About Colby

Founded in 1813, Colby College in Waterville, Maine, is a private, independent, four-year liberal arts college.

Academic Programs

Fifty-seven majors and 31 minors are offered by 24 academic departments and nine interdisciplinary programs. The most popular majors are in economics, biology, English, government, global studies, psychology, and environmental studies. [based on declared majors 2012-13]

Academic Calendar

Colby follows on a 4-1-4 academic calendar, with the month of January (Jan Plan) devoted to intensive study, career exploration, or cultural immersion. More >

Admissions

Admission to Colby is highly competitive. Colby received 5,407 applications for the Class of 2017. Of those, 26 percent were accepted for admission. More >

Alma Mater

“Hail, Colby, Hail!” is sung to the same tune as the Canadian national anthem. The tune and the alma mater were adopted at Colby in 1905, three years before the words to “O Canada” were written. Lyrics >

Athletics

Colby fields 32 varsity teams (15 men, 16 women, and one coed), 13 club teams, six intramural leagues, and several special intramural competitions. The College is a member of the New England Small College Athletics Conference (NESCAC) and competes in the NCAA Division III, with the exception of alpine and Nordic skiing, which compete in Division I. More > 

Athletic Facilities

Colby’s athletic center and 20 acres of outdoor playing fields, including two artificial turf fields, provide some of the finest facilities for recreational, club, and varsity athletics in the Northeast. More >

Budget

The 2013-14 fiscal year budget is $148.1 million.

Campus

Colby’s 714-acre Mayflower Hill campus is hailed as one of the most attractive campuses in the nation. It is located 20 minutes from the state capital and an hour north of Portland or south of Bangor. Most of the campus, including the 128-acre Perkins Arboretum and Bird Sanctuary, is a Maine Wildlife Management Area. Take a tour > 

Carbon Neutrality

Colby was the fourth college or university in the nation to achieve carbon neutrality. More >

Career Center

Colby’s Career Center prepares students for success with the unique Colby Connect program—a sequential four-year career development curriculum. More >

Degree

Colby awards the bachelor of arts degree and uses the Latin abbreviation, A.B. (for Artium baccalaureus).

Endowment

The market value of Colby’s endowment stood at $649,992,000 as of June 30, 2013.

Faculty

Colby employs 166 full-time and 50 part-time teaching faculty members. Ninety-eight percent of full-time faculty members have a Ph.D. or a terminal degree in their area of study.

Financial Aid

Colby offers financial aid to admitted students who demonstrate financial eligibility and are enrolled full time. Loans are not assigned as part of Colby’s aid packages; instead financial aid includes grants and campus employment. More than $25 million in grants was awarded for 2012-13 with an average aid package of $40,000 for first-year students. Approximately 40 percent of the student body receives some form of financial assistance. More >

Housing

Ninety-four percent of students live on campus in 30 residence halls. Students select among a variety of housing options including singles, doubles, triples, and suites of shared rooms. All halls are coeducational and most mix class years. Substance-free halls and quiet halls are available by request. The entire campus, including all residence halls, is tobacco-free. More >

International Experiences

More than two thirds of students study abroad during their college career. Colby runs three off-campus study programs of its own, and qualified students may earn academic credit by participating in one of hundreds of approved programs or internships. Colby’s financial aid can be applied to approved off-campus study programs. More >

Libraries

Miller Library, the Bixler Art and Music Library, and the Science Library in Olin are the collective repositories of more than 900,000 books, e-books, electronic and print journals, digital research collections, music scores, sound recordings, videos/DVDs, manuscripts, and other items. As members of several consortia, the libraries have access to a merged catalog of more than eight million items, with daily courier service. More >

Motto

Lux Mentis Scientia. (Knowledge is the light of the mind.) 

Museum of Art

Founded in 1959, the Colby College Museum of Art is one of the nations’ premier college museums. The 26,000-square-foot Alfond-Lunder Family Pavilion opened in July 2013 adding 10,000 feet of exhibition space as well as a second floor dedicated to the College’s Art Department, providing new studios for photography and fine art foundation classes. More >

Summer Programs

Each summer Colby plays host to continuing medical education programs as well as professional conferences, seminars, and youth sports camps. Colby is the only private liberal arts college in the nation accredited to offer Category 1 credit for the Physician’s Recognition Award of the American Medical Association. More >