Colby College

Academic Highlights

  • Colby offers a rigorous academic program connected to the world's most complex and pressing challenges, including 45 majors and 35 minors.

  • The student-to-faculty ratio is 10:1 and nearly two-thirds of courses have fewer than 20 students.

  • The College's DavisConnects program guarantees access to a global experience for all students, regardless of their ability to pay. Individual advisors offer career, graduate school, and pre-professional guidance beginning in the first year.

  • The College operates on a 4-1-4 academic calendar. Students take four classes in the fall, one class in January as part of the first-of-its-kind Jan Plan term, and four classes in the spring.

  • Jan Plan provides students with extensive coursework, research, and internship opportunities on campus and around the world during the month of January.

  • Numerous research opportunities with world-class faculty scholars generate strong student-faculty mentorships and often result in coauthoring peer-reviewed articles or presenting research to large audiences.

  • More than 70% of students study abroad at some point, choosing from 180 programs in more than 60 countries.

  • Students interested in engineering can participate in dual-degree engineering programs with Dartmouth or Columbia, and earn 2 degrees - a B.A. from Colby and a B.E. or B.S. degree from the partner institution.

  • Colby’s prominent centers of thought, impact, and action include the Buck Lab for Climate and Environment, Halloran Lab for Entrepreneurship, Linde Packman Lab for Biosciences Innovation, Lyons Arts Lab, and the Davis Institute for Artificial Intelligence, the first cross-disciplinary AI institute at a liberal arts college.

  • The Island Campus, which includes Allen and Benner Islands off the coast of Maine, provide the Colby community with unparalleled opportunities for interdisciplinary research and discovery in fields like biology, the arts, and environmental studies.

  • Colby is one of only a handful of small liberal arts colleges to combine computer science, biology, statistics, and mathematics in a computational biology program. Students also have the opportunity to combine computer science with another discipline through the College’s interdisciplinary computation program.

  • The Colby College Museum of Art, one of the finest college art museums in the country, and the Lunder Institute for American Art, offer countless opportunities for students to engage with the best artists and pieces in the world.

  • The Gordon Center for Creative and Performing Arts will open in Fall 2023 and will be the most advanced and innovative arts facility in the region. It will be home to multipurpose performance areas, film editing, screening, and recording rooms, and will incorporate state-of-the-art multimedia and interactive technologies.