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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.

3 College Student

Diversity: It is okay, but some from SE Asia are annoying.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: I have never heard of any real problems based on ethnicity or race. There are clubs for both republicans and democrats, and the chapel on campus hosts religious services for multiple religions.

3 College Junior

Diversity: Colby wants very hard for people to believe that it is a very diverse school. The sad truth is that it isn't. There are many races represented in our student body, however they percentage against the high white majority is just poor. Then to top it off there isn't much in the form of creating an atmosphere where the students of different races can mingle, and when there is, the white students don't show up. The only reason the grade isn't lower is because Colby is starting to realize that they need to back up their word and we are starting to see more diverse classes.

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1 College Freshman

Diversity: Colby tries pretty hard in getting diversity on campus, it's not that you won't meet any diverse people, but there are some, especially in the Pugh Center which is the multicultural building here on campus. Colby also has a lot of international students who are pretty awesome to meet. There are a lot of other groups here on campus that represent diversity, but it can be a little hard to be accepted because of the majority of white students here. But that shouldn't scare students to come to our school.

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Danny Garin
Washington, DC
Government and Economics
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There is a large population of international students, and minorities are very vocal. The campus is pretty polarized between the activist types and the non-political kids. The Foss/Mary Low side of campus tends to be more politically aware and diverse, or at least more aware of diversity. Social class has been a particular topic of concern lately; many people see Colby as very elitist. All diversity-related issues, though, are actively brought to light. There's been a Racial Awareness Week and a Social Class Awareness Week, both of which had featured lectures, discussions, and (most visibly) chalking on the pathways. There was even a minority sit-in in an attempt to raise awareness on campus. Though racial diversity is not where it should, there is a vast diversity of personalities, and there is no dominate personality type.

The campus is working very hard to create a more diverse atmosphere, and questions of diversity are brought up by vocal minorities and activists. This creates an intense atmosphere sometimes—discussions and demonstrations can feel pretty heated at times. But, continual efforts to introduce more diversity and alleviate tensions are definitely to be applauded.

Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • California
  • Connecticut
  • Foreign countries
  • Massachusetts
  • New York
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 2%
18-19: 47%
20-21: 45%
22-24: 7%
25+: Unknown
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 2%
Asian American: 7%
Hispanic: 5%
International: 2%
Native American: 0%
White: 79%
Unknown: 5%
Gay Pride
In general, the campus is very supportive of gay-rights issues.
Political Activity
Although many students identify themselves as left-leaning, there are conservatives on campus, too. There are also a handful of very vocal, very liberal activist-types who go to protests and organize campus events. Racial Awareness Week and Social Class Awareness Week were particularly notable events, as well as an extremely well-organized Diversity Conference. But, many students are politically inactive or keep their politics to a small social setting.
Economic Status
Most Colby students seem to come from very well-off backgrounds. Although the student body is economically diverse, these differences aren't easy to see, which contributes to the (perhaps erroneous) perception of the school being entirely populated by rich, white New Englanders.
Most Common Religions
Most Colby students don't publicly discuss religion, but there are campus groups for every variety possible. Colby Hillel hosts Shabbat every Friday night, while the Chapel hosts a Protestant and Catholic service on Sundays.
Minority Clubs on Campus
The Pugh Center, located in the student center building, houses many diversity-oriented clubs. Students Organized Against Racism (SOAR), Students Organized for Black and Hispanic Unity (SOBHU), The Bridge (gay-straight alliance), and religious groups are a few of the 20 or so clubs that have offices and safe spaces in the Pugh Center. Colby Conversations on Race (CCOR) has recently been added to the slew of minority-friendly clubs. The Pugh Community Board works to facilitate dialogue between these groups and bring speakers and events to campus.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 27 responses

  • 4% Libertarian
  • 15% Not sure
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 7% Conservative
  • 30% Moderate
  • 30% Liberal
  • 15% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 28 responses

  • 4% Libertarian
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 0% Conservative
  • 18% Moderate
  • 0% Not sure
  • 75% Liberal
  • 4% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 27 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How diverse is your personal circle of friends in the following areas?    Based on 27 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 28 responses

  • 7% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 0% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 68% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 25% Very accepting.


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