The Colby Plan

Colby-ES-Bigelow_078A rigorous academic program is at the core of a Colby education. Through transformative relationships with Colby’s outstanding faculty and in activities outside the classroom, students learn to embrace opportunities, to see connections in disparate lines of thought, and to regard education as a civic resource as well as a personal achievement. Colby is international, and students develop a mature curiosity and an appetite for engaged global citizenship.

To fulfill its mission, the College adopted the Colby Plan, which lists precepts to help each student achieve his or her potential by

  • developing his or her capability for critical and creative thinking
  • learning to communicate ideas
  • learning to work independently
  • learning about American culture and the current and historical interrelationships among peoples and nations
  • becoming acquainted with other cultures by learning a foreign language and by living and studying in another country or by closely examining a culture other than one’s own
  • learning how people different from oneself have contributed to the richness of society, how prejudice limits such enrichment, and how each individual can confront intolerance
  • understanding one’s values and the values of others
  • becoming familiar with the art and literature of a wide range of cultures and historical periods
  • exploring in detail one or more scientific disciplines, including experimental methods, and  examining the interconnections between developments in science and technology and the quality of human life
  • studying the ways in which natural and social phenomena can be portrayed in quantitative terms and understanding the effects and limitations of using such data in decision making
  • studying one discipline in depth to gain an understanding of that discipline’s methodologies and modes of thought, areas of application, and relationship to other areas of knowledge
  • exploring one’s responsibility to contribute to the world beyond the campus