Academic Support

Colby has programs designed to help students maximize their academic success. Each student has a faculty advisor and class dean, in addition to their course instructors, to consult about academic issues that arise. For individual or more specialized support, Colby has a variety of programs to enhance your academic experience.

Learning Consultants

These specialized, expert coaches are available to any Colby student wishing additional academic support, coaching, or skills building. A learning consultant will work one-on-one with you to build your individual success.


Colby provides academic support services that supplement the support provided by course instructors. Upper class students are hired as teaching assistants, tutors, or writing fellows.

  1. Consult your professor.
  2. If it is decided that you should have a tutor, get the name of a tutor (usually an upperclass student who majors in the relevant subject) from your professor.
  3. Make an appointment with the tutor and set up a regular schedule. Two to three hours a week is the norm.
  4. Prepare for your tutoring session. Do as much work as you can beforehand so that the tutoring time can be spent on specific problem areas.
  5. Keep your appointments. If you must make a change, have the courtesy to notify the tutor in advance.
  6. If you have any problems, speak with your professor or the tutoring coordinator in the Office of the Dean of Studies.

Learning Differences Support

We offer programs and resources that support a range of learning styles—to make sure every student can maximize their academic potential. Those with documented learning differences may be granted opportunities and resources such as:

  • Additional time on exams
  • Lighter course load
  • Help from writing tutors
  • Individual tutoring on any subject
  • Private study carrels
  • Assistance with note taking

Other forms of support are available and may be discussed with your class dean. It is the policy of Colby College to provide academic support for all students. The procedures for students with learning differences are consistent with this policy.

Private Study Rooms and Lockers in Miller Library

Students who need a private study space may apply to use a study room, a designated quiet space furnished with individual study carrel desks and personal lockers to store materials. Students will be assigned to one of three rooms.

There are a limited number of study carrels available. Students with special circumstances such as honors projects, documented learning differences, independent study projects, or senior scholar work are encouraged to apply. Priority will be given to seniors.

If interested in applying for a private study room, download this application and return it to the Dean of Studies office by the second week in September. Students will be notified by mid-September whether they have been granted a study carrel.

Academic Accommodations

Colby is committed to supporting access to academics for students with disabilities.To request support, please complete and return the Voluntary Disclosure of a Disability form found below along with documentation from a licensed health/medical provider. For more information regarding specific documentation please reference the Colby Documentation Guidelines below. Once completed, contact our Associate Director of Access & Student Disability Services, Kate McLaughlin, to set up an introductory appointment.

Partner Programs

The Farnham Writers’ Center

The Farnham Writers’ Center works with students, faculty, staff, and local schools on all aspects of writing. We seek to further a culture of writing at Colby and in the community through peer tutoring, faculty support, and special writing events. As a writing resource, we provide information on good writing practices and guidance on grammar and documentation to the Colby community and online visitors. Sign up for an appointment.

Personal Librarian

Each Colby student is assigned a personal librarian. They aid students in research and teach them to utilize Colby’s libraries, the Colby, Bates, Bowdoin catalog, along with other resources available to Colby students. Learn more about the program and how to meet your librarian.