Colby College


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Colby College

Room and Board


Application deadline

January 1

Application fee


Educational Resources


Separate libraries for science and for art & music collections; USGS national repository; rare book and manuscript collections, especially Thomas Hardy, Edwin Arlington Robinson, modern Irish literature, Irish literary renaissance; networked classroom for electronic research instruction; more than 6,000 VHS or DVD video recordings. 1300 print journals and 8,500 electronic journals.

  • Member of library consortia.
  • 436,170 books, serial backfiles, and other material including government documents.
  • 3,875 current serial subscriptions.
  • 412,300 microforms.
  • 22,560 Audio/Visual items.
  • 0 e-books.

Museums & Art

Art museum (28,000-square-foot exhibition space) includes major outdoor Richard Serra sculpture and major collection of art of Alex Katz; arboretum; research greenhouses; multicultural center; computer music studio; theater; new painting, sculpture, and photography studios; research-grade telescope and astronomy classroom; writers center; scientific equipment includes scanning and transmission electron microscopes, laser flash photolysis, x-ray diffractometer, condensed matter physics and laser-based atomic physics labs, advanced chromatographs and spectrometers including NMR, ultra-centrifuge, ultramicrotomes, microinjection apparatus; GIS lab (beginning Fall 2007); Hume Center (woodworking shop, blacksmith’s forge, and crew team facilities) on nearby Messalonskee lake; Paul J. Schupf computing center; Colby-Marston Preserve kettle-hole bog for environmental research; extensive rock, mineral, and fossil collections; ISDN radio station; Bill Alfond synthetic turf field.



  • Students are not required to take a computer course.
  • Students are not required to own or lease a computer.

Campus Resources

  • 300 computers for student use in locations such as computer center/labs, residence halls, library, student center
  • 140 Internet connections in libraries.
  • 20 Internet connections in classrooms.
  • 10 Internet connections in Laboratories.
  • 1,800 Internet connections elsewhere on campus.

Student accommodations

  • Email accounts are available to all students.
  • Internet access is available to all students.
  • Student web-pages are permitted.
  • Online class registration is available.
  • 100% of college-owned hosting units are available for internet access.

Wireless Internet Hotspots

  • Wifi is available in some of the libraries (excluding computer labs), in all the libraries, in some classrooms, in computer labs
  • Campus wireless internet hotspots are not available.
  • Approximately 500 students can be on the network at once.



nonremedial tutoring, women’s center, placement service, health service, health insurance, other


minority student, career, military, personal, veteran student, academic, older student, psychological, birth control, religious


on-campus job interviews, internships, resume assistance, career/job search classes, alumni network, interest inventory, interview training, other

Campus Safety

24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc)

Campus Life



  • The school offers housing for students.
  • 94% of students live in school housing.
  • The school does not provide assistance for off-campus housing.

Types of housing available

  • 37% of housing units are Singles.
  • 42% of housing units are Doubles.
  • 19% of housing units are Triples.
  • 3% of housing units are Apartments.
  • 0% of of housing units are some other type.
  • In total, there are 25 housing buildings.

Room Accessories

  • 100% of rooms are equipped with sprinkler systems.
  • 100% of rooms are equipped with fire alarms.
  • 100% are equipped with high-speed internet connections.


  • 87% of students remain on campus over the weekends, on average.
  • Alcohol is permitted on campus.
  • Popular events on campus: Broadway Musical Revue, Mr. Colby Pageant, Drag Show, Family/Homecoming Weekend, Theater Productions, A Cappella concerts, Earth Day events, International Extravaganza, and many others
  • Student activities: choral groups, concert band, dance, drama/theater, jazz band, literary magazine, music ensembles, musical theater, radio station, student government, student newspaper, student film society, symphony orchestra, yearbook
  • In total, there are about 106 organizations on campus.
  • Honor societies: Phi Beta Kappa; Pi Sigma Alpha (Political Science); Sigma Pi Sigma (Physics); Psi Chi (Psychology); Sigma Gamma Epsilon (Geology)
  • Religious organizations: (Appears as submitted by school) Colby Christian Fellowship, Hillel, Gathering in Christ Together, Muslim Group, Newman Council, CIRCLE (Collective for Insight, Refuge, and Celebration of Life Experience)
  • International organizations: (Appears as submitted by school) International Club, Students Organized Against Racism, Muslim Group, Asian Cultural Society, Asian American Student Association, Four Winds, Students Organized for Black and Hispanic Unity, Pugh Community Board, Colby Men of Color, Desi Club, Circle of Hip Hop Culture, Colby Awareness Club, Ethnic Vocal Ensemble, United World at Colby
  • Other organizations: (Appears as submitted by school) Outing Club, 6 A Capella Clubs, Student Government Association, WMHB Radio, Student Program Board, Colby Volunteer Center, Women’s Group, Pottery Club, Mountaineering Club, The Bridge, Colby Dancers, Powder & Wig
  • Student papers: (Appears as submitted by school) Colby Echo (weekly)


  • Nearest airport(s) (distance in miles): Portland ME (75), Boston, MA (167)
  • Nearest train(s) (distance in miles): Portland, ME (75)
  • Nearest bus-station(s) (distance in miles): Waterville, ME (2)
  • Public transportation does not serve the campus.
  • All students are permitted to have cars on campus.
  • 75% of students have a car on campus


  • School employment is available.
  • 42% of undergrads are employed with average earnings of 1,020
  • Freshman are not discouraged from working.
  • There are 0 fraternities
  • 0 fraternity houses
  • 0% of students are fraternity members
  • There are 0 sororities
  • 0 sorority houses
  • 0% of students are sorority members.


  • Army ROTC: Offered at cooperating institution (University of Maine)
  • Navy ROTC: Not offered
  • Airforce ROTC: Not offered
  • Additional Policies

    class attendance policies set by individual instructors, hazing prohibited

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