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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Colby is a very athletic campus

3 College Junior

Athletics: Many Colby students are part of a sport's team and take their athletics very seriously. They can be pretty cliquey and individuals are often identified in relation to the team they are on. However, our sport's teams don't rank too well...

4 College Freshman

Athletics: As part of the Frisbee team, which is a club sport, I can agree that club sports get overwhelmed by Varsity sports. I expected that though.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: The ice rink is open to the public and that's great! The weight room is small, and the indoor track is sufficient but nothing to gawk at.

4 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: President David Greene and Colby's administration are putting an emphasis on improving Colby's athletics. In one year they have made very important steps in their first year.

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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
  • NAA
  • 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
  • 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 popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 39 responses

  • 3% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 36% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 56% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 5% No one pays attention to varsity sports.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 38 responses

  • 37% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 55% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 8% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 0% Almost no one participates in them.

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 40 responses

  • 8% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 48% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 25% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 20% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.


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