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.

Orientation 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 and surrounding communities. Throughout orientation, you will be invited to embrace the Colby Affirmation. Over the past few years, students have developed the Colby Affirmation to identify and affirm the core values of the student community.

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.

Arrival Day Schedule | Class of 2021 and Transfer Students 


Full Orientation schedule will be available August 1st.

*Note: This schedule may be updated. 

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

8 a.m.-noon      Arrival and 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 you move in. 

If you are unable to arrive before noon, welcome packets will be available at the information desk in Cotter Union from 1 to 4 p.m. After 4 p.m. they will be available at the Security Office located in Roberts Building.

8 a.m.-noon      Warm Up, Joseph Family Spa, Cotter Union      

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

8 a.m.-noon      Residence Hall Move In, various residence halls  

8 a.m.-3 p.m.    Package Pick Up, Eustis Service Center, ground floor

8 a.m.-5 p.m.    Colby Bookstore hours, Cotter Union

11 a.m.-1 p.m.  Lunch, Dana, Dana Lawn, and Foss                               

4 p.m.                Families depart campus


Orientation will continue through Tuesday, September 5, 2017. Welcome activities will continue from Move-In day through Convocation