After logging a record 5,175 applications for admission to Colby’s Class of 2015—23 percent more applications than the previous year—the College yielded an incoming class that is as academically accomplished and as diverse as any.
 
Colby’s admit rate this year was 29 percent, the lowest ever, President William D. Adams told alumni June 4 at Reunion Weekend. Among students in the incoming class, 20 percent are from traditionally underrepresented groups not including first-generation college students.
 
Sixteen percent are international students, including dual citizens and permanent residents, and 13 percent are from Maine. Thirty-five states are represented, and 54 percent of the students come from outside New England, Adams said.
 
International recruiting was particularly strong. There are 42 countries outside of the United States represented—a record for any one class, eclipsing the previous high of 36 countries in the class admitted in 2003. Among incoming first-years are more than two dozen Davis United World College scholars coming from the secondary schools that make up United World College.
 
The incoming class includes 196 students—41 percent—receiving need-based grants that average $35,700 for a total financial aid commitment of some $7 million in just their first year, according to Adams.