Colby College

485 reviews
  1. Waterville, ME
  2. 4 Year
A+
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Value
    A
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    A-
  5. Athletics
    B
  6. Party Scene
    B+
  7. Professors
    A+
  8. Location
    C+
  9. Dorms
    A-
  10. Campus Food
    A
  11. Student Life
    A-
  12. Safety
    B-
Colby College is ...
Private not-for-profit
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
New England Small College Athletic Conference
Address
4000 Mayflower Hill Drive
Waterville, ME 04901
Website

Colby College Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
28%
SAT Range
1230-1430
ACT Range
28-32
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Recommended

Cost

Net Price
$18,477/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $1,710/ year
  • $30-48k
    $3,580/ year
  • $49-75k
    $9,186/ year
  • $76-110k
    $24,111/ year
  • $110k+
    $35,722/ year

Academics

Professors
A+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
10:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
97%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.34 responses
82%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.34 responses
62%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.34 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,847Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
0%
Pell Grant
10%
Varsity Athletes
35%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 11 responses
Report
  • Work really hard and Play even harder
    55%
  • Work hard and play hard
    36%
  • White and active
    9%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
100%
Poll
89%
of students say they don't have Greek life.27 responses
Poll
55%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.40 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 11 responses
Report
  • Alcoholism. Also great academic school.
    36%
  • White, Outdoorsy, but Welcoming
    36%
  • Challenging hidden beauty
    18%
  • Explore your interests freely
    9%

After Colby College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$53,000/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
90%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
92%
National
83%
64%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.14 responses

Reviews

485 reviews
  • Excellent
    108
  • Very Good
    191
  • Average
    144
  • Poor
    24
  • Terrible
    18
Many things set Colby apart from other schools. First, the diversity at Colby is omnipresent and is really felt. People from Europe, Asia, Africa, all over the world... you can find them at Colby. Second, the people are exceptionally nice. In fact, the people at Colby were the main reason I chose to apply early decision there. It feels like a tight community, yet the college is big enough so that things are not "too tight". Though Colby is in Waterville, and technically "in the middle of nowhere", there are plenty of things to do, especially if you are an outdoorsy person: skiing, hiking, canoeing, ice-climbing, rafting, nordic-skiing, and much, much more. On the week ends, there tends to be a lot of drinking (but hey! where isn't there any drinking?) but you can easily attend parties without being peer pressured to drink, and there are plenty of people on campus who do not party and find other things to do. SPB at Colby makes sure to bring events to you, and many great artists have come to perform at the college. You can have the choice to live in a substance-free dorm if you do not enjoy loud music and parties. Professors at Colby are really interesting. They are very engaged in their subject and they will most definitively help you if you are struggling in a particular area. Academics at Colby in general are great. I hear Colby gives excellent scholarships and grants to students. I will emphasize, however, that what sets Colby apart from the rest is the people.
  • College Freshman
  • Dec 5 2013
We have an awesome campus! And in consequences, we have the chance to experience a magnificent school life here at Colby.
1. Facilities
We have a dozen of different residential buildings and place to rest. Different dorms are divided by &quot;traditional&quot;, &quot;quiet&quot; and &quot; substance-free&quot; columns. We also have a indoor botanic garden for environmental studies; a tennis court and a football court; a theater; 3 libraries and 3 excellent dining halls.
2. Student Center
Our student center has so many different names as &quot;the Pugh center&quot;,&quot;the SPA&quot;, &quot;the Pulver Pavallion&quot;...Usually we hang out here and get rest between classes.
3. Campus Activities
We have over 100 clubs on campus! All of then are fun. For example we have outing club that lead us to outside of Colby and go hiking; Echo-the newspaper of campus is presenting us amazing stories; Dumela- a club that helps people in poverty and try to reach out to students that need helps.
  • College Freshman
  • Oct 8 2012
There are some great places to eat off campus in Waterville. Seriously. And I'm a picky eater. Mainely's has a great Boston Irish pub feel and delicious burgers. Pad Thai Too is the best Pad Thai you will ever eat. Grand central's brick oven pizza is to die for. Selah Tea and Jorgensen's are awesome cafes to study in. Buen Appetito is a go-to for Mexican food. Kennebec Cafe's sweet potato donuts are like heaven. Big G's serves the biggest (and extraordinarily delicious) sandwiches you can find. You've also got your chain restaurants. And we have a Starbucks, which is clutch. We are not far from great places to eat in Hallowell and Augusta, and Portland makes a great day trip!
  • College Senior
  • Mar 7 2013