Historically Black College/University?
Common States of Residence
- Foreign countries
- New York
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 1%
African American: 2%
Asian American: 7%
Native American: 0%
In general, the campus is very supportive of gay-rights issues.
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.
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.