Athletics

Location
Waterville, ME
Undergrads
1,815
Tuition
$44,320
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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College Freshman

Athletics: All the things needed for athletes are here. We have a great Nordic skiing team. We have a ice rink for hockey. Sports teams here are very tight knit. You have most, if not all meals, with your team members and will have a great social life here. (as long as you are open to drinking alcohol, lots of it.) Very few athletes are "Chem-free," however prior to athletic events (in season) at Colby there is a 24 hour rule that you have to be "dry."

Rugby is a big sport on campus for both women and men. Both teams almost were cut because of low funds but the whole campus saved them this year.

If you aren't an athlete, there are intramural sports and social yet exercise filled activities you can do. However beware, the athletic center is mainly for athletes. If you are an ice skater, do not expect to have much ice time. The hockey coaches control who is on the ice and they often do not change the 1 hour schedule that non-hockey players have to abide by.

Also, this goes for anywhere but Colby only has Nordic Skiing for division one sports. That's it. Do not come here expecting more. Also, do not expect to use practices and games and "being busy" as an excuse for not doing work. This is an academic college not a pro-sports gateway college.

School spirit is very high for the Mules. However, sporting events act as something people do while drunk on the weekends and then sportsmanship goes out the window and beer cans end up where the opposing team's players are standing.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Colby is a Divison III school (with the exception of alpine skiing which is Division I). That being said, there is no UMichigan-sized football field, and certainly not as many fans. Colby does not have the best sports teams in the NESCAC division, but athletics are still taken seriously at Colby. Yet, though varsity sports are not top notch, the overall population at Colby is exceptionally athletic. The facilites are very accessible and of good quality to non-varsity athlete students. The Athletic Center is a very popular destination on campus before and after classes and on the week end. Academics comes before athletics: a rule that is probably found in many other colleges. The two main rivalries are between Bates College and Bowdoin. The school spirit is certainly not the best, but the Mule Mob does a good job in rousing the students to cheer.

3 College Junior

Athletics: Although we're D3 the school still comes out to show support for all sporting events. Athletes are a bit like celebrities at times. That being said we have great standing in track and field sports as well as tennis and squash but could use some improvement in the other team sports. I-play, our IM league, becomes a huge part of campus life and can be a lot of fun too. The sports here create a lot of school spirit.

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3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Depends on the Team and Opponent – The men's hockey team gets a lot of support when they play Bowdoin, and football gets a lot of fans at homecoming, but there usually aren't a ton of fans at games.

4 College Junior

Athletics: I Guess There Are Sports. I'm not very involved in the sports aspect, but from what I can tell, sports are huge to those involved, and many athletes (especially those on true 'team sports' like football, soccer, and rugby; not track) tend to stick with their teammates, so you never really meet them. However, the athletic facilities and fitness classes are excellent (despite being far from campus) and are accessible to athletes and non-athletes alike.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 50th
    Best Intramural Sports
  • 780th
    Most Active Varsity Sports

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Danny Garin
Hometown
Washington, DC
Major
Government and Economics
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Colby is a small school, and a sizable portion—about a third—of the students here are athletes. Hockey and football games are usually well attended, especially those versus archrivals Bowdoin and Bates, and Colby spirit is in full force during those games. However, in general, Colby students are more attracted to the less-traditional sports, such as woodsman, ultimate Frisbee, Quidditch, and broomball. It is also commonplace to find people skiing and snowboarding in the winter, whether at Sugarloaf, Sunday River, or down Chapel Hill. Sledding down Runnals Hill is also popular. The intramural teams, known as I-Play, are certainly more popular than the varsity sports and are a great way to get to know people outside of your dorm and your classes.

Although varsity sports do not define life at Colby, students are far from lazy armchair-dwellers. Since Colby is a Division III school, students can play more than one sport, and athletics are only one season rather than year-round. I-Play sports are fun and casual, and you can even choose to play recreationally rather than competitively on most teams. January is a great time for winter athletes—the relaxed nature of Jan-Plan provides lots of time to drive to Sugarloaf Mountain and ski or snowboard. Most students stay active without getting competitive.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conferences
Football: New England Small College Ath Conf
Basketball: New England Small College Ath Conf
School Colors
Blue and grey
School Nickname
White mule. This mascot originated in 1923, when Colby students decided they were tired of being referred to as the dark horse competitors in athletics.
Men Playing Varsity Sports
356 - 42%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
276 - 28%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Ice hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Rowing
  • Skiing
  • Soccer
  • Squash
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Golf
  • Ice hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Rowing
  • Skiing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Squash
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Cycling
  • Equestrian
  • Fencing
  • Figure skating
  • Rugby
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Woodsmen team
Intramurals
  • Basketball
  • Broomball
  • Field hockey
  • Flag football
  • Handball
  • Soccer
  • Softball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Alfond Rink
  • Alfond-Wales Tennis Courts
  • Bill Alfond Field
  • Campbell Cross Country Trails
  • Colby Cross Country Trails
  • Colby Soccer Fields
  • Colby Swimming Pool
  • Colby Track and Field Facilities
  • Colby-Hume Center
  • Coombs Field
  • Crafts Field
  • Dunaway Squash Courts
  • Harold Alfond Athletic Center
  • Seaverns Field at Harold Alfond Stadium
  • Wadsworth Gymnasium
  • Waterville Country Club
Most Popular Sports
Hockey, lacrosse, broomball, ultimate Frisbee, and campus golf (although not a "real" sport, it's very popular regardless).
Most Overlooked Teams
Football, badminton, squash, and rugby
School Spirit
While varsity sports might not be huge, Colby spirit is alive and well. Rivalries with Bates and Bowdoin can incite bouts of chanting from even the least-spirited students. Almost every car here has a Colby sticker on it, and athletes love to wear their Colby gear. Students take offense when insults are leveled at the school. The school spirit at Colby is not overwhelming or football-driven, but it is definitely present and palpable.
Getting Tickets
Getting tickets to athletic contests is never a problem. Tickets are only on sale for big games like the Bates football game and the Bowdoin hockey game; otherwise, students can get into games for free.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Colby-Hume Center and the wooded trails behind the athletic center

Student Polls

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 27 responses

  • 19% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
  • 22% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 56% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 4% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 23 responses

  • 0% Almost no one participates in them.
  • 0% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 48% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 52% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 24 responses

  • 4% No one pays attention to varsity sports.
  • 54% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 42% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 0% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.

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