Campus Information

Keeping Health + Safety at the Center

As we plan for Summer 2021, EXPLO is committed to planning programs that prioritize the health and safety of our campus community. For the most up-to-date information on our COVID-19 planning and protocols, please visit our FAQ page.


Welcome to Campus!

EXPLO partners with educational institutions that provide the space and the facilities, as well as a shared educational philosophy, that allow us to create transformational learning moments — no matter where we are.

Colby College

A longtime leader among the best liberal arts colleges in the U.S., Colby College continues to stand out with a record-breaking number of student applications in 2021, the completion of a new 350,000 square foot athletic center, and a first-of-its-kind artificial intelligence institute set to open this fall.

Counted among the Little Ivies, Colby is known for its academic and co-curricular opportunities that prepare students for the coming world through engaging hands-on courses, innovative interdisciplinary disciplines, and an institutional commitment to prepare all students for lifelong success by providing extensive internship, research, and global opportunities.

Campus Highlights

Set on 714 acres atop Mayflower Hill, the Colby campus overlooks downtown Waterville and the Kennebec River Valley. On campus, EXPLO will have its own dedicated classrooms, labs, residence halls, and access to extensive indoor and outdoor athletic facilities including an ice rink, private beach on Messalonskee Lake, and art museum. Exceptional outdoor opportunities abound including boating and hiking and the famed Maine seacoast is easily accessible.

Harold Alfond Athletic and Recreation Center at Colby College

Campus highlights include:

  • Harold Alfond Athletics and Recreation Center: This brand-new 350,000-square-foot athletic center is the most advanced and comprehensive NCAA D-III facility in the country, and includes a Myrtha Olympic-sized pool, a 200-meter track, a regulation ice arena, and a 13,500-square-foot fitness area.
  • Colby College Museum of Art: A teaching museum founded in 1959, the Colby College Art Museum is a destination for American art. It is home to Pablo Picasso’s Vollard Suite, and this summer will welcome the exhibition Bob Thompson: This House is Mine featuring the work of the visionary African American painter.
  • Grossman Hall: This LEED Platinum-certified building reopened in 2017 and is part of the College’s effort to reduce its carbon footprint. Colby has been carbon neutral since 2013 and is regularly recognized for leadership in sustainability.
  • Davis Institute for Artificial Intelligence: Set to open in Fall 2021, the Davis Institute will be the first cross-disciplinary AI institute at a liberal arts college, positioning Colby as a national center for training faculty and students in the use of AI and the creation of new systems and capabilities.

Summer in Maine

There’s a reason Maine is called Vacationland. Considered one of the best destinations for summer travel, Maine boasts the best of outdoor adventure, coastal leisure, history, food, and endless unique finds. With one of the most comfortable summer climates in the U.S., daytime highs are in the mid-70s with “natural air-conditioning” evening temps in the 50s.