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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.

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.

Admissions Requirements

Like other highly selective liberal arts colleges, Colby requires all international applicants to have completed a pre-university course of study.

Application Dates and Deadlines

 Application Submitted/ PostmarkedComplete
Admission Decision and Financial Aid Offers MailedCandidate's Reply
Early Decision INov. 15Nov. 15Dec. 15Dec. 23
Early Decision IIJan. 1Jan. 1Feb. 10Feb. 24
Regular DecisionJan. 1Jan. 31March 17May 1
Spring TransferNov. 1n/aDec. 15Two weeks after admission
Fall TransferMar. 1n/aApril 15Two 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.

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

NESCAC Statement of Common Admissions Practices
Colby Nondiscrimination Policy

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

Financial Aid Deadlines

Submitted/postmarked by:Early Decision IEarly Decision IIRegular Decision
College Board CSS Profile
Nov. 15Jan. 1Feb. 1
International Student
Certification of Finances
Nov. 15Jan. 1Feb. 1
2015 national tax forms or
employer income statements
Nov. 15Jan. 1Feb. 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:

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.

Should you have questions about Colby’s financial aid process, please contact Senior Associate Dean and Director of Financial Aid Reo Campbell, or Associate Director of Financial Aid Jill Pierce, at or 207-859-4830.

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.

Scholarship Opportunities

Financing Options

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.

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

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