Location: Waterville, Maine
Funding: Private college
Percent Women: 52%
Tuition (one year): $61,1000 including room and board
Most Popular Majors: Economics, biology, English, government, and global studies
Greek Life: No
Acceptance Rate: 28%
For more information about financial aid, scholarships, majors, study abroad, and average test scores, visit Colby's website at http://www.colby.edu/admission/.
Why Choose Colby?
“I didn't get in to my top-choice school, and Colby was my favorite among the schools I did get into.”
“I liked the small classes, location, reputation, and liberal arts curriculum.”
“I chose Colby because of its size, enclosed campus, and proximity to home.”
"I chose Colby because of the positive, inclusive environment that I felt when I visited. I also loved what I saw of the relationship between students and professors."
"I always knew that I wanted a small, liberal arts college in New England, but when I visited Colby, there was something special about it. I couldn't find one flaw with it and I just felt that there was some sort of magic here. Now that I'm here, I still feel that magic everyday!"
"My brother went to Colby, so I knew the lay of the land. When I was applying, Colby had everything I was looking for and I got lucky enough to get in."
"The size (I come from a small high school so it's a perfect size for me), the campus (it's beautiful), and the student body (everyone is so active and friendly).”
“Colby's best feature is its professors, who are really invested in teaching.”
“The best part about Colby is the people. Everyone is laid back and friendly here!”
"Doghead, though cliché, is probably my favorite tradition. The best tradition with Dogheadm besides watching the sunset from Miller steps, is the massive food fight in Dana. If not for anything else, stay up so you can have that Dana breakfast!"
“I love the small class sizes and the ability to know mostly everyone I go to school with.”
"The athletic center needs to be expanded and will therefore be more usable for students because right now it gets too crowded in the afternoon and there aren't enough machines for everyone."
“It's easy to stay on campus all of the time and forget that there is a world outside Colby.”
“Colby can sometimes feel too small.”
“As an English and sociology double major, the two science distribution requirements are a pain to get through.”
"Sometimes, I feel like the administration doesn't fully listen to the student body's needs."
New Collegiette on Campus
"I had the best possible COOT experience when I was a freshman. My COOT parents were amazing and even though my COOT mom graduated, I still keep in touch with her! I loved COOT so much that I applied to be a COOT leader for my sophomore year and got the job! That was an incredible opportunity for me to meet new first-years and show them the lay of the land. The cutest is when I see them around campus and they call me mom."
"I liked having the dorms mixed so I could meet people from other grades. Also, COOT was so fun and an awesome way to meet people."
"I liked having an instant COOT family to start my Colby career."
All About Academics
"It's really refreshing going to a school where students really value academics and Colby facilitates an environment where students are really close to their professors."
It's very easy to find research opportunities on campus and with the professors that you have established relationships with. Professors are very open to providing students with the support needed to enhance their academic careers and prepare them for real life experiences outside of class."
"My freshman advisor makes sure I'm getting my requirements done on schedule with my major. He comes in specifically to meet with me and always asks me how Colby is outside of academics."
"There are a lot spots on campus to study! There are three libraries on campus: Miller, which is the main libary, Bixler, the art library, and Olin, the science library. Lots of students study in the libraries, but others choose to study in classrooms, the spa (which is in the student center), dorm lounges, their dorm rooms, or if it's nice out, on Miller lawn! It's never hard to find a place to get work done at Colby."
“Everything depends on the professor. First semester, I had a couple of professors that I didn't like very much, and I really hated the classes. This semester, all of my professors are amazing and it makes a huge difference. Also, the way that the requirements are set up, you have a lot of options.”
“Classes are engaging, homework is manageable, and quizzes are reasonable. Most professors really care about their students’ success and are very understanding.”
“Most classes are extremely difficult and require a lot of work. It can be frustrating when you think you'll have all these small classes and then end up in intro classes of fifty or a hundred people, but as the classes get less general and have fewer students, you develop a much better relationships with your professors.”
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Learn from the Best
"Steve Wurtzler in the Cinema Studies department is probably the best professor I've had at Colby. Do yourself a favor and take his introduction to cinema studies class if you get the chance. You will not regret it."
"Passage to India with Professor Singh is an amazing class. I have learned so much about different cultures and traditions, specifically of India that I never knew before. It has opened my eyes to the idea that a country is not simply what the media says it is. It's not a part of my major (I'm a Bio major), but I took the class because I had a special interest in it and heard great things about Professor Singh."
"I took Principles of Microeconomics with Professor Dissanayak because I wanted to expand my horizons, and I'm so happy that I did. Even though I'm not an Econ major, I learned a lot in this class and got to know Professor D. very well by going to his office hours for extra help or just to chat. I hope that I can take another Econ class before I graduate."
"My freshman year at Colby, I took Intro to Studio Art with Professor Mitchell. I thought it would be an easy course to satisfy my art requirement, but I was proved so wrong. This course challenged me in ways I didn't realize that I could be challenged and taught me to use a completely different part of my brain than I ever had before. Thanks to that class, I'm now a Studio Art major!"
"Office hours are so necessary at a school like Colby. You should really get to know your professors-- that's one of the best parts of this school. There's no other way to do it than to go to their office hours and even just talk with them about the course or life outside of academics. I got super close to one of my professors, and he invited me and a couple other kids in my class to his house for dinner. That's a very common thing that you'll see at Colby, but only if you take advantage of the office hours that professors offer."
Interests & Involvement
"Colby students are really involved in extracurricular activities. It's really great that there are so many different types of clubs on campus because there's really never a way for you to be bored or lonely."
"It's really easy to join or make a club. You have to go in front of SGA (Student Government Association) and talk about your club, it's goals, plans, etc. From there, they decide whether to accept it or not, which they usually do."
"I've enjoyed everything about being a part of the clubs that I'm in. It's an awesome way to meet people with similar interests to me, and I actually met my boyfriend in a club that I'm in!"
"I wasn't involved in many activities my first year at Colby, and I regret it. Some of my closest friends here now are from the clubs that I've joined since my sophomore year."
“Since it is such an active school, there are TONS of opportunities to play sports. There are all kinds of club teams that you can join, and they're all really friendly even if you've never played the sport. iPlay is really fun because you can create your own teams and it's a good way to compete against your friends in a really casual setting. If there is a sport or club that you want to join that isn't offered, you can always create your own club.”
“Almost the whole school participates in CCAK. Many people are either on sports teams or participate in iPlay sports.”
"Lots of options, and a great way to get to know people."
“The sports are great here because your life isn't consumed by them. You can actually be friends with and hang out with the athletes - it is a lot different from a D1 school in that way.”
“Everyone is really involved on campus and there is a lot of variety in the selection of clubs, especially given the size of the school.”
"The most well-known of our schools varsity teams are the Cross-Country and Women's Lacrosse Teams. They're ranked nationally, and multiple local news articles have been published recently about their committed teams. Most of our other teams are not as well-known or as successful in their games."
"Some people will show up to games, but mostly only if they know someone on the team and want to support that person, although everyone will go to the homecoming games and if we’re playing a huge rival of ours, like Bates or Bowdoin."
"Our club sports are also a huge part of the sports culture at Colby. Women’s Rugby almost went to nationals last year, but had to forfeit their last game due to a lack of funding from the College. They placed third in their league this year."
"There does seem to be a little bit of an athlete culture, only because the teams are so unified and the teammates are so close. Most teams have dinner together after practice and throw parties for the team on weekends. However, many athletes at Colby participate in other non-athletic extracurricular activities, so we don't feel as if there is as much of a divide."
"It’s okay to be a non-athlete here. It may seem like everyone you know is on a team, but in reality, everyone just has activities they do and some of them happen to be athletic."
"I'm a WGSS (Women's Gender, and Sexuality Studies) major, and it's been an awesome way to feel strong and in touch with myself and other women on campus."
"Colby has really strong women's groups on campus. There's the Feminist Alliance, which is for more than just women, and also the Women of Color Alliance (WOCA). These groups are generally pretty active on campus, and they throw annual events like 'Take Back the Night' and 'Sex Pub,' which are all related to women's issues."
"Girls can wear anything they want to here. The vibe is pretty non-judgemental. But it gets cold up here, so you'll probably see a lot of sweaters, leggings, boots, and stuff."
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Food & Drink
"Personally, I think that the dining halls are pretty good. Dana food isn't as good of quality as Foss or Bob's, so it's a bummer that it's always open on weekends, but so is Bob's so it's fine. Off-campus food is great-- there are a ton of cheap places that are still delicious."
“Dining hall food is good but it gets boring. The best places to eat are Pad Thai Too and Jorgensons.”
“There’s pretty much something for everyone. Even though I’m not a huge Foss fan, I can usually find something good if I want to eat there out of convenience (I live in Foss this year). I definitely prefer Bobs or Dana. The Spa is a nice place for lunch or a quick breakfast.”
“Dining halls get old pretty quickly, but you can usually mix it up if you're creative. There are actually some really good places to eat around Waterville and none are very expensive, which is great.”
“Social life includes heavy drinking, parties in the senior apartments on campus, and at off-campus sports houses.”
"Some nights at Colby are really fun, and it is convenient to not have to go off campus and worry about driving. But other nights can be sort of dead-- for example, if a bunch of teams have practice or games the next day. Since it's such a small school, you get to know a lot of people though, so even just walking across campus is fun because there are so many people to chat with."
“People like to have fun at Colby and will go out on the weekends. There's a pub on campus for students over twenty-one, and on Thursday nights people go to the bars in town. Going off-campus is really fun and there is usually a party off-campus every weekend. people have dorm parties, but that's usually just before going out. The programming board does a good job of planning events for people who may not like to go out and drink such as bowling, chocolate tastings in town, etc.”
“The social scene is really fluid, and you can move easily between different groups. There are lots of different groups and different ways to get involved. It's pretty easy to find somewhere to go on weekend nights, especially with the sports teams. Campus is pretty active on weekends.”
"Dorms on campus are coed and totally mixed class years, except for Hillside, which is only freshmen and sophomores, and the Senior Apartments. This creates a really awesome bond between classes, because freshmen can easily live next to a junior or senior quad."
“Some of the dorms are older and not nearly as nice inside, but they might have a better location. It's really nice to have all ages living together; it's a good way to meet a lot of older people as a freshman.”
“Living off-campus can be a little weird, as the city is not that nice, but houses are generally passed down from other Colby students and tend to be in the nicer areas.”
“I live in chem-free, which, even if you are not a chem-free person, is a nice option considering the dorms are quieter and cleaner.”
“The dorms are nice enough, but unfortunately, the housing lottery is a terrible system. Off-campus housing is a really great option, but the only way to find a good house is by asking around, so get to know older kids.”
"Honestly, Barrels is really cool-- it has a feel that I'd get in a big city, like back home in the Bay Area... it has a really nice small town staff and great local products."
"Jorgensen's is an amazing place to get a quick bite or sit and do homework if you want to get off campus. Jorgie's offers everything from soups and salads to delicious breakfast sandwiches!"
"It can kind of be a trek to get into town, but Colby has a Jitney service, which makes hourly runs into town to pick you up and drop you off."
"There's a bunch of nightlife options in town for 21+, including bars and restaurants (and even one club!), but 21+ kids usually go to the Pub on campus."
"Colby is definitely making an increased effort to pour resources and energy into Waterville, with involvement in programs like Colby Cares about Kids (CCAK), the Colby Volunteer Center (CVC), and participating in the Farmer's Markets and seasonal festivals."
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