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In response to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic, Colby has cancelled all in-person admissions events including campus tours, information sessions, and group visits. We will be hosting virtual information sessions throughout the coming months. Should you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at admissions@colby.edu. Learn More

  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Value
    A+
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    B+
  5. Athletics
    B
  6. Party Scene
    B+
  7. Professors
    A+
  8. Location
    C+
  9. Dorms
    B+
  10. Campus Food
    B+
  11. Student Life
    A
  12. Safety
    B-
4000 Mayflower Hill Drive
Waterville, ME 04901
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
New England Small College Athletic Conference
From Colby College

Founded in 1813, Colby is one of America’s most selective colleges, serving only
undergraduates. Colby offers a rigorous academic program of 56 majors and 35 minors connected to the world’s challenges; meaningful global connections; and an integrated campus experience built on a culture of mutual respect and shared success. Newly developed programs, including computational biology and digital humanities, put Colby students at the forefront of academic research. Colby is committed to ensuring the most talented students from every background have access to the best possible education. The College meets 100 percent of demonstrated financial need without loans and guarantees all students access to global, internship, and research experiences regardless of financial means. Colby is test optional. Students may choose whether or not to submit the results of their standardized test scores with their application for admission. There are no extra supplements to submit, and applying is free.

Colby College Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Application Deadline
January 1
Acceptance Rate
13%
SAT Range
1380-1520
ACT Range
31-34
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Considered but not required
Accepts Common App
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$19,592/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$51,610/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
44%

Academics

Professors
A+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
10:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
97%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.34 responses
83%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.36 responses
61%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.36 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
2,000Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
0
Undergrads Over 25
0%
Pell Grant
14%
Varsity Athletes
33%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 12 responses
  • Work really hard and Play even harder
    58%
  • Work hard and play hard
    42%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
100%
Poll
86%
of students say they don't have Greek life.29 responses
Poll
52%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.42 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 9 responses
  • White, Outdoorsy, but Welcoming
    67%
  • Challenging hidden beauty
    22%
  • Explore your interests freely
    11%

    After College

    Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
    $58,100/ year
    National
    $33,028
    Graduation Rate
    89%
    National
    49%
    Employed 2 Years After Graduation
    92%
    National
    83%
    64%
    of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.14 responses

    Colby College Reviews

    525 reviews
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    Gorgeous campus, welcoming, laid-back people, wonderful professors who really care and fully engage with their students. Classes taught by professors! Great access to the outdoors, to skiing, the coast, the awesome city of Portland. People socialize on campus, but also in local old mill town which is being reinvested in. Overall, A+
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    The 4 years I spent at Colby were some of the best years of my life! I was challenged and pushed to become my best by teachers who went above and beyond. Through Colby's variety of programs and class offerings - in particular, the importance Colby put on studying abroad - my eyes were opened to the whole wide world that awaited me upon graduation, and I couldn't be more grateful!
    It’s been absolutely fantastic. Unlike many of my friends at larger schools, I loved every second of being here since the start of freshman year. Since it’s smaller, your education and social life feel more personal. You’re very easily able to meet people and get have a personal connection with professors. Being in a remote location means all social events mainly happen on campus, making events and parties accessible to all students. Since there’s no greek life, sports teams host the majority of parties that allow anyone to join. Overall it very much feels like home and I am grateful to have such a wonderful college experience thus far.