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Colby combines world-class academic programs with an active campus life that offers students countless leadership and volunteer options and rich opportunities after graduation. Students work closely with professors, exploring new ideas, stretching to expand their knowledge and perceptions of the world: this is the core of a Colby education. Faculty members—world-class teachers and scholars committed to liberal arts education—collaborate with students in a learning experience that is transformational for both.
Learning isn't confined to classrooms at Colby. The College believes that every activity, in and out of the classroom, is an essential part of a student's intellectual, personal, and creative growth. With more than 100 student organizations, countless leadership opportunities, and an active, civic-minded community, Colby students learns to embrace opportunities, to see connections in disparate lines of thought, and to regard education as a civic resource as well as a personal achievement.
Colby is international—in its outlook, in its student body and faculty, in its curriculum, in its extraordinary study-abroad opportunities, and in the impact of its graduates. A Colby student develops a mature curiosity about other cultures and an appetite for engaged global citizenship.
Quality of place, quality of work, and quality of life are hallmarks of Maine, and Colby adds superlative liberal arts education to the state's portfolio. Maine offers natural beauty, a spirit of independence, a rich tradition of creative endeavor, and unique access to government, nonprofit, and business institutions. Maine's people have welcomed Colby students into their communities for almost two centuries, and Colby students respond—through volunteerism, civic engagement, and a lifelong affinity for Maine.
The Colby experience is challenging and uplifting, enlightening and provocative, dynamic and focused. It is relationships between professors and students that transform both. It fosters intellectual and personal growth with graduates emerging as conscientious, committed leaders ready to make a profound impact on their world. A Colby education is distinctly inspired.
Colby History +
Founded in 1813, Colby is the 12th-oldest independent liberal arts college in the nation, and in 1871 it became the first previously all-male college in New England to admit women. Before World War II, trustees voted to move the College from its crowded site in downtown Waterville to a campus that overlooks the city and now comprises 714 acres. Since 1937 the College has built 62 buildings on Mayflower Hill. In 2004 the developed portion of the campus was expanded with the opening of the Colby Green, where two new buildings have been completed and another is planned. more >
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1,863: Number of enrolled students
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