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Colby admits students as candidates for the degree of bachelor of arts. Admission is highly selective, and evaluation is based on data concerning academic achievement and ability, as well as qualities of intellectual promise, interest and excitement in learning, character, and maturity.
The College actively seeks applicants who have special qualities or talents to contribute to the Colby community, as well as those who represent diverse geographical, racial, religious, and economic backgrounds. Such candidates are expected to be within acceptable ranges of academic ability and preparation.
The quality of a candidate's preparation is judged by the academic record, references from school administrators and teachers, and results of tests administered by The College Board or by the American College Testing Program.
To ensure a common educational base, a minimum of 16 academic preparatory units is strongly recommended, including four years of English, at least three of a single foreign language, three of college preparatory mathematics, two of history or social studies, two of laboratory science, and two years of other college preparatory electives.
Colby supports the efforts of secondary school officials and governing bodies to have their schools achieve regional accredited status, in order to provide reliable assurance of the quality of the educational preparation of its applicants for admission.
Eighty-five percent of the members of the Class of 2000 graduated from Colby in four years. The six-year graduation rate of the Class of 1998 was 88 percent.
Interviews with alumni can be arranged for students who are unable to visit the campus and who would like additional personal contact and information about the College.
A list of motels near the campus is available from the Admissions Office. High school seniors who wish to spend a night on campus may do so through the Colby Host Program. The program operates five days a week (Sunday through Thursday) during selected months of the academic year. Requests for accommodations through the host program should be directed to the Admissions Office. Accommodations are limited to one night.
For those driving, Colby is located near exit 33 of I-95. Waterville also may be reached by bus, by air to nearby Augusta, or by airport limousine from the Portland Jetport or the Bangor International Airport.
Colby also recognizes the International Baccalaureate and offers advanced placement and credit based on individual Higher Level examination results as well as performance on the full IB Diploma program. At the discretion of individual academic departments, advanced placement and credit may be earned for scores of 6 and 7 on Higher Level examinations. Students may earn up to a full semester of standing in this manner. A full year of credit may be earned for an IB Diploma point total of 36 or better, assuming all examination scores are 5 or better.
Finally, students who receive an A or B (superior level) on A-levels or comparable scores on the Leaving Certificate (Ireland), the Arbitur (Germany), or the Baccalaureate (France) may be eligible for credit and advanced placement. Credits will be granted in consultation with the appropriate department and only after the student has shown satisfactory progress during his or her first semester at Colby.
Transfer Students and Veterans
Credits from accredited institutions are generally accepted for courses comparable to those offered at Colby in which grades of C or better are received. No more than 60 transferable semester credit hours may be applied toward a Colby degree.
Veterans may request advanced standing consideration for completion of service schools in advance of matriculation. Credit is not granted for military service or College Level Educational Program (CLEP) tests.
Not required but recommended is the hepatitis B immunization series. Discuss with a home health care provider the advisability of chicken pox and meningitis vaccines. Arrangements can be made through the Health Center to receive these non-required vaccines.
Maine state law requires that immunization records be complete, showing month, day, and year that immunizations were given, and that they include the signature and address of the health care provider; a valid copy of school immunization records or hospital/clinic records may also be acceptable. Details can be found in the Immunization Policy mailed to all students. If proof cannot be obtained, vaccines should be administered again by your health care provider before coming to Colby. Physical exams and immunization forms are expected to be completed by July 15.
All persons seeking to take courses for credit must present evidence that they are qualified to pursue the intended courses and must pay the established fee. A limited number of gifted Waterville-area secondary school students may be recommended by their schools to take a course. Adults from the immediate Waterville area who are not degree candidates may qualify to take courses at one half the usual fee or may audit courses at no charge.
Persons wishing to enroll as auditing students must also apply to the dean of admissions and are referred to the section žAuditing CoursesÓ on page 35.
Financial aid for international students is available in limited amounts. Applicants for financial aid should complete the Foreign Student's Financial Aid Application and Declaration Form, which, upon request, is sent with Colby admissions materials. All applications are due in the Admissions Office, with supporting documents, by January 15.
An associate dean of students is responsible for intercultural activities, and an assistant dean of students is responsible for international activities and serves as the adviser to international students on immigration matters. An intensive English Bridge Program during the fall semester serves conditionally admitted students whose TOEFL or other verbal scores are below Colby's minimum for acceptance. Individual English language tutoring is available to any international student at any time during the academic year.
Every effort is made to ensure that this information is correct. If you received conflicting information, have questions, or would like clarification, please contact the Office of Admissions at 207-872-3000.
Colby is a four-year, residential, liberal arts college in Waterville, Maine. Colby offers undergraduate courses during fall and spring semesters and grants bachelors of arts degrees.