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First-Year Applicants
International Applicants
Undocumented/DACA Applicants
QuestBridge Applicants
Transfer Applicants

First-Year Applicants

Each year Colby admissions counselors read thousands of applications to enroll a class of 500 students. Your application is what will set you apart from other applicants. Tell us what interests you. Share your accomplishments and what you’ve learned along the way. Emphasize your dedication to both academic and extracurricular activities. Tell us your story. Don’t let worry about costs keep you from applying. Our financial aid packages meet 100 percent of your demonstrated financial need, making this education available to students from every background.

If you’re 100 percent sure that Colby is for you, consider applying Early Decision. We’ll give you our decision quickly, but if you are admitted, we expect you to withdraw all other applications. If you’re still weighing your options, Regular Decision applications are due January 1, and we’ll let you know our decision by April 1.

  • Completed Application for Admission: Colby accepts the Common Application, Coalition Application, or QuestBridge Application.
  • Academic Records: We require your high school transcript, a completed secondary school report from a school official, one counselor recommendation, and two teacher recommendations.
    • Planning ahead is always a good idea, so when you’re mapping out your class schedule, make sure to include the most rigorous college-prep courses your high school offers. And, of course, we want to see a minimum of 20 core academic units, including:
      • Four years of English
      • Three years of a single world language (scoring a 640+ on a foreign language SAT Subject Test or receiving a score of a 4+ on an AP foreign language exam or scoring a 6+ on an International Baccalaureate foreign language exam will also satisfy the foreign language requirement)
      • Three years of mathematics
      • Two years of laboratory science
      • Two years of history or social science
      • Two years of other college prep electives
  • Early Decision Agreement Form (required for Early Decision applicants only)
  • Optional Application Materials
    • Standardized test score results
      • Colby is a test optional institution. Students may choose whether or not to submit standardized test scores with their application for admission.  Self-reported SAT, ACT, and Subject Test scores are permitted.  The College will accept standardized test scores submitted through one of the following means: (i) scores included on the Common Application, Coalition Application, or QuestBridge Application; (ii) scores sent to the admissions office via a PDF score report or from the testing agency; and/or (iii) scores submitted through the optional update form.  We superscore all exams, including the ACT, and will accept and include the individual section retest results as part of the superscore. Admitted students who submit test scores as part of their application will be required to provide official score reports prior to enrollment.
    • Additional recommendation letters
    • Arts Supplements, including art, music, creative writing, and performing arts materials, may be uploaded after an application has been submitted.
    • InitialView Elevator Pitch
    • If you filed your application early in the fall and would like to provide new information or accomplishments, please email us at [email protected].

Colby conducts routine audits of select applications to confirm the accuracy of the information submitted as part of the application process. By submitting an application to Colby, applicants grant consent to Colby to contact individuals, schools, and other organizations identified in applications for the purpose of these audits. The submission of materially false of misleading information in an application is grounds for Colby to deny or revoke admission.

RoundsAdmissions
Deadline
Financial Aid
Deadline
Additional/Optional
Materials Due
Decisions
Released
Early Decision INov. 15Nov. 15Dec. 1On or before Dec. 15
Spring TransferNov. 15Nov. 15Nov. 15On or before Dec. 15
Early Decision IIJan. 1Jan. 1Jan. 15On or before Feb. 15
Regular DecisionJan. 1Jan. 15Jan. 15On or before April 1
Fall TransferApril 1April 1April 15On or before May 15

The Common ApplicationCoalition for Access, Affordability, and SuccessQuestBridge

Early Decision Conversion: If you have filed your regular decision application prior to the deadlines of November 15 or January 1, you can convert your application to Early Decision by submitting a signed Early Decision Agreement by December 1 in the case of EDI, or by February 1 in the case of EDII.

Deferral Policy: Students admitted to Colby may request to defer their matriculation.

NESCAC Statement of Common Admissions Practices: Guidelines and factors in admissions decisions for prospective student athletes.

FAQ for First-Year Applicants
Colby Nondiscrimination Policy

Colby is a member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) and has endorsed the principles contained in the association’s Statement of Principles of Good Practice (SPGP).

Colby aid packages contain grants and work-study aid—but not loans. While our admissions process is need-aware, we’ll meet 100 percent of your demonstrated financial need if you are admitted. More than 90 percent of families with a total income of $200,000 or less have qualified for some form of financial assistance in recent years, and families with a total income of less than $65,000 and assets typical of this income range will have a parent or guardian contribution of $0.

2021-22 Annual Comprehensive Fee
(tuition, room, board, and general fee):
$75,000
Other expenses (books/personal expenses):$1,700
Travel allowancevariable
Total Cost of Attendance$76,700
+ travel
Submitted by:Early Decision IEarly Decision IIRegular Decision
College Board CSS ProfileNov. 15Jan. 1Jan. 15
FAFSANov. 15Jan. 1Jan. 15
2019 U.S. federal income
tax returns and W-2
(parents and student;
all pages and schedules)
Nov. 15Jan. 1Jan. 15
    • We carefully consider every student’s financial aid application for financial assistance. Through specific calculations, we measure your family’s financial strength, and if you’re deemed eligible for aid, your award will be tailored to meet 100 percent of your determined need.
    • Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is the combination of expected parent contribution, student earnings and benefits, and a portion of student assets as well as other available resources (i.e. gifts from relatives or tuition benefits from a parent’s employer). Colby believes all students should contribute financially to their education costs, including an expectation of at least $1,650 from summer earnings and assets, as well as $1,800 from academic year employment. If parents are separated or divorced, the College may include an expected contribution from the noncustodial parent. Our calculation involves both federal and institutional methodologies and considers a number of factors affecting your family’s ability to contribute to the cost of your education, including:
      • Family financial strength
      • Current-year income (taxable and untaxed)
      • Family size
      • Parents’ ages
      • Emergency and medical expenses
      • Asset strength
      • Number of family members in college and actual cost at each undergraduate institution

      Total Cost of Attendance – EFC = Aid Eligibility

    • At Colby, eligibility for financial aid is based solely on relative financial strength; merit scholarships (based on academic achievement, athletic or other talents) are not available from the College.
    • Aid recipients must reapply for financial aid each year. Aid may increase or decrease with changes in family circumstances and in the College’s costs.
    • Students who do not apply for financial aid prior to admission will not be considered for College grant assistance until their junior year, unless their family financial circumstances change unexpectedly.

Please know we anticipate the comprehensive fee will most likely increase 1 to 2 percent above inflation each year. Regardless of this increase we will meet 100% of your demonstrated need without student loans.

Colby College is more affordable than you think. Use the MyinTuition calculator to estimate your college costs in just five minutes.

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Want to know what you might expect from your Colby aid package? Our net price calculator uses your family’s financial information to give you a sense of what your family would contribute toward your Colby education.

Net Price Calculator

Colby aid packages contain grants and work-study aid—but not loans. When you get your aid package you may see grants, both institutional and federal, as well as campus employment.

      • Grants: The College awards over $30 million in grant assistance annually. Grants do not have to be repaid and are available from a variety of sources including federal and state governments, other outside agencies, and the College’s own funds. Eligible aid recipients are automatically considered for grants. Federal Grants including Pell Grants and Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (FSEOG) are offered to students who submit completed financial aid applications to the College and demonstrate federal grant eligibility.
      • Campus Employment: There are hundreds of student job opportunities available, and we can often match student interest with specific openings across campus. Even if you don’t receive financial aid, you can earn up to $1,800 per year by working on campus. If you do receive aid, you may work up to 12 hours each week and earnings are often used to cover personal expenses.

Scholarship Opportunities

      • National Merit Scholarships: National Merit Scholars who receive financial aid will receive an annual recognition award of $1,000. Scholars who do not receive financial aid will receive an annual recognition award of $500. If you are a National Merit Scholarship Finalist, report Colby College as your first-choice school to the National Merit Corporation to ensure you receive the award.
      •  Yellow Ribbon Program: As a Yellow Ribbon school, Colby seeks to enroll veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces and veterans’ eligible dependents. The Yellow Ribbon Program is an agreement between colleges and universities and the Veterans Administration in which higher education institutions help cover the cost of tuition and fees in excess of the amounts payable under the Post – 9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008. First-year students receiving Veterans Administration benefits should refer to their Colby Memorandum of Understanding for information regarding major declaration.

Colby’s financial aid packages are designed to meet 100 percent of demonstrated financial need with grants and employment. There are families, however, who choose to borrow for out-of-pocket (family contribution) costs or who wish to spread out payments over a period of time.

      • Supplementing with Outside Scholarships: There are thousands of outside scholarship opportunities available, and we encourage you to apply for as many as you can. Check with your college counselor for local scholarships and online for national scholarships for which you may be eligible.
      • Supplementing with Federal Loans: Students and parents may choose to borrow money through federal loan programs to cover education expenses. A number of loan choices are available, including Federal Perkins Loans and Direct Loans (subsidized, unsubsidized, and PLUS)
      • Supplementing with Private Loans: Private loans are available from lenders across the country. These loans allow parents to spread payments of college costs over 10 or more years. Interest rates and repayment terms vary.
      • College Payment Plan: Colby offers a Fall 4 month payment plan and a Spring 4 month payment plan. For more information visit colby.edu/sfs/tuition-payment-plan/.

Prospective students may review publicly available information about Colby on the College’s consumer information webpage.

Should you have questions about Colby’s financial aid process, please contact [email protected] or 207-859-4830.

International Applicants

The brightest scholars from more than 80 countries around the world choose Colby for the opportunity to gain a prestigious degree and make valuable connections at one of America’s finest colleges. Each year Colby admissions counselors read thousands of applications to enroll a class of about 500 students. Your application is what will set you apart from other applicants. Tell us what interests you. Share your accomplishments and what you’ve learned along the way. Emphasize your dedication to both academic and extracurricular activities. Tell us your story. Don’t let worry about costs keep you from applying. Our financial aid packages meet 100 percent of your demonstrated financial need, making this education available to students from every background.

If you’re 100 percent sure that Colby is for you, consider applying Early Decision. We’ll give you our decision quickly, but once we do, we expect you to withdraw all other applications. If you’re still weighing your options, Regular Decision applications are due January 1, and we’ll let you know our decision by April 1.

      • Completed Application for Admission: Colby accepts the Common Application, Coalition Application, or QuestBridge Application.
      • Academic Records: We require your high school transcript, a completed secondary school report from a school official, one counselor recommendation, and two teacher recommendations.
        • Planning ahead is always a good idea, so when you’re mapping out your class schedule, make sure to include the most rigorous college-prep courses your high school offers. And, of course, we want to see a minimum of 20 core academic units, including:
          • Four years of English
          • Three years of a single world language (scoring a 640+ on a foreign language SAT Subject Test or receiving a score of a 4+ on an AP foreign language exam or scoring a 6+ on an International Baccalaureate foreign language exam will also satisfy the foreign language requirement)
          • Three years of mathematics
          • Two years of laboratory science
          • Two years of history or social science
          • Two years of other college prep electives
      • Language Proficiency Exam Results: A score report of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), TOEFL Home Edition, International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or Duolingo English Test (DET) is also required if English is neither your first language nor your current language of instruction. You may self-report your scores when applying to Colby, either by reporting them on your application to Colby or sending a pdf copy of your score report via email ([email protected]) or fax (207-859-4828). As of August 1, 2019 we will super score the TOEFL and accept MyBest score.
      • Early Decision Agreement Form (required for Early Decision applicants only)
      • Optional Application Materials
        • Colby is a test optional institution. Students may choose whether or not to submit standardized test scores with their application for admission.  Self-reported SAT, ACT, and Subject Test scores are permitted.  The College will accept standardized test scores submitted through one of the following means: (i) scores included on the Common Application, Coalition Application, or QuestBridge Application; (ii) scores sent to the admissions office via a PDF score report or from the testing agency; and/or (iii) scores submitted through the optional update form. We superscore all exams, including the ACT, and will accept and include the individual section retest results as part of the superscore. Admitted students who submit test scores as part of their application will be required to provide official score reports prior to enrollment.
        • InitialView and Vericant Interviews.
        • Additional recommendation letters.
        • Arts Supplements, including art, music, creative writing, and performing arts materials, may be uploaded after an application has been submitted.
        • If you filed your application early in the fall and would like to provide new information or accomplishments, please email us at [email protected].

Colby conducts routine audits of select applications to confirm the accuracy of the information submitted as part of the application process.  By submitting an application to Colby, applicants grant consent to Colby to contact individuals, schools, and other organizations identified in applications for the purpose of these audits.  The submission of materially false or misleading information in an application is grounds for Colby to deny or revoke admission.  

RoundsAdmissions
Deadline
Financial Aid
Deadline
Additional/Optional
Materials Due
Decisions
Released
Early Decision INov. 15Nov. 15Dec. 1On or before Dec. 15
Spring TransferNov. 15Nov. 15Nov. 15On or before Dec. 15
Early Decision IIJan. 1Jan. 1Jan. 15On or before Feb. 15
Regular DecisionJan. 1Jan. 15Jan. 15On or before April 1
Fall TransferApril 1April 1April 15On or before May 15

The Common ApplicationCoalition for Access, Affordability, and Success

Early Decision Conversion: If you have filed your Regular Decision application prior to the deadlines of November 15 or January 1, you can convert your application to Early Decision by submitting a signed Early Decision Agreement by December 1 in the case of EDI, or by February 1 in the case of EDII.

Deferral Policy: Students admitted to Colby may request to defer their matriculation.
 
NESCAC Statement of Common Admissions Practices: Guidelines and factors in admissions decisions for prospective student athletes.

FAQ for International Applicants
Colby Nondiscrimination Policy

Colby is a member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) and has endorsed the principles contained in the association’s Statement of Principles of Good Practice (SPGP).


Colby meets 100 percent of demonstrated need for all admitted students, regardless of citizenship. Financial need is determined by each family’s unique financial circumstances.

      • College Board CSS Profile
        • Colby’s CSS code number is 3280. The CSS Profile is only required for determining eligibility for institutional funds.
        • If your parents are divorced, separated, or were never married, please submit the Noncustodial PROFILE.
        • Non-Custodial Parent Waiver Form

Please do not submit any additional financial aid documentation unless requested by the Admissions and Financial Aid team.

Submitted/postmarked by:Early Decision IEarly Decision IIRegular Decision
International College Board CSS Profile
Nov. 15Jan. 1Jan. 15

We carefully consider every student’s financial aid application. Through specific calculations we measure your family’s financial capacity, and your award will be tailored to meet 100 percent of your demonstrated need.

Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is the combination of expected parent contribution, student earnings and benefits, and a portion of student assets as well as other available resources (i.e. gifts from relatives or tuition benefits from a parent’s employer). Colby believes all students should contribute financially to their education costs, including an expectation of at least $1,650 from summer earnings and assets, as well as $1,800 from academic year employment. If parents are separated or divorced, the College may include an expected contribution from the noncustodial parent. Our calculation is based on institutional methodologies and considers a number of factors affecting your family’s ability to contribute to the cost of your education, including:

      • Family financial strength
      • Current-year income (taxable and untaxed)
      • Family size
      • Parents’ ages
      • Emergency and medical expenses
      • Asset strength
      • Number of family members in college and actual cost at each undergraduate institution

Total Cost of Attendance – EFC = Aid Eligibility

      • At Colby, eligibility for financial aid is based solely on relative financial strength; merit scholarships (based on academic achievement, athletic or other talents) are not available from the College.
      • While our admissions process is need-aware, we’ll meet 100 percent of your demonstrated financial need if you are admitted.
      • Aid recipients must reapply for financial aid each year. Aid may increase or decrease with changes in family circumstances and in the College’s costs.
      • Students who do not apply for financial aid prior to admission will not be considered for College grant assistance until their junior year, unless their family financial circumstances change unexpectedly.

Should you have questions about Colby’s financial aid process, please contact [email protected] or 207-859-4830.

Colby aid packages contain grants and work-study aid—but not loans. When you get your aid package you may see grants as well as campus employment.

      • Grants: The College awards nearly $38 million in grant assistance annually. Grants do not have to be repaid and are available from a variety of sources including outside agencies and the College’s own funds. Eligible aid recipients are automatically considered for grants.
      • Campus Employment: There are hundreds of student job opportunities available, and we can often match student interest with specific openings across campus. Even if you don’t receive financial aid, you can earn up to $1,850 per year by working on campus. If you do receive aid, you may work up to 12 hours each week during the academic year and earnings are often used to cover personal expenses.

Colby financial aid packages are designed to meet 100 percent of demonstrated financial need with grants and employment. There are families, however, who choose to borrow for out-of-pocket (family contribution) costs or who wish to spread out payments over a period of time.

      • Supplementing with Outside Scholarships: There are thousands of outside scholarship opportunities available, and we encourage you to apply for as many as you can. Check with your college counselor for local scholarships and online for national scholarships for which you may be eligible.
      • College Payment Plan: Colby offers a Fall 4 month payment plan and a Spring 4 month payment plan. For more information please visit colby.edu/sfs/tuition-payment-plan/. Please contact Cashnet to verify your eligibility at 800-635-0120, Monday through Friday, from 8am to 9pm EST.
      • Flywire: You may make payments from your home country using your national currency through Flywire.

Prospective students may review publicly available information about Colby on the College’s consumer information webpage.

Undocumented/DACA Applicants

Colby considers applications from all students regardless of citizenship or background. Each year our admissions counselors read thousands of applications to enroll a class of 500 students. Your application is what will set you apart from other applicants. Tell us what interests you. Share your accomplishments and what you’ve learned along the way. Emphasize your dedication to both academic and extracurricular activities. Tell us your story. Don’t let worry about costs keep you from applying. Our financial aid packages meet 100 percent of your demonstrated financial need, making this education available to students from every background.

If you’re 100 percent sure that Colby is for you, consider applying Early Decision. We’ll give you our decision quickly, but once we do, we expect you to withdraw all other applications. If you’re still weighing your options, Regular Decision applications are due January 1, and we’ll let you know our decision by April 1.

      • Completed Application for Admission: Colby accepts the Common Application, Coalition Application, or QuestBridge Application.
      • Academic Records: We require your high school transcript, a completed secondary school report from a school official, one counselor recommendation, and two teacher recommendations.
        • Planning ahead is always a good idea, so when you’re mapping out your class schedule, make sure to include the most rigorous college-prep courses your high school offers. And, of course, we want to see a minimum of 20 core academic units, including:
          • Four years of English
          • Three years of a single world language (scoring a 640+ on a foreign language SAT Subject Test or receiving a score of a 4+ on an AP foreign language exam or scoring a 6+ on an International Baccalaureate foreign language exam will also satisfy the foreign language requirement)
          • Three years of mathematics
          • Two years of laboratory science
          • Two years of history or social science
          • Two years of other college prep electives
      • Language Proficiency Exam Results: A score report of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), TOEFL Home Edition, International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or Duolingo English Test (DET) is also required if English is neither your first language nor your current language of instruction. You may self-report your scores when applying to Colby, either by reporting them on your application to Colby or sending a pdf copy of your score report via email ([email protected]) or fax (207-859-4828). As of August 1, 2019 we will super score the TOEFL and accept MyBest score.
      • Early Decision Agreement Form (required for Early Decision applicants only)
      • Optional Application Materials
        • Colby is a test optional institution. Students may choose whether or not to submit standardized test scores with their application for admission.  Self-reported SAT, ACT, and Subject Test scores are permitted.  The College will accept standardized test scores submitted through one of the following means: (i) scores included on the Common Application, Coalition Application, or QuestBridge Application; (ii) scores sent to the admissions office via a PDF score report or from the testing agency; and/or (iii) scores submitted through the optional update form. We superscore all exams, including the ACT, and will accept and include the individual section retest results as part of the superscore. Admitted students who submit test scores as part of their application will be required to provide official score reports prior to enrollment.
        • Additional recommendation letters.
        • Arts Supplements, including art, music, creative writing, and performing arts materials, may be uploaded after an application has been submitted.
        • If you filed your application early in the fall and would like to provide new information or accomplishments, please email us at [email protected].

Colby conducts routine audits of select applications to confirm the accuracy of the information submitted as part of the application process.  By submitting an application to Colby, applicants grant consent to Colby to contact individuals, schools, and other organizations identified in applications for the purpose of these audits.  The submission of materially false or misleading information in an application is grounds for Colby to deny or revoke admission.  

Application Dates and Deadlines

RoundsAdmissions
Deadline
Financial Aid
Deadline
Additional/Optional
Materials Due
Decisions
Released
Early Decision INov. 15Nov. 15Dec. 1On or before Dec. 15
Spring TransferNov. 15Nov. 15Nov. 15On or before Dec. 15
Early Decision IIJan. 1Jan. 1Jan. 15On or before Feb. 15
Regular DecisionJan. 1Jan. 15Jan. 15On or before April 1
Fall TransferApril 1April 1April 15On or before May 15

The Common ApplicationCoalition for Access, Affordability, and SuccessQuestBridge

Early Decision Conversion: If you have filed your regular decision application prior to the deadlines of November 15 or January 1, you can convert your application to Early Decision by submitting a signed Early Decision Agreement by December 1 in the case of EDI, or by February 1 in the case of EDII.

Colby is a member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) and has endorsed the principles contained in the association’s Statement of Principles of Good Practice (SPGP).

Financial Aid Information

Colby meets 100 percent of the demonstrated need of all admitted students, for all four years, regardless of citizenship. Financial need is determined by each family’s financial circumstances. Applicants receiving need-based aid may also be eligible for assistance with travel expenses.

Submitted/postmarked by:Early Decision IEarly Decision IIRegular Decision
International College Board CSS Profile
Nov. 15Jan. 1Jan. 15

We carefully consider every student’s financial aid application for financial assistance. Through specific calculations, we measure your family’s financial strength, and if you’re deemed eligible for aid, your award will be tailored to meet 100 percent of your determined need.

Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is the combination of expected parent contribution, student earnings and benefits, and a portion of student assets as well as other available resources (i.e. gifts from relatives or tuition benefits from a parent’s employer). Colby believes all students should contribute financially to their education costs, including an expectation of at least $1,650 from summer earnings and assets, as well as $1,800 from academic year employment. If parents are separated or divorced, the College may include an expected contribution from the noncustodial parent. Our calculation involves both federal and institutional methodologies and considers a number of factors affecting your family’s ability to contribute to the cost of your education, including:

      • Family financial strength
      • Current-year income (taxable and untaxed)
      • Family size
      • Parents’ ages
      • Emergency and medical expenses
      • Asset strength
      • Number of family members in college and actual cost at each undergraduate institution

Total Cost of Attendance – EFC = Aid Eligibility

      • At Colby, eligibility for financial aid is based solely on relative financial strength; merit scholarships (based on academic achievement, athletic or other talents) are not available from the College.
      • Aid recipients must reapply for financial aid each year. Aid may increase or decrease with changes in family circumstances and in the College’s costs.
      • Students who do not apply for financial aid prior to admission will not be considered for College grant assistance until their junior year, unless their family financial circumstances change unexpectedly.

Contact Information

Should you have questions about Colby’s financial aid process, please contact [email protected] or 207-859-4830.

Want to know what you might expect from your Colby aid package? Our net price calculator uses your family’s financial information to give you a sense of what your family would contribute toward your Colby education.

Net Price Calculator

Colby aid packages contain grants and work-study aid—but not loans. When you get your aid package you may see grants, both institutional and federal, as well as campus employment.

      • Grants: The College awards nearly $38 million in grant assistance annually. Grants do not have to be repaid and are available from a variety of sources including federal and state governments, other outside agencies, and the College’s own funds. Eligible aid recipients are automatically considered for grants.
      • Campus Employment: Undocumented students with employment authorization may be able to find on and off-campus employment by speaking with our Student Financial Services Office.

Colby financial aid packages are designed to meet 100 percent of demonstrated financial need with grants and employment. There are families, however, who choose to borrow for out-of-pocket (family contribution) costs or who wish to spread out payments over a period of time.

Supplementing with Outside Scholarships: There are thousands of outside scholarship opportunities available, and we encourage you to apply for as many as you can. Check with your college counselor for local scholarships and online for national scholarships for which you may be eligible.

Prospective students may review publicly available information about Colby on the College’s consumer information webpage.

QuestBridge Applicants

Through our partnership with QuestBridge, Colby seeks to enroll students who have achieved academically despite financial hardship. By participating in the National College Match, we ensure the most talented students from all backgrounds have access to a Colby education. We meet 100 percent of each admitted student’s demonstrated financial need, and we do not include loans in our financial aid packages.

If you don’t match or elect not to match with Colby, we’re still committed to meeting 100 percent of your demonstrated financial need and providing the support and resources you need to access a world-class education. All you need to do is forward your QuestBridge application to Colby to be considered for admission in our Regular Decision round. To be considered for Early Decision I or II, also submit Colby’s Early Decision Agreement.

      • Early Decision I: Application materials due November 15, notification of our decision by January 1.
      • Early Decision II: Application materials due January 1, notification of our decision by February 15.
      • Regular Decision: Application materials due January 1, notification of our decision by April 1.

Start your Questbridge Application

Questions about your QuestBridge application or the National College Match? Contact Luis Toledo, Admissions Counselor, at [email protected] Should you have questions about Colby’s financial aid process, please contact the Office of Financial Aid at [email protected] or 207-859-4830.

NESCAC Statement of Common Admissions Practices
Colby Nondiscrimination Policy

Colby is a member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) and has endorsed the principles contained in the association’s Statement of Principles of Good Practice (SPGP).

Submitted/postmarked by:Early Decision IEarly Decision IIRegular Decision
College Board CSS ProfileNov. 15Jan. 1Jan. 15
FAFSANov. 15Jan. 1Jan. 15
2019 federal income
tax returns and W-2
(parents and student;
all pages and schedules)
Nov. 15Jan. 1Jan. 15

All applicants should submit the following documents for their financial aid application:

Transfer Applicants

Each semester we reserve a handful of spaces for incoming transfer students. But transfer admissions is a competitive process, so be sure to tell us the story behind your decision to continue your education at Colby.

For additional information, please contact
Meghan Grandolfo
Assistant Dean and Director of Enrollment Management
[email protected]
207-859-4813

If you’re considering transferring to Colby, make sure to apply before your sophomore or junior year in order to maximize your number of transfer credits. We accept up to 64 semester credit hours toward a degree as determined by the Colby Registrar.

      • Completed Common App
      • Transfer midterm report signed by your professors (if currently enrolled)
      • Official final high school transcript sent by your college counselor, principal, or headmaster
      • Academic evaluation completed by a full-time professor who has recently instructed you in college (not a teaching assistant)
      • Transfer College Report completed by the registrar or similar campus administrator who has access to your college records and can provide insight into your academic and social standing on campus
      • Current college transcript and all previous college transcripts (if applicable)
      • A score report of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), TOEFL Home Edition, International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or Duolingo English Test (DET) is also required if English is neither your first language nor your current language of instruction. You may self-report your scores when applying to Colby, either by reporting them on your application to Colby or sending a pdf copy of your score report via email ([email protected]) or fax (207-859-4828). As of August 1, 2019 we will super score the TOEFL and accept MyBest score.
      • Please note: Campus housing for transfer students is not guaranteed.

Colby conducts routine audits of select applications to confirm the accuracy of the information submitted as part of the application process.  By submitting an application to Colby, applicants grant consent to Colby to contact individuals, schools, and other organizations identified in applications for the purpose of these audits.  The submission of materially false or misleading information in an application is grounds for Colby to deny or revoke admission.  

Application Dates and Deadlines

 Application Submitted/PostmarkedComplete
Testing
Admission Decision and Financial Aid Offers MailedCandidate's Reply
Spring TransferNov. 15n/aOn or before Dec. 15Two Weeks After Admission
Fall TransferApr. 1n/aOn or before May 15Two Weeks After Admission

NESCAC Statement of Common Admissions Practices
Colby Nondiscrimination Policy

Colby is a member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) and has endorsed the principles contained in the association’s Statement of Principles of Good Practice (SPGP).

We encourage students from all financial backgrounds to apply for admission to Colby. Though transfer admission is highly competitive, if you are admitted and qualify for aid, we’ll meet 100 percent of your need as determined by the College. And you won’t see loans as a part of your financial aid package, because it’s our policy not to include them. Don’t let the cost of attending deter you from applying to Colby.

U.S. Transfer Applicants

Submitted/postmarked by:Transfer: SpringTransfer: Fall
FAFSA (U.S. Applicants only) Nov. 15Apr. 1
College Board CSS ProfileNov. 15Apr. 1
2020 federal income
tax returns and W-2
(parents and student;
all pages and schedules)
Nov. 15Apr. 1

 

Should you have questions about Colby’s financial aid process, please contact [email protected] or 207-859-4830.


Canadian Transfer Applicants

Submitted/postmarked by:Transfer: SpringTransfer: Fall
College Board CSS ProfileNov. 15Apr. 1
2020 tax forms (T1 and T4)
(parents and student; all pages)
Nov. 15Apr. 1

Should you have questions about Colby’s financial aid process, please contact [email protected] or 207-859-4830.


International Transfer Applicants

Submitted/postmarked by:Transfer: SpringTransfer: Fall
College Board CSS ProfileNov. 15Apr. 1
      • College Board CSS Profile
        • Colby’s CSS code number is 3280. The CSS Profile is only required for determining eligibility for institutional funds.
        • If your parents are divorced, separated, or were never married, please submit the Noncustodial PROFILE.
        • Non-Custodial Parent Waiver Form

Please do not submit any additional financial aid documentation unless requested by the Admissions and Financial Aid team.

Should you have questions about Colby’s financial aid process, please contact [email protected] or 207-859-4830.


 

Non-Discrimination

Colby College does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its education program activity and it is required by Title IX not to discriminate in such a manner. This requirement to not discriminate applies to prospects for admission. Inquiries about the application of Title IX may be referred to Colby’s Title IX Coordinator, or the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, or both, using the contact provided on Colby’s Sexual Violence Response and Prevention webpage.