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Colby College Admission Requirements

Waterville, Maine

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Chances of getting into Colby College

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
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 10% acceptance rate ranking it #2 in Maine for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 1,430 out of 13,922 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 6 percent. Colby College typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students. Only 40% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top quarter of their high school class.

Test Optional

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required for admission to Colby College. If you submit test scores, they will be considered with your application, but they are not mandatory. 56% of students submitted SAT scores and 49% submitted ACT scores for admission for the 2021/2022 academic year..

Colby College SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
Applicants Submitting SAT
SAT Scores for Colby College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 680
SAT Math 25th 700
SAT Composite 25th 1380
SAT Scores for Colby College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 740
SAT Math 75th 780
SAT Composite 75th 1520
Average SAT Score 1450

SAT Scores you need to get in

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

Colby College typically prefers applicants to be in the top 6 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1380 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 1310. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1450 out of 1600. The school ranks #1 in Maine for highest average SAT composite score. 56 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Colby College admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1520 and Above Good >16%
1450 to 1520 Avg + 10%-16%
1380 to 1450 Avg - 6%-10%
1310 to 1380 Reach 4%-6%
Less than 1310 Low <4%
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Colby College ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
Applicants Submitting ACT
ACT Scores for Colby College
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 32
ACT Math 25th 27
ACT Composite 25th 31
ACT Scores for Colby College
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 35
ACT Math 75th 32
ACT Composite 75th 34
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 34 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #1 in Maine for highest average ACT composite score. 49 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Colby College.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Colby College admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
34 and Above Good >18%
32 to 34 Avg + 10%-18%
31 to 32 Avg - 7%-10%
30 to 31 Reach 5%-7%
Less than 30 Low <5%
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Colby College GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
Typical High School Grades

What GPA do you need to get into Colby College?

Applicants require exceptionally good grades to get into Colby College. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Colby College was 3.86 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily A- students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #1 in Maine for highest average GPA. Meeting these GPA requirements alone is not enough to gain admission as Colby College is a very selective school.

 What do these ratings mean?

*This school has not released high school GPA data for its incoming freshmen. In these cases, CollegeSimply employs an artificial intelligence (AI) process to predict GPA based on this school's test scores and a large sample of other colleges' data. 3.86 is an estimate of the school's average incoming freshman GPA.

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High School Class Rank

74% 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 74%
Top 25% of class 89%
Top 50% of class 95%
Lower 50% of class 5%
Data Source, Peterson's Data


Admission Statistics

Colby College admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 7,547 6,375 13,922
Accepted 762 668 1,430
Acceptance Rate 10% 10% 10%
Enrolled 278 288 566
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 36% 43% 40%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Fall 2022 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
Jan 1, 2022
Days left to Apply

The application deadline for Fall 2022 has passed. Applications were due on Jan 1, 2022.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Colby College is $0. The school is free to apply to.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Colby College and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Colby College Admission Requirements
Test Scores Considered but not required
High School GPA Considered but not required
High School Class Rank Considered but not required
Completion of College Preparatory Program Recommended
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Considered but not required

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.


Does Colby College prefer SAT or ACT?

56% of students submit their SAT scores to Colby College. 49% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Colby College?

10% of those who apply are granted admission to Colby College. Admission competition is very high and the college has elite admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Colby College?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1380 and 1520. 56% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Colby College?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 31 and 34. 49% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.