Connecting with Waterville and Maine

A tradition of partnership.
A spirit of community exchange.

We’ve been working together since 1931, when the city of Waterville helped Colby raise funds to purchase our 714-acre campus on Mayflower Hill. These historic ties between the College and the city it calls home foster reciprocity and a civic partnership that benefits both communities — and grows stronger each day.

The Bill & Joan Alfond Main Street Commons

The Bill & Joan Alfond Main Street Commons is a living and learning community that offers apartment-style residences in the heart of downtown Waterville. It is home to 200 Colby students, faculty, and staff who are deeply engaged in our city, while also serving and supporting a variety of business, civic, and community organizations.

Volunteering and Civic Engagement

Compassion is a lifelong virtue that is strengthened through experience. At Colby you’ll combine energy, heart, and smarts to make positive and lasting contributions to local and far-flung communities. Colby students invest thousands of hours each year — mentoring kids, building community, addressing inequities, and launching bold new ideas for productive, cooperative engagement. In short: you’ll grow as a person while improving the world around you.

Colby Cares About Kids

Colby Cares About Kids (CCAK) is a mentoring program for local children facilitated by Colby student volunteers. CCAK began with an English course that integrated classroom learning with community engagement — now it’s one of the largest student groups on campus.

Downtown Waterville

Students enjoy Waterville’s restaurants, walk with friends along the RiverWalk, and engage with artistic performances.

The RiverWalk at Head of Falls is a park along the Kennebec River in one of Waterville’s most important historic districts.
Many displays throughout downtown provide unique narratives about the history of the Kennebec Valley.
Waterville is home to restaurants and cafés featuring cuisine from around the world.
The Colby Shuttle provides free and convenient transportation between Main Street and the Mayflower Hill campus.