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

Facilities: The Colby Art Museum and the arboretum.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: Colby College has great facilites. They just built the best museum in Maine, and one of the best in the country, where students can go and view expositions free of charge. The college is also currently building a new building that will house the mathematics and computer science department. The library is currently being renovated. Dorms at Colby are very reasonable. Some are smaller then others, but some are truly a lot bigger than you would find on a "regular" campus". The facilities are always clean. The material is there. Colby has a beautiful campus and it does a great effort at keeping it that way.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: Many things set Colby apart from other schools. First, the diversity at Colby is omnipresent and is really felt. People from Europe, Asia, Africa, all over the world... you can find them at Colby. Second, the people are exceptionally nice. In fact, the people at Colby were the main reason I chose to apply early decision there. It feels like a tight community, yet the college is big enough so that things are not "too tight". Though Colby is in Waterville, and technically "in the middle of nowhere", there are plenty of things to do, especially if you are an outdoorsy person: skiing, hiking, canoeing, ice-climbing, rafting, nordic-skiing, and much, much more. On the week ends, there tends to be a lot of drinking (but hey! where isn't there any drinking?) but you can easily attend parties without being peer pressured to drink, and there are plenty of people on campus who do not party and find other things to do. SPB at Colby makes sure to bring events to you, and many great artists have come to perform at the college. You can have the choice to live in a substance-free dorm if you do not enjoy loud music and parties. Professors at Colby are really interesting. They are very engaged in their subject and they will most definitively help you if you are struggling in a particular area. Academics at Colby in general are great. I hear Colby gives excellent scholarships and grants to students. I will emphasize, however, that what sets Colby apart from the rest is the people.

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4 College Freshman

Facilities: There are three libraries on campus. Miller is the largest with 3 floors to study on, with the top floor being absolutely silent and the first floor being a talking space. Pulver Pavillion is where most students go to just hang out. The building is home to the spa, which is a small place to get food, the pub, the Pugh Center, Page commons, Cotter Union, the post office, and the bookstore. The athletic center is on the edge of campus, so it can be hard to get motivated to walk down during the winter. Overall, the campus is beautiful with a very classic college feel.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: There are clubs for basically anything at this school and if there isn't a club for it yet, you can make one. There is a campus-wide party at the beginning and end of every semester called Loudness. Every semester there is a big name concert. This semester was GROUPLOVE and last semester was Macklemore and Ryan Lewis.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 35th
    Greenest Campuses
  • 90th
    Best Student Centers
  • 168th
    Best Library
  • 604th
    Best Athletic Facilities
  • 1022nd
    Best Performance Venues

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Danny Garin
Hometown
Washington, DC
Major
Government and Economics
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Some students claim to have picked Colby, superficial as it may be, because of the beauty of the campus. The buildings and landscaping are definitely top-quality, and the view from the Miller Library steps is nothing short of breathtaking. Colby is in the midst of a vast new building campaign, with recent additions being the alumni center, Cotter Union, the Diamond Building, and the renovation of Roberts Row dorms—all of which were done within the past five years. Plans for a state-of-the-art science building and an addition to the Colby art museum are in place to be built within the next year. Colby spends top dollar to keep the campus well groomed throughout the year and makes it a priority to maintain all the buildings.

The athletic center is well liked and heavily used. Colby's three libraries are all great and very different. Many students choose to study in the main library, Miller, but others prefer the intimate settings of the Science or Art & Music libraries. Each offers ample study space and individual study "nooks." Cotter Union is a modern building and includes Page Commons (for dances, lectures, and other big events), the Pugh Center, the Spa, the Pub, the renovated bookstore, the on-campus post office, mailboxes, and an ATM. There are events in Cotter every night of the week, and it is the central hub of campus. Students are always walking through the building, and it is a great place to socialize and relax. Overall, the campus facilities are certainly a strong positive at Colby.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
96
Campus Size
714 acres
Student Centers
Cotter Union
Campus Library?
Yes
Main Libraries
  • Art & Music Library
  • Miller Library
  • Science Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • Joseph Family Spa
  • Marchese Bluelight Pub
  • The Pugh Center
  • The Street
Bar on Campus
The Marchese Bluelight Pub (the Pub) in Cotter Union
Bowling on Campus
None
Coffeehouse on Campus
  • Miller Library coffee cart
  • The Spa and Caporale Lounge in Cotter Union
Movie Theater on Campus
None, but some lecture rooms are used to show films on a pretty regular basis.
"Green" Initiatives
There are Eco Reps in every dorm that keep students apprised of the best methods to reduce waste.
School Slang
  • Beer Die: Colby's own drinking game that involves stolen tables, dice, and plastic cups
  • Beirut: A popular drinking game. It's a lot like Beer Die, except with ping-pong balls instead of dice.
  • Bob's: Short for Robert's Union, the building that houses a dining hall, the campus bookstore, student newspaper offices, and the campus radio station
  • Bro: William "Bro" Adams, Colby's president; he even calls himself Bro.
  • Buck Fates: A clever play on words used in reference to Bates College, which is Colby's biggest rival
  • CAs: Community Advisers; they keep the dorms running smoothly.
  • The Co-op: The first-floor rooms of Mary Low. They have a kitchen, and residents can get the 100-meal-per-semester meal plan.
  • COOT: Colby Outdoor Orientation Trip. Before starting classes, freshmen are thrown into the Maine wilderness for a little less than a week.
  • Cotter: Cotter Union, the student center
  • The Digest: Refers both to the Digest of General Announcements and the Digest of Civil Discourse, which are e-mails Colby students get every day. On the Digest of General Announcements, students can post information about upcoming events, lost-and-found items, and needed rides. The Digest of Civil Discourse is a place where people can bring up things that bother them and argue a lot.
  • The Echo: The student newspaper
  • The Fishbowl: A study area in Cotter Union
  • Frat row: The row of small dorms lining the walkway between the library and Bob's. They used to be fraternity housing. Its real name is Roberts Row, but everyone still calls it frat row.
  • The Hill: Mayflower Hill, where Colby is located
  • Jan Plan: January Program, or the time of year when you have class for eight hours a week and drink or ski the rest of the time
  • PCB: Pugh Community Board, which manages Colby's multicultural clubs
  • The Pub: Marchese Blue Light Pub, an on-campus pub open only to students 21 or older
  • SGA: Student Government Association
  • The Spa: No, you can't get your nails done at the Spa. The Joseph Family Spa offers non-dining hall food on campus. It's open when the dining halls aren't and has good food that you actually have to pay for.
  • SPB: Student Programming Board, which plans things like concerts, lectures, and dances
  • The Street: A big hallway underneath Miller Library. It's full of couches to study (or nap) on, is open 24 hours, and is always heated, making it a nice way to avoid the cold in the winter.
Traditions
  • Cafeteria Tray Sledding: Colby is situated on a big hill in the middle of Maine, so obviously sledding is popular here. While people get creative about coming up with things to sled on, your Colby College experience isn't complete until you've stolen a cafeteria tray and slid down Chapel Hill. Be careful-trays go really, really fast.
  • Doghead: Doghead is a huge party that takes place the weekend closest to St. Patrick's Day. It's usually held at an off-campus house, and people wake up as early as 4 a.m. to start drinking. One year, the police heard in advance about the party, and it was cancelled, but the party just ended up moving on campus. Everyone still started drinking before breakfast and partied all weekend.
  • Loudness: The first and last weekend of each semester are called Loudness weekends. Bands perform and activities are planned. The first Loudness is especially great because classes are just starting, and no one is too bogged down in homework yet. The end-of-semester Loudnesses typically feature stress-busting activities to help people get through finals.
  • The Miller Steps: The steps leading to Miller Library are a symbolic beginning and end to life at Colby. One of the first things new students do, after dumping all their stuff into their dorm rooms and meeting their roommate, is go to the steps with their parents to listen to a welcome to Colby speech. Commencement ceremonies also take place on the steps.
  • Mr. Colby: This is an amazingly well-attended beauty pageant featuring men rather than women. Mr. Colby is a great opportunity for the guys of Colby to show of all their assets (especially their senses of humor). Runners-up are crowned Mr. Bates and Mr. Bowdoin.
Urban Legends
There is a blue light on top of Miller Library, and according to Colby myth, the light will only go out when a virgin graduates.
Favorite Things To Do
The facilities are very conducive to student interaction, which normally occurs in the athletic center, the student center, and dining halls. There is also an art museum on campus, and a pub for students 21 or older. Movies are shown in lecture halls on weekends, and there are often student performances in Runnals (the theater and dance building), Lorimer Chapel, or Page Commons (in the student union). While Colby students are usually content to talk to each other between classes, Colby's facilities are put to good use. The gym's extremely popular, especially in the late afternoon and early evening. It is easy to find a friend walking through Cotter Union or sipping coffee at the Spa. When the weather is nice, students flock outdoors to Johnson Pond or one of the many grassy, sunny spots. In the evenings, the on-campus pub is packed (even during the week). Students also occasionally find their way to an athletic game on the weekend.
Student Newspaper
The Colby Echo
www.thecolbyecho.com
Clubs and Organizations on Campus
There is a wide range of clubs on campus, but if you can't find one that fits your interests, start your own! To do so, write a proposal, a club constitution, and gather a list of officers and at least 10 club members. Then submit it to the director of Campus Life for approval. Colby's Student Affairs website has tons of information on how to fund and plan events and other things.
Student Activities Offered
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • International student organization
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student newspaper
  • Student-run film society
  • Symphony orchestra
  • Yearbook
ROTC
Air Force ROTC: No
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: Yes
Did You Know?
Colby currently has more than 110 clubs, and new ones are always being approved.

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 37 responses

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  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

How would you describe the student center/union?    Based on 46 responses

  • 7% The student center is in need of a major renovation.
  • 0% The student center serves its purpose but is not a popular hangout.
  • 41% The student center is great but isn't central to student life.
  • 52% The student center is state-of-the-art and the hub of student life.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 25 responses

  • 4% I hate my school and have no school spirit.
  • 8% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 56% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 32% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.

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