Students Say

An absolute gem of Maine’s private, liberal arts colleges, Colby College is a “fun and smart community” that places an emphasis on internationalism and study abroad. The school’s “homey environment” offers “phenomenal academics in a unique setting,” and small, discussion-oriented classes encourage teacher-student collaboration outside the classroom. “I love the opportunities that I have been afforded in my major, and I have gotten a lot of great opportunities to do outside research,” says a student.

Overview

Applicants
5,148
Acceptance Rate
28%

Test Scores

SAT Reading
610 - 710
SAT Math
620 - 720
ACT Composite
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

Overall

Students Say

An absolute gem of Maine’s private, liberal arts colleges, Colby College is a “fun and smart community” that places an emphasis on internationalism and study abroad. The school’s “homey environment” offers “phenomenal academics in a unique setting,” and small, discussion-oriented classes encourage teacher-student collaboration outside the classroom. “I love the opportunities that I have been afforded in my major, and I have gotten a lot of great opportunities to do outside research,” says a student. With so many chances for students and professors to team up “to create positive relationships and fantastic work,” faculty will “do anything they can to help out a student with a project or internship if the student shows initiative.” There are a few complaints about the quality of visiting professors, but for the most part, teachers are “experienced, personable, and passionate,” and students recognize how professors go out of their way to make sure students “receive individualized academic attention.” “It is easy to see what professors are truly interested in and how they apply that interest to the courses they teach,” says a student. There is a “varying course selection” for students to round out their education, as Colby is “all about creating people who are great at thinking.” “If you want to coast through college, this is not the right school,” one student says. Students have involvement “in all spheres of the college,” and the inclusive community “fosters growth academically, emotionally, and socially by giving its students an ability to play a large role in shaping the college and its direction.” There are tons of ways for students to get involved and to have an impact on the campus, simply because “it’s small enough to do that.” Unfortunately, several students note that the “communication between the administration and the student body is severely lacking.”

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
94%
Graduate in 5 years
99%
Graduate in 6 years
100%


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
ABC World News Anchor

Doris Kearns Goodwin
Author, historian, Daily Show regular

Pete Rouse
Advisor to Obama, former White House Chief of Staff

Bob Diamond
Former Chief executive, Barclay's

Cecily von Ziegesar
Author of Gossip Girls series

Amy Walter
Political Director, ABC News

Matt Apuzzo
Pulitzer Prize-winning Associated Press investigative reporter

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
97
Application Deadlines
Feb 1
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

Business Farm Supp
FAFSA
Forms CSSProfile

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
$38,716

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 Methodoloy
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants
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

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

Overall

Students Say

Everyone at Colby is “really involved,” whether in classes, community service, athletics, extracurriculars or clubs, and the typical student is “on some sort of athletic team, is a member of at least two campus clubs, [and] loves the outdoors.” These “amiable, enthusiastic,” students are often from a “New England background.” While more than half the student body hails from outside New England, some with they saw more diversity on campus. Students are “genuinely open to learning at Colby,” and most everyone here is “friendly and hardworking,” though they also “like to go out.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
1,847
Out of State
86%

International
12%
Foreign Countries Represented
76

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

Everyone at Colby “works very hard,” weekdays and weekends alike. It is a “very campus-oriented life style,” and students generally stay on campus for activities such as dances and “a lot of partying on the weekends.” People “do almost constantly stress about work,” but they know that Friday and Saturday is a deserved break. “Most people drink, but there isn’t so much drug use”; “Sunday is a big study day,” regardless. The campus culture is “dominated” with athletic teams: the “Mule Mob,” the student fan section, is always “loud and enthusiastic” at this Division III school’s games. People are “fairly to really outdoorsy”; students “love to ski on weekends in the winter” or go to the nearby lake. The spring is “the best for barbecues and hanging outside on the various quads.” Meals are a key component of social interaction at Colby; very often “you’ll see big groups of friends having leisurely meals together on the weekends.” “Gotta love the dining halls and finding all my people there to have deliciously long chats over food,” says a student. Plenty of people take advantage of being in Maine, and “without too much effort, you can spend a day on the coast or in the mountains regardless of the season,” activities made easier by Colby’s popular “outing club.” Often, people “take trips down to Freeport, go skiing at Sugarloaf, or go hiking.” Additionally, the college organizes “many activities and concerts,” and many people “pass through the student union and see people in the ‘spa’ (cafe on campus).”

Campus Life

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

Quality of life rating
86
First-Year Students living on campus
100%

Campus Environment
Village
Fire safety rating
92

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
100
Number of Honor Societies
8

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
6

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

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 trangendered issues. Campus Diversity website at http://www.colby.edu/divsersity.

Minority Support Groups: Numerous ethnic/culturally-based student organizations include 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; three administrators in the Dean of Students office address these issues: (1) Intercultural Affairs, (2) Multicultural Student Program Coordinator, (3) Director of International Students. Campus Diversity website at 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.

Green Rating
93
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

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
Yes

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

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
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
15

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
98%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
No

Description
Apple and Dell, but we no longer have special pricing.

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
Mary Rector/Martha Reinhardt
Receptionists

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

Phone
800-723-3032

Email
admissions@colby.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Pulver Pavilion: social space, snack bar, & lounges - student center
The Street: study area open 24/7 in lower level of library
Page Commons: venue for lectures, performances
Perkins Arboretum trails (running, cross
Fitness center at the Athletic complex
The Colby Green is an oval lawn area where new buildings are under construction. A 50,000+ square foot social sciences building opened January 2000. A new Science Building to house Psychology, Mathematics, and Computer Science is the last buidling to be built on Colby Green and will open in Fall, 2014.

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Jorgensen's Cafe, Main Street, Waterville
Hume Center/Belgrade Lakes Region
Selah Tea House, Main Street, Waterville
Big G's, sandwich shop, Winslow, Maine
Baxter State Park & Mt. Katahdin, 2 hours north
The Maine coast, Sugarloaf ski area, Baxter State Park, whitewater rafting, and Portland's Old Port are all popular day trips from campus.

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
M-F, Sat September to mid-Dec and April
8:30am-4:30pm and 8:30-1 Saturdays
800-723-3032

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

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
varies over the year; advanced notice 1 day or longer

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact the Coach or Admissions

Advance Notice
Other

Contact Email Address for Visit
admissions@colby.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
April for accepted seniors

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
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. Concord Coach Lines provides regularly scheduled bus service between Colby and Augusta, Portland, Boston, and Logan airport.

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
http://www.colby.edu/college_cs/visitor_center/accommodations-main.cfm lists motels, B&Bs, inns, lodges, and lakeside cottages in Waterville, Belgrade Lakes, Augusta, and other nearby towns.
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Key Stats

5,148
Applicants
1,847
Size
28%
Acceptance Rate
1330
SAT Scores

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