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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?

608 Undergraduate Awards
$52,423 Avg Cost After Aid
16% Acceptance Rate
  • 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.

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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.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Classical & Ancient Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#5 Best Interdisciplinary Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#6 Best International Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#17 Best Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#35 Most Popular Area Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#36 Best Anthropology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#42 Best Economics Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#46 Best Political Science & Government Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#63 Best Sociology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#93 Most Popular Natural Resources & Conservation Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Colby has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#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?

Location of Colby College

Contact details for Colby are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 4000 Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville, ME 04901-8840
Phone: 207-859-4000
Website: www.colby.edu
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/colbycollege
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/colbycollege

How Do I Get Into Colby?

You can apply to Colby online at: www.colby.edu/admission/apply/

Admission Requirements for Colby

Submission Required?
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
Recommendations required
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Colby?

16% Acceptance Rate
52% Of Accepted Are Women
49% Submit SAT Scores
If you plan to apply to Colby, make sure you don't wait until the last minute to fill out your application. The school is one of the most selective in the United States and has a low acceptance rate of 16%. If you are admitted, that's something to brag about!

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.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Colby College  ( 670 to 740 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for Colby College  ( 670 to 760 )
200
800
Colby received ACT scores from 55% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 31 and 35. Math scores were between 28 and 33. Composite scores were between 31 and 33.

ACT English Scores for Colby College  ( 31 to 35 )
1
36
ACT Math Scores for Colby College  ( 28 to 33 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for Colby College  ( 31 to 33 )
1
36

Can I Afford Colby College?

$52,423 Net Price
15% Take Out Loans
The overall average net price of Colby is $52,423. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

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

2,003 Full-Time Undergraduates
54% Women
27% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Gender Diversity

Of the 2,003 full-time undergraduates at Colby, 46% are male and 54% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Colby

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Colby College students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Colby Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 164
Black or African American 100
Hispanic or Latino 167
White 1,212
International Students 192
Other Races/Ethnicities 168

Geographic Diversity

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.

Major Bachelor’s TOTAL
Economics 71 71
Natural Resources Conservation 57 57
Political Science & Government 55 55
International Studies 36 36
Computer Science 34 34
Area Studies 33 33
General Psychology 31 31
History 24 24
Mathematics 22 22
Romance Languages 21 21
General Biology 18 18
General English Literature 17 17
Physics 17 17
Child Development & Psychology 17 17
Fine & Studio Arts 17 17
Chemistry 15 15
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 14 14
General Education 14 14
Philosophy 12 12
Writing Studies 11 11
Statistics 9 9
Anthropology 9 9
Geological & Earth Sciences 8 8
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 7 7
Science, Technology & Society 7 7
Drama & Theater Arts 6 6
Ethnic Studies 5 5
Classical & Ancient Studies 4 4
Interdisciplinary Studies 4 4
Sociology 3 3
Biomathematics & Bioinformatics 2 2
Classical Languages & Literature 2 2
Germanic Languages 2 2
Religious Studies 2 2
Music 2 2
Astronomy & Astrophysics 0 0
TOTAL 608 608

References

*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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