Colby College Visit Report by momofthreeboys
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.
Campus Visit Notes for Colby College
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.