Colby College Visit Report by momofthreeboys

Visit to Colby College in September 2009 by momofthreeboys
(Parent of Student, HS Class of 2010)
(Member since September 30 2020 with ? posts)

Visit Activities:

Campus Tour: Yes - Good tour guide for a group of about 12 (parents and students). Covered the central campus - peeked in classrooms, cafeteria. Did not tour a dorm room.


Friendliness/Courtesy of Students:
3 - Good
3 - Good
Kids seemed generally upbeat, healthy looking and happy.

Friendliness/Courtesy of Staff:
3 - Good
3 - Good
Friendly, helpful people.

Appearance of Campus:
Colby has a beautiful typically "New English" campus that is fairly sprawling for the size of the school. The campus is "uphill" from the town and you enter through a residential

Building/Facilities Maintenance/Cleanliness:
4 - Very Good
4 - Very Good
A mix of old and newer vintage. Everything seemed fairly clean and maintained.

Did not see a dorm room. Many "varieties" of dorm situation. It appears/sounded like most live "on campus."

3 - Good
3 - Good

Overall Campus Impression:
4 - Very Good
4 - Very Good
Liked this school alot. So did son. He will apply.


Area Immediately Around Campus:
4 - Very Good
4 - Very Good
Residential at one end, rural at the other. Nice, older neighborhood entering campus and beautiful vistas and other end.

3 - Good
3 - Good
Smaller old town with normal chain stuff at each end. Downtown clean. Not touristy charm, more "real." In general, had everything one would need.

Campus Visit Notes for Colby College

Visit Description:

Son liked this school, so did I. The kids looked happy and healthy and from the ones we spoke with - have a very balanced outlook on life. In my opinion there didn't seem to be many odd looking kids (didn't see any colored hair, face piercings, artsy-type etc.) although I'm sure there are a few around...the general impession I left with was that the kids seemed wholesome. The campus did not feel claustrophobic and for a smaller school had large open spaces here and there with clusters of "dorm" housing, clusters of educational space, etc. and there seemed to be plenty of athletic and social activities going on judging from what the kids said and what was posted about. The school seems to have a "party rep" as some of the parents on the tour asked about this but I can't imagine it's any different than many schools and the college seems aware of this perception. The kids we came in contact with in the cafeteria, bookstore and walking around were smart, outgoing and articulate. The emphasis of the tour guide seemed to be on volunteer opportunities, the extracurricular lectures, concerts, etc. that occur during the year and the opportunities for off campus outdoor activities as well as the usual academic info. In general, everything resonated with my son and Colby is currently at the top of his list. When the tour was over one parent asked the guide what he was planning to do after he graduated in the spring and he said he was taking a year off to go skiing in Colorado before grad school. I thought it was hilarious, my son was "yeah man" and a few of the parents looked extremely pained.

Hotel/Lodging Recommendations or Comments:

Chain type places available.

Dining/Restaurant Recommendations or Comments:

Thai restaurant in "downtown" Waterville was particularly good.

Other Comments (Transportation, local attractions, parking, etc.):

It's Maine... lots of places to park and many scenic vistas. Great skiing close to Colby for kids like mine that "must ski" as much as possible.