The College reports record admissions statistics

Lunder-300x200The Class of 2020 will be the most diverse and academically qualified class in the College’s history. The College recently received 9,833 applications, the largest applicant pool ever for Colby. Only 17.5 percent of applicants for the Class of 2020 were admitted compared to applicants to the Class of 2017, where only 5,407 students applied and the acceptance rate was 26 percent.

The College has aggressively expanded their efforts in the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid in an effort to make Colby more accessible to the most talented students across the globe. Recently, Colby announced that it had committed an additional $1.2 million to financial aid. The funds are part of the larger Colby Commitment, an initiative to “[en-sure] the most talented students from every background have access to the best possible education,” according to the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid website.

Colby currently meets 100 percent of demonstrated financial need and does not include loans in financial aid packages. The Office of Institutional Research and Assessment, which produces the Common Data Set, details that 759 students receive financial aid from the College and the average financial aid award at Colby is $38,406. As the comprehensive fee continues to rise, the College has consistently increased its financial aid budget. The 2016 financial aid budget for Colby is $36 million.

The College, in an effort to attract more applicants, has partnered with organizations to streamline the application process. Colby accepts applications through three avenues: The Common Application, Questbridge, and the Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success. There is no application fee, application supplement, or mandatory writing sample required to apply. As more students apply to Colby, the school has become more selective. According to a College press release, the average SAT score for admitted students is about 1420 on the 1600 scale. The SAT now only features a critical reading and writing section and a math section. The average ACT score for admitted students was a 32 out of 36. Additionally, admitted students in the Class of 2020 represent 48 states and 67 countries.

Colby is often compared to the other NESCAC throughout the admissions process. The NESCAC schools are some of the most selective private liberal arts colleges in the United States. All 11 NESCAC schools are ranked in the top 50 by US News & World Report. Acceptance rates have traditionally played a big role in college rankings. For 2015, Colby was ranked as the 19th best Liberal Arts institution, tied with Colgate University and Grinnell College.