With only under two weeks to go here at Colby over the summer, I’ve been looking forward to the fall and the regular school year, and thought I’d go in that direction and say something about the normal campus! Having just ran into my government professor and kind of getting inspired again about politics, I thought I’d share a little about the political atmosphere on campus. While I don’t think political views should be too high on your list when looking at a school, I know they were definitely up there for me and probably are for some of you guys too.
Being a private liberal arts school with a large amount of it’s students coming from the Boston area, Colby is of course very liberal. I can’t say with certainty what the exact percentages must be, but I would say at least 80 percent of students on campus would classify themselves as liberal, if not more. While there isn’t a hostile atmosphere in the least to people with different political beliefs, I would be lying if I said there wasn’t a huge amount of liberal influence just in the various posters, emails, and other things going on around campus. And by this I don’t just mean liberal in the strictly political way, students tend to have a very liberal mindset in general. That being said, the political atmosphere on campus is pretty great and accepting – I personally lean conservative for many social issues and have an awesome time discussing my views and the like.
Besides being liberal for the most part, I would say that Colby students also are very engaged in worldly affairs and things going on in other parts of the world. As you walk across campus for class during the school year, you’ll be sure to pass Amnesty International booths, UNICEF fundraisers, and all other sorts of activist students.