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Overall Niche Grade
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  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
    A-
  11. Student Life
    A-
  12. Safety
    B-
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
New England Small College Athletic Conference
Address
4800 Mayflower Hill
Waterville, ME 04901
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 58 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
16%
SAT Range
1340-1500
ACT Range
31-33
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Neither required nor recommended
High School GPA
Considered but not required
Accepts Common App
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$20,361/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $7,901/ year
  • $30-48k
    $7,211/ year
  • $49-75k
    $7,524/ year
  • $76-110k
    $15,658/ year
  • $110k+
    $36,277/ year
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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.35 responses
63%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.35 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,917Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
0%
Pell Grant
16%
Varsity Athletes
35%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 12 responses
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  • Work really hard and Play even harder
    58%
  • Work hard and play hard
    33%
  • White and active
    8%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
100%
Poll
89%
of students say they don't have Greek life.28 responses
Poll
54%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.41 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 12 responses
Report
  • White, Outdoorsy, but Welcoming
    42%
  • Alcoholism. Also great academic school.
    33%
  • Challenging hidden beauty
    17%
  • Explore your interests freely
    8%

    After College

    Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
    $58,100/ year
    National
    $33,028
    Graduation Rate
    92%
    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
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    Colby College Reviews

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    When I reflect on my time at Colby, I am grateful for the small liberal arts experience; the feeling of community, small class sizes with professors who knew your name, and free printing. I am now pursuing post-graduate studies at a big University and the resources available to students, professor expertise, and quality of coursework is inferior to Colby in almost every way. Colby students are friendly, extremely intelligent, and well-rounded. Most of my friends volunteered, had an on-campus job or worked in a lab, and actively participated in campus clubs. The Colby bubble can become a little suffocating, as it is easy to not leave campus for weeks, but I am honestly sad I will never be in such a tight-knit community of similar-minded peers again. Colby is not perfect by all means, but it's a damn good school. If you choose to go to Colby, go in with an open mind, positive attitude, and readiness to introduce yourself to a million people.
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    I am so happy that I chose Colby to be my college. Like every school, Colby has its flaws (i.e., diversity issues, and imperfect dorms), the friendships I have made, the education I have received, and the life experiences I had were absolutely amazing because of Colby. Calling myself an alum makes me proud and the Colby community persists long after your 4 years.

    What made Colby so great for me were its talented professors, who would form friendships with students and bend over backwards to help you learn. Also, at Colby, you can make it what you want: Colby has many wonderful opportunities for students (accessibly study abroad, unique on-campus jobs, surrounding wildlife, research, etc.). The amazing education added onto the many unique experiences make Colby unique.
    At first, I thought Colby might be too far, or isolated, but Instead found the opposite. Many students are from the DC, Boston and NYC area and Waterville is right off i95. Catching a ride from classmates with cars driving to NYC is not too difficult. My classes are interesting and relevant. Davis Career Center is a great new resource for Internships and study abroad programs. Colby commitment comes from admin and students. Being outgoing, creative and positive pays off in opportunities. Colby College Museum of Art is largest in Maine and has been written about in NYTimes. Check it out.