Colby is located on Mayflower Hill, overlooking the small city of Waterville, Maine, just 15 minutes north of Maine’s capital, Augusta. Waterville is home to 15,000 residents and boasts a downtown district that features a municipal auditorium (the Waterville Opera House), one of America’s great independent cinemas (three screens), and many locally owned businesses including restaurants, bakeries, retail stores, and a new smoothie shop. Visitors will also find a half-dozen hotels, two hospitals, a multiplex movie theater, and nationally recognized businesses—Starbucks, Home Depot, and almost a dozen fast food chains—within city limits.
Colby students can get to and around Waterville on foot, by bicycle, in a car, or in the College-sponsored Jitney. They might find classmates studying at Selah Tea, cruising Goodwill for bargains, or competing in trivia on Thursday nights at Mainely Brews. In addition to frequenting retail establishments, students have a close connection to the city by working as interns at local businesses, hospitals, government offices, and nonprofits and through campus organizations including the Colby-Waterville Alliance and the Colby Volunteer Center.