Colby College.

Colby College

Waterville, ME4 year degree
Acceptance rate

About Colby College

Colby College is a private liberal arts college in Waterville, Maine. It was founded in 1813 as the Maine Literary and Theological Institution until it was renamed after the city it resides in with Waterville College. The donations of Christian philanthropist Gardner Colby saw the institution renamed again to Colby University before concluding on its final and current title, reflecting its liberal arts college curriculum. Approximately 1,800 students from more than 60 countries are enrolled annually. The college offers 54 major fields of study and 30 minors. Located in central Maine, the 714-acre Neo-Georgian campus sits atop Mayflower Hill and overlooks downtown Waterville and the Kennebec River Valley. Along with fellow Maine institutions Bates College and Bowdoin College, Colby competes in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) and the Colby-Bates-Bowdoin Consortium.


  • Offers and bachelor's degrees
  • 1,917 students
  • 0.42 faculty staff per student
  • Campus housing available

Notable programs at Colby College

Fine Arts
Most popular degree

The most popular degrees are Fine Arts, Environmental Science, Biology, Neuroscience, Computer Science, Mathematics, Education, and Art History.

Acceptance Rates

Acceptance Rate in 2017
Avg SAT Scores in 2017

1,767 students out of 11,190 applicants were accepted into Colby College. They had an average SAT score of 1444. 49% of people submitted their SAT score along with their applications while 55% chose to submit their ACT score.

Tuition and costs

Undergraduate tuition (2017)

In 2017, the cost of tuition at Colby College was $53,120. After taking into account the costs of books and supplies, room and board, and general living expenses, the average cost for students was $68,582.

Financial aid available at Colby College

Of undergrads receive grants
Of undergrads receive federal loans

46% of undergraduate students at Colby College received grants or loans in 2017.

The average award discount is the ratio between the average grant or scholarship value, and the cost, which is the sum of tuition, room, board, book, supplies, and other living expenses.

Average student living expenses at Colby College

Room & board
Books & supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Colby College was of $13,660 in 2017. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $735.

Diversity at Colby College

Ethnic Mix, 2017

Student Gender Mix, 2017