A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Value
    A
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    A-
  5. Athletics
    B
  6. Party Scene
    B+
  7. Professors
    A+
  8. Location
    C+
  9. Dorms
    A-
  10. Campus Food
    A
  11. Student Life
    A-
  12. Safety
    B-
Colby College is ...
Private not-for-profit
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
New England Small College Athletic Conference
Address
4000 Mayflower Hill Drive
Waterville, ME 04901
Website
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With 2,000 students from 80+ countries pursuing 58 majors and 34 minors, Colby offers the ideal liberal arts environment: the variety you need for wide exploration and the depth you need to focus in your area (or areas) of interest. Along the way, you'll gain the tools and experience to master any profession and adapt to any circumstance. If you're heading for a career in medicine, law, or engineering, we have the courses and advising to get you ready while ensuring you graduate with the liberal arts and sciences knowledge and skill set that will make you a better doctor, attorney, or engineer.

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

Acceptance Rate
28%
SAT Range
1230-1430
ACT Range
28-32
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Recommended
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Test Scores and GPA for Colby College

Cost

Net Price
$18,477/ year
National
$15,431
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $1,710/ year
  • $30-48k
    $3,580/ year
  • $49-75k
    $9,186/ year
  • $76-110k
    $24,111/ year
  • $110k+
    $35,722/ year

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
1,847Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
0%
Pell Grant
10%
Varsity Athletes
35%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 12 responses
Report
  • 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 Colby College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$53,000/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
90%
National
47%
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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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.
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I am currently a freshman at Colby. I am a member of the Women's Soccer team and am currently pursuing a Biology/Pre-Health major with the aspiration of going to medical school. Colby has provided me so many great resources, not just academically, but also in terms of networking, and helping me create my future beyond Colby. The student body is incredibly diverse and everyone is super friendly. Colby is also a really active school. The Outing Club is super popular, there is so much local outdoor recreation. There's a college ski pass to Sugarloaf, Loon, and Sunday River for the winter. I am also a Colby Cares About Kids Mentor which is a really cool volunteering program a Colby. Colby students are matched with a student (usually low-income) in the local Waterville area school district. There are so many ways to get involved inside and outside of Colby. It really is a school that is what you make of it.
Colby College is a great liberal arts college. The professors are great and the academics are pretty rigorous but one can definitely thrive if they seek for help. My problems with Colby stems from their lack of diversity and the ways that they've gone about increasing that diversity. There's lack of economic support for low-income students and although they manage to get students on this campus, there is very little that is done to ensure that they survive on this campus. We need equity.