After receiving a record number of applications for the Class of 2016, Colby saw a 3-percent increase in the number of admitted students accepting the College’s offer of admission than last year—about 45 more students. This puts Colby in a strong position to meet its target of 485 students with a small number being taken from the wait list.

Qualifications of matriculating students are as strong as ever. Almost twice as many as last year accepted Colby’s offer to enter with distinction as William D. Adams Presidential Scholars—10 percent of the Class of 2016 as of May 1. Standardized test scores for the entire class are on par with the last five years.

The Class of 2016 will also be a diverse one. About 15 percent of the class is international, and about 19 percent of the students identify as African American, Asian American, Hispanic, or multiracial.

One reason for the jump in students who accepted Colby’s offer, says Associate Director of Admissions and Financial Aid Hung Bui ’94, is the increased involvement of faculty in the admissions process. Professors attended dinners, went to open houses, and reached out to accepted students individually.

One incoming student said the reason she chose Colby over a strong competitor was the sense of community. “From the moment I stepped onto campus until the time I left, I never experienced anything but positive interactions with everyone…,” she wrote in an e-mail. “The professors were engaging and shared much of their time with me. When it came to making my final decision, I realized that, although either school could offer me an exemplary education, only Colby could offer me an environment that felt like home.”