colbyPage Updated: December 10, 2015

Location: Waterville, Maine

Does your institution admit undocumented students?


Do you feel that your institution creates a welcoming and inclusive environment where undocumented students would feel wanted and valued on campus?

Yes, and Colby College is actively trying to improve resources to help undocumented students on campus.

When completing the question on the application regarding citizenship, is there an option to select “non-citizen” or “other” and if not, should they leave the question blank? Is a blank field permitted when completing an online application?

Colby College is listed on the Common App. The option for “Other (Non-US)” is the appropriate selection.

Do you recommend that undocumented students disclose their immigration status in the application, including essays or counselor/teacher recommendations?

We can determine a student’s status by looking at the citizenship section within the Common App. Students are free to disclose this information in other parts of the application is they choose to do so.

For residency and tuition purposes, how does your institution treat undocumented students? (i.e., international, in-state, out-of-state, etc.)

Colby College doesn’t consider status, rather they look more closely at the student’s demonstrated need.

Does your institution offer institutional aid or any type of merit/talent scholarships to undocumented students?

Yes, and Colby College meets 100% of need for all admitted students.

How would an undocumented student apply for need-based aid at your institution? Are they required to complete a CSS Profile or an institutional financial aid application?

Undocumented students must submit the CSS Profile.

Do you require that students submit a social security number on your admissions application? Can students use zeros to complete this requirement? (i.e., 000-00-0000)


If there is a specific person in the admissions office who is knowledgeable about the issues pertaining to undocumented students and can serve as a resource for students, families and high school counselors, please list his/her information below:

Scott Alexander
Director of International Admissions
[email protected]