Having a support system that is knowledgeable about college, particularly elite institutions, is an advantage. We are here to support you as you navigate financing your experience, understand campus traditions and expectations, and negotiate your academic success with professors, peers, and administration.
Your transition to Colby and your Colby experience will present new opportunities. It is important to recognize that you may have a unique experience at Colby as a first-generation student. This experience may include a new sense of freedom, culture shock, and academic challenges. We aim to provide you with the support and preparation necessary to learn, grow, and thrive.
Information for First-Generation Students
A select group of students qualify to be part of Colby’s health plan at no cost or reduced cost. In some cases, Colby’s health plan may be more comprehensive and/or a more convenient plan than the one you had prior to Colby—especially if you hail from out of state. Compare your current plan with Colby’s to make the best decision for you. Regardless of your insurance, students can access Colby’s Health and Counseling Services free of charge. The fully staffed centers can assist in many of your health care needs.
First-Generation-to-College Student Connections Mentor Program
This program matches first-year, first-generation students with a student mentor to help their transition to Colby. To sign up, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Concord Coach Lines run from Colby’s athletic center to Portland, Boston South Station, Logan Airport, and all across Maine. From Boston, connections can be made to locations in Massachusetts, New York, and New Jersey. Buses typically run every day that school is in session. Greyhound buses run from the Waterville bus station at 320 Kennedy Memorial Drive.
There are several taxi services available to and from Colby for trips into Waterville.
- Elite Taxi: 207-872-2221
- Cheap Taxi: 207-872-2300
- Pine Tree Cab: 207-465-2304
Colby offers a free service called the Jitney that takes students all over Waterville. It departs from outside the Pugh Center starting at 2 p.m. every day. The service ends at midnight Sunday through Thursday and at 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday.
Have a license? If you become a Colby certified driver, you can participate in the ZipCar Program and rent one of our three ZipCars. Find more info at zipcar.com.
Colby also offers a free shuttle service that makes stops in downtown Waterville on a 45-minute loop. The shuttle runs Thursday and Friday with stops at Walmart, Main Street, Gilman Street, and Colby’s Pugh Center.