Colby College was founded in 1813 as the 12th largest independent liberal arts college in the United States. Located in the heart of Waterville, Colby College was the first all-male college to accept females in New England in 1875. As one of the three highly selective liberal arts colleges in Maine, Colby is a four-year college that grants a Bachelor of Arts degree. The college currently offers 54 majors and 30 minors for the 2,000 enrolled students from over 70 countries. The Colby Museum of Art is the largest art museum in the state and features various exhibitions, collections, public events, and more.
KVCC, one of the seven colleges in the Maine Community College System, is a commuter college located on a sixty-four acre campus in Fairfield. KVCC was organized in 1969 by the 104th Maine Legislature and currently has an enrollment of 2,500 full and part-time students. In addition, KVCC offers a comprehensive schedule of continuing education courses and business and industry outreach programs. KVCC has added a second campus at 17 Stanley Road in Hinckley Maine; The Harold Alfond Campus includes 600 acres of land on both sides of U.S. Route 201 6 miles north of the Fairfield campus.
Originally being named Keist Business College at its 1894 conception and located in downtown Waterville on Main Street, Thomas College has made its permanent home on the 70+-acre campus near the bank of the Kennebec River. As a private, career-oriented college, Thomas is committed to preparing its undergraduates and graduates for prospering careers in one of the 30 majors offered. On average, 94 percent of Thomas graduates are hired in their field of study within 90 days of graduation. In addition to the career-specific and liberal arts undergraduate courses, Thomas offers graduate degrees and continuing education courses. These programs serve a variety of professionals in central Maine who typically attend class while working full time and volunteering in their communities.