Colby College and Waterville, Maine

Colby is the 12th oldest independent liberal arts college in the United States and has 1,750 students. Students may choose from some 500 courses in 40 major fields and have wide flexibility in designing independent study programs, electing special majors, and participating in internships and exchange programs. In the classroom and outside, there is freedom to study, to think, to speak, and to learn in an environment that insists upon the free and open exchange of ideas and views.


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Waterville, Maine
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The City of Waterville is rich in history and traditions. Waterville is located along the banks of the Kennebec River and was originally known as Ticonic Falls, where summer campsites and tribal councils were held by the Abenaki Indians. In 1802, Waterville became an entity of its own and in 1888 received a city charter. It is a city with deep cultural roots, where direct descendants of Franco-American immigrants from Quebec today leave their marks on local affairs. Early English, Scotch, Irish, and German settlers first came to the west bank of the Kennebec River because it was a major trading post in the early 17th century. Its Lebanese heritage became significant late in the 19th century and has become an integral part of Waterville’s diversified culture.

Recreation While at MOR

The Harold Alfond Athletic Center is one of the outstanding sports facilities in New England. The field house, with an eighth-mile track, four tennis courts, and a batting cage, affords the winter and spring teams a practice area. The Olympic-size pool is used by the entire Colby community, as is the Harold Alfond Ice Arena. Wadsworth Gymnasium, home of men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball, seats 2,500. The complex also contains squash courts, a climbing wall (unavailable during the Review), free weights, a Nautilus training facility, saunas, a suite of training rooms, and ample locker rooms.

Outdoors are the 400-meter Alfond Track, the Alfond-Wales Tennis Courts (14 courts) and 50 acres of playing fields for varsity, club, intramural, and informal sports activities.

Joggers may begin their exercise on campus paths, continue on Colby’s cross-country trails, and explore popular routes throughout the surrounding area. Waterville’s superbly maintained and difficult 18-hole golf course is located a short drive from campus and is open to summer visitors for a fee.

Note that campus recreational facilities are available only to Maine Orthopaedic Review participants residing on-campus.


Direct inquiries about Colby and Housing to:
Special Programs
4730 Mayflower Hill
Waterville, ME 04901-8847
Telephone: (207) 859-4730
Fax: (207) 859-4734
Email Teresa Van Deventer at tdevent@colby.edu


Off-Campus Accomodations

The Waterville area provides a wide range of accommodations.
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