From 9,833 applications—the largest and most competitive pool in its history—Colby has offered admission to 17.5 percent of applicants for the Class of 2020.

The academic profile of Colby’s admitted students continues to improve. Average standardized test scores for this admitted group exceed 1420 combined on the critical reading and math sections of the SAT and 32 on the ACT. Students from 48 states and 67 countries were offered admission.

The Class of 2020 will have access to the largest pool of financial aid funding in the College’s history. Colby allocated an additional $1.2 million in financial aid to the class, and Colby remains committed to its longstanding practice of meeting full demonstrated need with grants rather than loans in financial aid packages.

“The great demand for a Colby education is a reflection of the remarkable academic experience combined with the many opportunities Colby provides to connect the liberal arts to the world,” said Vice President and Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid Matt Proto. “This extraordinary group of admitted students is the most diverse and academically prepared in the College’s history.”

More than 400 of these admitted students came to campus April 17-19, when they heard from President David A. Greene, attended master classes with Colby faculty on topics ranging from Dante’s Inferno to global biodiversity, and made connections with current students. American political analyst Amy Walter ’91, currently national editor of the Cook Political Report and former political director of ABC News, discussed her journey to Colby and how her experiences on Mayflower Hill helped shape her professional path.