Each semester we reserve a handful of spaces for incoming transfer students. But transfer admissions is a competitive process, so be sure to tell us the story behind your decision to continue your education at Colby. Contact Molly Hodgkins ’15, Assistant Dean and Director of Enrollment Management, with questions about the transfer application process.

Application Requirements and Transfer Policies

If you’re considering transferring to Colby, make sure to apply before your sophomore or junior year in order to maximize your number of transfer credits. We accept up to 64 semester credit hours toward a degree as determined by the Colby Registrar.

Application Materials

  • Completed Common App
  • Transfer midterm report
  • Official final high school transcript sent by your college counselor, principal, or headmaster
  • Academic evaluation completed by a full-time professor who has recently instructed you in college (not a teaching assistant)
  • Transfer College Report completed by the registrar or similar campus administrator who has access to your college records and can provide insight into your academic and social standing on campus
  • Current college transcript and all previous college transcripts (if applicable)
  • A score report of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), TOEFL Home Edition, International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or Duolingo English Test (DET) is also required if English is neither your first language nor your current language of instruction. You may self-report your scores when applying to Colby, either by reporting them on your application to Colby or sending a pdf copy of your score report via email ([email protected]) or fax (207-859-4828). As of August 1, 2019 we will super score the TOEFL and accept MyBest scores.

Please note: Campus housing for transfer students is not guaranteed.

Colby conducts routine audits of select applications to confirm the accuracy of the information submitted as part of the application process.  By submitting an application to Colby, applicants grant consent to Colby to contact individuals, schools, and other organizations identified in applications for the purpose of these audits.  The submission of materially false or misleading information in an application is grounds for Colby to deny or revoke admission.

Colby College and its employees are mandatory reporters of suspected child abuse and neglect. In the event that an application includes information that raises concerns of potential ongoing abuse or neglect, or other concerns for the health and safety of the applicant, including suicidal ideation, Colby may contact the appropriate child protective services agency or consult with personnel from the applicant’s current school to confirm that appropriate resources are available to the student.

Application Deadlines

Application submitted/postmarkedAdditional/Optional
Materials Due
decisions releasedcandidate’s reply
Spring TransferNov. 15Nov. 15On or before Dec. 15Two weeks after admission
Fall TransferApr. 1Apr. 15On or before May 15Two weeks after admission

Financial Aid for Transfer Applicants

We encourage students from all financial backgrounds to apply for admission to Colby. Though transfer admission is highly competitive, if you are admitted and qualify for aid, we’ll meet 100 percent of your demonstrated financial need. And you won’t see loans as a part of your financial aid package, because it’s our policy not to include them. Learn more about affording Colby.

Financial Aid Deadlines

DocumentTransfer: SpringTransfer: Fall
FAFSA (required only for U.S. citizens and permanent residents)Nov. 15April 1
College Board CSS ProfileNov. 15April 1
2021 federal income tax returns and W-2 (parents and student; all pages and schedules) Nov. 15April 1

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