No More Convent



An unexpectedly large enrollment in the fall of 2005 led the College to lease a former convent on the edge of campus to house students. Four years later Colby has determined it no longer needs the additional housing.

Colby leased the building adjoining the Mt. Merici School when three factors combined to swell the student population: an unexpectedly high yield from applicants admitted to the Class of 2009, an unusual number of students returning from leaves of absence, and fewer students choosing to live off campus.

This year 509 seniors graduated, a large class for Colby, which aims to keep the number of first-year students just below 500. As of May 28, this fall’s entering freshman class was on target at 496, according to the Admissions Office.
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