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Study at Colby College

Colby College was originally established as the Maine Literary and Theological Institution in 1813. In 1821, it was renamed the Waterville College. It got its present name during the Civil War when Gardner Colby made a large donation to prevent the college from closing down. Colby College became a coeducational institute in 1871. It is located on a 714-acre campus in Waterville, Maine. Colby College's recent Enrolments have been more than 1, 500 students.

Colby College offers more than 500 courses in over 50 disciplines. The academic divisions of the college include:

  • Division of Humanities
  • Division of Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Division of Natural Sciences
  • Division of Social Sciences
The sports teams of Colby College are known as the Mules. They participate in alpine skiing, baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, ice hockey, track, tennis, lacrosse, soccer, swimming, squash, softball, and volleyball.

Profile of Colby College

Colby is in a self-contained town, in Waterville, ME. The school is classified as a private, not-for-profit college. Students at Colby earn degrees up to the Bachelor's degree.

Course Topics

There are more programs of study at the school than you'll find at most colleges of similar size. The most common major fields study at Colby include music, science, mathematics, liberal arts, and conservation and resource management.

Colby Selectivity

The school does not admit all applicants. of people who applied to Colby in 2007, 32% were accepted. The middle range of verbal SAT scores in 2007 was 640 to 720 for students at the school. While math SAT scores among applicants varied, those accepted commonly had scores between 640 and 720.


One indicator of school quality is the number of students per professor, and here Colby does well in comparison to most schools. Some professors at the school are awarded tenure, allowing the school to retain good faculty members. Faculty salaries at Colby are higher than most.

Student Enrolment

The school, in 2007, had 1, 867 students (1, 867 full-time equivalent).

Student Life

Colby is not thought of as a commuter school, and many students live on campus or nearby. Dorm living is common. Colby makes available student meal plans. Athletic teams at the school belong to the New England Small College Athletic Conference for major sports.

Colby Programs and Degrees
General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors
Liberal Arts288economics, political science, English, history, area studies, creative writing, sociology, French language, . . .
Science74biology, chemistry, physics, science and society, geology
Therapy and Counselling18psychology
Conservation and Resource Management14environmental studies, environmental science
Music12music history and theory
Religion and Philosophy11philosophy, religion
Fine Arts7fine arts, art history and criticism
Computer Science and Engineering5computer science
Business and Management4business administration
Art Studies3art studies
Drama and Performing Arts3drama

Contact: Colby

Colby College

4000 Mayflower Hill Drive

Waterville, ME 04901

General Phone: (207) 872-3000


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