Colby College

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 enrollments 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.

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Colby College
4000 Mayflower Hill Drive
Waterville , ME 04901-8840
General Phone: (207) 859-4000

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Colby Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts303African studies, American studies, East Asian studies, Latin American studies, Russian studies, area studies, women's studies, area and Cultural studies, German language, ...
Science104biology, science and society, chemistry, geology, physics
Therapy and Counseling27psychology
Conservation and Resource Management13environmental studies, environmental science
Fine Arts12fine arts, art history and criticism
Religion and Philosophy12philosophy, religion
Music8music history and theory
Art Studies7art studies
Business and Management5business administration, managerial economics
Computer Science and Engineering3computer science
Drama and Performing Arts0drama

Number of programs and degrees for Colby in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree52141

Colby Student Body

In 2007-2008, Colby had a total enrollment of 1,867 students (2,046 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 49%
Women 51%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 75%
Black 2%
Hispanic 3%
Asian 7%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 6%
(Foreign Students) 6%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 0%
18-19 41%
20-21 46%
22-24 13%
25-29 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

New York8%
(International Students)8%
New Jersey5%
New Hampshire4%
Rhode Island1%

Colby Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 93 %

Colby Room and Board (2007)

Colby offers campus housing for 1,795 of its 2,046 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Waterville, Maine for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Maine Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 21 meals per week.

Colby Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal640720
SAT Math640710
SAT Writing630710
ACT Verbal2733
ACT Math2732
ACT Composite2831

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Formal Demonstration of Competencerecommended
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT77%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT35%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Colby Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
Books and supplies $ 700
Other expenses $ 900

Financial Aid:
Colby participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 203900)

Colby Faculty

Colby has a tenure system for faculty.

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year47$122,41525$106,512
Associate professoracademic year17$84,87120$85,254
Assistant professoracademic year24$69,79833$67,157
Instructoracademic year4$57,0002*
All faculty totalacademic year92$98,90780$83,738

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Colby Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football New England Small College Athletic Conference
Basketball New England Small College Athletic Conference
Baseball New England Small College Athletic Conference
Track New England Small College Athletic Conference

Colby Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other
Business/Managerial Economics

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Science
Environmental Studies

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Fine Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Liberal Arts
African Studies
American/United States Studies/Civilization
Area Studies, Other
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies, Other
Classics/Classical Languages, Lit & Linguistics, General
Creative Writing
East Asian Studies
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other
French Language and Literature
German Language and Literature
History, General
Latin American Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Russian Studies
Spanish Language and Literature
Women's Studies

Mathematics, General


Music History, Literature, and Theory

Religion And Philosophy
Religion/Religious Studies

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Geology/Earth Science, General
Physics, General
Science, Technology and Society

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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