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Undergrad Profile

Colby College, one of the country’s premier independent liberal arts colleges, is a private institution located in Waterville, Maine. 

Colby’s focus on rigorous academics and student-faculty partnerships, undergraduate research opportunities, and unique connections—to the community, to a supportive alumni network, and to global experiential learning opportunities—enriches the student experience and prepares graduates for lifelong success. Committed to making a Colby education accessible to all academically qualified students, the College meets 100% of determined financial need without loans, and there is no fee to apply. 

Pedagogy grounded in research
Working in partnership with faculty scholars on cutting-edge academic and scientific work, students regularly present at national and international conferences and become authors, coauthors, and editors of articles, editions, and book-length publications. Each spring the Colby Liberal Arts Symposium (CLAS) showcases students’ academic accomplishments, and in 2016 over 750 students presented significant research work through papers, posters, and performances. Every summer students engage in research alongside Colby faculty mentors, both on campus and beyond.

Education with a global reach
Colby connects students to experiential opportunities across the world. Many students intern and conduct research globally, and two-thirds of students study abroad with over 200 programs in 60 countries. Half of Colby’s majors have an international component, and every student fulfills international diversity and foreign language requirements.

Jan Plan: one month, infinite possibilities
Colby’s one-month academic term, Jan Plan, allows students to pursue focused course work on campus or off, independent studies, collaborative research, or internships during an intensive four-week term. For example, students intern at a Fortune 500 company or small nonprofit, study the anthropology of utopias, or travel to Bermuda for a field research course in geology.

Unique partnerships
• The Colby Museum of Art is the finest college art museum in the country and serves as a living classroom to more than 100 courses in 25 academic departments. Museum partnerships with the Art Institute of Chicago, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and the Smithsonian Institution offer prestigious internship opportunities for students.
• Colby’s partnership with the Bigelow
Laboratory for Ocean Sciences enables select juniors to work alongside research scientists studying marine ecosystems on the coast of Maine.
• The Center for the Arts and Humanities offers students the opportunity to experience the arts and humanities through an annual campus-wide interdisciplinary theme, vibrant
programming featuring renowned speakers from around the world, and humanities labs that provide experiential learning opportunities in a variety of disciplines.
• The College offers two engineering dual-degree programs. Students
can graduate with a Bachelor of Arts from Colby and obtain an engineering degree from one of two Ivy League institutions: Dartmouth College or Columbia University.
• Colby’s location in Maine provides
dynamic experiential learning opportunities through digital humanities labs; the exploration of voter participation, socioeconomics, and immigration; and environmental science and policy research on the Belgrade Lakes and beyond.

Committed to access
The Colby Commitment is an extraordinary effort to ensure that the best students from every background have access to the best possible education. Colby promises to meet 100% of demonstrated financial need for all admitted students without including loans in its financial aid packages so that students can focus on their postgraduate goals, not repaying student loan debt. There are no fees or supplementary essays required to apply to Colby.

A robust global community of alumni, parents, faculty, and staff support students as they pursue internships study abroad, engage in service learning, and perform research. New programs and initiatives such as the sequential four-year Professional Pathways Exploration and Planning (PPEP) and a new center for discovery, global impact, and postgraduate achievement will offer students multiple opportunities to engage with career counselors, advisors, recruiters, and mentors and to take advantage of Colby’s partnerships with companies, nonprofits, and international organizations.




Facts About Colby
• 2,000 students, all undergraduates, come from more than 43 states and 80 countries.
• 58 majors and 33 minors
• 9:1 student-faculty ratio
• Three out of four classes have fewer than 20 students.
• 75% of Colby graduates go on to earn an advanced degree.
• More than 20% are domestic students of color, and more than 10% are non-US citizens. 

Class of 2020 Student Profile
• 18.7% of 9,833 applicants were offered admission.
• Middle 50% SAT scores: 1270–1470
• Middle 50% ACT score: 29–33