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Reviews 722 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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4 College Freshman

Facilities: The Colby Art Museum and the arboretum.

5 College Freshman

Academics: Professors are wonderful!

Make sure when picking classes though you research them on RatemyProfessor.com

1 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Most everyone drinks. If you don't drink you are automatically written off.

3 College Freshman

Majors: it is what it is.

College Freshman

Overall Experience: Academically speaking, it is the best. I love all my professors. I have found new things that interest me. I'm learning. There is a connection between classes. Even though Colby does not offer my program or offer many career readying programs, the knowledge is vast here. Academically, I would pick it again.

Culturally, socially, economically and with regards to a standard of living, I would not pick Colby College if I had to do it over again. I have made friends I know I'll keep for life and have had many amazing experiences. Had Colby's Admissions, when I visited, had a more transparent way of showing what Colby Life is, I would've been able to foresee what the cons of attending Colby were.

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2 College Freshman

Campus Dining: It could just be me, I'm used to cooking my own meals, knowing what I put in it and going grocery shopping.

Also plates, cups and silverware are not always clean which just grosses me out.

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: There is not a mall. Only Walmart.

5 College Freshman

Academics: Everything is laid out. There are different options and mixtures.

2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Waterville isn't exactly a fabulous city and is not economically stable to offer good rates.

5 College Freshman

Weather: It's Maine. Research where you are going to be living for the next four years of your life. I'm from a town in New York that is an hour from Canada, the winters in Maine are nothing compared to those however, there will be snow, there is ice and it will reach -12 degrees every once in a while. If you want sun and heat, don't go here.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: Having a car is a must.

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1 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: In real life if you are underage and drinking you get in trouble by law enforcement. If you break something, you get fined and arrested. If you're an ass you get punched. Colby doesn't teach you about real life.

Also Hillside is riot-proof. There is a reason for that.

4 College Freshman

Parking: Make sure you have a car with either FRONT WHEEL DRIVE or FOUR WHEEL DRIVE. GET SNOW TIRES. It isn't Boston. It's Maine. There is snow here. Realize that. You will get stuck and have a bad day if you do not have these options. Also buy a shovel and either salt or kitty litter. Keep them in your car. Start up your car when it's cold just for 10 minutes so your battery doesn't died. Keep your area clean. The plow does not help you get out, instead it will trap you into your spot.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: The tuition is super high. It increases each year. This upcoming year it will be $59,700. This is not including books, transportation or day to day life. It is a lot of money. (you could buy a house with this.)

Financial aid here is done by taking your EFC and subtracting it from the total cost. This amount is what Colby will give from institutional aid.

1 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Most buildings are getting renovated. Tour guides are instructed to only show the best dorms and buildings. So, while looking walking remember that. Frat Row dorms are the best and newly renovated. Height and Hillside are seen as the worst on campus.

Dorm damage is high here because people break things while drunk so there is little value. Also, there is little strictness. We have CA's which are different from RA's. Community Advisers can not get you in trouble. They are there only to make you feel better and to promote safety and community. They are like a built in best friend. Literally, you can drink with them too.




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College Freshman

Greek Life: There is no Greek life on college.

The sport teams and clubs (theater and rugby, I'm talking about you) are the substitute for Greek life.

I have heard that there is an "underground fraternity," and that they recruit based on how much your parents make. That could just be a wild rumor though.

1 College Freshman

Nightlife: On the weekends:

* The Jitney (student transportation) is behind schedule.

* Parties happen (with tons of drinking)

* The school sponsored events are rarely attended.

The options you have are 1) drink alcohol, 2) drink alcohol or 3) study in your room/try to sleep/watch netflix or movies.

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3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: The majority of students look the same as awful as that sounds. Little variety but at least everyone is skinny and pretty.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: It's even better if you have a car. Seriously though.

4 College Freshman

Majors: The professors are great. Find an adviser who knows what you want, not what they think you should do. My adviser tried to put me in a bio class and then I switched to a geology class and now I'm a geology minor and love it.

Workload is not very hard if you are organized.

The career center is good resource as is the writing center.

4 College Freshman

Majors: It's a liberal arts college. Explore your options because its $60,000 a year now. Graduate schools are also expensive and it is coming to the time where a BA is not enough to get a job that is going to pay bills, student loans and get you through Grad school.

Admissions was not very difficult as long as you have the grades, SAT score and the resume.

College Freshman

Health & Safety: Colby Security does not have a lot of power on campus. They will absolutely help you if you need them and call them. All of the staff members are extremely pleasant and nice. Due to the atmosphere and disrespect of (some) students however, security does not have the power that they should.

If they see you with a beer, they ask you to pour it out and then let you go. While on campus, you are basically free from the law. We have very high dorm damage fees. Dorm damage fees include cleaning up after parties, sloppy drinkers, and broken emergency items and building parts. In my first year here, (and the year isn't finished) I will have paid $100 or more on dorm damage due to people breaking windows, doors, fire extinguisher protective glass, emergency exit signs, emergency lights, more windows, vomit stains on the hall carpets, vomit in the bathrooms and stairways, broken lights, and fines for broken emergency equipment. (and I had not personally broken anything, this is all from people coming for parties.) People like to drink a lot here and then break things. (They don't tell you this during you very nice walk around campus where every smiles at you and holds the doors.)

The first weekend for freshman this year, there were 8 transportation to the local hospital for extreme alcohol poisoning. There weren't even upperclassmen on campus yet.

Although no one talks about it at all on campus, there was a gang rape of Colby students to a Colby student. Only one was suspended and the others withdrew, with little punishment. (Ladies, do not go off campus for parties. Especially not alone and do not drink. I was given this advice my first week from a good friend that is currently a Senior.)

Theft really doesn't happen on campus because we are generally good people and everyone here generally has wealthy means of getting whatever they want without stealing it. This does not mean you can leave your stuff anywhere because it still happens.

FYI-People smoke weed here.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: It's great because Colby really does try to promote diversity. We have many clubs that celebrate those from different practices, places and cultures. The Pugh Center hosts amazing and eye opening events and individual clubs like The African Club, The International Club and more put on events that allow all who wish to learn more about the peers and the world that opportunity.

I rate it as only "okay" because while you are walking across campus, the vast majority of students are skinny, identify as white, no tattoos, conservative piercings and attire, natural hair color and very clean cut. The majority of Colby students are clear cut perfection of beauty. Take a cookie cutter and volia, you have seen almost all the students of Colby.

(I'm not saying that these characteristics are bad, but there is little variety and this causes numerous students to not want to branch out because they want to fit the "Colby type.")

There are students of color, however there is an isolation between the two groups. Also International Students and US Students rarely mingle their groups. Most US Colby students only have a couple of International friends.

College Freshman

Athletics: All the things needed for athletes are here. We have a great Nordic skiing team. We have a ice rink for hockey. Sports teams here are very tight knit. You have most, if not all meals, with your team members and will have a great social life here. (as long as you are open to drinking alcohol, lots of it.) Very few athletes are "Chem-free," however prior to athletic events (in season) at Colby there is a 24 hour rule that you have to be "dry."

Rugby is a big sport on campus for both women and men. Both teams almost were cut because of low funds but the whole campus saved them this year.

If you aren't an athlete, there are intramural sports and social yet exercise filled activities you can do. However beware, the athletic center is mainly for athletes. If you are an ice skater, do not expect to have much ice time. The hockey coaches control who is on the ice and they often do not change the 1 hour schedule that non-hockey players have to abide by.

Also, this goes for anywhere but Colby only has Nordic Skiing for division one sports. That's it. Do not come here expecting more. Also, do not expect to use practices and games and "being busy" as an excuse for not doing work. This is an academic college not a pro-sports gateway college.

School spirit is very high for the Mules. However, sporting events act as something people do while drunk on the weekends and then sportsmanship goes out the window and beer cans end up where the opposing team's players are standing.

5 College Freshman

Computers: I work in the ITS department as a student worker. Technology-wise, you need it we have it.


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Many at Colby feel college is a place for students to grow intellectually and socially. Whether it’s in class, conversations around the dinner table, a club, or speaking with another student from a different upbringing, Colby students exemplify this maxim. The community here is one of its defining features, and Colby students (and professors and staff, for that matter) love the College. Most cite the friendly and intellectually engaging people and the pristine new facilities, and although academics can be strenuous, the classes and professors are undeniably wonderful. Students work very hard in and out of the classroom, and most are involved in multiple activities outside of classes.

Many students choose Colby because of the remarkable intimacy between the students, faculty, administrators, and alumni. The school is not for everyone, though. Many Colby students don't have much free time, and some find campus to be claustrophobic at times. Nonetheless, the campus is bolstered by the student body’s seemingly endless stores of energy, intellectual curiosity, and optimism. Despite the fact that the work can be overwhelming at times, most find refuge in their growth and confidence that develops over four years on Mayflower Hill.

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