College Sophomore 2013-09-09T14:36:54Z
I'm a Psychology major at Colby college, and have been very happy with the program. Colby offers a wide range of psychology courses, from introductory classes to those specialized in health, social, or cognitive psychology. Research opportunities are available with many of the professors, and one-on-one discussions are not only available, but encouraged. The psychology advisors are also available and willing to help students exploring majors/minors in psychology and potential job opportunities or graduate schools to follow their time at Colby.
College Junior 2013-08-20T22:01:08Z
Colby's comp labs are great. There are computers located in the different libraries and based on which library you are in, host programs specific to your area of interest. During finals the libraries can get crowded, but I would say there are enough computers around campus (in club rooms, academic buildings, etc) that everyone can find one to use.
College Junior 2013-08-20T21:57:29Z
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.
College Junior 2013-08-20T21:54:12Z
Although we're D3 the school still comes out to show support for all sporting events. Athletes are a bit like celebrities at times. That being said we have great standing in track and field sports as well as tennis and squash but could use some improvement in the other team sports. I-play, our IM league, becomes a huge part of campus life and can be a lot of fun too. The sports here create a lot of school spirit.
College Junior 2013-07-31T20:08:42Z
Health & Safety:
You can definitely choose a lifestyle at Colby that will keep you safe. The campus is isolated, small, and well lit. However, drinking culture can lead to problems for both the students who are drinking and those affected by their impaired judgement.
College Junior 2013-07-31T20:06:46Z
Housing isn't spectacular, but also isn't terrible. Sophomore room draw is nerve-wracking and wrought with emotion, but in the end everybody gets a decent room on campus and it works out for the best.
College Junior 2013-07-31T20:02:06Z
Waterville is a nice place with lots of nearby options for outdoor recreation, as well as a lively city culture.
College Senior 2013-05-27T06:59:32Z
One of the reasons I came to Colby was the generous financial aid package. They have a no-loan policy so all the aid I'm receiving is essentially free. The process was fairly simple too.
College Sophomore 2013-05-01T00:49:09Z
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.
College Sophomore 2013-05-01T00:40:29Z
I think the academics here are very great. Especially the study abroad programs, the majority of them you can get funded for and sometimes your financial aid goes with you. The classroom and faculty are always there to help, discussion classes are always intriguing and not boring. Workload is not so bad, a lot of times you have to do a lot of reading, but the readings are usually pretty interesting.
College Freshman 2013-04-28T01:55:44Z
For such a small liberal arts college, Colby offers MORE than enough parking space, hence the reason why freshman are allowed to bring cars.
College Sophomore 2013-04-21T19:10:08Z
People get really up in arms about our lack of diversity, and to an extent, its true. Most Colby kids look like most other Colby kids. However, as a person of color, I have experienced nothing but respect here. There are not a lot of differing ideas and experiences here, but there is a lot of kindness and understanding, and a genuine desire to make Colby a comfortable space for everyone.
College Junior 2013-04-09T04:44:39Z
DO NOT GO TO COLBY IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR DIVERSITY. (OR SUPPORT FOR "DIVERSITY")
Seriously. The pamphlets/magazines are false advertising. Everyone knows at Colby that the most diverse pictures are always picked for the webpage, magazines, etc... The college will do anything to make you think it is more diverse than it actually is.
Now, yes, Maine is the whitest state in the nation... so of course Colby would be white. BUT. Not only is Colby lacking diversity, it is also completely lacking the SUPPORT necessary for the diversity it does have to SURVIVE on campus.
Colby does not prioritize student support, no matter what they may tell you on the website. Their actions do not align with their message. As a student, I have been silenced. I have experienced blatant discrimination, hatred, and oppression. And, worst of all, I have been crushed under the reality that the administration DOES NOT and possibly WILL NOT provide the support I, and all, students deserve.
One example of dozens: students have been calling for a gender and sexual diversity resource center for YEARS to provide support for victims of sexual assault, anyone who feels unsafe on campus, a space for advocacy, for a physical area free of violence (verbal, emotional, physical, etc...), a safe space for those questioning their gender/sexual identity, and other issues pertaining to gender and sexuality on college campuses. Colby cannot even provide us students with a simple space; something that is guaranteed at EVERY OTHER NESCAC SCHOOL.
Don't even get me started on how unsupported other minorities are on campus... Colby does not have its priorities in order, and too many students are afraid to speak up about it. Even if we did (and some of us do), they don't listen anyway.
Go somewhere else if you want to be supported and heard - Colby is not the right school for you. (Unless you want to come and exhaust yourself in a fight for change; in that case, you're probably masochistic. I know I must be for staying here.)
Recent Alumnus 2013-04-01T20:42:59Z
my personal experience with the financial aid application was easy. students have to apply every year but it's not a stressful process.
Recent Alumnus 2013-04-01T20:41:30Z
concord buses pick up students from the gym and this makes access to airports more convenient. there is also a shuttle that takes students where they need to go in waterville.
Recent Alumnus 2013-04-01T20:37:45Z
The professors are smart and small classes ensures easy access to these professors.
Recent Alumnus 2013-03-07T18:19:19Z
There are some great places to eat off campus in Waterville. Seriously. And I'm a picky eater. Mainely's has a great Boston Irish pub feel and delicious burgers. Pad Thai Too is the best Pad Thai you will ever eat. Grand central's brick oven pizza is to die for. Selah Tea and Jorgensen's are awesome cafes to study in. Buen Appetito is a go-to for Mexican food. Kennebec Cafe's sweet potato donuts are like heaven. Big G's serves the biggest (and extraordinarily delicious) sandwiches you can find. You've also got your chain restaurants. And we have a Starbucks, which is clutch. We are not far from great places to eat in Hallowell and Augusta, and Portland makes a great day trip!
Recent Alumnus 2013-03-07T18:18:33Z
Let's not lie to ourselves, winters can be brutal on the Hill. That said, it's really not that much colder than Massachusetts and we don't get that much more snow. Autumn and Spring are beautiful on the hill and as soon as it hits 55 degrees students break out the flip flops and soak up the sun on the quad.
College Freshman 2013-03-04T19:28:23Z
Colby is very close to SugarLoaf Mountain and there are daily buses to transport kids.
College Freshman 2013-03-04T19:27:08Z
Colby has a beautiful campus. The fields are turf, and are very close to the dorms and academic buildings. The student center is in the center of the campus with a cafe, it is a great meeting place.
College Freshman 2013-03-04T19:24:10Z
It's very easy to get around, parking is accessible and freshman are allowed cars. Buses run through major cities frequently, it is very easy to get to Boston. There are buses to ski mountains and other activities.
College Sophomore 2013-02-04T15:56:23Z
SeLah Tea is awesome as is Pad Thai too. They both are fun atmospheres too.There are also other goos restaurants like Buen Apetito. For things to do there are two movie theaters: a more traditional one, and a home-y one that is very cute. Finding more things can be discouraging, but it is possible by talking to others on campus and doing a little exploring.
College Sophomore 2013-01-23T01:29:39Z
Not that many places to go out unless you love fastfood and pad thai every night...
College Junior 2013-01-21T01:32:39Z
Not many options in Waterville... and the ones that are there are a little pricey. for someone who is not of a high economic standing. My favorite places are Selah Tea and the new bakery, Blessed Life. People don't usually go off campus for dining, mostly because it's a culture of "staying on the hill"
College Junior 2013-01-21T01:26:22Z
If you're under 21, there are sweaty, gross, slimy parties with the underclassmen who really just want to hook up with as many people as possible. If that's your thing, cool. It's not mine.
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