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Colby College

  • Waterville, ME
    location
  • Private
    type
  • Small
    setting
  • 52%48%
    student ratio
  • 1,820
    total students
  • $43,840 | $43,840
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition
  • January 1
    fall application deadline
  • 26%
    acceptance rate
  • Most Difficult
    admission difficulty
  • Average test scores for all first-year students that were accepted and enrolled.
  • 675
    sat math
  • 659
    sat reading
  • 666
    sat writing
  • 30
    act composite

Overview

Colby College: A Combination of the Best

Colby, founded in 1813 and one of America's best liberal arts colleges, combines a challenging academic program, an emphasis on undergraduate research, and an active community life -- all on one of the nation's most beautiful campuses. Colby's reach is global -- in its recruitment of a diverse student body and faculty, in the scope of its curriculum, and in the number of undergraduates who study abroad.

Colby celebrated its 200th anniversary in 2013, but the college is not resting on its long tradition of academic excellence. Looking forward, it is improving and expanding resources and opportunities for students. The 2013-14 year brings the addition of several new faculty member positions, the opening of the Alfond-Lunder Pavilion in the Colby College Museum of Art, and the final stages of construction on a new science building.

Located in Waterville, Maine, Colby is 20 minutes from the state capital and about an hour from Portland, Maine's largest city. Maine's western mountains, including the Sugarloaf ski area, are just over an hour to the north, and the Atlantic Coast is less than an hour to the southeast. Acadia National Park and Mt. Katahdin are both accessible as day trips. The 714-acre campus includes Johnson Pond and a 128-acre arboretum and bird sanctuary.

Academic Program

Fifty-five majors and 31 minors are offered by 24 academic departments and 9 interdisciplinary programs. In addition students may apply for approval of independent majors of their own design. Secondary school teacher certification may be obtained, and dual-degree engineering programs are offered with Dartmouth College and Columbia University.

January Term

Colby's 4-1-4 academic calendar includes an exploratory term in January known as Jan Plan. During the month, students can choose from classes in subjects such as blacksmithing or fly fishing, internships at top firms around the globe, language immersion experiences, or classes that will fulfill distribution requirements. Though Colby requires students to complete 3 Jan Plan terms, 90% of students elect to do 4.

Research Across the Curriculum

Colby students in all disciplines -- not just the sciences -- take advantage of independent research opportunities and enjoy close collaboration with professors that often results in coauthoring peer-reviewed articles or presenting research together at conferences. This approach to learning fosters strong critical-thinking skills, a lively imagination, and a capacity for independent work.

Green Colby

In 2013 Colby became the 4th college or university in the country to achieve carbon neutrality, reinforcing its standing as a national leader in sustainability and environmental education. The college has also been recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency and Maine's governors for its commitment to environmental stewardship in academic programs and in campus operations. Notable initiatives include a new biomass-fueled heating plant and 9 LEED-certified buildings on campus, more than any peer institution. In addition, Colby's environmental studies program is one of the oldest and finest in the nation. The college enjoys a successful partnership with Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, sending a group of students to work alongside research scientists at the lab in East Boothbay, Maine, every fall semester.

Internationalization

In 2005 Colby became one of the first 10 colleges or universities in the United States to win the Senator Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization. The award recognized Colby's commitment to international content in the curriculum, a 70% participation rate in study abroad, and an internationally diverse student body. Colby students, representing nearly every state and more than 60 countries, take advantage of hundreds of international study opportunities. Many participate in Colby's own programs in France, Spain, and Russia. Other students select approved non-Colby programs in countries throughout the world.

Community

Cocurricular and campus life programs, beginning with orientation and continuing all four years with the Colby 360 plan, optimize learning opportunities in student life. Almost all students live on campus, and with a host of clubs, activities, teams, and more than 6,000 academic, social, and cultural events each year, students are busy. Colby's 1,850 students participate in more than 100 student-run organizations, 32 varsity teams, 11 club sports, and more than a half dozen intramural sports. Community service is also part of the fabric of the Colby experience. The student-run Colby Volunteer Center coordinates dozens of volunteer programs, and civic engagement is built into many courses.

Postgraduate Success

Colby has a superior record of placing students who seek postgraduate study, and career opportunities for graduates are virtually unlimited. The Colby Connect program, run by the Career Center, uses a 4-year sequence of activities to prepare students for careers and advanced study. Increasingly the Colby community reflects the diversity of the nation and the world, helping graduates acquire the abilities and experience to thrive in the multicultural 21st-century world. And the Colby Alumni Network provides resources to help graduates as they set out to make a profound impact on the world.

Financial Aid

The college remains committed to its policy of replacing loans in financial aid packages with grants that don't have to be repaid -- part of its longstanding commitment to accessibility for the most qualified applicants. Applying for admission is free, and financial aid packages meet 100% of need as determined by the college.


Location & Contact

Colby College

Mayflower Hill
ME 04901-8840

Mr.Steve Thomas

Director of Admissions

Phone: 207-859-4800
Fax: 207-859-4828
Email: admissions@colby.edu

Contact school now

Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
Bachelor's
Associate's
  • Natural resources/environmental science
    • Environmental Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Environmental Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Natural Resources/Conservation Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Area and ethnic studies
    • American Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Asian Studies (East)
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Latin American Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Russian Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • African American/Black Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Women's Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Computer and information sciences
    • Computer Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Foreign languages and literature
    • German
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • French
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Spanish
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Classics and Classical Languages
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • English
    • English
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Creative Writing
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Biological/life sciences
    • Biology/Biological Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Biochemistry
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Molecular Biology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Computational Biology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Environmental Biology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Neuroscience
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Mathematics and statistics
    • Mathematics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Mathematics and Statistics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Interdisciplinary studies
    • Science, Technology and Society
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • International/Global Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Ancient Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Philosophy and religious studies
    • Philosophy
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Religious Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Physical sciences
    • Chemistry
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Environmental Chemistry
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Geology/Earth Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Physics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Psychology
    • Psychology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Social sciences
    • Anthropology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Economics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Political Science and Government
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Sociology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Visual and performing arts
    • Dramatic/Theater Arts
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Art
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Fine/Studio Arts
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • History
    • History
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.

Admissions

26% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied5,407
    • Accepted1,408
    • Acceptance Rate26%
    • Enrolled1,820
    • Female Applicants2,852
    • Females Accepted776
    • Female Acceptance Rate27%
    • Male Applicants2,555
    • Males Accepted632
    • Male Acceptance Rate24%
  • Applying
    • Application Fee
    • Required for All Essay or personal statement
      Transcript of high school record
      Letter(s) of recommendation
    • Required for Some
    • Average high school GPA for first-year freshman
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
    • Fall freshmen January 1st April 1st --
    • Out-of-state Fall freshmen January 1st April 1st --
    • Early decision plan November 15th December 15th --
    • Other early decision plan January 1st February 15th --
    • Transfer March 1st May 15th --
  • Test Scores Accepted
    • Test Average School Accepted 25th Percentile* 75th Percentile*
    • SAT Critical Reading 659 620 710
    • SAT Math 675 640 720
    • SAT Writing 666 620 720
    • ACT Composite 30 28 32
    • * 25th and 75th percentile is the score that 25/75 percent of students score at or below.

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *$43,840
    • Out-of-state tuition *$43,840
    • In-district tuitionN/A
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student fees$1,920.00
    • Room and board *$11,750.00
    • Room only *$6,080.00
    • * Room and board charges vary according to board plan selected (i.e., 12-meal plan, 19-meal plan, etc.) and student level (freshman, sophomore, etc.)
  • Other Payment Considerations
    • Guaranteed tuition plan offeredNo
    • Tuition pre-payment planNo
    • Tuition payment plans offeredInstallments
    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionEmployees or children of employees

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Undergraduate Students1,820
    • Male Student Percentage48%
    • Female Student Percentage52%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic/Latino6.26%
    • Black or African American3.19%
    • White or Caucasian59.78%
    • American Indian or Alaska Native.05%
    • Asian5.38%
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific IslanderNot Reported
    • Two or more races4.78%
    • Unknown12.03%
  • Other Student Statistics
    • International Breakout8.52% representing 81 other countries
    • Out-of-state Students87% out-of-state student

Campus Life

  • Housing
    • College-owned housing available Yes
    • Housing Requirements None
    • Housing options Coed housing
    • Percentage of undergraduate students who live in college-owned housing 95%
  • Student Activities
    • Student-run campus newspaper Yes
    • Drama / theater group Yes
    • Student-run radio station Yes
    • Student-run television station No
    • Marching band No
    • Choral groups Yes
  • Student Services
    • Legal services No
    • Health clinic Yes
    • Personal / psychological counseling Yes
    • Women's center Yes
  • Student Organizations
    • Greek fraternities No
    • Greek sororities No
    • Local fraternities No
    • Local sororities No
    • Other organizations No
    • Most popular organizations Outing Club, volunteer center, WMHB-FM (College Radio Station), student government, Powder and Wig (theater)
  • Campus Security and Safety
    • 24-hour emergency telephone / alarm services Yes
    • 24-hour patrols by trained officers Yes
    • Students patrols Yes
    • Late-night transport / escort services Yes
    • Electronically-operated dormitory entrances Yes
    • Other campus lighting, student emergency response team, self-defense class, property id program, party monitors

Athletics

Member of the: NCAA Division III
  • Men's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Badmington No Division C No
    • Baseball No Division 3 No
    • Basketball Yes Division 3 No
    • Crew No Division 3 No
    • Cross-country running No Division 3 No
    • Equestrian sports No Division C No
    • Fencing No Division C No
    • Field hockey Yes No No
    • Football Yes Division 3 No
    • Golf No Division 3 No
    • Ice hockey No Division 3 No
    • Lacrosse No Division 3 No
    • Rugby No Division C No
    • Skiing No Division 1 No
    • Soccer Yes Division 3 No
    • Softball Yes No No
    • Squash No Division 3 No
    • Swimming No Division 3 No
    • Tennis No Division 3 No
    • Track No Division 3 No
    • Ultimate Frisbee No Division C No
    • Volleyball No Division C No
    • Water polo No Division C No
  • Women's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Badmington No Division C No
    • Baseball No No No
    • Basketball Yes Division 3 No
    • Crew No Division 3 No
    • Cross-country running No Division 3 No
    • Equestrian sports No Division C No
    • Fencing No Division C No
    • Field hockey Yes Division 3 No
    • Football No No No
    • Golf No Division 3 No
    • Ice hockey No Division 3 No
    • Lacrosse No Division 3 No
    • Rugby No Division C No
    • Skiing No Division 1 No
    • Soccer Yes Division 3 No
    • Softball Yes Division 3 No
    • Squash No Division 3 No
    • Swimming No Division 3 No
    • Tennis No Division 3 No
    • Track No Division 3 No
    • Ultimate Frisbee No Division C No
    • Volleyball No Division 3 No
    • Water polo No Division C No

Faculty

  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty215
    • Full-time Percentage80%
    • Part-time Percentage20%
    • Female Percentage45%
    • Male Percentage55%
    • Student:Faculty Ratio10:1 or 1,820 students to 186 faculty


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