Academics at Colby are rigorous, and learning goes beyond sitting in a classroom—its enhanced by new experiences, real-world research, and project-based problem solving across all disciplines. Students can choose from 56 majors and 31 minors, or design their own independent major.
Founded in 1813, Colby is the 12th-oldest private liberal arts college in the country. Located in central Maine, our 714-acre Mayflower Hill campus overlooks downtown Waterville and the Kennebec River Valley.
Colbys 1,850 students come from nearly every state and more than 70 countries to take advantage of our renowned academic programs, a curriculum that encourages educational exploration, and collaborative learning experiences led by world-class professors.
Our exploratory January Plan term, extensive study-abroad opportunities, and graduate-level research experiences are pillars of the Colby education. In both the classroom and the field, students work closely with professors—a collaboration that is transformational for both and often results in lifelong friendships.
In addition to the academic experience, cocurricular and campus life programs organized under the Colby 360 plan optimize learning opportunities and help students develop leadership and communication skills. Members of the Colby community come from a range of backgrounds and offer diverse perspectives. Every member of the community has different experiences to share, enriching classroom and dining hall discussions.