Colby students are diverse. They come from different backgrounds and represent different cultures.

Some spent their childhood in the largest cities of the U.S. and others grew up on potato farms in northern Maine. They have diverse interests and varied political views, they practice different religions, and they come to Colby with unique perspectives on life.

The Colby community is made up of 1,850 students—all with different stories to tell.

Colby values diversity of all kinds and seeks to enroll students who also value diversity. If this describes you, we want you to consider a visit to campus—for FREE. Through our overnight campus visit program, Experience Colby, we do our best to make it possible for interested high school seniors to come for a visit regardless of financial circumstances. However, you must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident to be considered.

Apply to attend Experience Colby and decide for yourself—can you picture yourself at Colby?

During Experience Colby you’ll get to:

  • Stay overnight in our residence halls
  • Attend classes and meet professors
  • Tour campus
  • Meet current students
  • Try our delicious food

Students at past Experience Colby events have dined with the president, participated in discussions about campus diversity, attended poster presentations of student research projects, enjoyed dessert socials with their hosts and other current students, and attended live performances by several student groups.

2015 Program Dates

Sunday, Oct. 18 – Tuesday, Oct. 20
Apply

Please submit your application by 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 11

Application Details

In addition to the online application, we require a school transcript with courses and marks for grades 9 -11; an unofficial transcript or copies of your grade reports are acceptable for this program. Test scores are also required. Please send results of SAT, PSAT, ACT or PLAN exams; a copy of your own score report or scores printed on your transcript are acceptable. [The results of 3 SAT Subject Tests can be sent if you prefer]. These documents can be uploaded electronically with your application or sent to the admissions office via e-mail, fax, or snail mail:

E-mail: eireland@colby.edu Subject: Experience Colby
Fax: 207-859-4828 RE: Experience Colby
Mail: Attn: Experience Colby
Office of Admissions and Financial Aid

4800 Mayflower Hill – Waterville ME – 04901-8848

Testimonials

“I applied to Colby through EDI [Early Decision I], and I’m so glad I did! The brochures, YouTube videos, and the school website were all great, but ultimately it was the Experience Colby weekend that made me fall in love. The glimpse of college life—sleeping in the dorms, going to class, meeting my track coaches and teammates, hearing amazing a cappella, eating in the dining halls, and hanging out with current students—gave me great confidence in my decision. As a prospective student coming from Hawaii I wasn’t sure I’d acclimate, but during the trip, I found what I was looking for at Colby: my new home.”
Joebelle Bonete, Class of 2018

"I applied to Colby through EDI and I’m so glad I did! The brochures, YouTube videos, and the school website were all great, but ultimately, it was the Experience Colby weekend that made fall in love. The glimpse of college life--sleeping at the dorms, going to class, meeting my track coaches and teammates, to hearing amazing a cappella, eating at the dining halls, and hanging out with current students—assured me with great confidence in my decision. As a prospective student coming from Hawaii, I wasn’t sure I’d acclimate but after the trip, I found what I was looking for at Colby: my new home. If you are considering Colby as one of your college choices, apply and give yourself the chance to make a similar epiphany. Whether you’re coming from a driving distance or thousands of miles away from Colby (like me!), visit or make a phone call. Once you step on campus, you’ll find it hard to ignore what Colby will offer you.” - Joebelle Bonette, Class of 2018

“Over the course of Experience Colby, I had many intellectually stimulating experiences. I participated in an invigorating class discussion in “Memoirs and Memories,” attended a guest lecture on Female Empowerment in Ethiopia, and had the pleasure of bantering about modern American politics with the brilliant and engaging Professor Sandy Maisel. By the end of dinner, Professor Maisel and I had formed a connection. He invited me to his Intro to Government and American Politics class, where I spent my last hour on campus captivated by his lecture on the Executive Branch.”
David Martin, Class of 2018

David Martin - EC