Affiliation: Colby competes in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC). Founded in 1971, the conference includes 11 highly selective liberal arts colleges that are committed to academic excellence and believe that athletic excellence supports their educational missions.

Division: All varsity sports compete in NCAA Division III, with the exception of alpine and Nordic skiing, which compete in Division I.

About Colby Teams:

  • 32 varsity teams
  • 15 men’s
  • 16 women’s
  • 1 coed
  • 11 club sports

Facilities: A new athletics center is planned for Colby for the start of the 2020-2021 academic year. The College will have one of the best athletic facilities in Division III in the country. Currently, Colby has The Harold Alfond Athletic Center. The 197,064-square-foot complex includes a 25-yard by 25-meter pool, an ice hockey arena, a field house with indoor track and tennis courts, two basketball courts, squash courts, a weight-training and fitness center, an aerobics/dance room, saunas, a climbing wall, and a training and physical therapy center. Outdoor facilities include four artifificial turf fields, the most in the NESCAC. The College has 50 acres of playing fields and is starting the process of building new fields for soccer (grass) and field hockey and lacrosse (turf). Colby also has 10 newly resurfaced tennis courts and the Nordic ski program practices at the Quarry Road Trails, less than a mile from campus.

Fall Sports
Crew Men's
Crew Women's
Cross Country Men's
Cross Country Women's
Field Hockey Women's
Football Men's
Golf Coed
Soccer Men's
Soccer Women's
Tennis Men's
Tennis Women's
Volleyball Women's
Winter Sports
Alpine Skiing Men's
Alpine Skiing Women's
Basketball Men's
Basketball Women's
Hockey Men's
Hockey Women's
Indoor Track Men's
Indoor Track Women's
Nordic Skiing Men's
Nordic Skiing Women's
Squash Men's
Squash Women's
Swimming Men's
Swimming Women's
Spring Sports
Baseball Men's
Crew Men's
Crew Women's
Lacrosse Men's
Lacrosse Women's
Outdoor Track Men's
Outdoor Track Women's
Softball Women's
Tennis Men's
Tennis Women's
Club Sports


Men's Rugby  
Ping Pong and Badminton  
Surf Club  
Ultimate Frisbee  
Volleyball (coed)  
Women's Rugby  


1867 Baseball becomes the first varsity sport at Colby.
1892 The Colby-Bowdoin football rivalry, the third-longest rivalry in Division III history, begins.
1936 The Women’s Athletic Association is formed to oversee the women’s intramural sports program.
1975 The women’s ice hockey team competes against Brown in the first-ever women’s intercollegiate varsity game.
2000 NESCAC starts playoff system for conference.
2003 Women's crew wins first NCAA title by a Colby team.
2017 Women's lacrosse wins third NESCAC team title