Orientation and First-Year Programs


Welcome Class of 2017 First semester away students!

We are thrilled you have arrived on campus and look forward to getting to know you during orientation and over the years to come. As you embark on your Colby journey, we encourage
you to consider the following questions.

What footsteps have you traveled in coming to Colby? What experiences have led you here? Who has helped you along the way?

What excites you about Colby? What intimidates or scares you? What do you hope to gain from your Colby experience? What footsteps do you hope to leave as a legacy to the Colby
community when you graduate?

What does the next four years have to do with the rest of your life? What do you aspire to, and what value do you hope to bring to your community after Colby? Where are your footsteps
taking you?

The Orientation Planning Committee


Library Director's Welcome

As director of the Colby Libraries, I want to welcome you to Colby and to the libraries. My staff and I hope you will make the libraries, our collections, and services your own. Check out these videos about the three Colby libraries (all made by current or former students) and stay tuned for events this fall which will help you to get oriented to how we can help you succeed in your career at Colby.

Be sure to stop by the library table at new student check-in and pick up your Class of 2017 water bottle.

Clem Guthro
Director of the Colby Libraries


Please take the time to check out our video.

Important Dates

Class of 2017 First Semester Away Orientation Check-in

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Pulver Pavilion

Check-In/Move-In 8:00am-11am

Any questions can be directed to the Office of Campus Life at campus.life@colby.edu or by calling 207-859-4280.

If you are in need of area accommodations or directions to Colby, please click here.


Please check back mid-November for:

Orientation day schedule



Introduction to Academic Life:  First Class

Your "first class" at Colby will provide you with a meaningful classroom experience on your arrival day at the College.  You will engage with faculty members and classmates for an overview of the liberal arts and essential information related to your academic success. Be prepared to talk about your pre-orientation assignment.

C2IT - Colby Community Involvement Trip

C2IT is a new part of the College's First Year Orientation Program. Throughout orientation, we are stressing the concept of healthy communities – what it means to be an active member of a healthy community and the rights and responsibilities that accompany the privilege. C2IT is designed to show students how deep engagement in a community based concern or issue enriches the experiences of all residents.

We recognize that many students choose to come to Maine or stay here to attend college, with good reason.  Our state is a wonderful place with natural beauty, hardworking people and a rich history.  C2IT gives First-Years Students the opportunity to learn about a particular topic important to Maine, and to meet people who are actively engaged in and care about those issues. 

Our guiding concept for the day is "Meet, Learn, & Do".  Students will travel throughout the state, be met by a host – someone who is knowledgeable about and invested in a particular concern, meet with others who share that interest, learn about the topic, and then, where possible, do some relevant hands-on work.

We hope that students will come away from C2IT with an understanding of how community is broadened and strengthened by the work of engaged citizens and the skills these people use while addressing their work.  We feel certain our students will benefit from their hosts' stories.