One of the nation’s premier liberal arts colleges, Colby offers 58 majors and 34 minors, world-class teaching, and guaranteed opportunities for research, internships, and global learning. Colby's rigorous academic experience is rooted in the deep exploration of ideas and close interaction with world-class faculty scholars. Unique connections—to the local community, to a supportive alumni network, and to global experiential learning opportunities—enrich the Colby experience and prepare graduates for lifelong success.
The College's Jan Plan program, an intensive four-week academic term in January, allows students to pursue focused coursework, independent or collaborative study, or a career opportunity on or off campus. A few of the many options available to students include an EMT certification course, internships at a Fortune 500 company or small nonprofit, an in-depth look at the anthropology of utopias, and a geology field research course in Bermuda.
Colby's diverse and collaborative community represents more than 80 countries and more than 43 states, with each student bringing their unique background, experience, perspective, interests and voice to our campus community. The student experience is bolstered by over 100 campus clubs and organizations, as well as a renowned art museum. In February 2017, Colby established the Lunder Institute for American Art. With a gift of more than $100 million, including 1,150 artworks, Colby is the only liberal arts college with an innovative museum and global research center for American art.
Slated to open in 2020, the Colby Athletic Complex will be among the best facilities in the nation and serve as a resource for athletes at Colby, in Waterville, and throughout New England. Colby boasts 32 NCAA varsity athletic teams, countless opportunities to explore the Maine outdoors, and numerous civic engagement offerings including ongoing developments in Waterville. With the construction of a downtown residence hall supporting civic engagement in the local community, Colby has solidified their commitment to community partnership.
A robust, global community of alumni and parents—plus partnerships with companies, nonprofits, and international institutions—provide Colby students an extensive career and personal network. New programs and initiatives bolster students’ experiential opportunities, including a pilot program with Citi and an extensive job-shadowing program that pairs students with alumni and parents across a wide range of industries. The Buck Environment and Climate Change Lab connects students from all disciplines to research opportunities at the Jackson Laboratories, Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, and Allen Island.
Colby offers extraordinary opportunities to prepare graduates for lifelong success. The Colby Career Center offers students resume critiques, networking workshops, career counseling sessions, mock interviews, and more. DavisConnects guarantees access to global experiences, research opportunities, and internships for all Colby students. Students on a pre-professional track meet regularly with a designated staff member for advice and guidance as they prepare and apply for admission to the country’s best graduate programs. Colby’s Entrepreneurial Alliance program fosters skill development through programming and mentorship, preparing students to compete for $15,000 in the annual business competition.
Through the Colby Commitment, the College ensures the most talented students have access to the best possible education by committing to meet 100 percent of each admitted student's demonstrated need without student loans, removing barriers to applying for admission, facilitating funded experiences including internships and research opportunities, and providing robust programming and mentoring to support long-term success.