Colby College

Warterville, Maine
4-year Private university


Colby College is a private institution established in 1813 with rural setting located at Waterville. It is ranked 12 in National Liberal Arts Colleges in 2018 edition of Best Colleges. It practices 4-1-4-based academic calendar. There are approximately 100 student-run clubs and organizations on campus, ranging from the Colby Ballroom Dance Club to the Society Organized Against Racism. Colby has more than 50 majors across more than 20 academic departments. The most popular majors are biology, economics, English, history, global studies, government and psychology. Colby’s 4-1-4 academic calendar features the Jan Plan, a four-week term during which students can pursue an internship, independent study or focused course work.

#12 in National Liberal Arts Colleges
Location Warterville, Maine
Type 4-year Private
Year Founded 1813
Selectivity High
Size Small
1,917 Undergraduates


Student-Faculty Ratio
Social Sciences
Most Popular Major

Majors Available

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, And Group Studies
  • Biological And Biomedical Sciences
  • Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services
  • Education
  • English Language And Literature/Letters
  • Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics
  • History
  • Mathematics And Statistics
  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Natural Resources And Conservation
  • Philosophy And Religious Studies
  • Physical Sciences
  • Psychology
  • Social Sciences
  • Visual And Performing Arts


Cost of Attendance
Average Student Contribution
Instate Tution Fee $55,210
Outstate Tuition Fee $55,210
Room and Board Fees $14,190
$55,000 Median Salary After 2 years of Graduation


19% (High Selectivity) Acceptance Rate
Admission Difficulty: Very Difficult
$0 Application Fee
3.9 Average High School GPA

Application Requirements

SAT/ACT Optional
SAT/ACT Writing (essay) Recommended
SAT Subject Test Recommended
Essay or Personal Statement Required
SAT Score Range
Middle 50% (25% - 75%) scores range
ACT Score Range
Middle 50% (25% - 75%) scores range

How to Apply?

Accepts CommonApp
Other Applications Accepted Coalition Application Questbrige Application

For International Students

100 Minimum TOEFL Score
TOEFL Requirement: Required
IELTS, DET Other English Language Tests Accepted
(in lieu of TOEFL)
TOEFL Waived if

English is your first language or your current language of instruction

Deadlines for Fall Intake Applications
Early Decision Deadline
Early Decision II Deadline
Regular Decision Deadline
Transfer Applications
Transfer Applications Deadline
For Financial Aid
Financial Aid Priority Application Deadline
Financial Aid Application Deadline

Scholarships and Financial Aid

$47,442 Average Financial Aid
Need-based Aid available for International Students

Need-based Aid

$49,873 Average Need-based Aid
Cost of Attendance for out-of-state students: $70,135
100% Students with need received Financial Aid
100% Students had their need fully met
Deadline for need-based financial application February 1
Forms to be submitted CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE, FAFSA

Merit Scholarships

Colby National Merit Scholarship
Total Worth $500 - $1,000 per year
Eligibility National Merit Scholarship finalists, recognized by the NMS Corporation and Colby College
Minimum Criteria --
Requirement for maintenance Academic good standing
Separate application needed No
Application deadline N/A

Other Scholarships

Not Available


1,917 Total Undergraduate Enrollment
School Size: Small
94% Freshmen return to Sophomore Year
92% Students graduate within 6 years