Colby College was founded in 1813 in Waterville, Maine. Colby is the 12th-oldest independent liberal arts college in the nation and one of America’s most selective liberal arts colleges. The campus houses 714 acres that overlooks downtown Waterville and the Kennebec River Valley. This area is also home to the 128-acre Perkins Arboretum wildlife refuge that is bog preserve and environmental studies lakefront property. Colby is located 20 minutes from the state capital and an hour north of Portland or south of Bangor.
Colby College offers 58 majors for 1,857 undergraduate students. Most students at Colby live on campus in one of the 26 co-ed residence halls. Inside the classroom, student-faculty ratio is 10-to-1. Nearly 76% of the classes have less than 20 students. Outside the classroom, students have access to over 100 student organizations. 70 % choose to study abroad in more than 60 countries. Students look forward to cheering on their NCAA Division III athletic teams. Top majors include:
- Social Sciences
- Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
- Biological & Biomedical Sciences
- Physical Sciences
In the past 200 years, Colby has seen their fair share of setbacks. However, Colby’s tradition for academic rigor and innovative thinking has never wavered. Here is a small list of some of the college’s firsts in the new nation: First collegiate anti-slavery society (1833). The first previously all-male New England college to admit women (1871). First intercollegiate women’s varsity ice hockey game (1975). The first college to issue e-mail accounts to all students (1983). Finally, in April 2013, Colby became one of the first colleges to achieve carbon neutrality.