By virtue of President David A. Greene’s commitment to recruiting more students and a decision by the Board of Trustees to budget more money for financial aid, Colby saw a 47-percent increase in applications this year. When he took office in July 2014, Greene stated that increasing applications was one of his top goals for the College. Colby hired four new admissions counselors, allowing for increased outreach nationwide. As a result, applications from the West, South, and Midwest increased by 70 percent and applications from first-generation college students increased by 53 percent.
This year’s applicant pool is the not only the largest, but also the most highly qualified and the most ethnically, racially, and geographically diverse in the College’s 202-year history. For more, see also this news story.