Colby admission decisions are based on academic achievement, intellectual promise, excitement and interest in learning, character, and maturity. Your student is one of 1,830 talented and promising young men and women at a highly selective college. In 2009 more than 4,500 applications were received for approximately 485 places in the Class of 2013.
Colby’s academic program is rich, diverse, and rigorous. Students must meet several criteria to qualify for a Colby bachelor of arts degree. The following is a brief overview of some academic requirements and policies. For complete information and definitive answers to your questions, please refer to the current Colby College Catalogue.
The Colby Plan sets forth the College’s view of a liberal arts education. Its precepts (see The Colby Plan: Mission and Precepts) are offered as a guide for making thoughtful course choices, for measuring educational growth, and for planning for education beyond college. Students are urged to pursue these objectives not only in their course work but also through attending educational and cultural events, joining campus organizations and activities, and in service to others.