Residential Life

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With the majority of Colby students residing on Campus, potential for strong relationships is remarkable.  Through interaction with faculty and staff, along with peers, Colby students are able to make lifelong friendships with a variety of individuals that promote academic and career success.

The College's plan for residential life, Colby 360, is built upon the idea that a residential college affords students opportunities to learn and develop in the many facets that define their college lives. The plan is driven by five learning outcomes: development of life skills; appreciation of and engagement with diversity and human difference; understanding democracy and civic responsibility; promoting wellness and healthy lifestyle choices; and leadership education for the 21st century.

Residence Halls

With the exception of the Alfond Apartments, all residence halls are co-ed and populated by a mixture of the 4 classes.  Along with a diverse student population, the halls offer a variety of options in both style and location, along with special interest housing (substance free, quiet housing, etc.)

Dialogue Housing, inaugurated in 2005, permits students with a shared academic interest to incorporate it in a residence hall. Examples have included the Green House (environmental), a Spanish-language house, and a music-and-art house. Students with special dietary restrictions are eligible for the co-op, housed in Mary Low with access to a kitchen for meal preparation.

Please note that the beds in our   residence halls are extra-long, and that XL twin sheets will fit best. The   Office of Campus Life has partnered with Residence Hall   Linens to make sure our students have   an easy to find, affordable way to purchase any bedding and campus living   needs. Please visit the RHL website

Most of Colby’s residence halls and all dining halls have been renovated in recent years. Three halls on Roberts Row, Perkins-Wilson, Pierce, and Goddard-Hodkins, received LEED gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

Our Staff
Kim KennistonAssociate Director of Campus Life for Residential Education and Living

Kim was born in Hallowell, ME, and attended Hall Dale High School.  Until she came to Colby, Kim had spent 7 years in the Residential Education and Living department at Dean College, in Massachusetts.  A fan of dogs, but an owner of cats, Kim lives alongside them in the Waterville area.

The Associate Director is responsible for Colby's residential life program, which encompasses room draw, first year housing, and the faculty resident program. The Associate Director also strides to make a seamless integration between the classroom and the dorm room through various programs that push individual growth within the residence halls.  Reach the Associate Director at ext. 4280, or feel free to stop by and see her between the hours of 8:00 A.M. and 4:30 P.M.

Katrina DanbyAssistant Director of Campus Life for Residential Education and Living

Katrina Danby was born in New Hampshire and graduated from Western New England College with a degree in Mathematical Sciences.  For 3 years before coming to Colby, Katrina taught high school math at Springfield Renaissance School. Katrina, and her husband Patrick, live on campus in the Height's Faculty/Staff Resident Apartment and enjoy being able to be a part of the Colby Community. 

The Assistant Director's primary responsibility is the direct supervision of the Community Advisor program. The Assistant Director is responsible for the hiring, placement and training of the CA's. Specifically, she works with the educational programming model, which works to incorporate learning objectives with the intentional community building taking place within the residence halls. You can reach the Assistant Director at ext. 4280, or stop by and visit her between the hours of 8:00 A.M. and 4:30 P.M in the Office of Campus Life.