School Spotlight: Colby College

There are over 4,000 colleges and universities in the U.S. And while the media tends to focus on just a handful of schools, we at College Coach encourage students to think outside the box during their college selection process and explore a wide range of colleges. As such, we are highlighting a new college each week in our School Spotlight series. Check out the college below, along with the other posts in our series, and you may just stumble upon your dream school!

School Spotlight: Colby College
Waterville, ME

Seventy minutes north of Portland, Maine, you’ll come across picturesque Colby College, enrolling 2,000 students who are as intellectual as they are engaged. More than one-third of all students participate in varsity sports, from DIII football to men’s and women’s ice hockey. The highly decorated women’s alpine ski team regularly ranks in the top 15 nationally; go Mules! On campus, students can choose from 55 majors, including environmental studies, psychology, and studio art. Students interested in business might consider majoring in economics with a concentration in financial markets, while those eager to study engineering can pursue a dual-degree program with Dartmouth or Columbia. Colby’s January Program is an exploratory term that encourages students to pursue internships, research, or unique courses, both on campus and off. Most recently, January Program students studied wide-ranging topics including Data-Driven Decision Making, The Anthropologies of Utopia, and Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems. Thanks to the College’s Center for the Arts and Humanities, students can take advantage of a variety of academic and social opportunities related to both fields. This spring, the Center is offering courses including Copies, Fakes, and Forgeries and Race, Rights, and Lands in the Americas, while this past fall they welcomed guest speakers like Ibram X. Kendi and Naomi Klein.

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Written by Emily Toffelmire
Emily Toffelmire is a member of College Coach’s team of college admissions experts. Prior to joining College Coach, Emily worked as an admissions officer at University of Southern California as well as a college counselor at high schools in the US and Thailand. Visit our website to learn more about Emily Toffelmire.