Colby College Viewbook 2021

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The path to making an impact— no matter what field you choose— IS SHAPED BY THE OPPORTUNITIES THAT SURROUND YOU. Colby will connect you to:

Mentors and peers who inspire and support you. Experiences that position you for success. Resources to help put your ideas in motion.


10:1 student-to-faculty ratio

Median class size


Impacting their fields with research and thought, they ELEVATE and ENLIVEN our classroom dialogue. World-class scholars, they are teachers foremost.

67% of classes with fewer than 20 students


Creative thinkers. Digital pioneers.

READY FOR THE COMING WORLD. Our students are fluent in the language of the future.

Biology Colby’s computational biology program prepares you with deep knowledge of the exploding field of bioinformatics by combining computer science and biology.

Programs such as Colby’s data science minor help add expertise with computer skills and mindsets, increasingly important as the global marketplace becomes ever more automated and network-driven.

Environmental Studies

Our innovative



program (unique among liberal arts colleges) allows you to combine disciplinary study with computer knowledge specific to your chosen field—whether that’s biology, environmental studies, music, psychology, theater and dance, or your choice among any of our 56 majors and 35 minors.

Theater and Dance Psychology


Access to international experiences.


Conduct research around the world at sites such as BioInnovate Ireland, the Icelandic Meteorological Office, and Peking University First Hospital.

Pursue internships with global corporations and nonprofits, such as the Freedom Story, the Scottish Parliament, and the Stockholm Film Festival.

Choose from a range of off-campus study options, including theme-based coursework, cultural immersion, and intensive foreign-language learning.


Colby students hail from more than

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states and countries

Nearly pre-established study abroad programs in 60 countries

DavisConnects has provided more than


for student internships, research experiences, and global opportunities.

Our innovative DavisConnects program provides networks and resources to connect you with funded experiences—whether that’s research, fieldwork, internships, creative explorations, or independent projects—around the world. Regardless of your personal networks, financial resources, major, or intended career, your path will be shaped by direct encounters with the world beyond your own.

Generous need-based funds and guidance by industry advisors ensure access to enriching global experiences beginning in your first year.


When conversations that shape the future happen, you’ll have a front row seat.


The Davis Institute for Artificial Intelligence

The Lunder Institute for American Art Exists at the crossroads of scholarship and creative production, establishing opportunities for research and collaboration with leading artists, scholars, and curators.


The Center for the Arts and Humanities presents

Facilitates significant faculty and student research and explores how AI is transforming industries, careers, and modes of discovery, creativity, and scholarship.

The Pugh Center for Student Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Fosters an inclusive campus community by promoting advocacy, leadership development, and social justice education.

Here, the important voices of our time speak to the issues that are shaping the future.

LATOYA RUBY FRAZIER LaToya Ruby Frazier’s visit to campus, part of Colby’s Artist-in-Residence Series, is cosponsored by the Center for the Arts and Humanities, Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement, Colby College Libraries, Oak Institute for the Study of International Human Rights, Pugh Center, Colby Museum of Art, American Studies, Art Department, Environmental Studies Program, and the Office of the President with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Thursday, Nov. 17 | 7 p.m., Page Commons, Cotter Union FOR LATOYA RUBY FRAZIER, ART IS A WEAPON— a catalyst for social justice. Her photographs and videos document today’s America: post-industrial cities riven by poverty, racism, health care inequality, and environmental toxicity. Bridging the personal with the social, her gorgeous and haunting shots amplify the voices of the most vulnerable and transform our sense of place and self.

The Oak Institute for Human Rights

The Center for the Arts and Humanities

Works with students to generate fieldwork opportunities that build the tools needed to advance human rights advocacy around the world.

Fuels an annual campus-wide discussion of an interdisciplinary humanities topic, runs experiential learning labs, and hosts an annual colloquium series.

Revolutions take many forms—political, literary, artistic, cultural, social, scientific, and conceptual. Are revolutions a necessary good or a dangerous disruption of 2016-17 HUMANITIES THEME established order? Do injustices or inequities underlie most political revolutions? Finally, what revolutions do we still need to have?

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The Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs Inspires active citizenship and exploration of creative, interdisciplinary approaches to complex challenges.


World-class partners. Unparalleled location.

AN INVITATION TO INQUIRE. Elizabeth Stephens ’21 evaluates water quality while studying amphibians during a research trip in collaboration with Professor of Biology Cathy Bevier.

Colby has a culture of inquiry. It begins in our classrooms as professors challenge you to identify problems and seek solutions. It continues as your curiosity leads you in pursuit of innovation or deepened understanding.

Explore genetics and genomics at The Jackson Laboratory on Mount Desert Island.

Analyze water quality and the environmental impact of development on the Belgrade Lakes.

Conduct collaborative research at some of the nation’s leading institutes— tapping Maine’s natural wonders while working alongside leading scientists.

Join your professors as paid research assistants— collecting and analyzing data, publishing your findings, and presenting at industry conferences.

Explore oceanography, microbiology, or bioinformatics at the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences.

Pursue global research or internship experiences with funding from the Buck Lab for Climate and Environment or the Linde Packman Lab for Biosciences Innovation.

Expose threats to democracy through research that reveals the impact of socioeconomics on voter participation in local communities.

Engage in research and creative work on Allen Island, an opportunity made possible by a special partnership between Colby and the Wyeth estate.

Launch your own research or scholarship, mentored by a Colby professor, with funding from DavisConnects—in Colby’s labs, throughout the state of Maine, or anywhere around the world.

Tap into other Colby resources for sparking, guiding, and supporting student research across our entire curriculum.

Implement a geographical information system program in Tanzania during Jan Plan.

Partner with the College’s groundbreaking Davis Center for Artificial Intelligence to explore the impact of AI across academic disciplines and industries.


Where history’s great works of art

MEET TODAY’S MOST ENTERPRISING MINDS. The Colby Museum of Art is a magnet for artists and researchers from around the world who bring their energy and ideas to Colby while inviting students to join them in cross-disciplinary research, art making, performance, and discovery.

The Lunder Institute for American Art hosts a full calendar of exhibitions, guest artists series, and performances. Spelman Dance Troupe members are shown in collaboration with the Zanele Muholi exhibit.

Featuring works by Picasso, Whistler, Cassatt, and O’Keeffe, and attracting 50,000 visitors annually, our collection is widely regarded as the finest to be found on a college campus.

But the art is just a backdrop for the learning it inspires. The galleries double as laboratories, supporting inquiry and exploration in more than 100 classes.

Leveraging Colby’s longstanding partnerships, students pursue internships at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Smithsonian Institution, Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, and other world-class museums and global arts hubs.



Our student residence, the 100,000-square-foot, five-story, mixed-use Bill & Joan Alfond Main Street Commons also houses a meeting room that facilitates collaborations between Colby and the Waterville community.

fuels an ongoing spirit of community exchange. We’ve been working together since 1931, when the city of Waterville helped Colby raise funds to purchase our 714-acre campus on Mayflower Hill. These historical ties between the College and the city it calls home foster reciprocity and a civic partnership that benefits both communities— and grows stronger each day. Through academic coursework and participation in college-city partnerships, students contribute their ideas and energy to a wide range of civic engagement initiatives.


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Championship-caliber teams. Best-in-class facilities. Our new 350,000-square-foot Harold Alfond Athletics and Recreation Center provides a world-class forum for all students to live a healthy, active lifestyle. Key facilities include a 50-meter pool (the only Olympic-sized Myrtha international competition pool in the Northeast); an ice arena; a 200-meter indoor track; a climbing wall; nine squash courts; dance, yoga, and meditation studios; and one of the largest fitness centers at a liberal arts college. With a school-record height of 5’9.25” in the High Jump at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships, Sharde Johnson ’22 became the third female in the history of the Track & Field program to earn the title of National Champion.

Compete at the highest levels while building relationships and habits of mind you’ll carry with you always. Whether varsity athletes, club sport devotees, or intramural enthusiasts, our students don’t have to choose between preparing for the future and enjoying their present.



While preparing students to lead and innovate in a rapidly warming world,


The nation’s fourth college to achieve carbon neutrality, Colby is home to an award-winning environmental studies program and an environment and climate change lab that creates opportunities for students to channel ideas into research, fieldwork, and action.

Our biomass heating plant (which eliminates the need for one million gallons of heating oil each year) and a solar array help solidify Colby’s coveted gold rating from the Sustainability, Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System.


Colby students enjoy consistent success—

ACROSS A REMARKABLE ARRAY OF INDUSTRIES. Stellar pre-professional advising and partnerships with leading research institutes prepare Colby students for distinction and success when applying to graduate or professional schools.


of the Class of 2020 were employed or in graduate or professional school within six months of graduation.

Colby’s five-year law school acceptance rate is


and students have been accepted at 13 of the top 14 law programs.

Colby’s five-year medical school acceptance rate, which is significantly higher than the national average:


Receive advice from industry experts who will help you develop a targeted and relevant portfolio of experiences, knowledge, connections, and perspectives.

Whether leading a company, launching a global nonprofit, writing award-winning novels, innovating new surgical techniques, or teaching environmental policy, our graduates lead lives of purpose, making an impact on their communities and the world.

Gain access to our vast networks of companies, organizations, and industries of greatest interest to our students through influential insiders who understand the quality of the Colby education and the impact of its graduates.


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THE COLBY COMMITMENT: There is no fee to apply to Colby. SAT and ACT scores are not required, and there are no additional essays or writing supplements to submit.

We meet 100% of demonstrated financial need for every admitted student. Average annual financial aid package nearly



* As of July 1, 2021, for the Class of 2025.

Our no-loan policy gives you the opportunity to graduate debt free.

Families with a total income of $65,000 or less with typical assets can expect a parent or guardian contribution of $0.

Families with a total income of up to $150,000 with typical assets can expect an annual parent or guardian contribution of no more than $15,000.

More than 95 percent of families with a total income of $200,000 or less qualify for financial aid.

APPLICATION DEADLINES EARLY DECISION I Admissions and financial aid: Nov. 15

EARLY DECISION II Admissions and financial aid: Jan. 1

REGULAR DECISION Admissions: Jan. 1; Financial aid: Jan. 15


Student Community



African-American Studies


American Studies Anthropology

Classical Civilization




domestic students of color


first-generationto-college students

45+/70+ states/countries

Class of 2025 Profile*

Environmental Studies* French Studies



• Neuroscience

• Anthropology


Religious Studies

•A rt History

• English


•S tudio Art


• German Studies

Russian Language and Culture


• English

Global Studies

Computer Science Data Science*


East Asian Studies


Biology •C ell and Molecular Biology/ Biochemistry •E cology and Evolution

Cinema Studies*


Italian Studies*

• Financial Markets



Jewish Studies*



Latin American Studies

Statistics • Interdisciplinary Computation Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

• Professional Certification*

• Neuroscience

Applications received

Educational Studies

Mathematical Sciences





• Biochemistry

• Creative Writing*


•C ell and Molecular Biology/ Biochemistry

• Literature and the Environment* Environmental Computation Environmental Policy

• Interdisciplinary Computation

Acceptance rate

1420–1530 Middle 50 percent SAT scores

• Environmental Science


Jan Plan

Middle 50 percent ACT scores *As of July 1, 2021


28 residence buildings 714-acre campus

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libraries dining halls

Russian Language and Literature* Science, Technology, and Society


• Interdisciplinary Computation


• Interdisciplinary Computation


Theater and Dance

* Only offered as a minor

Physics • A strophysics

Spend the month of January devoted to just one pursuit, whether deepening your interests, developing a new skill, or indulging your curiosity. Explore specialized topics (choosing among nearly 100 courses), conduct collaborative or independent research in the lab or field, try on a career through an internship, travel and study elsewhere in the world, or launch an independent creative project.

Colby complies with Title IX, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in educational programs and activities. Questions regarding Title IX may be referred to Colby’s Title IX coordinator or to the federal Office of Civil Rights. In compliance with the Clery Act, which requires Colby to disclose campus crime statistics, you will find Colby’s Annual Safety, Security, and Fire Safety Report at

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