Resources and Support
You’ll prepare for your first year at Colby by getting to know Maine’s outdoor and cultural landscape with a small group of classmates—whether through wilderness adventures, artistic pursuits, or culinary explorations. For three days before fall semester classes start, Colby upperclassmen lead you through new terrain while teaching you the basics of college life. You’ll make lasting friendships and discover the spectacular beauty and richness of Maine.
On campus, the Pugh Center for Student Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion supports Colby’s commitment to fostering an inclusive campus community. The Pugh Center welcomes students from all backgrounds, providing dedicated spaces where individuals can build community, challenge ideas, and find a sense of belonging. The Pugh Center funds student social justice initiatives, hosts cultural and educational programming, and fosters critical conversations across campus.
Rooted in a holistic identity-development model, Colby’s First-Generation-to-College/Low-Income Program for Student Success (FLI Program) is dedicated to supporting FLI students and their families throughout their Colby career. The program offers a peer mentoring cohort model; a pre-orientation program; workshops, co-curricular activities, and trips throughout all four years geared toward building community, reducing academic barriers, and highlighting the contributions of the FLI Family. For more information, contact Masi Ngidi-Brown, Director of International Student Programs and Associate Director of the Pugh Center.
Nearly 100 percent of students live on campus all four years. Colby’s carefully selected and thoroughly trained community advisors (CAs) live within our 34 residence buildings to help students thrive in academics and life. CAs are like RAs, but they have no disciplinary role — they offer support, guidance, and plan events that promote a strong residential experience.