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

Academics: The liberal arts programs are great. The majors are a little light in req. classes, but it allows for students to explore and create their own majors.

5 College Senior

Academics: Teachers are amazing here. They truly go above and beyond the call of duty.

4 College Junior

Academics: Academics are challenging and vary depeding upon your major. Professors are usually on your side and want you to succeed and you will most likely get a grade parallel to the amount of work you put in.

4 College Junior

Academics: There are a wide variety of majors offered. There could be a few more minors but the amount of majors reflects the size of the school.

3 College Junior

Academics: The history program is pretty decently sized, there are a lot of really great professors but also a few that are really difficult to work with. There are some research opportunities and the department does try to help us out with jobs and internships.

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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

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 25 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 26 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

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