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Location
Waterville, ME
Undergrads
1,815
Tuition
$44,320
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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5 College Freshman

Academics: Professors are wonderful!

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5 College Freshman

Academics: Everything is laid out. There are different options and mixtures.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Academics at Colby are certainly some of the best in the country. The most popular departments are biology and economics. The professors at Colby are very interesting, and the great majority of them are top notch. As a planned bio major, there are more than enough resources I can use, including great study abroad options specifically for my major. From personal experience, I have found that academic deans at Colby are excellent, and they really help you navigate the school, especially as a first year.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: There are plenty of majors and minors to choose from at Colby. The language department does have a limited amount of languages to study (French, Spanish, Italian, Chinese, Russian, Japanese, German are the ones I can list from the top of my head) and some of these departments are quite small. The music department is also one of the smaller ones. The professors are great in general. They are interesting, affable, nice, and some are very amusing. They are always there to help, and every professor has office hours during which a student can come to ask for help, or simply chat. It is also very easy to ask a professor to lunch, just as it is easy to ask the president to lunch. The academics are rigorous. There is a lot of work, and to me, four classes is plenty. Certain professors can grade pretty harshly, but then again, it is very easy to ask for help in understand what that professor really wants. Overall, the academics at Colby are very rigorous and of great quality.

5 College Freshman

Academics: Colby is known as one of the best liberal arts colleges in the nation. I am taking two labs right now, which is generally regarded as a heavy load, and the workload is in no way overwhelming. The science department has a lot of very nice (and expensive) equipment that students start using as early as general chemistry.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 74th
    Most Caring Professors
  • 75th
    Most Flexible Curriculums
  • 110th
    Smartest Professors
  • 147th
    Professors Most Interested in Classes
  • 156th
    Best Registration Process

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Danny Garin
Hometown
Washington, DC
Major
Government and Economics
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At Colby, working hard is the norm and A's don't come easily in most subjects. Nevertheless, professors are accessible, helpful, brilliant in their fields, and truly caring, and the work is well worth the effort. Professors and students at Colby share a commitment to learning that stretches beyond grades and numbers. Professors want students to come out of a class with a rich understanding of the material, and students strive to learn all they can. Moreover, since Colby is a liberal arts college through and through, professors emphasize critical thought, writing skills, and speaking, regardless of the subject.

While the workload does vary with each department, every class offers unique challenges to help students acquire different skills. And, students find pleasure in sharing these skills with their peers. Professors encourage collaborative work, and Colby students lack an intra-competitive edge. Students at Colby work hard but remain inspired and motivated by the strong intellectual community fostered by a close relationship between students and professors.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
10:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
169
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
38
Total FT Faculty
174
Faculty with Terminal Degree
98%
Average Faculty Salary
$96,017
Full-Time Retention Rate
95%
Transfer-Out Rate
6%
Graduation Rate
90%
Programs/Majors Offered
39
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
No
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 64%
  • 20 to 49 students: 33%
  • 50 or more students: 3%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: No
Life Experience Credits: No
Degrees Awarded
Bachelor's degree
Most Popular Majors
  • Economics and Econometrics: 5%
  • International/Global Studies: 4%
  • Political Science and Government, General: 4%
  • Psychology: 3%
Graduation Requirements
  • Arts/fine arts
  • English (including composition)
  • Foreign languages
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Other: Diversity (US and outside US)
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
  • Social science
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Other Academic Offerings
  • Cross-registration
  • Double major
  • Exchange student program (domestic)
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Student-designed major
Best Places to Study
  • Fireside Lounge
  • Library
  • Lovejoy classrooms
  • Pugh Center
  • The Spa
Tips to Succeed
  • Don't be afraid of the professors-they're good resources.
  • Don't be afraid of the upperclassmen-they're your most valuable resource.
  • Go to office hours or after-class study sessions.
  • Read the Digest. Or at least skim it.
  • Work hard but also relax.

Student Polls

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  • Academic advisers
  • Class availability
  • Consistency in grading
  • Course subject variety
  • Curriculum flexibility
  • Gen-Ed requirements
  • Manageability of workload
  • Online course options
  • Quality of teaching assistants (TAs)
  • Scheduling/registration process
  • Technology in the classroom

Rate your school's professors on the following topics    Based on 25 responses

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  • Accessibility
  • Communication skills
  • General knowledge
  • Interest in class subjects
  • Interest in students
  • Time spent in classroom
  • Use of teaching assistants

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