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Colby College

Waterville, Maine

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Colby College overview
Location Waterville, Maine
Online colby.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Remote Town
Colby College overview
Size Small
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad
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Colby College, established in 1813, is a private liberal arts college located in Waterville, Maine, about 78 miles north of Portland. The college's rural, 714-acre campus is noted for its Georgian Revival architecture and a significant percentage of the student body lives on campus across 26 residence halls. Known for its rigorous academic programs, Colby offers a range of majors, with particular strengths in Environmental Science and Policy, International Studies, and Government. Its academic environment is characterized by a low student-to-faculty ratio and a selective admissions process. Though not predominantly known for its athletics, Colby competes in the NCAA Division III as the Mules, with a variety of sports offered to students.

In the most recent statistical year 16,890 prospective students applied, and 1,286 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 673 enrolled in the school.  2,299 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 0 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $60,840 plus fees of $2,680. Colby College is ranked 44 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












Colby College is rated within the top 10% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 10 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

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SAT 1430/1540
ACT 32/34
Estimated GPA 3.86

Applications Accepted

Colby College overview
Applications Due Jan 1, 2024
Applicant Competition Extreme
Application Fee $0

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for Colby College
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$850
Other Fees$2,680
Room and Board $16,330
Budget for Other Expenses$850
Total One Year Cost$81,550

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$73,400 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

91% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Colby College students
Subject Percent of Class
Social Sciences 23%
General Studies 13%
Biology 10%
English and Literature 8%
Physical Sciences 7%

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