High School Preparation
Planning ahead is always a good idea, so when you’re mapping out your class schedule over the next year or two, make sure to include the most rigorous college-prep courses your high school offers. And, of course, we want to see a minimum of 20 core academic units, including:
- Four years of English
- Three years of a single world language*
- Three years of mathematics
- Two years of laboratory science
- Two years of history or social science
- Two years of other college prep electives
*Scoring 640+ on a foreign language SAT Subject Test or receiving a score of a 4+ on an AP foreign language exam or scoring a 6+ on an International Baccalaureate foreign language exam will also satisfy the foreign language requirement.
In order to get into Colby, you’ll need to provide us with standardized test results. We use these scores as the standard measure when reviewing applications. If you take the test more than once, go ahead and send us all of your scores to ensure that we have your best performance on record. At a minimum we’ll need an official score report sent by the testing agency from one of the following tests:
- College Board SAT Reasoning Test or
- American College Test (ACT)* or
- SAT Subject Tests in three different subject areas
*If you’re only submitting the ACT, we recommend taking the writing test too
An official score report of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is required if English is neither your first language nor your current language of instruction. In general, applicants most competitive for admission score at least a 100 on the internet or 600 on the paper-based TOEFL exams, or a 7.0 on the IELTS.
Colby students are dedicated—both in and out of the classroom. Do you spend hours playing the flute, perfecting your fastball, or volunteering at the local homeless shelter? We want to know about it. So keep track of your activities and make sure to tell us about them in your application.