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.
Early Decision or Regular Decision?
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.
Like other highly selective liberal arts colleges, Colby requires all international applicants to have completed a pre-university course of study.
- Required Application Materials:
- Common Application or Coalition for College Access, Affordability, and Success application
- Official record of secondary school work with all courses and grades including results from national examinations (as applicable, translated into English).
- Teacher Evaluation Forms completed by two of your current or recent teachers
- Standardized Tests:
In order for us to make an admission decision, you’ll need to provide us with standardized test results for either the SAT, ACT, or two SAT Subject Tests. We use these scores as part of our holistic application review. 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@example.com). Official scores will be required only for students choosing to enroll at Colby. We believe in transparency in the admissions process and encourage you to send us all of your standardized test scores. We will only consider the scores that put you in the most competitive position in our applicant pool.
- The new SAT: Colby accepts scores from both versions of the SAT. Please submit scores and the test date as they were reported to you by the College Board; you do not need to convert scores from the old SAT to reflect the new scale. We do not superscore results between the different versions of the test.
- An official score report of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is also required if English is neither your first language nor your current language of instruction. In general, our most competitive applicants score at least a 100 on the internet or 600 on the paper-based TOEFL exams, or a 7.0 on the IELTS.
- Early Decision Agreement Form (required for Early Decision applicants only)
- Optional Application Materials
Application Dates and Deadlines
|Application Submitted/ Postmarked||Complete|
|Admission Decision and Financial Aid Offers Mailed||Candidate's Reply|
|Early Decision I||Nov. 15||Nov. 15||Dec. 15||Dec. 23|
|Early Decision II||Jan. 1||Jan. 1||Feb. 10||Feb. 24|
|Regular Decision||Jan. 1||Jan. 31||April 1||May 1|
|Spring Transfer||Nov. 1||n/a||Dec. 15||Two Weeks After Admission|
|Fall Transfer||Mar. 1||n/a||April 15||Two Weeks After Admission|
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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 prior to December 1 for ED I or by January 30 for ED II.
FAQ for International Applicants
NESCAC Statement of Common Admissions Practices
Financial Aid Information
Colby meets 100 percent of the full demonstrated need of all admitted students, for all four years, regardless of citizenship—including more than $5 million to more than 100 international students in the 2014-2015 academic year. Financial need is determined by each family’s financial circumstances. Applicants receiving need-based aid may also be eligible for assistance with summer living or travel expenses.
Financial Aid Requirements
Documents may be sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- College Board CSS Profile. Colby’s CSS Code number is 3280.
- International Student Certification of Finances completed, signed, and returned directly to Colby.
- Parents’ national tax forms
- If tax forms are not used in your country please submit certifications (with translations) from parents’ employers itemizing all types of income, including wages and other kinds of remuneration and benefits to be received in 2015
- If either parent is self-employed, submit documents showing an itemization of income, business expenses, assets, and debts
- Early Decision Candidates Only: Please submit translated versions of parents’ and students’ 2015 income tax returns or employer income documentation by Nov. 15 for ED I and by Jan. 1 for ED II.
Financial Aid Deadlines
|Submitted/postmarked by:||Early Decision I||Early Decision II||Regular Decision|
|College Board CSS Profile ||Nov. 15||Jan. 1||Feb. 1|
|International Student |
Certification of Finances
|Nov. 15||Jan. 1||Feb. 1|
|2015 national tax forms or |
employer income statements
|Nov. 15||Jan. 1||Feb. 1|
Calculating your Expected Family Contribution
We carefully consider every student’s financial aid application for financial assistance. Through specific calculations, we measure your family’s financial capacity, and if you’re deemed eligible for aid, 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). 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.
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.
Types of Colby Aid
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 over $30 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.
- Presidential Scholars Program: Colby’s Presidential Scholars Program offers several benefits to the top students in each incoming class, including the opportunity to conduct research alongside world-class professors from the moment they arrive on campus, access to a pool of grants to design their own projects, and the chance to take part in other activities that challenge them to achieve at the highest levels. The Presidential Scholar designation is one of the only academic honors that Colby confers on students before they enroll, and the good news is, you don’t even have to apply. Every applicant to Colby is considered for the Presidential Scholars Program. Learn more.
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. The Office of Admissions and Financial Aid will send detailed information about payment plans and loan programs to each admitted student. To get more information prior to our admissions decision, please contact us.
- 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 10-month payment plan in addition to the standard semester plan.
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