About Colby

Founded in 1813, Colby College in Waterville, Maine, is a private, independent, four-year liberal arts college.

Academic Programs

Fifty-eight majors and 35 minors are offered by 23 academic departments and nine interdisciplinary programs.

Academic Calendar

Colby follows a 4-1-4 academic calendar, with the month of January devoted to intensive study, career exploration, or cultural immersion. More >


Admission to Colby is highly competitive. Colby received 11,190 applications for the Class of 2021.

Alma Mater

“Hail, Colby, Hail!” is sung to the same tune as the Canadian national anthem. The tune and the alma mater were adopted at Colby in 1905, three years before the words to “O Canada” were written. Lyrics >


Colby fields 32 varsity teams (15 men, 16 women, and one coed), 12 club teams, six intramural leagues, and several special intramural competitions. The College is a member of the New England Small College Athletics Conference (NESCAC) and competes in the NCAA Division III, with the exception of alpine and Nordic skiing, which compete in Division I. More > 

Athletic Facilities

Colby’s athletic center and 20 acres of outdoor playing fields, including four artificial turf fields, provide for recreational, club, and varsity athletics as well as community use. More >


The 2016-17 fiscal year budget is $177.6 million.


Colby’s 714-acre Mayflower Hill campus is considered one of the most attractive campuses in the nation. It is located 20 minutes from the state capital and an hour north of Portland or south of Bangor. Most of the campus, including the 128-acre Perkins Arboretum and Bird Sanctuary, is a Maine Wildlife Management Area. Campus map > 

Carbon Neutrality

Colby was the fourth college or university in the nation to achieve carbon neutrality, which it accomplished in 2013. More >


Colby’s innovative program, DavisConnects, guarantees every student access to a global experience regardless of their ability to pay. More >


Colby awards the bachelor of arts degree and uses the Latin abbreviation, A.B. (for Artium baccalaureus).


The market value of Colby’s endowment stood at $745,957,000 as of June 30, 2015.


Colby employs 180 full-time and 32 part-time teaching faculty members. Ninety-five percent of full-time faculty members have a Ph.D. or a terminal degree in their area of study.

Financial Aid

Colby offers financial aid to admitted students who demonstrate financial eligibility and are enrolled full time. Loans are not assigned as part of Colby’s aid packages; instead, financial aid includes grants and campus employment. More than $30 million in grants was awarded for 2015-16 with an average aid package of $43,845 for first-year students. Approximately 41 percent of the student body receives some form of financial assistance. More >


Ninety-four percent of students live on campus in 30 residence halls. Students select among a variety of housing options including singles, doubles, triples, and suites of shared rooms. All halls are coeducational and most mix class years. Substance-free halls and quiet halls are available by request. The entire campus, including all residence halls, is tobacco-free. More >

International Experiences

More than two-thirds of students study abroad during their college career. Colby runs three off-campus study programs of its own, and qualified students may earn academic credit by participating in one of hundreds of approved programs or internships. Colby’s financial aid can be applied to approved off-campus study programs. More >


Colby’s three libraries provide easy access to more than 1,250,000 items including more than 593,000 print volumes, 300 electronic indexes, 13,000 sound recordings, 13,000 videos, 515 currently received print journals, 750,500 electronic books, more than 61,500 electronic journals, extensive runs of periodicals, and domestic and international newspapers. More >


Lux Mentis Scientia. (Knowledge is the light of the mind.) 

Museum of Art

Founded in 1959, the Colby College Museum of Art is one of the nation’s premier college museums. The 26,000-square-foot Alfond-Lunder Family Pavilion opened in July 2013 adding 10,000 feet of exhibition space and a floor dedicated to the College’s Art Department, providing new studios for photography and fine art foundation classes. More >

Summer Programs

Each summer Colby plays host to continuing medical education programs as well as professional conferences, seminars, and youth sports camps. Colby is the only private liberal arts college in the nation accredited to offer Category 1 credit for the Physician’s Recognition Award of the American Medical Association. More >