A rigorous academic program is at the core of a Colby education. Students work closely with professors, exploring new ideas, stretching to expand their knowledge and perceptions of the world. Faculty members—world-class teachers and scholars committed to liberal arts education—challenge students in a collaborative learning experience that is transformational for both.
Colby's Career Center encourages students to explore career choices by completing at least one internship during January or the summer. Research has shown that students who do internships find it easier, after graduation, to get quality employment or gain entry into graduate school. Internships broaden students' awareness of career fields and jobs, and they provide unparalleled opportunities to gain hands-on experience in real-world settings.
Colby is recognized as a leader when it comes to incorporating research into undergraduate education across the curriculum. Grants from the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and other sources have expanded opportunities for students to learn by doing—in laboratories, classrooms, and in the field. At national meetings of science organizations such as the American Chemical Society, American Physical Society, and the Geological Society of America, Colby students are overrepresented among liberal arts undergraduates presenting research findings.