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Colby College Admission Requirements

Chances of getting into Colby College

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
15.8%
Admission Difficulty for Colby College
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsElite
Applicant CompetitionVery High

How hard is it to get into Colby College and can I get accepted? The school has a 16% acceptance rate ranking it #2 in Maine for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 1,767 out of 11,190 applicants were admitted making Colby College a very highly competitive school to get into with a low chance of acceptance for typical applicants.  Academically, it has exceptionally high requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 5 percent. Only 31% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top ten percent of their high school class.

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Colby College SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1400-1530
Applicants Submitting SAT
49%
SAT Scores for Colby College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 700
SAT Math 25th 700
SAT Composite 25th 1400
SAT Scores for Colby College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 750
SAT Math 75th 780
SAT Composite 75th 1530
Average SAT Score 1470

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What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Colby College?

Colby College typically requires applicants to be in the top 5 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1400 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 1330. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1470 out of 1600. The school ranks #1 in Maine for highest average SAT composite score. 49 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Colby College admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1530 and Above Good >24%
1465 to 1530 Avg + 16%-24%
1400 to 1465 Avg - 10%-16%
1335 to 1400 Reach 6%-10%
Less than 1335 Low <6%
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Colby College ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
31-33 
Applicants Submitting ACT
55%
ACT Scores for Colby College
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 31
ACT Math 25th 28
ACT Composite 25th 31
ACT Scores for Colby College
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 35
ACT Math 75th 33
ACT Composite 75th 33
Average ACT Score 32

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into Colby College?

Admission data indicates that Colby College regularly accepts students with ACT's of 31 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 5 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 30 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 32 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 33 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #1 in Maine for highest average ACT composite score. 55 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Colby College.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Colby College admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
33 and Above Good >24%
32 to 33 Avg + 16%-24%
31 to 32 Avg - 10%-16%
30 to 31 Reach 6%-10%
Less than 30 Low <6%
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Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Colby College has not reported high school GPA data for its accepted students.

High School Class Rank

64% of Colby College freshman were in the top ten percent of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Colby College students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 64%
Top 25% of class 93%
Top 50% of class 99%
Bottom 50% of class 1%
Bottom 25% of class 0%

Admission Statistics

Colby College admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 5,916 5,274 11,190
Accepted 913 854 1,767
Acceptance Rate 15% 16% 16%
Enrolled 278 274 552
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 30% 32% 31%

Fall 2019 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
Jan 1, 2019
Days left to Apply
None

The application deadline for Fall 2019 has passed. Applications were due on Jan 1, 2019.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Colby College and what considerations affect admission decisions?

Colby College Admission Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Recommended
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Recommended
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Colby College
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit No
Credit for Life Experiences No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=161086 IPEDS survey data for Colby College.