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Colby College

Type of school: Private institution
Year founded: 1813
Affiliation: None
Academic calendar: 4-1-4
Undergraduate student body: 1,865
Environment: Urban
Endowment: $482,019,000
Admissions Address

4000 Mayflower Hill
Waterville, ME 04901-8840



Admissions E-mail



Selectivity: Most Selective
Send application by: January 1
Admissions Contact Information
Admissions director: Parker J. Beverage
Admissions office telephone: (800) 723-3032
Fall 2008 Admissions Deadlines Regular decision
Send application by: January 1
Decision sent by: April 1
Accept offer by: May 1
Early decision
Send application by: November 15
Decision sent by: December 15
Early action
Not offered Application fee: N/A
Is the fee refundable? No
Can fee be waived for students with financial need? Yes
Does school have a waiting list? Yes
Can admission be deferred? Yes
Accepted application formats:
Applications on floppy disks: Yes
Applications via E-mail: Yes
Electronic application:
http://www.colby.edu/admissions Tuition deposit: $300 (Nonrefundable)
Room deposit: N/A
Admissions Requirements
High school completion requirement: High school diploma or equivalent is not required
General college-preparatory program: Recommended
Distribution of high school units required and/or recommended*
  Units Required Units Recommended
English 4 4
Mathematics 3 3
Science 2 2
Lab 2 2
Foreign language 3 3
Social studies 2 2
History 0 0
Academic electives 2 2
Total academic units 16 16

*One unit equals one year of study or its equivalent.
Campus visit: Recommended
Admissions interview: Recommended
Off-campus interview: May be arranged
Does the college use SAT or ACT scores in admissions decisions for first-time, first-year applicants? Yes
SAT/ACT requirements: Either SAT or ACT required.
SAT/ACT scores must be received by: March 1
Tests accepted for Fall 2008 entering class: ACT with writing, ACT without writing
SAT Subject Test scores must be received by: March 1
Open admission policy? No
What is the relative importance of specific academic factors in admission decisions?
Rigor of secondary school record: Very important
Class rank: Important
Academic GPA: Important
Standardized test scores: Important
Application essay: Important
Recommendation: Important
What is the relative importance of specific nonacademic factors in admission decisions?
Interview: Important
Extracurricular activities: Important
Talent/ability: Important
Character/personal qualities: Very important
First generation: Considered
Alumni/ae relation: Considered
Geographical residence: Considered
State residency: Considered
Religious affiliation/commitment: Not considered
Racial/ethnic status: Important
Volunteer work: Considered
Work experience: Considered
Level of applicant's interest: Considered
2006-2007 Admissions Statistics
Selectivity: Most Selective
Overall acceptance rate: 33%
Early-decision acceptance rate: 47%
Early-action acceptance rate: N/A
Acceptance rate (excluding early-action and early-decision students): 32%
Total applicants: 4,242
Total acceptances: 1,411
Total freshman enrollment: 475
Proportion of freshman enrolled from early action and early decision: 43%
Male applicants: 2,006
Male acceptances: 614
Male freshman enrollment: 218
Female applicants: 2,236
Female acceptances: 797
Female freshman enrollment: 257
Out-of-state freshmen: 91%
Qualified applicants offered a place on waiting list: 748
Applicants accepting a place on waiting list: 373
Students enrolled from waiting list: 41

 2006-2007 Freshman Class Profile
Top 10 percent of high school class: 63%
Top 25 percent of high school class: 88%
Top 50 percent of high school class: 98%
First-year students submitting high school class standing: 53%
Average high school GPA: N/A
First-year students submitting GPA: N/A
First-year students submitting SAT scores: 77%
SAT scores (25/75 percentile):
Critical Reading: 630 – 720
Math: 640 – 720
Combined: 1270 – 1440

 Percent of first-time, first-year students enrolled in Fall 2006 with scores in each range:
  SAT Critical Reading SAT Math
700-800 34.3% 38.5%
600-699 51.4% 52.5%
500-599 11.3% 8.8%
400-499 3.0% 0.3%
300-399 0.0% 0.0%
200-299 0.0% 0.0%

First-year students submitting ACT scores: 32%
ACT scores (25/75 percentile):
English: 26 – 31
Math: 26 – 32
Composite: 27 – 31

 Percent of first-time, first-year students enrolled in Fall 2006 with scores in each range:
  ACT Composite ACT English ACT Math
30-36 46.4% 47.1% 41.2%
24-29 49.0% 42.5% 52.9%
18-23 4.6% 9.8% 5.2%
12-17 0.0% 0.7% 0.7%
6-11 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Below 6 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%


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