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3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: People tend to be open and friendly but social groups form fast. Don't be surprised when you find that most people are typical upper-middle, white, New England Prep

3 College Junior

Academics: The history program is pretty decently sized, there are a lot of really great professors but also a few that are really difficult to work with. There are some research opportunities and the department does try to help us out with jobs and internships.

3 College Junior

Academics: Registration is quick and easy and professors are generally easy to get a hold of to ask about classes or for help. The work load varies from class-to-class and the quality of professors also changes.

3 College Junior

Facilities: The athletic center is nice, but kind of small so if a team is in there then it gets cramped. The student center is convenient and fairly busy. There are so many green areas and it's really well kept. The libraries are a source of conflict right now, the main one, Miller, is under construction so who knows how that will go.

3 College Junior

Facilities: It has a really nice small scale New England feel while keeping to the open, green feeling.

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: The food is pretty decent on campus, better than most places. It's an all-you-can-eat sort of thing, so be really careful about that! There can be really limited options in some of the dining halls, though, so watch the menus

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Security can be a bit of a joke. They tend to go pretty easy on underage drinking on campus as long as you aren't obvious/a jerk about it. I think they would rather have people drink on campus than off, since then it's the police.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: I found out a little late that Clean housing is a really nice option for people that don't mind not begin in a part dorm. My freshman year I was in a party dorm and it was kind of awful. The pounding bass didn't stop and the smell of booze and pot was miserable. Clean housing, even if you occasionally drink, tends to be quieter and cleaner.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There isn't a lot. There is very few ways to get out unless you have a car. The food options are generally limited to pizza joints, fast food, or suburban Asian food. There are some decent restaurants but they are few and far between

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Overall, I really love Colby. It's a really beautiful place with a lot of very passionate interesting students and staff.

3 College Junior

Diversity: There is some diversity on campus although it is mostly white. Most of the minority individuals belong to groups and they can get very exclusionary and borderline belligerent.

2 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: It's something that really is not advised. It's hard to do things on campus because you need a car and it's impossible to go to an on-campus party. It's generally not easy and most people don't do it.

4 College Junior

Majors: I work in the Costume Shop for the Theater and Dance Department, it's a great place, but not a lot of hours to be had.

3 College Junior

Majors: It's been pretty good, a few profs that I'm not fond of but I have found profs that are amazing.

5 College Freshman

Academics: Really great! Professors are awesome, class selection isn't too stressful, and everybody is truly accommodating and friendly.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Overall, I am happy with Colby. I have learned a lot about myself and other people. The professors and classes are Colby's best aspect.

Would I go to Colby again if I had the chance? Probably not. By learning more about myself, I discovered Colby is actually not really the school for me, but had I not gone to Colby, I may have never learned the things I did. So to sum up, I don't regret my decision.

I also have a different experience than most students as I am from a different location than your standard Colby student, causing some stereotyping on me and feeling like I don't fit in. However, I am learning and am making the best of the situation.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: I think every students views their workload differently. Personally, it's easier than my high school. However, it is not too easy. I like it because I still have free time to participate in outside activities while still doing well in my classes! Some students complain about their workload though, and some majors are more demanding than others. It really depends on you personally and what you end up majoring in!

5 College Freshman

Majors: Getting into a major is easy and most faculty are very helpful

4 College Freshman

Majors: Professors are genuinely interested about their students and seem willing to bend over backwards for them.

My program seems great so far!

3 College Freshman

Transportation: Colby has poor transportation. The best option is to have your own car or befriend people with cars. There are a lot of taxis in Waterville, however they tend to come very late.

3 College Freshman

Weather: Not as bad as people make it out to be! It can be long, however technically you can spend every JanPlan off campus, avoiding a month of the winter. It also makes the still cold spring semester go by faster too!

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Overall, dorms at Colby are pretty good! There are some bad ones, but most have their pros and cons

2 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Many Colby students think Colby is very safe since we're up on a hill away from town. However, the campus is poorly lit, making it tough to walk back to your dorm when there's nothing but black ice. Also anybody can just walk on campus, so students should be more aware.

Colby also does not follow the blue light policy correctly (supposed to see one in every direction). I have felt uncomfortable walking around certain parts of campus alone with the lack of these (especially by the gym).

Colby's security seems very nice and willing to help, but every time I have attempted to meet with somebody, they seem like they're never there and can be difficult to access

A lot of students leave laptops and cellphones around, but I have had things stolen out of my dorm room that is typically locked. So there are thieves on campus (as they are everywhere)

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are some really good restaurants in Waterville! Pad Thai is common with Colby students. If you want a nice (but expensive) dinner, go to 18 Below! Also Selah Tea and Holy Cannoli are delicious too!

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Danny Garin
Hometown
Washington, DC
Major
Government and Economics
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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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