Founded in 1813, Colby is one of America’s most selective colleges. Serving only undergraduates, Colby’s rigorous academic program is rooted in deep exploration of ideas and close interaction with world-class faculty scholars. 

Students pursue intellectual passions, choosing among 58 majors or developing their own. Independent and collaborative research, study abroad, and internships offer robust opportunities to prepare students for postgraduate success. The Colby campus and its location in Waterville, Maine, enhance learning and support intense conections among students and professors.

Undergraduates enjoy easy access to world-class research institutions through partnerships with Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences and Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory. Ongoing study of the local Belgrade Lakes provides students additional research experiences within minutes of campus. Exceptional facilities, including state-of-the-art academic buildings and labs and the finest college art museum in the country, enrich the academic program. Colby's Museum of Art is an integral resource for the College, with more than 100 courses across the curriculum using it as a place for teaching and learning each year.

Colby connections extend beyond Mayflower Hill to all parts of the world. Nearly 70 percent of students study abroad, choosing among 200 programs in more than 60 countries. Connections to a global community of alumni and parents—plus partnerships with companies, nonprofits, and international institutions—offer students opportunities for internships, service learning, and research.

Basic details

  • Region: Northeast
  • Location: Waterville, Maine
  • Campus setting: Rural
  • Type of institution: Private; Liberal Arts College

Admissions information and areas of study offered

  • Percentage of students admitted: 18.7%
  • Average ACT range: 29-33
  • Average SAT range: 1270-1470 (without writing)
  • Test optional? No
  • Common Application accepted? Yes
  • Areas of study offered include: Anthropology; Art History; Arts; Biology; Chemistry; Computer Science; Creative Writing; Dance; Drama/Theatre Arts; Economics; Education; Ethnic/Cultural Studies; English; Environmental Sciences; Film/Cinema Studies; Geography; Gender Studies; History; Humanities; International Relations; Languages; Liberal Arts; Literature; Mathematics; Museum Studies; Music; Neuroscience; Philosophy; Physics; Political Science; Psychology; Public Relations/Affairs; Sociology
  • Full list of majors available:


  • International students are eligible for: Need-based aid
  • Estimated yearly cost (including tuition, board, room and student fees): $64,600


  • Athletic association for the majority of sports: NCAA - Division III
  • Varsity sports: Men's American Football; Men's Athletics / Track and Field; Women's Athletics / Track and Field; Men's Baseball; Women's Softball; Men's Basketball; Women's Basketball; Men's Cross Country; Women's Cross Country; Women's Field Hockey; Men's Football / Soccer; Women's Football / Soccer; Men's Golf; Women's Golf; Men's Ice Hockey; Women's Ice Hockey; Men's Lacrosse; Women's Lacrosse; Men's Rowing; Women's Rowing; Women's Skiing; Men's Skiing; Men's Swimming and Diving; Women's Swimming and Diving; Men's Tennis; Women's Tennis; Men's Volleyball; Women's Volleyball; Add

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