Admission of Colby’s Class of 2019 is off to a very strong start after a record number of Early Decision I applications and an increase in the overall academic quality in this year’s ED I applicant pool.

Colby saw a 22-percent increase in ED I applications, with a total of 373 submitted—the largest ED I pool in the College’s history. For the 188 admitted students, cumulative SAT Reasoning Test scores increased 10 points over last year’s ED I group and 30 points over the Class of 2017 group.

“The number of applications this year was impressive, but I was even more pleased to see such a diverse, academically strong ED I pool,” said Steve Saunders, interim vice president and dean of admissions and financial aid. “The overall quality of the applicants made the selection process especially difficult, but we are delighted with the way that the Colby Class of 2019 is beginning to take shape.”

Students admitted to Colby ED I this year come from 26 states, with 50 percent hailing from outside of New England. Nineteen percent are from ethnically diverse backgrounds, and the gender breakdown is 52 percent male and 48 percent female.

The ED I program requires applicants to submit all materials by Nov. 15, a month and a half before Regular Decision applications are due, and to sign a commitment that Colby is their first-choice institution and that they will enroll if admitted. Decisions are sent to ED I applicants by Dec. 15.

 

Meet Some of the First Members of the Class of 2019

 

Fatimah AliAli, Fatimah
Richmond, Texas | Carnegie Vanguard High School

What are your academic interests?
I am interested in majoring in either psychology or physics with a concentration in astronomy. However, I have a wide array of interests that range from religious studies to computer science, and I cannot wait to explore them all at Colby.

What are your cocurricular/extracurricular interests?
I am very interested in everything that is close to nature, from skiing to mountain climbing, so I will definitely be joining the Colby Outing Club. I absolutely love interfaith dialogue and learning about other people’s beliefs and values and what makes them different.

What are you most looking forward to at Colby?
I am looking forward to Colby’s Jan Plan the most! I love the idea that every year I will have one month where I can focus on discovering something new.

 

Keenan BoscoeBoscoe, Keenan
Albany, N.Y. | Albany Academies

When did you know Colby was your top choice?
Colby was the top choice for me upon seeing the art museum. The wide variety and absolutely massive scale of the museum’s collection blew me away, and I literally became lost as I wandered through the exhibits. The sheer amount of work from famous artists astounded me.

What are your academic interests?
My favorite subjects are English, history, and art. Storytelling and world-building are an absolute part of who I am. Through words, either fiction or nonfiction, English and history build places in our minds, and that really intrigues me. Art is a form of storytelling for me as well. I enjoy having a wealth of knowledge, just with a lean toward the humanities.

What are your cocurricular/extracurricular interests?
I really enjoy being outside, and I am part of my school’s varsity cross-country and track program. I am a member of my school’s Latin Certamin club, which is essentially Jeopardy! but within the subject of Latin. I have also found passion in making children’s books. I have self-published three books over the course of high school, with one I am building currently.

 

Sarra BridgesBridges, Sarra
Bucksport, Maine | Bucksport High School

What are your academic interests?
I am interested in majoring in biology with a specific interest in neuroscience and genetics.

What are your cocurricular/extracurricular interests?
I am interested in participating in an a cappella group and learning to play the guitar. I have also considered taking up dance.

Is there anything else you want us to know about you?
I achieved the status of first-degree black belt at age 10 and second degree at age 13. I received a scholarship to participate in the Hancock County Medical Mission trip to the Dominican Republic for two weeks in February. They provide medical care for people who would not receive it otherwise. I will serve as a Spanish translator and general helper.

 

Gerardo DíazDiaz, Gerardo
Puebla, Mexico | Puebla Christian School

When did you know Colby was your top choice?
It was a September evening. I had been considering other, larger universities, but right then I realized that what I really wanted was to be a part of a smaller, tighter community without giving up great academics. That was when I decided that Colby was the best fit for me.

What are your cocurricular/extracurricular interests?
I am interested in joining a religious group as well as running track, and I have also wanted to be in a rock or punk band for a long time.

Is there anything else you want us to know about you?
Unique fact: The one thing I am really, really going to miss about Mexico is eating out at some shady taco place at 10 p.m., not knowing what exactly is in my tacos, standing on the sidewalk while I eat, feeling stray dogs bump against my legs, and loving every second of it.

 

Rachel LeonardLeonard, Rachel
Exeter, N.H. | Exeter High School

When did you know Colby was your top choice?
I was able to stay overnight at Colby in September, and my experience was incredibly positive. Everyone was so friendly and welcoming, and I was able to look back on my visit and realize that Colby was the best fit for me.

What are your academic interests?
I love reading and writing, so I’ve always been interested in English. I also really enjoy Spanish, and I’m hoping to study abroad. This year I’m taking a psychology class and would love to take some more classes in that area.

What are your cocurricular/extracurricular interests?
I volunteer for Special Olympics as a peer coach for the bowling team in the fall and the track team in the spring, which has been so fun the past few years.

 

Claire MepyansMepyans, Claire
Fairfield, Conn. | Fairfield Ludlowe High School

When did you know Colby was your top choice?
I knew Colby was the right college for me when I went on a tour and my tour guide, Khet, saw her friend asleep in one of the labs. We knocked on the door to wake him up and laughed together about the situation. I realized the people at Colby stand out from any other college. They strive for success themselves, but additionally they want to see their friends succeed. I was confident that Colby contained a strong academic environment but with a unique noncompetitive atmosphere.

What are your academic interests?
I would love to major in either biology or biochemistry with a minor in neuroscience. I’m very interested in how our bodies and minds work. Just thinking about all of the small things that occur within ourselves every second amazes me.

What are your cocurricular/extracurricular interests?
Last year I became involved in a tutoring program for children of low-income families. I loved playing with the children and helping with their homework. But more importantly, I enjoyed developing strong bonds with them. At Colby I would love to join the program that allows Colby students to tutor children in local schools.

 

Henry OlivaOliva, Henry
Yarmouth, Maine | Yarmouth High School

When did you know Colby was your top choice?
Last February my mom and I went to campus for my first-ever college visit. The day was amazingly clear and Mayflower Hill looked stunning. The tour guide was great, and all the students looked genuinely happy. I knew from that moment that Colby was right for me.

What are your cocurricular/extracurricular interests?
My favorite thing to do in my off time is play piano and sing. My twin, Joe [see profile below], and I play together all the time. Although we mostly cover songs, recently I’ve been getting more into writing my own music. In terms of sports, I play lacrosse whenever I can.

What are you most looking forward to at Colby?
I’m most looking forward to opening new doors for myself at Colby. Whether that be through my area of study or in making new friends, I’m really excited to see what opportunities life at Colby has to offer me. I feel like Mayflower Hill is in the perfect spot as well, somewhere between wilderness and metropolis.

 

Joseph OlivaOliva, Joseph_cropped
Yarmouth, Maine | Yarmouth High School

What are your academic interests?
I’m super interested in environmental sciences and policy. Growing up in Maine, I’ve come to understand that the environment is something we have to take care of and cherish. Mother Earth is home to us all, and we need to protect it.

What are your cocurricular/extracurricular interests?
I love playing music with my brother, Henry [see profile above]. It’s something that we both find great joy and comfort in. I also really enjoy being outside and running around doing whatever the seasons allow me to do.

Is there anything else you want us to know about you?
There’s nothing I’m more proud of than the family I come from. No band of people has exhibited the work ethic or loving culture like they have. They’ve taught me that with enough hard work, I can do great things.

 

Kwaku “KK” OwusuOwusu, Kwaku
Newtown, Pa. | George School

Why did you choose to apply Early Decision I to Colby?
I chose to apply ED I to Colby because I wanted an environment that was focused on rigorous academics that would make us grow and a place where intelligent individuals came together to build a community.

What are your academic interests?
I’m really interested in history and economics.

What are your cocurricular/extracurricular interests?
Right now I’m a prefect for male sophomore boarders at George School, and back home in Ghana I did community service that really changed my perspective on how people from different societies live.