Colby College

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Colby College, a liberal arts school, provides students a well rounded foundation in education by having a curriculum with a diverse range of subjects. This college is located in Waterville, ME, a predominately rural area. There are around two thousand students enrolled per year at Colby College.

Many of the students admitted to this school earned an SAT score in the range of 1380 - 1520, or got accepted with an ACT composite score in the range of 31 - 34. By applying sampled GPA data from over 150 schools, we are able to estimate that the Colby College average GPA ranges from 3.82 to 3.96 for accepted students. Only 10 percent of applicants are accepted to this school due to the large number of applicants for enrollment. You can get more information from the admissions office website at

Overall Colby College Acceptance Rate - Fall 2020


The overall acceptance rate for Colby College was reported as 9.7% in Fall 2020 with over 13,600 applications submitted to this school. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • ACT Scores: 31 - 34
  • Average GPA: 3.82 - 3.96

How Hard Is It to Get into Colby College?

Applicant Selectivity: High

Colby College has a very competitive selection process for applicants, where most students accepted have a higher than average high school GPA and scored in the top percentiles on standardized tests like the SAT or ACT exam.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2022 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2022-2023 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for Colby College has been on a downward trend over the past few years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2016-2017: 18.7%
  • 2017-2018: 15.8%
  • 2018-2019: 13.1%
  • 2019-2020: 9.7%
  • Projected Acceptance Rate 2022-2023: 12.1%

How Does Colby College Compare?

This School
National Avg

The acceptance rate for Colby College is more than 100% lower than the national average of all colleges which is around 56.7%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
Thomas College83.8%
Unity College98.3%
University of Maine at Farmington90.9%
Bates College12.1%
Maine Maritime Academy47.4%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • School Records are Required
  • Submit Recommendation Letters are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2020)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to Colby College (Fall 2020)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading680 - 740
Math700 - 780
Total Score1380 - 1520
ACT®Score Range
English32 - 35
Math29 - 33
Composite Score31 - 34
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