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Colby 2019 Numbers

weepingmermaidweepingmermaid 85 replies21 threads Junior Member
"A total of 7,591 applications were submitted for Colby’s Class of 2019—a 47-percent increase over last year’s 5,148."

http://www.colby.edu/news/2015/01/22/applications-colby-college-class-2019-soar/
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  • gminorgminor 240 replies26 threads Junior Member
    Oh jeez. That should make for a sub-20% acceptance rate.

    Never mind to Colby then.
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  • MandMomMandMom 49 replies0 threads Junior Member
    Colby eliminated their supplemental essay question this year...
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  • ninadasiyninadasiy 322 replies21 threads Member
    No application fee either
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  • merc81merc81 10934 replies179 threads Senior Member
    edited January 2015
    The problem with the link is that it says "Colby News." The posts by @MandMom and @ninadasiy, as brief as they are, actually provide more news analysis than anything in the press release. With neither an application fee nor a Colby-specific essay, does a Colby application now constitute anything more than pushing a button (and using a place in the Common App limit)? As for the acceptance rate going down, that will be a function of how much the yield is impacted by the ease of applying.
    edited January 2015
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  • merc81merc81 10934 replies179 threads Senior Member
    edited February 2015
    Since I posted above I've done a little more reading. According to The Colby Echo the supplemental essay was eliminated four years ago. I couldn't find when the application fee was eliminated.
    edited February 2015
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  • alexa2017alexa2017 2 replies0 threads New Member
    They haven't had a fee for years, but the essay got removed this year, which probably accounts for the huge jump.
    There was a 20% increase in Early Decision applicants, though, which wouldn't happen if the only reason was an easier application.
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  • PantherPride99PantherPride99 76 replies7 threads Junior Member
    @merc81: how did you find the Colby Echo? All signs of its publication online seem gone. The page says it has moved, but then the new URL it gives, doesn't seem to link up. Do you have the URL/link? Thanks
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  • merc81merc81 10934 replies179 threads Senior Member
    edited February 2015
    @PantherPride99‌: "Say 'so long' to the supplemental essay / The Colby Echo" will get you to the article I referenced. In terms of general navigation, I encountered the same situation as you.
    edited February 2015
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  • merc81merc81 10934 replies179 threads Senior Member
    Btw, I'm not sure how that article can be reconciled with @alexa2017's post.
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  • gointhruaphasegointhruaphase 554 replies3 threads Member
    Merc81, Colby has not had an application fee since at least the mid-2000s.
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  • arctoarcturasarctoarcturas 27 replies2 threads Junior Member
    7600 apply,1450 admitted = 19% Yikes!!
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  • merc81merc81 10934 replies179 threads Senior Member
    ^ That would be true if there is no change in yield due to Colby's elimination of the application fee. At one university, according to a Bloomberg article, yield went from a third to 8% due to the increasing ease of their application process.

    (Colleges Use 'Bag of Tricks' to Juice Application Numbers.)
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  • Reader1Reader1 7 replies0 threads New Member
    If Colby's yield rate were to drop to 8%, they would have to have accepted about 6,100 applicants to reach the usual target of about 485 freshmen.. No way did Colby accept 80% of the applicants! Also, half the class was already
    accepted through early decision.
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  • merc81merc81 10934 replies179 threads Senior Member
    edited April 2015
    The example was chosen to illustrate how dramatically yield can change when major changes are made in the application requirements. I have no opinion on how much yield will change in Colby's case as I haven't analyzed it that far. However, estimates regarding this year's acceptance rate made under the assumption that Colby's aggregate yield will remain the same as last year -- as have been made on this thread -- will, in most likelihood, be inaccurately low.

    I'm well aware of the effect ED has on yield.
    edited April 2015
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  • gointhruaphasegointhruaphase 554 replies3 threads Member
    Merc81,

    Everything you have mentioned about application changes do tend to enhance the application numbers as general rule. But many of the changes that tend to bump up numbers happened quite some time ago. There has been no admissions fee for almost a decade. Several years ago, the option of 3 SAT2s in lieu of SAT/ACT was established. The supplemental essay was done away with in 2010.

    I think the real reason for the increase in applications is Colby's new president, who is making a number of good changes at the school. As for admissions, my understanding was that there was a targeted change in marketing the school that is responsible for the increase in numbers. If that is the case, then probably yield also will also be increased. Time will tell.
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  • merc81merc81 10934 replies179 threads Senior Member
    edited April 2015
    @gointhruaphase‌: I agree with your reasoning in general. I retract some of my analysis if no major changes were made in the application requirements for this year. Honestly, though I read your reply #10 at the time of its posting, I failed to take it into account for my more recent comments.

    In aggregate, though, Colby, as have other colleges, has gotten into a bit of a yield experiment. Last year's yield for RD applicants was only 21%. If the new president is to be successful in his efforts, he will have to find a way to improve this number too. I wish him well.
    edited April 2015
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  • dajobrdajobr 1 replies0 threads New Member
    How about merit scholarships
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  • merc81merc81 10934 replies179 threads Senior Member
    In clarification, if Colby made no major changes to the application requirements for this year, then I don't disagree that a <20% acceptance rate is possible.
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  • merc81merc81 10934 replies179 threads Senior Member
    edited April 2015
    Anecdotally, a contributor in a parallel Colby thread posted Colby's acceptance rates for this year:

    ED1/ED2 combined: ~43%
    RD: ~28%

    The poster states the figures were obtained through an email exchange with the admissions committee.
    edited April 2015
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  • GrudeMonkGrudeMonk 188 replies2 threads Junior Member
    Let's see if those numbers can possibly work. Last year 309 applicants tried ED. Let's say 325 tried it this year and if 43% were accepted then around 140 were accepted early this year. Since we have heard that Colby received 7600 applications, then 7275 were for RD. If the RD round acceptance rate is 28% then around 2,035 were accepted. The total of acceptances would be 2,175 this year vs. 1,441 last year. That's around 40% more, so I think there is a problem somewhere.
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