One of the questions I have about Colby as the parent of a very bright, seriously intellectual, mixed race pre-frosh is how diverse is Colby in practice? I am not thinking about the demographic numbers, which are what they are but do not speak to the degree of openness and welcome the campus offers. Looking at the book "The Hidden Ivies", the authors suggest that Colby is not so open to diversity and that it's whiter, more preppy/jocky compared to let's say, Wesleyan, Swarthmore or Bates. I would love to see a range of opinions. And let me state at the outset that I have enormous respect for the long-term reputation as a top New England liberal arts college and I assume that a serious student can get a world class education there, no matter what race or income background. I am seeking for an honest, "under the hood" kind of perspective that is detailed, convincing and current to the 2012 Colby campus vibe.