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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Colby College is an elite liberal arts college. It offers a wide variety of academic programs, with extremely knowledgeable professors. Additionally, the campus is beautiful! The picturesque view from the Miller library steps never ceases to amaze me. Classes are definitely challenging, with nightly readings and problem sets. However, all of the amazing opportunities to collaborate with professors make it worth it!
I love Colby College. I met my closest friends and have learned a lot both in and out of class. It is very important to be involved in clubs here because it allows you to find like-minded people. I am now a senior and feel prepared to enter the real world.
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.
Amazing people, professors, and a boatload of opportunities for an and all students. Top tier academics so they'll always be a challenge, but you'll have many people ready and willing to support you. Some shortcomings, but you have to take the crookeds with the straights. Overall a great school.
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