New programs and partnerships and increasing excellence in existing areas of strength have made Colby a sought-after liberal arts college among high-achieving students.

This year Colby received 12,313 applications—a 10-percent increase over last year. From that cohort, the College has admitted 1,602 students who represent 923 high schools, 67 countries, and 47 states. Among those who submitted class rank, approximately 90 percent are projected to graduate in the top 10 percent of their high school class. The median SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing score is 730, and the median SAT Math is 760. The median ACT score is 33.

Applicants for the Class of 2022 expressed interest in the Lunder Institute for American Art; DavisConnects, which facilitates internships, research opportunities, and global experiences; new, interdisciplinary academic programs such as computational biology and environmental humanities; and new facilities for arts and innovation, athletics, and residential life in downtown Waterville.

“In the past few years we have focused on ensuring talented students from around the world are aware of Colby’s extraordinary programs and that this education is open to the most deserving students regardless of their means,” said Vice President and Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid Matthew T. Proto. “It is gratifying to offer admission to this remarkable group and to know our increased investment in financial aid ensures access to the rigorous academic experience Colby provides.”

The Class of 2022 will be the first to benefit from the College’s new financial aid policy announced last December. Families with a total household income of $60,000 or less and typical assets may expect a parent or guardian contribution of $0. Colby’s innovative DavisConnects program guarantees students will have access to global experiences regardless of their financial means, and the Colby Commitment ensures that all admitted students have their full demonstrated financial need met using grants, not student loans.

Admitted students must inform colleges and universities of their choice by May 1.

“We are looking forward to seeing many of these students during the Admitted Students Program, April 19-21,” said Associate Dean and Director of Admissions Randi Arsenault. “We expect more than 400 students will join us for the program, where they’ll have the opportunity to attend classes, meet faculty, staff, and students, and fully engage in the student experience on Mayflower Hill.”