Colby College - 10/27/17, 10/14/19

Meghan Grandolfo, Assistant Dean and Director of Enrollment Management,, 207-859-4813

Email Meghan if interested in CBB tour (Colby, Bates, Bowdoin)

Colby has 2,000 students from 43 states and over 80 countries. 10% of their student body are first in their family to attend college, 10% are non-U.S. citizens and 24% are students of color. You will find kind and supportive people on campus. There is a gender equality force on campus and a large LGBQT presence.

They offer 58 majors and 33 minors and their curriculum in interdisciplinary in nature. Professors want students to succeed. They have distribution requirements with a breadth of options and students declare their major at the end of sophomore year. All students come in undeclared and work with an advisor to figure out their interests. Three-quarters of the students double major or have a major and minor.

The campus is located in Waterville, Maine and Maine is like a living lab for students. Waterville has 16,000 residents and has coffee shops, a farmers market, an opera house and there's been a revitalization of the town which is an old mill town. A river runs through the town. It is not a traditional college town. Downtown is less than two miles away from campus via shuttle.

They attract academically adventurous students and experiential learning is important to them. They like students who push boundaries, are ok with failing and those who are willing to have uncomfortable conversations. 

Some of their popular majors include environmental science, biology, global studies, government, English, economics, history, psychology and computer science is gaining momentum.

Students can take music, theater and dance classes without having to major in one of those fields. 

They have a 4:1:4 course schedule with a JanPlan in the middle. Options during JanPlan are to take a class on or off campus, complete research or complete an internship. All students must complete 3 of the 4 JanPlans during their time at Colby. 

Two-thirds of the students study abroad and they offer over 200 programs in over 60 countries. They also offer many service learning trips, so lots of choices and flexibility.

Housing is guaranteed for all four years and it is required all students live on campus all four years. All dorms are integrated and have Communication Advisors (CAs), not Resident Advisors. 

They offer 100 clubs and organizations and the Outing Club is one of the biggest with lots of outdoor activities happening. 

Colby offers 32 varsity sports, all division 3 except squash and skiing are division 1. There is a lot of school spirit and support for athletics. They also offer clubs and intramural sports. 

Colby Cares About Kids is a program where students are matched with local students to help tutor, etc. Civic engagement is important to them. It's the second biggest club on campus.

Their acceptance rate is 10% and they offer two Early Decision programs and Regular Decision. Students can apply using the Common Application or the Coalition Application. They are test optional.  Students may self-report scores, and all scores are super scored.  Mid-50% for SAT is 1350-1510; Mid-50% for ACT is 31-33.  No supplements required.  Two teacher letters of rec.

They meet 100% of demonstrated financial need without student loans. There is no fee to apply, and extra essays or writing samples are not required.  New FA initiatives for families making $60k/yr or less, their expected contribution is $0.  For families in the $60-$150k income range, the expected contribution is $15,000.