Other Institutional Requirements
National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS)
The U.S. Department of Education mandates that schools must inform potential students, students, or parents of students of loan submissions to the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS). This information will be accessible by guaranty agencies, lenders, and authorized users of the data system.
Colby is proud of its rich and diverse student body. Information about Colby’s student body diversity is found on the College Navigator Website. This information includes the percentage of enrolled full-time students in the following categories: Male, Female, Self-identified members of a major racial or ethnic group, and Federal Pell Grant recipients.
Colby’s Office of Campus Life creates opportunities for students to actively pursue extracurricular interests under the philosophy that learning occurs in and outside of the classroom, through 360 degrees of life on Mayflower Hill.
An integral part of the Office of the Dean of Studies, Colby’s Office for Student Access and Disability Services works to ensure access for students across all aspects of the Colby experience. We use an individualized collaborative approach to engage students in determining effective accommodations for the classroom, housing, and dining services. We continue this work with faculty to develop resources, skills, and support systems to ensure equitable learning for all students. Finally, in collaboration with student groups and campus partners, we work to develop student-centered and responsive programming that recognizes and values disability as a vital part of the diversity of the Colby community.
Student Body Diversity
We are dedicated to the education of humane, thoughtful, and courageous persons prepared to respond to the challenges of an increasingly diverse and global society and to the issues of justice that arise therein. At Colby, we strive to integrate diversity, equity, and inclusion into all aspects of our institutional life to attain excellence in teaching, learning, research, and service.
When we embrace diversity, we commit to creating a community of engaged students, faculty, and staff, whose plurality of perspectives and experiences enrich and deepen our understanding of intellectual, ethical, civic, and global citizenship. When we invoke equity, we can claim our ethical commitment to fairness, justice, equal opportunity, and access, and to a fair distribution of resources. When we invoke inclusion, we commit to transforming and sustaining a campus culture in which all members feel a sense of belonging, knowing that, as a fully inclusive community, we share equal responsibility for the welfare of all our citizens.
We commit to fostering the widest possible range of participation in our community by transforming structures and policies that impede the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Faculty members have indicated that some books for your courses are required, some optional, and some suggested. These decisions are at the faculty member’s discretion, but generally required books are the central books for a course, and optional books are usually ancillary materials like study and solution manuals. Books that are required for a course are listed with an R on the line below the title, optional books have an O, and suggested items an S.
- Rental books are available for some classes. Rentals books appear as a ‘Choice’ in the book listings. These books are required for your class. Choose to rent or buy.
- Used books are the most popular with Colby students, and we are extremely aggressive about getting as many used copies as possible. Typically, we have about 60 percent used books, and 40 percent new books and course packs each semester. There are some books we’ve found it makes sense to sell only new, e.g. consumable books like workbooks where students at many campuses are required to fill out, tear out, and turn in pages. Unlike some used booksellers, we won’t sell you a book that is missing pages, is the wrong edition, or has been damaged by liquids. When the professor asks you to turn to page 27 to read an article, you’ll be reading the right one.
- Ebooks are often a less expensive option and more convenient as they can be used across multiple devices. Please note that if you do decide to purchase an ebook that some professors may still require a printed hard copy to use in class. If you are uncertain, please check first.
- Access Codes Some courses require access codes that allow you to complete assignments via an online portal. These cards are usually bundled with new textbooks but they may also be available as a separate purchase. In some instances, it may be less expensive to buy the new bundle than to shop for a used textbook and purchase the access by itself. In either case, if a professor requires online access you will need it to complete your coursework.
If we are sold out of course material in the format you chose, we will substitute with the closest available option. Your cost may change based on this substitution. Your book is returnable through the end of the returns period. Click here for textbook information.
Teacher Preparation Report
Click here to access the Title II reports and national teacher preparation data.
The information on this website explains how to register and vote in the state of Maine elections. By voting, you are keeping Maine’s democracy strong and continuing a long history of citizen participation in the governing of our state and nation.
It’s easy to take our right to vote for granted—to decide that voting isn’t worth the effort or “doesn’t make a difference.” The reality is that voting makes a tremendous difference. By casting a ballot, each citizen has a voice in deciding who will serve in office and what positions will be taken on major issues.
Voting is of critical importance to the strength and vitality of our system of government, and you are to be congratulated for recognizing its significance. For our democracy to work, we must all participate in the process. Please register and vote and encourage your family, friends, and neighbors to do the same.