Dear Colby Families,
We are thrilled to welcome you to the Colby community and look forward to getting to know you during the next four years. The Colby community extends far beyond Mayflower Hill and we are excited to welcome you to the continually growing network.
We recognize that families play an integral and important role in college life, and our office is committed to ensuring that you feel supported in whatever capacity you choose.
To help you connect with the College, we have gathered resources that you may find helpful. Please take a moment to review, and if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our office at [email protected] or 207-859-4321.
Julie Hall Williams ’01, Director of Family Philanthropy
Sarah Ross, Leadership Annual Gift Officer, Family Philanthropy
Erin Laskey, Assistant Director of Family Engagement
In the months prior to your student’s arrival to campus, you will receive communication and information from the Dean of the College and the Dean of Students offices’. We encourage you to also use the below links and additional links on the resources page to find additional information.
Colby offers many resources to acquaint families with how students seek and receive support in all aspects of their collegiate experiences on Mayflower Hill. Below is a list of offices students can contact with questions or concerns.
Emergency – Call 207-859-5911
Security (parking pass) – Call 207-859-4000 or 207-859-5530
MyColby is a secure online portal to access student-related service information.
Students receive password-protected access to myColby when they matriculate. Students may grant permission to parents and guardians by following these steps. Once these actions are completed, parents can log in for all four years to pay tuition, apply for financial aid, view student academic and employment information, and load funds onto the ColbyCard, Colby’s campus ID, and debit card.
Here is a quick reference guide to resources that assist in making Colby a home away from home for students.
Residence hall details: Information about floor plans, window dimensions, furniture and beds, keys, and hall access is available at colby.edu/residentiallife.
Sending mail/packages: Each student is assigned a Mayflower Hill number as a school address. Please do not use the College’s general address. Boxes can be shipped to campus after Aug. 15. On the box, please clearly include the following:
(Student’s full name)
(Students mailbox number) Mayflower Hill
Waterville, ME 04901
Travel to campus and around Waterville:
Colby Shuttle: A shuttle runs during breaks from in front of Colby’s Pugh Center to Portland International Jetport, the Portland Transportation Terminal that houses Concord Coach Lines, and the Amtrak station. Ticket information is shared with students during the year.
By plane: Boston’s Logan Airport is often the least expensive and most direct option. The Portland International Jetport is about 80 minutes from campus; airports in Bangor and Augusta offer limited flights. Once at the airport, ground transportation via bus, train, or taxi is available. Please visit the airport websites for more information.
By bus: Concord Coach Lines offers daily bus service to and from Colby, stopping in front of the Harold Alfond Athletic Center.
Around Waterville: For students without a car on campus, Colby offers many transportation options, including a student-run Jitney service, Zipcars, and a shuttle service from campus to downtown and local shopping centers. There are also local taxi services available to students.In addition to these, ColbyNow, a campus communication app, has a ride board for students.
These words and acronyms will help you understand Colby.
CA: Community Advisor, a trained student who lives in a residential hall to support students and plan events.
CCAK: Colby Cares About Kids, a mentoring program through the Colby Volunteer Center (CVC).
CER: Colby Emergency Response, a first-responder organization where trained students work with Colby Security to provide 24/7 emergency on-campus response.
CLAS: Colby Liberal Arts Symposium, a celebration of student scholarship in the spring. Visit colby.edu/clas.
COC: Colby Outing Club, Colby’s largest club with 100+ trips a year.
COOT: Colby Outdoor Orientation Trips, required of all first-year students. Trips are designed to be fun and engaging while preparing students for their transition to living and learning on campus.
CVC: The Colby Volunteer Center oversees 20 volunteer programs for civic engagement opportunities in the Waterville Area.
DavisConnects: Provides Colby students global, internship, and research experiences regardless of personal networks, connections, and financial means.
GES: Global Entry Semester, allows incoming students to study abroad in Dijon, France or Salamanca, Spain.
Jitney: A transportation service with a student driver
Pugh Center: A multicultural center devoted to affirming cultural differences and promoting social justice.
The Spa: Not a spa at all, but a snack bar and coffee shop in Cotter Union.
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