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Colby College

Founded in 1813, Colby is the 12th-oldest private liberal arts college in the country. Located in central Maine, our 714-acre Mayflower Hill campus overlooks downtown Waterville and the Kennebec River Valley.

Bachelor's programmes

Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (5)
Arts, Design & Architecture (4)
Computer Science & IT (2)
Education & Training (2)
Engineering & Technology (1)



Chartered in 1813, when Maine was still part of Massachusetts, Colby is the 12th-oldest independent liberal arts college in the nation. Since its founding the College has pioneered several important initiatives in higher education


Choose from 56 majors and 35 minors, or design your own independent major. You’ll have extensive flexibility and valuable guidance when it comes to preparing for your future.


  • Colby offers undergraduate research across the curriculum. You could travel to Asia with your professor to study the effects of an aging population or collaborate with scientists to tackle the problems of the world’s oceans at the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences in East Boothbay, Maine.
  • Grants from the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and other sources have expanded opportunities for students to learn by doing—in laboratories, in classrooms, and in the field.

Global Student Satisfaction Awards 2019

GSSA 2019

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Student services

The Colby College Student Government Association (SGA) serves the student body by enhancing the student experience through programming and policy.  The Association fosters a campus environment built on integrity, respect, and community. It promotes a culture of consent, serves as a resource for students to achieve their academic, extracurricular, and personal goals; and provides transparency with Colby’s Administration.  SGA also provides opportunities for students to become productive leaders of the campus, local, and global communities.  Through its service to the College, the SGA aims to create a positive and rewarding experience for all those who step foot on Mayflower Hill.

Housing services

The ideal residential experience offers onsite resources and built-in community. Each of our 26 residence halls is a microcosm of Colby. Students of various classes are housed together—sharing space and pride of association.

  • Living with students gives first-years constant access to advice, information, and support from those who already know their way around.
  • Being clustered with other first-years within mixed-year housing means new students get to learn with and lean on others who are just getting started.

Library services

  • Bixler Art and Music Library
  • Miller Library
  • Science Library
  • Special Collections

ICT services

Student Computer Services (SCS) is the students’ computer support gateway on campus. Staffed by students, SCS is available free of charge, seven days a week during the academic year.

Medical services

The Garrison-Foster Health Center provides quality health care, health education, preventative services, and opportunities for experiential learning to Colby students. We are advocates for the life-long health and wellness of our community.

Student Life

Campus life

Colby’s campus comprises 714 acres and 64 buildings, including 30 residence halls, three dining halls, three libraries, a student union, an extensive athletic complex, 50 acres of fields, and one of the nation’s premier institutions of American art, the Colby College Museum of Art. Most of Mayflower Hill, including all of the 128-acre Perkins Arboretum and Bird Sanctuary, is a State Wildlife Management Area. 

Sports facilities

  • Fitness Center

  • Colby Athletics Center

Student clubs

  • Active Minds
  • Artists Society
  • Board Game Club
  • Campus Conversations On Race (Ccor)
  • Colby Alliance For Renewable Energy (Care)Colby Animation Society
  • Colby Ballroom Dance Club
  • Colby Baseball Analytics
  • Colby Beekeeperscolby Dance Company
  • Colby Dancerscolby Drone Club
  • Colby Engineering Society
  • Colby Figure Skating Club
  • Colby Film Society
  • Colby Freeride
  • Colby Hackers
  • Colby Improv

Student Reviews

Academic Excitement
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

My academic experience at Colby was excellent. I was privileged to work closely with faculty who were truly passionate about their fields of expertise, and gained a lot of research experience alongside the rigorous coursework.

Waterville, Maine, United States


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