Colby College Overview
Located in Waterville, Maine, Colby College is a private not-for-profit institution. Waterville is a great place for students who enjoy small town life.
What Is Colby College Known For?
- Colby has an impressive student to faculty ratio of 10 to 1.
- Although it may not be available for every major, the bachelor's degree is the highest award a student can attain at Colby.
- In 2017-2018, 92% of the faculty were full-time.
- Students who graduate from Colby with a bachelor's degree make about $58,100 a year. That's 42% more than those who graduate from other schools.
- On average, it takes about 4.1 years for students from Colby to earn a bachelor's degree. This is excellent when compared to the average of 4.4 years.
Colby College Rankings
Colby is ranked #99 out of 2,320 schools in the nation for overall quality on our 2021 Best Colleges list. This lands it a coveted spot in the top 5% of all colleges and universities in the country. It is also ranked #1 out of 13 schools in Maine.
These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.
Program Level Awards
These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Colby.
Awards From Around the Web
The following table lists some notable awards Colby has earned from around the web.
|#2||Best Colleges for International Studies||College Factual|
|#4||Highest Paid International Studies Graduates||College Factual|
|#18||Best Colleges for Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies||College Factual|
|#50||Highest Paid Social Sciences Graduates||College Factual|
Where Is Colby College?
Contact details for Colby are given below.
|Address:||4000 Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville, ME 04901-8840|
How Do I Get Into Colby?
You can apply to Colby online at: www.colby.edu/admission/apply/
Admission Requirements for Colby
|High School GPA||considered but not required|
|High School Rank||considered but not required|
|High School Transcript||required|
|College Prep Program||considered but not required|
|SAT or ACT Scores||required|
How Hard Is It To Get Into Colby?
Approximately 48% of accepted students are men and 52% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 16%, and the acceptance rate for women is 15%.
Average Test Scores
About 49% of students accepted to Colby submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 670 and 740. Math scores were between 670 and 760.
Can I Afford Colby College?
The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.
Student Loan Debt
While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Colby, approximately 15% of students took out student loans averaging $5,079 a year. That adds up to $20,316 over four years for those students.
Colby College Undergraduate Student Diversity
Of the 2,003 full-time undergraduates at Colby, 46% are male and 54% are female.
The racial-ethnic breakdown of Colby College students is as follows.
|Race/Ethnicity||Number of Grads|
|Black or African American||100|
|Hispanic or Latino||167|
Maine students aren't the only ones who study at Colby College. At this time, 38 states are represented by the student population at the school.
Over 69 countries are represented at Colby. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, Canada, and India.
Colby College Undergraduate Concentrations
The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.
|Natural Resources Conservation||57||57|
|Political Science & Government||55||55|
|General English Literature||17||17|
|Child Development & Psychology||17||17|
|Fine & Studio Arts||17||17|
|Neurobiology & Neurosciences||14||14|
|Geological & Earth Sciences||8||8|
|Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology||7||7|
|Science, Technology & Society||7||7|
|Drama & Theater Arts||6||6|
|Classical & Ancient Studies||4||4|
|Biomathematics & Bioinformatics||2||2|
|Classical Languages & Literature||2||2|
|Astronomy & Astrophysics||0||0|
*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.
More about our data sources and methodologies.
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