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Bates vs. Colby vs Conn College

EDthreeEDthree Registered User Posts: 6 New Member
edited April 2010 in Bates College
Any insight?? I just got into all three, and they are all fairly similar, so I was wondering if anyone knows how they stand apart. I'm looking for a bit more of a intellectual, artsy atmosphere (which I know all of them have on a small scale).

thanks
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Replies to: Bates vs. Colby vs Conn College

  • worldcitizen53worldcitizen53 Registered User Posts: 4 New Member
    Hi my S also accepted at Bates. How is your decision process going ? We have narrowed it down to bates or Elon University in NC.
  • huskem55huskem55 User Awaiting Email Confirmation Posts: 4,284 Senior Member
    Colby is probably the least artsy of the three. If that helps..
  • EDthreeEDthree Registered User Posts: 6 New Member
    I'm still trying to figure it out--I just looked at Colby and it was nice, the people were extremely friendly, but it was kind of preppy and sporty

    I know that Bates and Elon are really different---from the people who have gotten accepted at my school, Bates seems a bit more competitive and less preppy
  • OldbatesieDocOldbatesieDoc Registered User Posts: 1,894 Senior Member
    Bates-more prestigious, stronger student body, more balanced demographic, great facilities,very egalitarian, great alumni network, great prof/grad school placement.
    Colby is similar but much further away from anything.
    Connecticut College is not in the same tier, unless you are a swimmer. Then it's CC all the way.
  • werd814werd814 Registered User Posts: 1,090 Senior Member
    That's funny. OldbatsieDoc's post marks the second time today that I've read somebody on this website describing Bates as more prestigious than Colby. I've never thought that-- in fact I've only ever thought Colby to be a bit more prestigious, but likely because of my affiliation (and some USNWR bias-- curse you College Confidential USNWR obsession!), haha.

    In all earnestness, I'd put Colby and Bates at equal prestige-- above Conn College. Many of my friends are receiving offers from Stanford, Harvard, Yale, UWashington, BC, Tufts, etc. I even had one Yale gradcom tell me directly that Colby was a very well-respected school and would help me along in the admissions process (I would throw Bates in this category as well... to tell you the truth, I just don't know enough about Conn to in/exclude it).

    Also, I swam at Colby and we put CC in their place a few times... but not really. The CC swim team is phenomenal, haha, though we definitely showed Bates a thing or two about hydropower ;-).

    Colby is definitely pretty far from things (with the exception of pure, unabated wilderness), but for me, that wasn't really a huge problem-- driving a half an hour more to get to Portland, Boston, etc. wasn't really a big deal.

    I'd have to agree that the student bodies at Bates and Colby seem fairly different. I mean, each school seems to foster myriad personality types and VERY intelligent and motivated students, but they are definitely two different animals. I myself may have fit in better with the Bates crowd as I am pretty crunchy-outdoorsy, but I TRULY loved the people at Colby. I wouldn't trade my time there for the world.

    If you haven't visited these schools, I'd highly recommend doing so-- a visit can make all the difference.



    Edit: I think I may have originally misread OldbatesieDoc's post, but just in case, I'll leave my blurb about Colby and Bates being on-par with each other.
  • EDthreeEDthree Registered User Posts: 6 New Member
    thanks so much for all your help

    i am visiting bates today, so we'll see how that goes
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