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First-Year Applicants

Admissions Requirements

  • Completed Application
    • 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.
  • 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 required if English is neither your first language nor your current language of instruction. We will accept the conversation aspect of the new TOEFL iTP as an optional submission. You may self-report your scores when applying to Colby, either by reporting them on your application or sending a pdf copy of your score report to [email protected]. 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 Admissions 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.
  • Arts Supplements, including art, music, creative writing, and performing arts materials, may be uploaded after an application has been submitted.
  • Additional letters of recommendation

Financial Aid Requirements

Application Dates and Deadlines

Financial Aid
Materials Due
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

Additional Information for Applicants

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.