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Colby College is an American private liberal arts college located on Mayflower Hill in Waterville, Maine founded in 1813. Colby is the 12th-oldest independent liberal arts college in the United States. Approximately 1,800 students from more than 60 countries are enrolled annually; the college offers 52 major fields of study and 32 minors, and emphasizes project-based learning. Volunteer programs and service-learning take many students into the surrounding community. More than two thirds of Colby students participate in study-abroad programs. Together with Bates College and Bowdoin College, Colby is one of three highly selective liberal arts colleges in Maine. Colby College competes in the NESCAC league and is considered to be among what are known as the "Little Ivies". In 2009, Colby was ranked the 9th best liberal arts college by Kiplinger, 24th best college/university by Forbes,and 23rd best liberal arts college in the U.S. News & World Report rankings. Colby was named one of the "25 New Elite Ivies" by the Kaplan College Guide. Colby was named to have one of the top ten environmental programs by the 2010 Fiske Guide. Although one of the oldest liberal arts colleges in the nation, Colby recently completed several major building projects, including the Diamond Building, opened in 2007 for social sciences and interdisciplinary studies. Diamond houses academic departments and the Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement. - Source: Wikipedia

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