Waterville, ME
Colby College


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Robert
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Colby College has provided an excellent environment for my first year of college, and I am excited to spend another three yea...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Colby College has provided an excellent environment for my first year of college, and I am excited to spend another three years on campus. I had the privilege of being a Presidential Scholar which allowed me to participate in research with the physician on campus starting during my first week at Colby. This early accessibility to research is incredible because it allows students to study something that they are passionate about for a significant portion of their undergraduate career. The faculty are very accessible outside of class and always have regular office hours which allows students to build close relationships with their advisors, deans, and professors. The campus atmosphere is very friendly and supportive, and I felt welcome on campus immediately. There are events across campus to support our students throughout the year which elevates this feeling of security. These events include "Take Back the Night" - an event which allowed sexual assault victims to speak out to a community of supportive students about their experiences as part of the healing process. These events allow students to support each other in matters beyond academics which creates this compassionate atmosphere among the student body, especially with the Pugh Center for Student Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. My first year at Colby has been fantastic socially and academically, and I am excited to continue my education in Waterville.

Monika
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Colby College, also known as the "bubble on the hill" is an extremely affluent and predominately caucasian school in a small ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Colby College, also known as the "bubble on the hill" is an extremely affluent and predominately caucasian school in a small town where the median household income falls around $31K. Students who don't come from affluent families often feel out of place, as the majority of students are extremely stingy and expect to be venmo'd for every little thing ranging from gas money to Walmart to a bagel stolen from Dana. Additionally, students rarely if ever leave a tip when dining at local Waterville establishments. While Colby has extraordinary academics and wonderful, dedicated professors, the social atmosphere is quite frankly a totalitarian panopticon where students are encouraged to report each other to the authorities whenever their feelings get hurt. Making jokes is a taboo, as someone will always get offended and file a report. Colby EMS, which was created to keep students safe, does the exact opposite as those who need medical attention the most are afraid of facing the disciplinary repercussions. Overall, Colby is great academically but far from worth the $70K it costs to attend.

Brigitte
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Academics was great. Professors were very friendly and accessible. They helped me out in every situation. The school has grea...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Academics was great. Professors were very friendly and accessible. They helped me out in every situation. The school has great resources as well. Career Services (now Davis Connect), academic departments, Pugh Center are all very helpful if you need funding, marketing or any other support for student events. I didn't like the social scene though. If you are not from 20-minutes outside of Boston from an affluent WASPy family, it is hard to find people to hang out with. Majority of students are so privileged that they don't know they are privileged. Dorm damage and how students treat dining hall and cleaning staff still upset me, even after my graduation. I wish Colby gave a better education on being a 'human' and not making judgements based on how much someone's parents make.

Kristine
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Colby can be a very good or a very bad place, depending on who you are. If you identify as a white, middle/upper class, cis-g...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Colby can be a very good or a very bad place, depending on who you are. If you identify as a white, middle/upper class, cis-gendered person then it can be the best place for you. If you don't and you fall outside of those categories, then it can be a hard place to get used to. It is one of the whitest schools in the nation (although they've been trying to diversify it for a while). There are only 3% black students (that's only 60 black students out of 2000) and 5% Latinx identifying students (that's 100/2000). The positive things about Colby lie in its academics. It's most definitely a great place to learn and to interact with your professors. The professors are great people and they always try their best to get to know students.

Gautam
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Colby under the leadership of President David Greene is a brand new institution. What was already a very competitive liberal ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Colby under the leadership of President David Greene is a brand new institution. What was already a very competitive liberal arts college is turning into one of the best undergraduate educational institutions in the country. Other premier NESCACs like Williams, Middlebury, and Bowdoin are still great schools, but none are improving at the rate that Colby is. With initiatives like the DavisConnects program, the art museum upgrades, and the soon-to-be best DIII athletic complex, Colby is reinventing itself.

Calvin
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Colby will absolutely help you in your future. The best part about Colby is the opportunities to network with current studen...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Colby will absolutely help you in your future. The best part about Colby is the opportunities to network with current students, alums, and people in the community. I gained significant exposure to my field and received strong letters of recommendation from people I met through Colby.

Kim
Colby College is THE BEST!

Colby is a great place where you can pursue your passions and find new ones! The academics are also amazing! Everyone here is...

Colby College is THE BEST!

Colby is a great place where you can pursue your passions and find new ones! The academics are also amazing! Everyone here is extremely welcoming and work together to make a great community. Also, you won't go one day without noting how beautiful our campus is! GO MULES! <3

David
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Colby is a great place with fun students, lots of cultural events, engaging professors, and many academic resources and I wou...

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Colby is a great place with fun students, lots of cultural events, engaging professors, and many academic resources and I would be happy for anyone who came to Colby.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I would tell my high school self to be prepared for the amount of work that I would soon be dealing with because in college the amount of work one hasto do, greatly picks up. However, I would advise myself to also be more sociable upon first coming to college. You basically have one chance to make new friends during your freshman year at college and then that is it. Afterwards, it can be hard to feel like you belong in a group of friends. I would also tell myself to avoid any and all parties and instead focus on personal an intellectal growth even during free time. This personal growth, however, should be done with others while enjoying wholesome activities. The last key thing that I would tell myself is that everything will be okay and to relax because I will find my soulmate at the college I am now attending and that she will complete me. In short, I would do everything I could to reassure and comfort my past self and make it clear that all my hard work payed off because I made it into a great school even though I come from a humble background.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

It is rough being a conservative at Colby College. You pretty much have to keep your opinions to yourself or change your views on life completely otherwise you could be a social pariah. It isn't all bad, but it is something to keep in mind.

Eva
Describe the students at your school.

My classmates are super nice, preppy people with superiority issues.

Describe the students at your school.

My classmates are super nice, preppy people with superiority issues.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

There's so much about yourself that you don't know yet, High School Eva. There's so much about life that you just don't know yet. Your first weeks of college aren't "the transition," like you might have heard. All four years of college are "the transition." For all four years of college, you will be living with Mom, and yet you will also be on your own. In college, you're an adult, but you aren't yet. You still have to learn how to become a person. I still have to learn how to become a person. Unfortunately, we won't just wake up one morning and be fully fledged. You will be more lost and more alone and more sad than you have ever been when you go to college, but that's just being a person, and that's good. Some classes will excite every nerve in your body and make you feel electric with knowledge, and some will be a burden. You'll get through it. Trust me, you'll get through it. You'll learn so much about yourself - scary, uncomfortable, mean things, but you'll get through it. I promise.

What's unique about your campus?

The best thing about my school is the campus. It is so beautiful and the large diversity in the different seasons unites the students. In the downpours of freezing rain we all slosh to the dining halls bitterly; in the spring we all laugh and play on the quad under pretty blue skies; in the spring we all gingerly and reluctantly splash in the mud, and in the fall we all watch in stunned awe at the beauty of the changing leaves on the trees.

William
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

If I could go back in time, I would tell myself to study harder, ask teachers more questions, and try harder. I say study har...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

If I could go back in time, I would tell myself to study harder, ask teachers more questions, and try harder. I say study harder because my study habits were good, but I could have done better because I could have put more time into studying. I made good grades but if I would have studied harder I could have made even better grades. I usually made between As and Bs but I could have made all As. The reason I say ask more questions is that I usually knew all the answers but some times I refused to seek assistance I wanted to push myself until I found it out. I never asked the teachers for help because, I felt ashamed becaused I always knew the answers. I should have tried harder because I was second in my class; I wanted to be first. But I didn't try hard enough to fulfill this goal. I was less that a tenth of a point away from being first. This angered me because I was close. All of these traits would better prepared me for college.

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