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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.

Application Materials

Application Dates and Deadlines

 Application Submitted/ PostmarkedComplete
Admission Decision and Financial Aid Offers ReleasedCandidate's Reply
Early Decision INov. 15Nov. 15On or before Dec. 15Dec. 29
Early Decision IIJan. 1Jan. 1On or before Feb. 15Mar. 1
Regular DecisionJan. 1Jan. 31On or before April 1May 1
Spring TransferNov. 1Nov. 15On or before Dec. 15Two weeks after admission
Fall TransferApril 1April 1On or before May 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 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).

Financial Aid Information

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. Applicants receiving need-based aid may also be eligible for assistance with summer living or travel expenses.

Financial Aid Application

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

Financial Aid Deadlines

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

Calculating your Expected Family Contribution

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). 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

Contact Information

Should you have questions about Colby’s financial aid process, please contact 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.

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.

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

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The Common ApplicationCoalition for Access, Affordability, and Success