Founded in 1813, Colby is the 12th-oldest independent liberal arts college in the nation and is one of America’s most selective colleges. A residential, four-year institution serving only undergraduates, Colby offers an academic program rooted in the deep exploration of ideas and enriched by partnerships with world-class faculty scholars. Colby re-imagines the liberal arts experience — providing access to a global experience, research, and internships for all students regardless of their background. This integrated educational experience prepares Colby students to be critical and imaginative thinkers, intellectually curious, proficient communicators, and responsible and active global citizens.
Colby’s history is extraordinary, but there has never been a more dynamic and exciting time for the College. Under the leadership of President David A. Greene, Colby is experiencing a period of fast-paced progress—defined by ambitious institutional priorities to re-imagine student opportunity and post-graduate success. In 2017, Colby launched a $750 million campaign, Dare Northward, the largest fundraising campaign in the history of liberal arts colleges, and has raised $625 million to date. Led by new Vice President and Chief Institutional Advancement Officer Matthew Proto, the campaign and will make it possible for Colby to introduce transformational initiatives, build on already strong academic programs, improve access to a Colby education for deserving students from around the globe, and provide outstanding new facilities that support a multidisciplinary approach to learning and connect the College to the community beyond its campus.