Guide for Incoming Students

The Colby Affirmation

Colby College is a community dedicated to learning and committed to the growth and well-being of all its members.

As a community devoted to intellectual growth, we value academic integrity. We agree to take ownership of our academic work, to submit only work that is our own, to fully acknowledge the research and ideas of others in our work, and to abide by the instructions and regulations governing academic work established by the faculty.

As a community built on respect for ourselves, each other, and our physical environment, we recognize the diversity of people who have gathered here and that genuine inclusivity requires active, honest, and compassionate engagement with one another and surrounding communities. We agree to respect each other, to honor community expectations, and to comply with College policies.

As a member of this community, I pledge to hold myself and others accountable to these values wherever I may find myself.

    Getting Started at Colby

    Enroll in myColby
    The official portal for students, parents, faculty, and staff. Manage class schedules and finances, check grades, or update important information—plus more.
    Register for COOT
    Colby Outdoor Orientation Trips are outdoor-based orientation experiences required of all first-year students. Choose from dozens of fun and engaging options.
    Sign up for ColbyNow
    Our hub of campus news, information, and conversation. ColbyNow is available online, through a slick mobile app, or delivered daily to your inbox.

    Campus Resources

    Health Services
    The health center provides quality health care, health education, and preventative services. Call or drop by to make an appointment.
    The health center also offers counseling services for any student who needs help.
    Class Deans
    You will be assigned a Class Dean to help you with any problems outside of the classroom. For academic help, refer to you academic advisor.
    Information Technology Services
    Having computer troubles? Visit ITS on the first floor of Lovejoy or give them a call.
    Check in with the Registrar’s Office to solve any problems with classes, course selection, or credits from advanced placement or transfer courses.

    Moving In

    Residential life is a critical component of the college experience. It is here that you will make some of your first friends and it is this community that you will turn to for entertainment, support and shared experience. Rooms for first-years are set aside with the intention that there be approximately 100 square feet per student. Each room has one chair, desk, dresser, and closet/wardrobe per student, along with a twin extra long bed, with an overhead lamp and linoleum tile floors. For those interested, beds can be bunked, and wardrobes have to stay. All rooms have at least one window, with varying sizes. Rooms are heated throughout the winter. Items prohibited in these spaces include candles, coffee-makers, large fridges, etc. A full list of prohibited items can be found in the Student Handbook. All first-years are housed with one or two other first-year roommates. The Hillside Housing Complex, consisting of 5 residence halls, is dedicated first-year and sophomore housing. The rest of the buildings on campus, with the exception of the Alfond Senior Housing Complex and the AMS complex are mixed year housing, meaning all class years live on shared floors.

    Living in a dorm is a much different experience than living at home. Each Colby room has a three- or five-drawer dresser, a wardrobe/closet, a twin bed, and a desk with a chair, so there is no need to bring your own. Most first-year rooms range in size from 190 to 210 square feet, so keep that in mind as you pack at the end of the summer.

    • Bedding and Linens
      • Twin extra-long sheets
      • Comforter or other blankets
      • Towels
      • Pillows
      • Pillowcases
    • Clothing
      • Raincoat
      • Rain boots
      • Umbrella
      • Wool socks
      • Winter coat
      • Snow boots
      • Hats, gloves, and scarves
    • Miscellaneous
      • Desk and/or floor lamp
      • Rug
      • Mirror
      • Trash/recycling bin
      • Surge protector
    • Optional (but common)
      • Small refrigerator
      • Electric kettle
      • Cups, bowls, plates, eating utensils
      • Pictures or posters to hang on walls
      • Small fan
      • TV with coaxial cable

    How to mail or ship to Colby

    • Secure your package and send it using USPS, UPS, or FedEx. If mailing internationally, please contact the mailing center at 207-872-3000 in advance.
    • Address the package to yourself and write “First-Year” to the right of your name. Ship the package to: Your Name – First-Year Colby College 4000 Mayflower Hill Waterville, ME 04901-8842
    • You will receive an email when your package has arrived. It will be in either the Eustis mailroom or the post office in Cotter Union. Please know your shelf number if your package is in the post office and have your Colby Card ready when receiving your package.

    Calendar and Key Dates

    First Semester

    Sunday, Aug. 29 Class of 2021 arrival day
    Sunday, Aug. 29 – Sunday, Sept. 5 First-year orientation
    Monday, Sept. 4 Residence halls open; upper classes return
    Wednesday, Sept. 6 First classes
    Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 16 and 17 Fall recess (no classes)
    Friday, Oct. 27 – Sunday, Oct. 29 Family Homecoming Weekend
    Wednesday, Nov. 22 – Sunday, Nov. 26 Thanksgiving recess
    Friday, Dec. 8 Last classes of first semester
    Saturday, Dec. 9 Last day for scheduled events
    Wednesday, Dec. 13 – Monday, Dec. 18 Semester examinations
    Tuesday, Dec. 19 Residence halls close for winter recess

    January Term

    Sunday, Jan. 7 Global Entry Semester arrival day Residence halls open
    Monday, Jan. 8 – Thursday, Feb. 1 January Program

    Second Semester

    Wednesday, Feb. 7 First classes
    Saturday, March 24 – Sunday, April 1 Spring recess (residence halls closed)
    Thursday, May 3 Colby Liberal Arts Symposium
    Friday, May 11 Last classes of second semester
    Saturday, May 12 Last day for scheduled events
    Wednesday, May 16 – Monday, May 21 Semester examinations
    Saturday, May 26 Baccalaureate
    Sunday, May 27 Commencement