Colby College

Colby College Data & Information Overview

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How Well Is Colby College Ranked?

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2022 Rankings

College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities in its annual rankings and ranks them in a variety of ways, including most diverse, best overall quality, best for non-traditional students, and much more.

Colby College was awarded 636 badges in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is behavioral neuroscience.

Overall Quality

According to College Factual's 2022 analysis, Colby is ranked #54 out of 2,576 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality. This lands it a coveted spot in the top 5% of all colleges and universities in the country.

Colby is also ranked #2 out of 23 schools in Maine.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Colby?

Acceptance Rate

Even if you have the best grades and high test scores, that may not be enough to get into Colby since the school has one of the most selective in the country. Its acceptance rate is a mere 10%, so there's no shame if you don't get in. Be sure to apply to other schools just in case.

Average Test Scores

About 47% of students accepted to Colby submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 680 and 740. Math scores were between 700 and 780.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Colby College  ( 680 to 740 )

SAT Math Scores for Colby College  ( 700 to 780 )
Colby received ACT scores from 32% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 31 and 34.

ACT Composite Scores for Colby College  ( 31 to 34 )

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Colby College Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio is often used to measure the number of teaching resources that a college or university offers its students. The national average for this metric is 15 to 1, but at Colby it is much better at 10 to 1. That's good news for students who want to interact more on a personal level with their teachers.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

Another measure that is often used to estimate how much access students will have to their professors is how many faculty members are full-time. The idea here is that part-time faculty tend to spend less time on campus, so they may not be as available to students as full-timers.

The full-time faculty percentage at Colby College is 94%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  94 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Colby College

Freshmen Retention Rate

Colby College has a freshmen retention rate of 91%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  91 out of 100

Graduation Rate

Students are considered to have graduated on time if they finish their studies within four years. At Colby the on-time graduation rate of first-time, full-time students is 88%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  88 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Colby College.

Colby College Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 2,155 full-time undergraduates at Colby.

How Much Does Colby College Cost?

The overall average net price of Colby is $17,777. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Colby

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$2,335 $3,467 $5,107 $13,413 $38,621

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Colby, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Colby, approximately 12% of students took out student loans averaging $7,718 a year. That adds up to $30,872 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Colby is 3.7%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do Colby Graduates Make?

The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from Colby make about $58,100 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. That's great news for Colby students since it is 46% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.


See which majors at Colby College make the most money.

Location of Colby College

Located in Waterville, Maine, Colby College is a private not-for-profit institution. The surrounding location of Waterville is ideal for students who enjoy the charms of a college town.

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Contact details for Colby are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 4000 Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville, ME 04901-8840
Phone: 207-859-4000

Colby College Majors

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Economics 69 $59,688
Natural Resources Conservation 62 NA
Political Science & Government 52 $45,864
International Studies 41 $45,696
Romance Languages 33 $42,682
General Psychology 32 $52,107
General Biology 30 $31,305
Computer Science 25 NA
Mathematics 25 NA
Fine & Studio Arts 22 NA

Learn more about the majors offered at Colby College along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at Colby

Online learning is becoming popular at even the oldest colleges and universities in the United States. Not only are online classes great for returning adults with busy schedules, they are also frequented by a growing number of traditional students.

In 2019-2020, 1,669 students took at least one online class at Colby College. This is an increase from the 0 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2019-2020 1,669 147
2018-2019 0 0
2017-2018 0 0
2016-2017 0 0
2015-2016 0 0

Learn more about online learning at Colby College.

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


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