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Reviews 435 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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3 College Freshman

Party Scene: Colby is definitely not a typical party school, but there are many different kinds of night-life. What makes the nights most enjoyable are the people that you share them with.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Food: The ability to choose between three dining halls and The Spa allows for great variety of meals.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I really enjoy living on campus at Colby. I am extremely close to all of my classes and dining halls (about five minutes maximum) and I absolutely love the roommate I was randomly placed with. Campus Life does a great job of random roommate placement for first-years.

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3 College Freshman

Athletics: The athletics is currently in the process of being improved.

5 College Freshman

Scholarships: If it weren't for the aid I had received, I wouldn't have been able to afford Colby.

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3 College Freshman

Party Scene: The party scene can sometimes get sloppy.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: I can always find something that I want to eat.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: When I had roommate issues, the Campus Life office really helped me out! Moving in and out of dorms was a breeze for me!

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Our new president is a boss. He's one of the nicest and most sociable guys I've ever met and most everyone in Administration is super kind and helpful.

5 College Freshman

Scholarships: Tons of spots all around campus. It's extremely convenient because most schools have to move their cars for snowstorms; however, security simply plows around the cars and is easy to move.

5 College Freshman

Party Scene: We've got a bunch of new Macs, projectors, smart boards, and basically whatever else we could possibly need. No complaints with the technology here.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Food: People love to complain about the food but honestly it's great. Compared to other colleges, we have great quality meals. We have four potential places to go for a meal that all have their own unique style and ingredients, which makes for great variety.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Campus housing obviously varies but in relation to other colleges it's great. Rooms are typically spacious and clean, and students keep them well-organized. Dorms are all relatively new and have all the essentials as well as nice, clean bathrooms.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are a lot more options just in Waterville than there are in my hometown. I was able to try Thai food for the first time at Colby (Thai Bistro, and they deliver!), I got bubble tea at Selah Tea, and the other day I took one of my friends out to eat for her birthday. I was pleasantly surprised by the quality and close proximity of restaurants, and I was able to get some really good discounts at a surprising number of places in Waterville for Date Week.

3 College Freshman

Local Area: Colby is in Central Maine in the lesser known town of Waterville. It's only an hour away from Portland and its international airport, and only about 20 minutes away from Augusta, the state's capital. While I live in Southern Maine, closer in proximity to a lot of well known places, Waterville has more things to do than my hometown. There are Thai restaurants, Holy Cannoli, and a plethora of other restaurants including the infamous Big G's, a movie theater, bowling, locally grown food served in the dining halls, plenty of opportunities to volunteer (especially in the local schools as mentors), buses to local apple orchards and fairs in the fall, and SPB is always planning events on campus and off campus for the students on the weekends. COOT (Colby Outdoor Orientation Trips) also bring Colby students all over Maine to enjoy the nature and beauty the state has to offer before they officially begin college. While maybe with less to do than a city, if you have a car (or a friend with a car) there is no shortage of things to do. Even if you are stuck on campus, there is a very real Colby Bubble in which you will find yourself cut out from the outside world, with an unending amount of opportunities on campus so it's like you never have to leave.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Colby College has dorms of varying quality and size, and so it would be impossible to rate them all as one category. If you live in Heights or Hillside, you're pretty far from the rest of campus (not that the campus is big to begin with) and in general parties are thrown, dorm damage is a very real thing, and cleanliness is lacking (at the fault of the students, not the wonderful janitorial staff). Chem-free housing is, as a general rule of thumb, clean, quiet, and lacking in dorm damage. Other students in normal housing could care less if the weed smell permeating your small used-to-be-frat-house dorm building is overwhelming, or if their subwoofer is making your walls vibrate after quiet hours. They also don't consider the possibility that sticky floors and stale beer smell in your bathroom on the weekends isn't something you enjoy. Perhaps this is a reality at all colleges, however Colby's have CA's instead of RA's, and they lack the ability to get you in trouble for such activities, which only succeeds in making aforementioned issues worse than they would be if there was a system that actually punished such activities.

That being said, many dorms have their perks. My dorm is currently in close proximity to a dining hall, all three libraries, and most of the academic buildings, and going all the way across campus takes less than 10 minutes (even in the snow). PPD does what they can to fix any issues you may have, pathways are generally cleared well, and some of the dorms are recently renovated and have LEED Green certification. Amenities are average, especially in smaller dorms that were originally designed to be houses. I think it would be a great improvement if showers had stall doors instead of just curtains, however it is a small complaint. All bathrooms have cubbies for all your shower stuff, and Colby is the kind of place where you can leave your stuff and not worry about someone stealing it.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: All dorms are co-ed and inter-grade. Many dorms are recently renovated or in the process of being renovated. There are many specialty options like Chem-Free, Quiet, Wellness Housing (generally for athletes- quiet on Friday nights), and Eco-Friendly. The worst dorms are Hillside and Heights, but even those aren't that bad. Freshman and sophomores generally live in doubles or triples. Juniors and Seniors tend to live in larger suites and the senior apartments.

4 College Sophomore

Administration: Everything on campus feels very laid back. Academically, there are small classes so you get to know your professors pretty well. Strictness obviously depends on individual professors, but for the most part they are very understanding if you are up front with them about issues. Socially, strictness is also very laid back. The only times security really steps in are if people are publicly getting sick or serving as a hazard to themselves/others, or if someone in a dorm complains about noise.

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I have never felt at all unsafe on campus. I can walk anywhere on campus at any hour by myself without feeling threatened (apart from being scared of the dark). People leave backpacks with laptops and valuables unattended outside dining halls or in the library and I have heard of very few incidents of theft. The only campus crime is stupid and petty. For example, many people think it's funny to break exit signs in dorms on the weekend.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: The vast majority of people live on campus. Off-campus housing is generally nicer than on-campus housing, but on weekends it's not worth it to have to wait forever for a cab home. In addition, there isn't a great relationship between the school and area police, so people off-campus have to be very careful about getting in trouble with the law, especially if there is underage drinking. Generally only seniors and some juniors choose to live off-campus. However, there are senior apartments on the edge of campus that are a much more popular option.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I haven't had an internship yet, but I don't know of anyone who's had problems looking for them. Many of my friends have taken internships either in the summer or for the month of January during our JanPlan. Next summer, I plan to find an internship in Environmental Sustainability that will probably pay from $3000 to $5000 by networking with some of my friends who are upperclassmen.

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Saturdays and sometimes Fridays are the only big nights where the majority of campus goes out. Any big parties after about 11pm generally take place in the senior apartments on campus. The best party rooms are generally whichever ones are occupied by members of male sports teams such as football or baseball. If you are looking for any sort of dancing or hookup scene, the apartments are the place to go. Overall, most of the campus quiets down by 2:00am on any given party night. Whether the scene is a positive experience or not really depends on what you are looking for and your specific friend dynamics.

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5 College Senior

Academics: The liberal arts programs are great. The majors are a little light in req. classes, but it allows for students to explore and create their own majors.

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5 College Senior

Academics: Teachers are amazing here. They truly go above and beyond the call of duty.

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2 College Senior

Overall Experience: Admin. sucks. Sports and Teachers are the school's only saving graces.

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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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