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Colby Admissions Information

Colby College
Waterville, ME (map)


Founded in 1813, Colby College is a private liberal arts college located in Waterville, Maine. Known for its outstanding academics and engaged faculty, Colby was voted #23 by the U.S. News and World Report among liberal arts colleges; this stellar reputation has led Colby to be known as a Little Ivy, comparable to the excellence of an Ivy League university. A rigorous academic program lies in the heart of a Colby education, which is international and cultivates a curiosity and global citizenship for its students. Two-thirds of Colby students study abroad and half have majors with an international component.

Within a 60 miles radius from Colby’s Waterville campus, students can shop in the state’s capital of Augusta, or visit state parks for activities such as camping, hiking, rafting, boating, and kayaking. On campus, there are many opportunities to get involved in a club or organization. For those leaning towards academic clubs, there are the Arabic Language and Culture Club, the debate society, and the Medieval Reading Society. For those interested in sports, there are the cricket club, equestrian club, and gymnastics club.



Basic Info

Main Address: 4000 Mayflower Hill
Waterville, ME 04901-8840
Phone Number: (207) 859-4000  
Website: www.colby.edu  


Type of school: Private, liberal arts  
Type of school: Coed  
Setting: Rural  
Athletics: Division III, intramural, and club sports  
Degrees offered: Bachelor's  
Size of undergraduate student body: 1,825  
Percent out-of-state: 90%  
Percent international: 5.28%  
Female to Male ratio: 54:46  

Academic Life

Student to Professor ratio: 10:1  
Most popular majors: Biology/Biological Sciences
Political Science and Government
Special study programs: Cross-Registration
Double Major
Honors Program
Independent Study
ROTC, Army
Semester At Sea
Student-Designed Major
Study Abroad
Teacher Certification
Visiting/Exchange Student Program
Washington Semester

Campus Life

Housing options:
Coed Housing Wellness housing (alcohol/drug/smoke-free)
Choral groups
Film society
Jazz band
Music ensembles
Radio station
Student newspaper
Concert band
International students
Literary magazine
Musical theater
Student government
Symphony orchestra

Fun Facts

  • Voted #2, Most Popular Study Abroad Program.
  • Famous alumni include Pulitzer Prize winner Annie Proulx and Gossip Girl author Cecily von Ziegesar.
  • Voted #11, Best Campus Food.

Admissions Information

Colby has a 34% acceptance rate, establishing the liberal arts college as selective. Admission officials examine a variety of factors when deciding whom to admit into their college. The school seeks academically talented students who also offer unique qualities which may add to the diversity of the campus.

When reviewing applications, selection officials consider an applicant's school record and personal qualities to be the most important factors for acceptance. Secondary to these considerations are the applicant's class rank, essay, letters of recommendation, extracurricular activities, standardized test scores, talent, ethnicity, and academic GPA. Colby also considers alumni relation, geographical residence, interview, volunteer work, work experience, and the applicant's interest in attending Colby. Overall, Colby values students with potential to do well academically and to contribute to the college's student life.

Admissions address: 4800 Mayflower Hill
Waterville, ME 04901-8848
Phone number: (800) 723-3032  
Fax number: (207) 859-4828  
Admissions Website: http://www.colby.edu/admissions_cs/  
Email: admissions@colby.edu  
Contact Person: Parker Beverage, Dean of Admission and Financial Aid  
Number of first-year applications received: 4,519  
Percent of applicants admitted: 34%  

Application Information

Regular application deadline: January 1  
Early decision/action deadline: November 15 (Early Decision)  
Accepts the Common Application? Yes  
Admission requirements: Essay
Standardized test scores
2 Academic Teacher Evaluation(s)
School Report
Mid Year Report
Final Report
Interview (optional)

Application Information

Standardized test scores required? SAT Reasoning Test or ACT
If submitting ACT, the writing section is recommended
SAT II Subject Tests (required for some)
Policy regarding SAT score-use: Highest Section Scores Across Test Dates  
Middle 50% Scores



% Who Submitted Scores
SAT Critical Reading
SAT Math
SAT Writing
ACT Composite

College Board code: 3280  
ACT code: 1638  
Learn more about other Northeastern schools:
University of Vermont   Bates   Middlebury   Bowdoin  

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