Colby College

Colby College is a private liberal arts college in Waterville, Maine. It was founded in 1813 as the Maine Literary and Theological Institution until it was renamed after the city it resides in with Waterville College. The donations of Christian philanthropist Gardner Colby saw the institution renamed again to Colby University before concluding on its final and current title, reflecting its liberal arts college curriculum. Approximately 2,000 students from more than 60 countries are enrolled annually. The college offers 54 major fields of study and 30 minors.

Colby College
Lux Mentis Scientia
Motto in English
Knowledge [is] the Light of the Mind
TypePrivate liberal arts college
Established1813; 208 years ago (1813)
Academic affiliations
Annapolis Group
Oberlin Group
CBB Consortium
Endowment$1 billion (2021)[1]
PresidentDavid A. Greene
Academic staff
171 full time and 48 part time
Location, ,
United States

44°33′51″N 69°39′47″W
NewspaperThe Colby Echo
Colors  Colby Blue
  Priscilla Gray
AthleticsNCAA Division IIINESCAC
MascotMorty the Mule

Located in central Maine, the 714-acre Neo-Georgian campus sits atop Mayflower Hill and overlooks downtown Waterville and the Kennebec River Valley. Along with fellow Maine institutions Bates College and Bowdoin College, Colby competes in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC)[3] and the Colby-Bates-Bowdoin Consortium. In addition to Bates and Bowdoin, Colby is among the most selective liberal arts institutions in the country, and is considered a Little Ivy.

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