Colby College


Highest Degree Offered: Bachelors

College Type: Private

Campus Type:

Academic Calendar: Four-one-four

State: Maine


Located in Waterville, Maine, Colby College frequently ranks among the top 20 liberal arts colleges in the country. The 714-acre campus houses attractive red-brick buildings and a 128-acre arboretum. Students have 53 majors from which to choose, and the college boasts of a 10 to 1 student faculty / ratio. The college has a chapter of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa honor society. Colby wins high marks for its environmental initiatives and for its emphasis on study abroad and internationalization. The alpine and Nordic ski teams at Colby compete in Division I.

Most Popular Majors

Area Studies, Biology, Economics, English, History, Political Science

Student/Faculty Numbers

Total Students: 1847
Total Grad Students:
Undergraduate Students: 1847
Faculty: 167

Total Student/Faculty Ratio: 11:1
Undergraduate Student/Faculty Ratio: 11:1

Percent Male: 46%
Percent Female: 54%

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Graduation and Retention Information

Four-Year Graduation Rate: 86%

Six-Year Graduation Rate: 90%

Transfer-Out Rate

Graduation and Retention Data From: Spring 2010

Contact Information

4000 Mayflower Hill Drive
Waterville Maine 4901


Main Email:

Main Phone: 207-859-4000

Additional Campuses:

Admissions Contact:
Steve Thomas
Director, Admissions

Transfer Services Contact:

International Admissions Contact:

Athletics Contact:
Marcella Zalot
Director, Athletics

Applying to Transfer

Transfer Agreements:

Common App Used?

High School Transcript Required?

Minimum GPA for Applying:
There is a minimum GPA requirement of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) for transfer admission consideration.

Minimum Grades for Transfer:
Courses taken at other accredited institutions, in which grades of C or higher have been earned, may be credited toward the Colby degree.

Credits (Min/Max):
Students who hope to transfer after two years of college should know that only up to 64 semester credit hours may be transferred toward a Colby degree. You must earn 64 credits at Colby to earn a bachelor's degree.

Test Scores for Applying:
As part of the process for evaluating transfer candidates, we review the results of the SAT Reasoning Test, or the ACT. These tests may appear on your high school transcript, or you should arrange for an official score report sent by the test agency.

Letters of Recommendation Required:
Two Academic Teacher Evaluations are required.

Essay(s) required:
The submission of an essay is required.

Application Fee:
Colby accepts credit card payment of your $65 application fee online. This fee is waived for electronic applications, Maine residents, financial hardship, or transfer applicants who have previously applied to Colby.

Other Requirements:
The Colby Common Application Supplement is not required for transfer applicants. If you have a special talent, you are invited to submit materials to supplement your application, e.g., tapes of individual musical performances.

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Spring Deadline:

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Standardized Testing

ACT 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
Composite 28 32
English 28 33
Math 27 32
SAT 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
Critical Reading 620 710
Math 630 710
Writing 610 710

Standardized Testing Notes:

Transfer Statistics

Transfers Applied: 155

Transfers Accepted: 27

Transfer Percentage Accepted: 17%

Freshmen Percentage Accepted: 29%

Difference Between Transfer and Freshmen Acceptance Rates: -12%

Admissions Data From: Fall 2011


Books: 700

Other Expenses: 900

Room and Board: 10980

Tuition and Fees: 42820

Total Cost: 55400

Note on Costs:
Please visit our website at for information about comprehensive fees and charges.

Costs Data From: 2011-12

Financial Aid

General Financial Aid Information:
Financial assistance is awarded on the basis of calculated need. Candidates who wish to apply for financial aid must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the CSS Profile form.

CSS/Profile Used?

Own Financial Aid Form?

Average Amount of Aid – Grants:

Average Amount of Aid – Loans: 6953

Percent of New Students Receiving Aid: 47%

Percent of New Students Receiving Grants: 41%

Percent of New Students Receiving Loans: 24%

Financial Aid Data From: Fall 2010

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