Students Say

Nestled in the liberal arts college corridor of Maine, Colby is a classic New England college, full of socially-conscious, outdoorsy students and where selfmotivated projects are encouraged. The school is willing to give students the time and resources to develop their own ideas and pursuits: There are “amazing support systems” in place for all students, and “tons of opportunities to forge your own path and get ample support from the college,” which fosters a community of “well-rounded, kind, thoughtful, and critically-thinking citizens.”

Overview

Applicants
5,148
Acceptance Rate
28%

Test Scores

SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
610 - 710
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
620 - 720
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
630 - 710
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
28 - 32

Deadlines

Early Decision
November 15

Early Decision II
January 1

Regular
January 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Recommendation(s)
Non-Academic

Character / Personal Qualities

Selectivity Rating

Overall

Students Say

Nestled in the liberal arts college corridor of Maine, Colby is a classic New England college, full of socially-conscious, outdoorsy students and where selfmotivated projects are encouraged. The school is willing to give students the time and resources to develop their own ideas and pursuits: There are “amazing support systems” in place for all students, and “tons of opportunities to forge your own path and get ample support from the college,” which fosters a community of “well-rounded, kind, thoughtful, and critically-thinking citizens.” Professors are “brilliant and always available,” and it is as common to have professors invite students over for dinner as a class. They “truly will go above and beyond to help a student who demonstrates willingness to work hard and engage.” All professors are available for office hours during the week and are “willing to talk with students about the work, or just have a chat.” Students are made “to get out of their comfort zone and learn through hands on experience and research”; for example, in the Education department, “research and other information presented inside of the classroom are complemented by experiences outside of the classroom in the greater Waterville community.” “Every single one of my classes has had a component that has surprised me in its interesting content that I have never considered or known about,” says a student. An active alumni network and a recent new president only further helps Colby in “implementing changes that the student body wants and needs.” The administration “has always listened to student groups and there is a respect for their opinions that often result in policy changes where they are needed,” and there is a tremendous level of involvement throughout campus. Colby “is an extended family that looks out for every student and promotes the exploration and development of new ideas and interests.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
10:1
Total Faculty
205
with Terminal Degree
194

114
Men
91
Women
25
Minority
7
International

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
85%
Graduate in 5 years
90%
Graduate in 6 years

Majors

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • African-American/Black Studies
  • American/United States Studies/Civilization
  • East Asian Studies
  • Latin American Studies
  • Russian Studies
  • Women's Studies

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology
  • Computational Biology
  • Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  • Neuroscience

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer Science

  • Education

  • Education, General

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • Creative Writing
  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Ancient/Classical Greek Language and Literature
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • French Language and Literature
  • German Language and Literature
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • History

  • History

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Ancient Studies/Civilization
  • International/Global Studies
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, General
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
  • Science, Technology and Society

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Studies

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Economics, General
  • Economics, Other
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Music, General


Degrees

Bachelor's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Dan Harris
News anchor: Nightline, Good Morning America; best-selling author

Doris Kearns Goodwin
Pulitzer Prize-winning author, historian, political commentator

Pete Rouse
former White House Chief of Staff and advisor to President Obama

Bob Diamond
founder and CEO, Atlas Merchant Capital

Amy Walter
national editor, Cook Political Report

Brian Sharples
founder, president and CEO, HomeAway

Eric Rosengren
president and CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

Academic Rating

Career overview

Students Say

The Colby Career Center offers a variety of services to prepare students for success, including Colby Connect, a four-year, career development program that features workshops, career counseling, job shadowing, and internships; the Entrepreneurial Alliance, a program that provides practical support for student entrepreneurs and prepares students to compete for $15,000 in an annual business competition; and career immersion programs that provide opportunities to explore career fields through site visits, career panels, mock interviews, and networking receptions with alumni. Reactions to Career Center offerings are mixed, but the sentiment of some is that it’s “substantial” and “excellent” and that “it guides us, through different workshops, in the right direction to be a successful person and fill in our doubts about our career paths.” Out of Colby alumni visiting Payscale.com, 47 percent report that they derive meaning from their careers.

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
85%
Graduate in 5 years
90%
Graduate in 6 years

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Median Starting Salary
$49,000

Median Mid-Career Salary
$91,500

Alumni with High Job Meaning
47%

Return on Education (ROE) rating
91

Dates

Application Deadlines
Feb 1
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

Business Farm Supp
FAFSA
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Bottom Line

Yearly comprehensive fees at Colby College are $59,500, plus another $700 for books, though officials there say, “We don’t want any student not to come to Colby because of concerns about paying off student loans.” The college meets all calculated need with grants and scholarships. Limited off-campus job opportunities mean many students will look toward aid and on-campus jobs. Students graduate with an average debt of $24,453.

Bang For Your Buck

Colby College has a highly selective admissions process that sees fewer than a third of applicants accepted. However, Colby will meet the financial needs of students they accept, and it does so via grants rather than loans so as to alleviate the burden of loan debt. The school also sponsors National Merit Scholarships. Loan aid is available in the form of Direct Subsidized Stafford, Direct Unsubsidized Stafford, Direct PLUS, Federal Perkins, state loans, university loans from institutional funds. An array of campus jobs are available for those interested in student employment.

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$44,014

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$41,033

Average Need-Based Loan
$3,942

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$21,958

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
32%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$42,730

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$45,360
Required Fees
$1,990
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$700

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters
$300

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans
State Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Financial Aid Rating

Overall

Students Say

Colby is a place for “forward-thinking, friendly, quirky, social, active people.” The joke on campus is that “everyone is [from] J.O.B.: just outside of Boston,” but in addition to the New England crew (“the perfect mixture of preppy outdoorsmen”), a substantial portion of the student body hails from outside of New England. Most Colby students are “quite fit” and enjoy the outdoors; almost all are involved in “either a varsity sport, club sport, or some other club that fits their interests.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
1,847
Out of State
86%

International
12%
Foreign Countries Represented
74

Demographics

6.24%
Asian
3.39%
African-American
6.84%
Hispanic
67.23%
Caucasian
10.18%
Unknown
11.87%
International

53% female
47% male
86% are out of state
100% are full time
0% are part time

Overview

Students Say

As a result of their broad interests and workloads, Colby students are “usually fairly busy (in a good way).” Most weekends there is a pretty large social scene and virtually all social events happen on the “gorgeous” campus, as “Mayflower Hill is its own little thriving community.” Walking around you’ll see “people playing Frisbee on Miller Lawn, slack-lining near Johnson Pond during the fall and spring, sledding on Chapel Hill, and skating or playing hockey on Johnson Pond in the winter.” Getting off campus “isn’t the easiest” but everyone is allowed to have a car so more likely than not you will find someone on campus that can take you anywhere. As you may know, Maine is “absolutely beautiful,” and “all four seasons have something great to offer.” In the winter, people ski most weekends and in the summer they often go to Colby’s waterfront lake property to swim. Most everyone lives on campus, so “people are always around when you’re looking for something to do.” When a student turns twenty-one the social scene “becomes a lot better, with both bar nights and pub nights (at the on-campus pub).” Despite the fact that everybody is very busy, “it’s a very happy atmosphere here. People have great discussions over dinner.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
95%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

First-Year Students living on campus
100%

Campus Environment
Village

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Dorms Coed
Other
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
109
Number of Honor Societies
7

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
11

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

34% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (White Mules)
17 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Diving
Football
Golf
Ice Hockey
Lacrosse
Skiing Downhill Alpine
Skiing Nordic Cross Country
Soccer
Squash
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (White Mules)
18 Sports

Basketball
Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Diving
Field Hockey
Golf
Ice Hockey
Lacrosse
Skiing Downhill Alpine
Skiing Nordic Cross Country
Soccer
Softball
Squash
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
LGBT Support Groups: Associate Dean for Multicultural Affairs; Counseling center has counselors with expertise in gay, lesbian, and transgendered issues: The Bridge, student group founded in 1974, focuses on gay, lesbian, and transgendered issues. Campus Diversity website at: http://www.colby.edu/diversity/

Minority Support Groups: Colby offers several programs to assist first generation or other underrepresented students: The Pugh Center First Year Student of Color Transition Program is designed to facilitate student success through peer mentoring, weekend retreats, and monthly programming; The First Generation to College Student program helps students navigate the college experience through mentoring, programming, and resources; Colby Achievement Program in the Sciences (CAPS) offers admitted students traditionally underrepresented in the sciences research and classroom experience the summer before their first year designed to help them thrive in their first year science courses; The Sustained Advising program matches these students with academic advisors specifically trained to provide support for their needs. The Dean of Students office has three administrators to address these issues: 1) Intercultural Affairs, 2) Multicultural Student Program Coordinator, 3) Director of International Students. Additionally there are numerous ethnic/culturally-based student organizations including: Asian Cultural Society, Colby African Society, Ralph Bunche Society, Students Organized for Black and Hispanic Unity, Colby Muslim Society, Four Winds (Native American), Hillel, Pugh Community Board. Campus diversity website: http://www.colby.edu/diversity

Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: University of Maine- Orono

Sustainability

In 2013, following the opening of a biomass heating plant and implementation of a range of energy conservation projects, Colby achieved carbon neutrality. Colby was the fourth college in the country and the first in the NESCAC to do so. Colby’s environmental studies program is among the oldest offered at U.S. liberal arts colleges. The number of majors offered in the program has grown substantially, including several interdisciplinary tracks emphasizing policy or science from an environmental perspective or an environmental track in hard sciences like biology and chemistry. Colby’s partnership with Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences offers expanded educational and research opportunities in marine sciences and climate change for students and faculty. Student projects in these programs have helped contribute to Colby’s green momentum. The campus is home to a 128-acre arboretum, much of the 714-acre campus is a wildlife sanctuary, and the college owns additional properties on the nearby Belgrade Lakes, including a kettle bog for research. A cogeneration turbine on campus supplies 10 percent of the school’s electricity needs, and purchased electricity comes from Green-e certified sources. Colby has adopted comprehensive process-focused green building standards for all new construction, renovation, and limited scope projects. These include a requirement to achieve at least LEED Silver certification on all future building projects. To date, Colby’s campus has twelve LEED-certified buildings (eight Gold, three Silver, and one Certified), and 15 percent of the campus square footage is LEED-certified space. Students play active roles in the college’s green initiatives, as members of the Environmental Advisory Committee to the college president; as recycling coordinators; Eco-Reps in the dorms; and as members of student organizations like the Environmental Coalition, the Organic Gardening Club, and Project RESCUE (Recycle Everything, Save Colby’s Usable Excess), which collects furniture, household items, and clothing left behind by students at the end of the year for a campus-wide yard sale the following fall. Any leftover materials from the sale are donated to local nonprofits. A biomass heating plant burning locally sourced fuel certified by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative reduces on-campus oil consumption by an astounding 90 percent.

School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
24%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Yes

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Yes

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
Yes

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2014.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
17

Average Number of PC's per Lab
20

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
99%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
No

Description
Apple and Dell, but we no longer have special pricing. Standard academic discounts apply.

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Carol Wynne/Martha Reinhardt
Receptionists

Address
Office of Admissions and Financial Aid
4800 Mayflower Hill
Waterville, ME 04901-8848

Phone
207-859-4800

Email
welcome@colby.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Museum of Art: lounge, sculpture terrace, evening concerts and events
Pulver Pavilion (student center): snack bar, big-screen TV, lounges
The Street: study lounge open 24/7 in lower level of library
Perkins Arboretum and Bird Sanctuary: 8.5-mile Campbell Trails
Fitness center at the athletic complex
Comprising five wings, nearly 8,000 works, and more than 38,000 square feet of exhibition space, the Colby College Museum of Art is considered the finest college art museum in the country. Opened in 2014, the Davis Science Center features state-of-the-art equipment, including a robotics lab, for computer science, psychology, and mathematics. A national leader in sustainability and environmental education, Colby was the fourth higher-education institution in the country to achieve carbon neutrality.

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Waterville Main Street: Jorgensen's Cafe, Selah Tea, Thai Bistro
Hume Center: college-owned lakefront in Belgrade Lakes Region
Railroad Square Cinema: three-screen indie theater in Waterville
Big G's: sandwich shop in Winslow
Quarry Road Recreation Area: nearby FIS Nordic ski trails with snowmaking
The Maine coast, Sugarloaf ski area, Baxter State Park and Mt. Katahdin, whitewater rafting, and Portland's Old Port are all popular day trips from campus.

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Varies
8:30am-4:30pm; 8:30-1p.m. Saturday
207-859-4800

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: No
Dates: Varies
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Varies; advanced notice 1 day or more

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact the Coach or Admissions

Advance Notice
Other

Contact Email Address for Visit
welcome@colby.edu or athletics@colby.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Other

Limitations
April for accepted seniors

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Concord Coach Lines provides regularly scheduled bus service from campus to Augusta, Portland, Boston, and Logan airport. The Augusta State Airport is 18 miles from campus. Most people fly to the Portland International Jetport, an hour and 15 minute drive from Colby. Limo and shuttle services (800-499-0663) connect Waterville and Portland.

Driving Instructions to Campus
Take I-95 to Exit 127. Follow the signs off the exit ramp to get to Colby. See http://www.colby.edu/directions for detailed directions.

Local Accommodations
Please visit http://www.colby.edu/visitors/accommodations-around-colby-college/ for accommodations in Waterville, Belgrade Lakes, Augusta, and other nearby towns.
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Key Stats

5,148
Applicants
1,847
Size
28%
Acceptance Rate

Rankings & Lists