What makes Colby Colby?

Professors are more than just teachers—they’re mentors and confidants.

students-in-museum-600x400With Colby’s student-faculty ration of 10 to 1, most of your classes will be small—more than two-thirds have fewer than 20 students. And your relationships with your professors won’t be confined to the classroom. You’ll conduct research together in the lab, you’ll discuss career and grad school opportunities over coffee, you’ll enjoy meals at their homes, and you’ll see them at your concerts, plays, and athletic events.

Students can do research from day one.Research

Colby offers undergraduate research opportunities in every major. You could travel to Asia with your professor to study the effects of an aging population or collaborate with scientists to tackle the problems of the world’s oceans.

Students graduate with tools for success.Career Center

Our liberal arts curriculum, combined with career and grad school guidance from the Career Center, prepares students for postgraduate success in nearly every field imaginable.

Jan Plan

We love January.

Our exploratory term in January, Jan Plan, gives students the opportunity to choose among hundreds of different academic experiences. Analyze independent films at the Sundance Film Festival, study the anthropology of utopias, or intern at a Fortune 500 company.


Students expand their minds.

International students represent more than 70 countries and make up 8 percent of the student body. With Colby’s attention to international content in the curriculum and a robust study-abroad program, you’ll graduate with a broadened view of the world and friends from around the globe.

Maine—It’s more than most people imagine.Katahdin-Sumit-225x300

Students often cite our beautiful Maine location as one of the reasons they chose Colby. Our campus is situated in the small city of Waterville—a vibrant community with a growing arts scene, an energetic local food-to-table movement, and a wealth of opportunities for students to pursue their academic interests and make a difference.

Biomass Plant

We leave a lighter footprint.

Colby was the fourth college or university in the country to achieve carbon neutrality. We’ve been leading the way in environmental sustainability in higher education since the 1970s, when environmental studies was first introduced as an academic program.