Colby College Visit Report by balboa
Admissions Interview: Yes - Approximately 45 minutes. DS said it was more like a conversation. Adm office seemed to be in high gear for summer visits.
Information Session: Yes - Lively, very informative for both parents and students.
Campus Tour: Yes - Led by international student who could walk backwards extremely well in wedged heels while giving animated tour facts/anecdotes.
Campus Visit Notes for Colby College
DS and I visited in late August probably at height of summer college tour season for class of 2011. Majority of kids checking out the campus were from NE, with a few from California/West Coast. Colby is DS's number 1 choice, so he asked many questions of tour guide who was very knowledgeable and obliging. Plenty of clubs (100-plus) for all interests. No Greek system, very inclusive learning community. Growing contingent of international students. Colby just announced that the number of ALANA (African-American, Latino/Latina, Asian-American, or Native American) students nearly double for the incoming Class of 2010 (90). College seems to celebrate how students really get the chance to explore academics and interests outside of their "major." Service-based learning is big, as is junior year abroad (70 percent). Financial aid can be applied toward junior year abroad. Approximately 40 freshmen spend 1st semester at Colby's Dijon, France, program -- a big plus in DS's book since he plans on studying French. Devoted to environmental (green) programs from recycling to new buildings using geothermal, etc. Student-faculty: 10:1. Students boast of closeness between faculty and students with plenty of office hours and extra assistance. Research opportunities are plentiful for all students who desire. Son's overall impression was that Colby is ED. My impression: it's a topnotch LAC that might appear to be on the edges of civilization but is very much in tune with global issues and learning.