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Founded in 1813, Colby College. is a Private college. Located in Maine, which is a city setting in Maine, the campus itself is Town. The campus is home to 1,879 full time undergraduate students, and 0 full time graduate students.
The Colby College Academic calendar runs on a Four-one-four plan basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 10:1. There are 214 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at Colby College include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.
Admissions at are considered Most Selective, with ,11% of all applicants being admitted.
In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 5 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.
99% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 90% were in the top quarter, and 61% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.
We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at Colby College.
34 Students rated on-campus housing 3.7 stars. 12 % gave the school a 5.0.
23 Students rated off-campus housing 2.7 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.
34 Students rated campus food 4 stars. 32 % gave the school a 5.0.
33 Students rated campus facilities 4.4 stars. 42 % gave the school a 5.0.
33 Students rated class size 4.6 stars. 58 % gave the school a 5.0.
32 Students rated school activities 4.2 stars. 34 % gave the school a 5.0.
32 Students rated local services 3.2 stars. 9 % gave the school a 5.0.
33 Students rated academics 4 stars. 33 % gave the school a 5.0.
10 Students rated Colby College
Colby College, also known as the "bubble on the hill" is an extremely affluent and predominately caucasian school in a small town where the median household income falls around $31K. Students who don't come from affluent families often feel out of place, as the majority of students are extremely stingy and expect to be venmo'd for every little thing ranging from gas money to Walmart to a bagel stolen from Dana. Additionally, students rarely if ever leave a tip when dining at local Waterville establishments. While Colby has extraordinary academics and wonderful, dedicated professors, the social atmosphere is quite frankly a totalitarian panopticon where students are encouraged to report each other to the authorities whenever their feelings get hurt. Making jokes is a taboo, as someone will always get offended and file a report. Colby EMS, which was created to keep students safe, does the exact opposite as those who need medical attention the most are afraid of facing the disciplinary repercussions. Overall, Colby is great academically but far from worth the $70K it costs to attend.
Colby College is an elite liberal arts college. It offers a wide variety of academic programs, with extremely knowledgeable professors. Additionally, the campus is beautiful! The picturesque view from the Miller library steps never ceases to amaze me. Classes are definitely challenging, with nightly readings and problem sets. However, all of the amazing opportunities to collaborate with professors make it worth it!
I love Colby College. I met my closest friends and have learned a lot both in and out of class. It is very important to be involved in clubs here because it allows you to find like-minded people. I am now a senior and feel prepared to enter the real world.
Colby College has provided an excellent environment for my first year of college, and I am excited to spend another three years on campus. I had the privilege of being a Presidential Scholar which allowed me to participate in research with the physician on campus starting during my first week at Colby. This early accessibility to research is incredible because it allows students to study something that they are passionate about for a significant portion of their undergraduate career. The faculty are very accessible outside of class and always have regular office hours which allows students to build close relationships with their advisors, deans, and professors. The campus atmosphere is very friendly and supportive, and I felt welcome on campus immediately. There are events across campus to support our students throughout the year which elevates this feeling of security. These events include "Take Back the Night" - an event which allowed sexual assault victims to speak out to a community of supportive students about their experiences as part of the healing process. These events allow students to support each other in matters beyond academics which creates this compassionate atmosphere among the student body, especially with the Pugh Center for Student Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. My first year at Colby has been fantastic socially and academically, and I am excited to continue my education in Waterville.
The fall 2020 acceptance rate for Colby College is 18%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.
My best advice is that just like in love there is no one perfect person for another, you/your child will have an opportunity to succeed and be happy at a myriad of instituions. So, in short, don't put too much presure on yourself to get into one single school.
Colby kids come in all different shapes and sizes but they all have their special somethings if you take the time to look.
Everyone thinks that students at Colby drink a lot because there is nothing better to do on the weekends in Waterville, Maine.
Not at all. The majority may be rich, but there is a certain humility and a willingness to hear and learn.
You get to know your professors very well. Some of them even friend you on facebook!
You end up spending way too much time with your professors outside of class - it sometimes becomes a form of procrastination...
Most unique class - Creativity and Communication over Jan Plan - class on bookmaking
There isn't much of a competitive atmosphere, but one hears lots of intellectual (and not so intellectual) conversation in the dining halls.
The curriculum and corresponding efforts are more along the lines of "knowledge for knowledge's sake", but it would be nice (not to mention even necessary) to gear more of it towards today's job market pressures.
Acappela groups are the most popular - both in terms of events and participation.
Unfortunately, athletics don't seem to garner as much student support/turnout.
Dating scene is pretty slim. The campus is too small - everyone is someone's best bud or the other... too many complications!
If I'm awake at 2am on a Tuesday, I'm either running regressions or writing up proofs...or filling out Colby surveys...
Traditions - COOT, Mr.Colby, Doghead, Champagne on the Steps, Bassett and Boylan Halloween Readings, etc.
We don't have frats - thank god!
Last weekend - I acted in a Theater dept. play, attended an island themed semi-formal, worked on my honors thesis, rehearsed a bulgarian folk dance piece for Colby Dancers, took a trip into downtown Waterville...and of course, gorged on waffles over brunch in Foss.
Size is just right - all the better to really get to know your peers AND your professors.
If I could change one thing - I'd move Colby to CA or LA (minus the hurricanes, tornadoes, etc.) No, seriously, Waterville could use a facelift - start up some sort of cafe culture, have more host families from within the community (who have no direct connection to Colby), etc.
I spend most of my time in either of my academic major buildings - Diamond Lab or the Mudd seminar room!
Colby's administration can be a bit hasty with decisions, but you can't blame them for not trying. On the whole, quite supportive and willing to incorporate students' opinions. Can aim for better transparency, particularly regarding budget allocation and spending which affects clubs and on-campus programming.
On the downside, majority of students don't have a lot of faith in the admin and criticism is rampant. Must work on image and perception.
School pride - depends on the athletic season and/or how Bowdoin and Bates are faring!
Unusual - oh yes! People are very friendly. And if you look carefully enough and take the time to get to know everyone, this is an EXTREMELY diverse population, and not just for the no. of nationalities represented.
colby is a great school, but, as is the case with every college, it is not for everyone.
It is a wonderful little community with good professors and a great place to find great friends.
I wish I had known what an idiot the swim coach was.
The sense of tradition, community, and shared ideology that is fostered on campus.
small classes, good dining hall food, access to lots of outdoor activities
There is no typical Colby student, as we all have our quirks and geek streaks of sorts. If I were to provide a checklist, though, it'd be the following: outdoorsy, loves winter, does not mind dressing in layers (it's Maine, what can I say?), hits the books hard--but leaves time for partying, actviely volunteers, probably involved in three more clubs than said student can actually handle, outgoing, well-acquainted with libraries, and is an overall rounded student with good time management skills.
This is a good question. My college offers a wide variety of interests which is really good for people exploring what they want to do, but if someone was really interested in a specific field (engineering, marine biology, etc.), I would advise them to go to a school that could better cater to that specific interest. Also, if someone is looking for a large college atmosphere complete with fraternities and sororities and also wants to live off-campus, this isn't the school for them. It is small, and there is no greek-life.
Money. It's expensive, financial aid is not as wonderful as they promise, unless you are dirt poor, and it is not very socioeconomically diverse. Most students come from "20 minutes outside of Boston" and people will look at you funny if you tell them you pay your own money to go here.
the most fristrating thing about my school is the work load.
Definitely that we are all rich kids who are products of New England prep schools. Also that everyone here will tell you that they are from Boston despite the fact that they live 20 minutes outside in wealthy suburbs such as Marblehead, Weston, Duxbury, etc. Overall I'd say this is a very accurate assumption and that over half the student population fits at least one of the aforementioned stereotypes.
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All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA.
Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.
48% of students
attending Colby College receive some sort of financial aid.
7% were awarded federal grants.
While 19% received federal loans.
Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.
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