At Colby, working hard is the norm and A's don't come easily in most subjects. Nevertheless, professors are accessible, helpful, brilliant in their fields, and truly caring, and the work is well worth the effort. Professors and students at Colby share a commitment to learning that stretches beyond grades and numbers. Professors want students to come out of a class with a rich understanding of the material, and students strive to learn all they can. Moreover, since Colby is a liberal arts college through and through, professors emphasize critical thought, writing skills, and speaking, regardless of the subject.
While the workload does vary with each department, every class offers unique challenges to help students acquire different skills. And, students find pleasure in sharing these skills with their peers. Professors encourage collaborative work, and Colby students lack an intra-competitive edge. Students at Colby work hard but remain inspired and motivated by the strong intellectual community fostered by a close relationship between students and professors.