Colby College and Waterville, Maine
Colby is the 12th oldest independent liberal arts college in the United States. Today, Colby's 1,750 students, evenly divided between men and women, come from virtually every state and more than four dozen foreign countries. Alumni, numbering more than 21,000, are represented in all 50 states and almost 70 foreign countries. Students may choose from some 500 courses in 40 major fields and have wide flexibility in designing independent study programs, electing special majors, and participating in internships and exchange programs. More than two thirds of all Colby students will study abroad at some time during their undergraduate experience. In the classroom and outside, there is freedom to study, to think, to speak, and to learn in an environment that insists upon the free and open exchange of ideas and views.
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The City of Waterville is rich in history and traditions. Waterville is located along the banks of the Kennebec River and was originally known as Ticonic Falls, where summer campsites and tribal councils were held by the Abenaki Indians. In 1802, Waterville became an entity of its own and in 1888 received a city charter. It is a city with deep cultural roots, where direct descendants of Franco-American immigrants from Quebec today leave their marks on local affairs. Early English, Scotch, Irish, and German settlers first came to the west bank of the Kennebec River because it was a major trading post in the early 17th century. Its Lebanese heritage became significant late in the 19th century and has become an integral part of Waterville's diversified culture.
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The Harold Alfond Athletic Center is one of the outstanding sports facilities in New England, especially after a recent $6-million expansion and renovation. The field house, with an eighth-mile track, four tennis courts, and a batting cage, affords the winter and spring teams a practice area. The Olympic-size pool is used by the entire Colby community, as is the Harold Alfond Ice Arena. Wadsworth Gymnasium, home of men's and women's basketball and volleyball, seats 2,500. The complex also contains squash courts, a climbing wall (unavailable during the Review), free weights, a Nautilus training facility, saunas, a suite of training rooms, and ample locker rooms.
Outdoors are the 400-meter Alfond Track, the Alfond-Wales Tennis Courts (14 courts) and 50 acres of playing fields for varsity, club, intramural, and informal sports activities.
Joggers may begin their exercise on campus paths, continue on Colby's cross-country trails, and explore popular routes throughout the surrounding area. Waterville's superbly maintained and difficult 18-hole golf course is located a short drive from campus and is open to summer visitors for a fee.
Note that campus recreational facilities are not available to Review participants who reside off-campus.
Located just two miles from Interstate 95, Colby's campus is easily reached by car or public transportation. There is limousine and shuttle service from the Portland Jetport to Colby. Special reduced car rental rates can also be arranged. Tell me more ...