Colby’s overnight fall visit program for high school seniors.

We believe that the campus visit experience is an integral part of a student’s college search process. Touring the campus, meeting with faculty, and connecting with current students helps applicants get a true sense of Colby’s extensive resources, campus character, and personality.

The Experience Colby program provides this and more. Participants will have the opportunity to attend classes with our world-class professors, learn more about our talented and diverse community of scholars, and experience life as a Colby student.

Colby is committed to diversity of all kinds and seeks to enroll students who bring unique perspectives to campus. Diversity of background, experience, and thought all contribute to our dynamic community. If this describes you, we encourage you to apply for Experience Colby.

Colby is committed to accessibility. Travel grants are available to cover a portion or all costs of your trip depending on family financial circumstances. You must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident to be considered. Colby does not require a Common Application fee, and we are committed to covering 100 percent of students’ demonstrated need—without loans.

The dates of the fall program are Sunday, Oct. 18 – Tuesday, Oct. 20 2015.

During Experience Colby you’ll get to:

  • Attend classes and have dinner with professors
  • Learn about our multicultural resources
  • Connect with current students and stay overnight
  • Tour campus
  • Have an on-campus interview

Sunday

Noon-3 p.m.—Arrivals in Portland

3:30 p.m.—Depart for Colby

4:45 p.m.—Drop off belongings

5 p.m.—Welcome

5:30 p.m.—Meet your Colby host/ icebreakers with current students

6:30 p.m.—Dinner with current students

9 p.m. —Story Time (A Colby tradition)

9:45 p.m.—Reconnect with Colby hosts, do homework, hang out in the residence halls, etc.

Monday

7:30 or 8:30 a.m.—Breakfast in dining halls

8 a.m.-noon—Attend classes

11:50 a.m.—Lunch with Colby ambassadors and/or hosts

1 p.m.—Tour of Waterville

 2:45pm—Admissions and financial aid session

3:15 p.m.—Free time: meet with coaches/faculty/staff/individual personal interview appointments

4 p.m.—Study abroad/foreign language or Green Colby (Outing Club and sustainability) or Colby Volunteer Center

5 p.m.—Dinner with members of the faculty and staff

7 p.m.—Coffee hour with student groups

9 p.m.—Spotlight performances by student clubs and organizations and taste of Waterville

10 p.m.—Reconnect with hosts

Tuesday

7-10 a.m.—Breakfast

8:30-10 a.m.—Personal interviews

10:30 a.m.—Departures

Application Details

Students interested in applying should complete the Experience Colby application by 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 11, 2015.

In addition to the online application, we require:

  • School transcripts with courses and final marks for grades 9 -11 (we will accept an unofficial copy).
  • Standardized test scores. Please send results of SAT, 3 SAT Subject Tests, PSAT, ACT or PLAN exams (we will accept a copy of your own score report or scores printed on your transcript).

These documents can be uploaded electronically with your application or sent to the admissions office via email, fax, or mail:

Email:

ellen.ireland@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