Student Life

Keeping Health + Safety at the Center

As we plan for Summer 2021 with COVID-19 safety front-of-mind, some of our traditional programming may be subject to change. We will continue to follow guidance from the CDC, public health officials, and our COVID-19 planning team, and will provide regular updates to families in the lead-up to arrival day. For the most up-to-date information on our COVID-19 planning, please visit our FAQ page.


Balance College Academics with a Robust Recreational Experience

There’s much more to life on a college campus than preparing for your future career. EXPLO mirrors the many opportunities students have at their fingertips when they get to college, from cultural events and guest speakers to workshops, clubs, and more. Learn to navigate your choices and cultivate a wide range of interests that will enrich your undergraduate experience —and your life.

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New Experiences, Lasting Friendships

Get to know people with customs, beliefs, and views different from your own — and open up a whole new world view. Before you know it, you’ll find yourself trying out a new language, founding an EXPLO club in something totally outside your own background, or planning a post-EXPLO meet-up in a foreign city with new friends from around the world.

Student Programming

At EXPLO, there are delightful happenings all day long and around every corner. Whether you prefer a heated (but friendly) debate with the International Relations club, trying an improv workshop, meeting up with a guest speaker, or unwinding with a book under a tree – afternoon and evening, you’ll be immersed in a kind of campus life that’s buzzing with activity and connection with others.

Events + Activities May Include:

  • Student Dance
  • Dueling Pianos Performance
  • Cooking Competition Series: Bake Off!
  • Current Events Club
  • Brooklyn Hits Performance
  • Staff + Student Improv
  • True Colors (EXPLO LGBTQ+ Alliance)
  • Nightly Film Screening

Workshops May Include:

  • Personal Branding + Storytelling
  • The Changing Landscape of American College Admissions
  • Interviewing for College, Internships, and Jobs
  • Ethical Problem Solving
  • Professional Networking 101
  • Preparing for Internships
  • Improv for Work and Life
  • Intercultural Dialogue
  • Human-Centered Design
  • Leadership for the Common Good
  • College Essay Writing
  • Parliamentary Debate

Students hiking

Weekend Programming

There’s a reason why Maine is called Vacationland. Considered one of the best destinations for summer travel, Maine boasts the best of outdoor adventure, coastal leisure, history, food, and endless unique finds. We’ll have opportunities to embark on COVID-safe recreational outings throughout the session. Possible opportunities may include:

  • Sugarloaf Mountain Activities
  • Schooner Day Sail
  • Colby College Art Museum
  • Blueberry Picking
  • Tubing on the Kennebec River
  • Clambake
  • Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park