tuition and Fees

2018-19 Annual Comprehensive Fee
(tuition, room, board, and general fee):
Other expenses (books/personal expenses):$1,600
Travel allowancevariable
Total Cost of Attendance$71,000
+ travel

Financial Aid Requirements

Financial Aid Deadlines

Submitted by:Early Decision IEarly Decision IIRegular Decision
College Board CSS ProfileNov. 15Jan. 1Jan. 15
FAFSANov. 15Jan. 1Jan. 15
2017 U.S. federal income
tax returns and W-2
(parents and student;
all pages and schedules)
Nov. 15Jan. 1Jan. 15

How We Calculate Your Expected Family Contribution

Quick College Cost Estimator

Colby College is more affordable than you think. Use the MyinTuition calculator to estimate your college costs in just five minutes.

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Net Price Calculator

Want to know what you might expect from your Colby aid package? Our net price calculator uses your family’s financial information to give you a sense of what your family would contribute toward your Colby education.

Net Price Calculator

Types of Colby Aid

Colby aid packages contain grants and work-study aid—but not loans. When you get your aid package you may see grants, both institutional and federal, as well as campus employment.

Scholarship Opportunities

Financing Options

Colby’s financial aid packages are designed to meet 100 percent of demonstrated financial need with grants and employment. There are families, however, who choose to borrow for out-of-pocket (family contribution) costs or who wish to spread out payments over a period of time.

Prospective students may review publicly available information about Colby on the College’s consumer information webpage.

Contact Information

Should you have questions about Colby’s financial aid process, please contact or 207-859-4830.

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