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