Colby offers a rigorous academic program connected to the world’s most complex challenges; meaningful global connections; and an integrated campus experience built on a culture of mutual respect and shared success. Colby is committed to ensuring the most talented students from every background have access to the best possible education. The College meets 100 percent of demonstrated financial need without loans. Colby is test optional. Students may choose whether to submit their standardized test scores with their application. There are no extra supplements to submit and no fees to apply.

Academic Programs

  • Research
  • Science
  • Technology
  • Liberal Arts
  • Education
  • Music
  • Economics
  • Government/Political Science
  • Performing Arts
  • Social Science
  • Visual Arts
  • Computational Biology
  • Data Science

Student experience

  • Athletics
  • Intramural/Club Sports
  • On-Campus Housing
  • Study Abroad
  • Undergraduate Research
  • Offers need-based aid
  • Offers aid for international students
  • Posse
  • QuestBridge

Application information

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Students should apply as first-year applicants if they are still enrolled in high school or have graduated from high school but have not matriculated at another college or university.


Students should apply as transfer applicants if they have graduated from high school and have matriculated at a college or university. We accept up to 64 semester credit hours toward a degree as determined by the Colby Registrar.

Additional Information

  • Colby’s DavisConnects program guarantees every student access to a global internship or research experience, regardless of their ability to pay.
  • Thanks to a gift of $100 million in American art from the Lunder family, Colby established the Lunder Institute for American Art, the only research institute focused on American art at any college similar in size to Colby.
  • In 2020 Colby opened a new 350,000 square foot athletics center. This $200 million state-of-the-art center will be one of the premier sports venues in the country.
  • The Davis Institute for Artificial Intelligence at Colby is the first cross-disciplinary institute for artificial intelligence (AI) at a liberal arts college.
  • The Buck Lab for Climate and Environment grants students access and funding for research experiences and internships focused on climate change and sustainability.
  • The Linde Packman Lab for Biosciences Innovation creates a pipeline for students to pursue funded research in biotechnology, biomedicine, and bioinformatics.
  • Families earning up to $65,000 with typical assets can expect a parent or guardian contribution of $0. Families earning up to $150,000 with typical assets will have a parent or guardian contribution of no more than $15,000.

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Colby offers on-campus tours and virtual information sessions throughout the academic year and summer. Information sessions and campus tours provide an opportunity to learn more about Colby's unique offerings and to have your questions answered. To learn more and register please visit
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School location

4800 Mayflower Hill
Waterville, ME 04901, United States of America

Phone number

(800) 723-3032


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