We are delighted that you have chosen to join the Colby community. The transition to college life is strengthened by your participation in the orientation program. Our orientation program is designed to introduce you to life at Colby and takes place over eight days. It offers a wide range of opportunities for exploration, engagement, and connection to the academic, intellectual, and social life at Colby.

The theme for the Class of 2020 Orientation is Building CommUNITY. The opportunity to connect and make meaning of our unique experiences is central to the institution’s values and will be embedded throughout the orientation program. Throughout our program you will be invited to embrace 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 that have gathered here and that genuine inclusivity requires active, honest, and compassionate engagement with one another. 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.

Colby College

Class of 2020

Orientation Schedule

Monday, January 2, 2017

8:00 am – 11:00 am      Arrival & Check-in, Pulver Pavilion, Cotter Union

                                     Check-in and receive your Welcome Packet and keys. At check-in, you will receive important information regarding the Orientation Program.  After checking in, you will be directed to your residence hall. Student leaders will be available to help with your move in.

If you are unable to arrive before 1:00pm, Welcome Packets will be available at the Information Desk from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, after 4:00 pm they will be available at the Security Office located in Roberts Union.

8:00 am – 11:00 am      Warm Up, Joseph Family Spa, Cotter Union      

                                      Enjoy Complimentary coffee and breakfast treats to help get the day started.

8:00 am – 12:00 pm      Residence Hall Move-In, Various Residence Halls  

8:00 am – 3:00 pm        Package Pick-Up, Eustis Service Center, Ground Floor level

8:00 am – 5:00 pm        Colby Bookstore, Cotter Union

11:45 am                       Welcome Lunch with President Greene, Parker Reed Room in

                                      Schair-Swenson-Watson Alumni Center

                  Join President Greene for lunch as he welcomes our Global Entry Class of 2020 and their families. Vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options will be available.

1:00 pm – 1:40 pm        Campus tours – leaving from Parker Reed Room

1:45 pm – 2:30 pm        Student Life at Colby with student leaders, Ostrove Auditorium, Diamond Building

                                     Hear from a panel of Colby Students about how their experiences at Colby have compared to their expectations, how they found their place in the Colby community, and what they wish they had known as they transitioned from abroad to the Colby campus. The panel will respond to predetermined questions asked by a moderator, as well as to questions offered up by the audience.

2:45 pm – 3:00pm        Matriculation Book, Diamond Auditorium, Diamond Building

                                     Students will sign the matriculation book, registering them as a member of the class.

3:00 pm                        Parents Depart Campus.

                                     Students assemble with LINK leaders in the Diamond Atrium

3:15 pm – 3:45 pm       First Class and Academic Life, Provost and Dean of Faculty, Lori Kletzer, Diamond 122      

                                     Provost Kletzer will kick off your First Class by sharing her thoughts about Colby’s academic program.

4:00 pm -5:30 pm        First Class, Davis Science Center

                                     The “First Class” program is an opportunity for students to participate in a meaningful classroom experience as an introduction to academic and intellectual life at Colby. Distinguished members of Colby’s faculty will lead classroom discussions and will provide an overview of the liberal arts with essential information related to academic success.

5:30 pm – 7:00 pm       Dinner with Iced COOT leaders


8:00 pm                      A Night at Home, Your Residence Hall

                                  Join your CA and fellow hall residents for a night of snacks, board games, and getting to know your new neighbors.