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The Colby Commitment

The Colby Commitment

Ensuring the most talented students from every background have access to the best possible education.

We’ve removed financial barriers. We’ve simplified the application process. We’ve enhanced the opportunities and support that lead to success in college and careers. And we have given every admitted student the chance to graduate without loans to repay.

Significant Financial Aid Awards

Significant Financial Aid Awards

We meet 100 percent of demonstrated financial need without student loans. Families earning less than $60,000 with assets typical of this range will have a parent or guardian contribution of $0. More than 90 percent of families earning $200,000 or less have qualified for financial assistance in recent years. Estimate your cost in five minutes using the MyinTuition calculator.

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Straightforward access

Straightforward Access

Applying to Colby is easy. There are no application fees to submit, supplements to complete, or additional essays to write. You can even self-report your standardized test scores (we’re test-flexible, requiring either the SAT, ACT, or two SAT Subject Tests). Each applicant is evaluated as an individual—within the context of his or her background.

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Funded Experiences

Here, you can pursue research, internships, and off-campus study around the world. Programs such as CAPS, Presidential Scholars, and Bunche Scholars provide the opportunity for funding these experiences. Additionally, our DavisConnects program guarantees access to at least one global experience for all students, regardless of their ability to pay.

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Support for Success

Support for Success

Colby invests in attracting talented students and in making certain that they receive the mentoring, resources, and opportunities to help ensure a lifelong success.

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The Colby Commitment

Nothing should come between the best and brightest and their ability to impact the world.

Financial Aid and Our Commitment to Access

Through the Colby Commitment, we pledge to meet 100 percent of each admitted student’s demonstrated financial need without loans. In recent years, more than 90 percent of families with an income of $200,000 or less have qualified for some form of financial assistance.

Starting in 2018, if your family has a total income of $60,000 or less and has assets typical of this income range, we’ve ensured they will have a parent or guardian contribution of $0.

The MyinTution calculator can help you estimate the amount of financial aid you’re likely to receive to attend Colby.

Our Partnerships

We work closely with leading college-access programs, groups, and organizations to help the nation’s brightest young scholars find their way to Colby.

Our People

From faculty mentors to career counselors to coaches and alumni, the people of Colby create a supportive atmosphere that deepens learning both within and beyond the classroom—while providing the advising, services, and opportunities students need to grow.

Jeff Katz

Jeff Katz

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF CHEMISTRY

“Participating in research is the best way to study science and has a synergistic effect on performance in class. I co-direct CAPS because I want all Colby students to succeed, and the program removes barriers and provides personal support to enable that success.”

C. Andrew McGadney

Vice President and Dean of Student Advancement

Vice President and Dean of Student Advancement Andy McGadney oversees DavisConnects—a new global liberal arts model that infuses the pursuit of knowledge with a set of integrated research, internship, and global experiences designed to enhance the academic experience and prepare students for life after Colby.


Karlene Burrell-McRae ’94

Dean of the College

Dean of the College Karlene Burrell-McRae works collaboratively with the president, senior officers, and faculty to provide leadership and promote the vision of a fully integrated student experience, combining the curricular and cocurricular dimensions of student life illuminating the connection between students’ intellectual and personal development.

Student and Alumni Success

DESIGN YOUR FUTURE.

A global experience is essential—and guaranteed—for every Colby student. Students should also experience a lively international culture on campus. DavisConnects attracts the finest students and faculty from around the planet and provides opportunities and experiences to educate the next generation of global leaders.

DESTINATIONS OF THE CLASS OF 2015 INCLUDE

Fortune 500 companies, global nonprofits, and leading firms that recruit on-campus. Within six months of graduation, 95 percent of the Class of 2016 were either employed or in graduate or professional school.

DEDICATED PRE-HEALTH AND PRE-LAW ADVISORS

A host of resources (including internships and job shadowing) help students thrive in application processes while maintaining the flexibility to enhance their medical or law practice by pursuing a broad liberal arts education. Colby’s five-year medical school acceptance rate is nearly double the national average. During the 2016 cycle, 100 percent of applicants were admitted to law school, into 15 of the country’s top 20 programs.

What Students Are Saying

Maria Ennamorati

CLASS OF 2016

NORTH CONWAY, NH

Juvenal Lopez

CLASS OF 2017

LOS ANGELES, CA

Jamaal Grant

CLASS OF 2016

MILTON, MA

Bonnie Maldonado

CLASS OF 2016

BRONX, NY

Fen Bowen

CLASS OF 2017

GAINESVILLE, FL

Joebelle Bonete

CLASS OF 2018

MAKAWAO, HI

Thomas Gregston

CLASS OF 2016

NORTH CONWAY, NH

Briana Guillory

CLASS OF 2016

LAS VEGAS, NV

Muheb Esmat

CLASS OF 2017

KABUL, AFGHANISTAN

Our Promise

Colby has a deep and longstanding commitment to our home state of Maine. Our admissions team provides college access workshops and enrichment opportunities for interested counselors statewide, and we offer travel grants for Maine community-based organizations to visit our campus.

COLLEGE ESSAY WRITING SEMINARS

COMMUNITY-BASED ORGANIZATION TRAVEL GRANT PROGRAM

FINANCIAL AID COURSES

LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION WORKSHOPS

INTERVIEW SKILLS SESSIONS

PATHWAYS TO COLLEGE COURSES

For more information about the above opportunities, contact us.

About Colby

One of the nation’s premier liberal arts colleges, Colby offers 58 majors and 35 minors, world-class teaching, and outstanding opportunities for research, internships, and global experiences. Located on 714 gorgeous acres in Waterville, Maine, Colby is home to 2,000 of the world’s brightest undergraduates.