Colby provides many resources to help parents/family members support students.  As noted above, your student’s advising dean is available to you and can refer you to people on campus who can help you find answers to questions about services and processes at the College.

The following list of information and resources is intended to help parents/families identify and access assistance for Colby-related questions or concerns.

  • Advising Deans.  All Colby Students have two formal advisors throughout their Colby careers: an academic advisor is a member of the faculty who helps the student plan her/his course of study.  The advising dean is an all-purpose advisor who offers guidance and support on the full range of personal, academic, social, and co-curricular issues, and serves as a central clearinghouse for information about the student.  As part of their work on behalf of students, advising deans are also available to consult with parents/family members about issues related to their student’s Colby experience.
  • The Colby Website.  All student affairs departments and programs have current pages on the Colby website. These pages contain a wealth of information about student affairs programs and services including access and contact information.
  • The Colby Student Handbook and Colby Catalogue.  The Colby Student Handbook and the Colby Cataloguecontain all of the Colleges policies, rules, and regulations, as well as in-depth information about academic departments, programs, and course offerings.  The Handbook and Catalogue are available online at and 
  • Books we recommend about parenting college students.  Two books that we would recommend are:  Letting Go: A Parents’ Guide to Understanding the College Years by Karen Levin Coburn and Madge Lawrence Treeger, and The iConnected Parent: Staying Close to Your Kids in College (and Beyond) While Letting Them Grow Up by Barbara K. Hofer and Abigail Sullivan Moore.