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A Brief History of Colby College

Groundbreaking, Student Center, Colby College, ca. 1986

Groundbreaking, Student Center, Colby College, ca. 1986

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Colby's physical plant grew tremendously under President William Cotter. Additional dorms, new administrative and academic buildings, and additions to the arts and athletic complexes were constructed in the 80s and 90s.

Academically Colby sought to compete with its peer institutions among New England's small colleges. More major and minor programs were added along with more study abroad programs. Admissions became more diverse. Fraternities were disbanded in the early eighties and replaced by a commons system of residences.


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