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Colby College Data & Information Overview

463 awards Ranking Badges
Great Price Value for Your Money
9% Acceptance Rate
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How Well Is Colby College Ranked?

#82 Best Colleges in Nation
#2 Best Colleges in ME
Natural Resources Conservation Highest Ranked Major
Quality Badge

2024 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 463 badges in the 2024 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is natural resources conservation.

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Overall Quality

College Factual ranked Colby as #82 out of 2,217 colleges and universities in the country on its 2024 Best Colleges list. 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 19 schools in Maine.

See all of the rankings for Colby College.

Is It Hard to Get Into Colby?

9% Acceptance Rate
54% Of Accepted Are Women
40% Submit SAT Scores

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 9%, 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 40% 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 690 and 750. Math scores were between 710 and 780.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Colby College  ( 690 to 750 )

SAT Math Scores for Colby College  ( 710 to 780 )
Colby received ACT scores from 28% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 32 and 34.

ACT Composite Scores for Colby College  ( 32 to 34 )

Learn more about Colby College admissions.

Colby College Faculty

10 to 1 Student to Faculty
95% Full Time Teachers

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 95%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  95 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Colby College

95% Freshmen Retention
86% On-Time Graduation Rate

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 95% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like Colby College enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  95 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 86%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  86 out of 100

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

Colby College Undergraduate Student Diversity

2,155 Full-Time Undergraduates
27.6% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
52.6% Percent Women

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

How Much Does Colby College Cost?

$19,597 Net Price
8% Take Out Loans
$30,112 Total Student Loans
The overall average net price of Colby is $19,597. 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 +
$2,648 $2,361 $5,536 $12,188 $49,197

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 8% of students took out student loans averaging $7,528 a year. That adds up to $30,112 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Colby is 2.0%. 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?

$71,127 Avg Salary of Grads
High Earnings Boost
Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from Colby make around $71,127 per year during the early years of their employment. This is good news for future Colby graduates since it is 67% more than the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year.


See which majors at Colby College make the most money.

Location of Colby College

Maine State
2,155 Full-Time Undergraduates
Town Campus Setting
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

37 Majors With Completions
685 Undergraduate Degrees
Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Political Science & Government 76 $43,972
Economics 74 $58,540
Natural Resources Conservation 46 $37,156
Computer Science 43 NA
General Psychology 39 NA
General Biology 35 NA
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 30 NA
Mathematics 29 NA
International Studies 29 $44,350
History 28 NA

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

This is a decrease from the 1,669 students who took online classes the previous year.

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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