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The Colby Commitment

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

We’ve removed financial barriers, simplified the application process, and 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

We meet 100 percent of demonstrated financial need without student loans. Families earning less than $65,000 with assets typical of this range will have a parent or guardian contribution of $0. Families earning up to $150,000 with assets typical of this range will have a parent or guardian contribution of no more than $15,000. Estimate your cost in 90 seconds using the MyinTuition calculator.

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Straightforward Access

Applying to Colby is easy. There are no application fees to submit, supplements to complete, or additional essays to write. As a test optional institution, you can choose whether or not you submit your standardized test scores with your application (and if you do, you may self-report your results). 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

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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Our Commitment to Access

Through the Colby Commitment, we pledge to meet 100 percent of each admitted student’s demonstrated financial need without loans. More than 95 percent of families with an income of $200,000 or less qualify for financial aid.*

If your family has a total income of $65,000 or less and has assets typical of this income range, we’ve ensured they will have a parent or guardian contribution of $0.

For families earning up to $150,000 with assets typical of that range, your parent or guardian contribution will be capped at $15,000 — which may make Colby cost less for you than any other four-year college or university.

*As of July 1, 2021.

Financial Aid

Colby College is more affordable than you think. Use the MyinTuition calculator to estimate your college cost in 90 seconds.

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.

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 2020 INCLUDE

Fortune 500 companies, global nonprofits, and leading firms that recruit on-campus. Within six months of graduation, 94 percent of the Class of 2020 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.

Our Maine Commitment

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.