Diversity Profile


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

AT A GLANCE

Facts About Colby
• 2,000 students, all undergraduates, come from more than 43 states and 70 countries.
• 58 majors and 35 minors
• 10:1 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. 

Alumnus in Action
Justin Owumi arrived at Colby with an open mind and a long list of goals. He immediately got involved in activities on campus, including Students for Education Reform, Gentlemen of Quality, SOBHU (Students Organized for Black and Hispanic Unity), MAV (Mules Against Violence), and the track & field team. He traveled to Ecuador for Spanish immersion and dabbled in dance, taking a ballet class and joining the Ballroom Dance Club on campus. During Jan Plan he participated in Premed Academy, shadowing surgeon Philip Peverada, MD, at MaineGeneral Medical Center. Justin, whose goal is to be a pediatric cardiologist, said this experience gave him insight into the life of a doctor. 

Justin worked as a clinical research assistant in cardiology at Boston Children’s Hospital before enrolling in the Tufts University School of Medicine in the fall of 2016. 

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. 

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. The establishment of the Buck Lab for the Environment and Climate Change provides students with unparalleled opportunities for environmentally focused research, internships, and global experiences. With funded support from the Buck Lab, students can work closely with faculty to understand complex environmental systems and make connections around the world. Every summer, students engage in research alongside Colby faculty mentors both on campus and beyond.

Education with a global reach
All students have access to global internships and research opportunities regardless of ability to pay through Colby’s new DavisConnects program. Colby connects students to experiential opportunities around the world. Many students intern and conduct research globally, and two-thirds of students study abroad with over 200 programs in 60 countries. 

Unique partnerships and internships
• Colby College Museum of Art partnerships with the Art Institute of Chicago, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston offer prestigious internship opportunities for students.

• 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.

• 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.

• 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. 

World-class visual and performing arts
• Connect to the arts and interdisciplinary research with the help of a transformative gift of more than $100 million to the Colby College Museum of Art, which will add nearly 1,150 works to the collection. The launch of the Lunder Institute for American Art establishes Colby as the only liberal arts college with a world-class art museum and a global research center for American art.

• 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. 

• 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. 

Vibrant student life
• Colby students will soon have access to a brand-new, 350,000-sq. ft. athletic center that includes a 200-meter indoor track, an Olympic-size Myrtha pool, and new spaces for both varsity athletic competitions and recreational use. The $200 million sustainably designed complex will be among the best Division III athletic facilities in the United States. 

Ongoing developments in Colby’s hometown include the construction of a downtown residence hall, supporting civic engagement in the local community.

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 they can focus on their postgraduate goals, not repaying student loan debt. 

Colby provides opportunities specifically for students with diverse experiences and perspectives. 

• The Ralph J. Bunche Scholars Program recognizes students of color who demonstrate leadership potential and academic strength. Each Bunche Scholar receives a stipend of $3,000 to pursue a summer internship and is invited to attend a weekend symposium held each spring. 

• The Colby Achievement Program in the Sciences (CAPS) begins with a six-week summer program designed to provide entering students from groups who have traditionally been underrepresented in the natural sciences with the tools they need to excel in their chosen science major. CAPS support and faculty mentoring continues through the student’s years at Colby. 

• The Commitment Experience, our fall overnight campus visit program, gives high school seniors opportunities to connect with our world-class faculty, meet our talented and diverse community of scholars, see our stunning campus firsthand, and experience life as a Colby student. Generous travel grants are available for qualified applicants.