One of the nation’s premier liberal arts colleges, Colby offers 58 majors and 35 minors, close interaction with world-class faculty scholars, and guaranteed opportunities for research, internships, and global learning. Colby's rigorous academic experience is rooted in the deep exploration of ideas and connected to the world's most complex challenges. Unique connections—to the local community, to a supportive alumni network, and to global experiential learning opportunities—enrich the Colby experience and prepare graduates for lifelong success.
Colby's diverse and collaborative community represents more than 80 countries and more than 43 states, with each student bringing their unique background, experience, perspective, interests and voice to the community. Through the Colby Commitment, the College ensures the most talented students from all backgrounds have access to the best possible education. Colby meets 100% of demonstrated need without including student loans in financial aid packages. Families with a total income of $60,000 or less and typical assets should expect a parent or guardian contribution of $0. There is no fee to apply, and students may self-report either the SAT, ACT or two SAT Subject Tests for admission.
The College’s DavisConnects program guarantees access to a global internship or research experience and provides advising to all Colby students beginning in their first year. Students on a pre-professional track meet regularly with a designated advisor as they prepare and apply for admission to the country’s best graduate programs. A robust global community of alumni and parents—as well as partnerships with companies, nonprofits, and international institutions—provides every Colby student with an extensive career and personal network, regardless of their background. Many recent initiatives have bolstered students’ experiential learning opportunities, including a pilot internship opportunity with Citi and an extensive job-shadowing program pairing students with alumni and parents across a wide range of industries.
Colby's Jan Plan program, an intensive four-week academic term in January, allows students to pursue focused coursework, independent or collaborative study, or a career opportunity on or off campus. A few of the many options available to students include an EMT certification course, internships at a Fortune 500 company or small nonprofit, an in-depth look at the anthropology of utopias, and a geology field research course in Bermuda.
The student experience is bolstered by over 100 campus clubs and organizations, as well as a renowned college art museum. In February 2017, Colby established the Lunder Institute for American Art. With a gift of more than $100 million including 1,150 artworks the Institute furthers the Museum’s educational mission and is the only research institute focused on American art at any college similar in size to Colby. Additionally, the Buck Environment and Climate Change Lab grants students access and funding to extraordinary research experiences and internships focused on climate change and sustainability.
Slated to open in 2020, the Colby Athletic Complex will be among the best facilities in the nation and serve as a resource for athletes at Colby, in Waterville, and throughout New England. Colby boasts 32 NCAA varsity athletic teams, countless opportunities to explore the Maine outdoors, and numerous civic engagement offerings. With the opening of the Bill and Joan Alfond Main Street Commons residence hall in downtown Waterville in 2018, Colby continues to deepen its commitment to community partnership.