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A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  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.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$45,463/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
49%

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
Part-Time Undergrads
0
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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    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.
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    I'm a parent of a rising sophomore who had an extremely positive first year at Colby. I've been really impressed by Colby's commitment to excellence in everything they do. The faculty and staff my son has interacted with so far have all been professional, supportive and highly accessible, more so than one would likely find at a larger university. The campus itself is stunning with Portland, the coast and ski slopes all just an hour away. The college is deep into a record-setting fundraising campaign that is allowing it to offer generous resources to its students including financial aid, paid experiences abroad and a best-in-class athletic center due to open in 2020. There's a dynamism at Colby that's palpable. It may or may not be the best fit for your son or daughter, but I can say without hesitation that it's been a great fit for mine.
    I'm a minority first year student here at Colby -- although at first I was hesitant to come, I have found myself to love it here so far. My professors have all been extremely welcoming and accessible. There are strong support networks for POC and first-gen students. The funding and internship opportunities (through DavisConnects) are endless. I've met some of the most genuine, kind students here. If you are a self-motivated student who is willing to take a chance and take advantage of the resources available to you, you will thrive at Colby.