Colby College is a highly selective liberal arts college, and fewer than one in three applicants will receive an acceptance letter. To get in, students will need impressive high school grades and standardized test scores that are well above average. In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students. Most successful applicants had GPAs in the "A" range, combined SAT scores of 1900 or higher, and ACT composite scores of 28 or better. You're chances are best if those standardized test scores are even higher.
Note that there are some red dots (rejected students) and yellow dots (waitlisted students) mixed in with the green and blue throughout the graph. Some students with grades and test scores that were on target for Colby did not get in. At the same time, you'll notice a few students with lower grades and test scores who were accepted. This is because Colby College uses the Common Application and has a holistic admissions process. The admissions officers at Coloby will want to see that you have taken rigorous college preparatory courses, not courses that get you an easy "A." Also, they will be looking for a winning essay, interesting extracurricular activities, an engaging short answer, and strong letters of recommendation. Another important part of the Colby application is the supplement to the Common Application. As you discuss your reasons for applying to Colby, be sure to do your research and demonstrate your interest convincingly.
To learn more about Colby College, high school GPAs, SAT scores and ACT scores, these articles can help:
- Colby College Admissions Profile
- What's a Good SAT Score?
- What's a Good ACT Score?
- What's Considered a Good Academic Record?
- What is a Weighted GPA?