Colby, Bates and Bowdoin Counselor Tour


The Colby Bates Bowdoin (CBB) Counselor Tour affords High School Guidance Counselors and individuals from Community Based Organizations* the opportunity to explore our institutions, connect with our communities, and experience Maine.

This year the CBB Tour will take place from Sunday, September 10, 2017 through Tuesday, September 12, 2017, just prior to NACAC in Boston. Please note that we are no longer accepting applications for the 2017 tour, and that decisions have gone out. Dates for the 2018 CBB Tour as well as applications will be posted on the Bowdoin website this winter.

If you would like to connect with our colleges this fall, we invite all counselors and individuals from community based organizations to join us on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 for counselor-specific events just prior to NACAC. More information for each institution can be found below:

Colby Information will be posted shortly at


Frequently Asked Questions

How will travel arrangements work?

Travel arrangements will be made through our partners, Dube Travel. We will put confirmed attendees in touch with Dube Travel after you RSVP regarding options for your travel. While we will do our best to take your requests into consideration, all travel will be arranged at the discretion of the colleges.

We will aim to have everyone into Portland by 5pm on Sunday. If you are traveling from the west coast, it is possible you may need to fly on a red-eye flight on Saturday, September 9 to arrive in Portland on Sunday morning. Should this be the case we will contact you individually to discuss your available options.

If you are attending NACAC, the host institutions will cover the cost of transportation to Portland, ME, and for the bus to Boston, MA. NACAC attendees will be responsible for booking their travel from NACAC. Please see below for more NACAC-specific information.

During the tour, will I be responsible for travel or lodging costs?

All transportation and accommodations are included for Sunday evening through Tuesday afternoon by the hosts institutions.

Is travel refundable?

Once made, airline tickets for this tour are non-refundable. All confirmed attendees will be responsible for imposed fees at the discretion of the host institutions should I cancel.

May I extend my stay in Maine before or after the tour?

We ask that all requests for pre/post stays be made when you RSVP. If you are planning on coming in early or leaving late, you will be responsible for booking lodging and transportation, as well as planning any activities. We will work with you regarding travel to and from Maine, and are happy to provide recommendations on things to do and places to eat!

May I reserve a single room?

The CBB tour accommodations offer a double room policy, where you will be matched to share a room with a fellow counselor attending the tour. Requests for single rooms for confirmed attendees must be made by July 7, and are dependant on availability. Please note that the cost of a single room for the tour ($240.89 total) must be covered by the individual making the request. Payment is due to Bates College by September 1, 2017 at the latest. Checks can be sent to 23 Campus Avenue, Lewiston, ME 04240.

If I am planning on attending NACAC, how and when will I get to Boston?

If you are attending NACAC, a charter bus will be provided to take you to Boston’s South Station, which is located next to the Convention Center. We will leave from Bowdoin and aim to have everyone in Boston by 5pm on Tuesday, September 12 barring any major traffic! So that we can make appropriate travel arrangements, we’ll need to know if you are going to NACAC when you RSVP.

As a reminder, the host institutions will cover the cost of transportation to Portland, ME, and for the bus to Boston, MA. NACAC attendees will be responsible for booking their travel from NACAC.

Where will we be staying?

All confirmed attendees will be staying at the centrally located Hilton Garden Inn – Portland Waterfront.

Is it possible for me to leave the CBB Tour early?

No. We recommend that you carefully review your calendar to make sure there are no conflicts that
will prevent you from attending the CBB Tour should you be selected. Please make sure that you have cleared the dates of the tour (September 10- 12, 2015) with your administration in advance of applying.

Will I be expected to participate in all of the tour’s scheduled events?

Out of respect for the host institutions, we ask that you be present for all scheduled events. Only illness or extreme circumstances would be reasons why your participation would not be expected at all sponsored events, meals and activities for the tour. Don’t worry — we promise that it will be fun!

Will I be able to drive my own car during the tour?

All participants are expected to ride the coach bus to each campus with the rest of the CBB group in order to get the most out of the tour.

Does the tour require walking, standing, or stair climbing? Is it handicap accessible?

Bus transportation is provided from the hotel to each host institution. At each college, counselors will go on a walking tour of campus. If you have accessibility needs, please let us know in our application; we will do our very best to support you.

What will our days look like?

With limited time and three great schools to visit, guests will be putting in full days! We’ll depart from the hotel on Monday and Tuesday morning before 7:30am. Guests will visit Bates on Monday morning, and then head to Colby; we will return to Portland (and your hotel) later in the evening. On Tuesday morning, we’ll ask all guests to pack up before heading to Bowdoin. From there, we will split up depending on guests destinations.

Because of the robust schedule, there will be limited time to conduct personal work. Please plan accordingly.

Will I be able to meet with former students from my high school attending the colleges?

Each college will reach out to your former students from your school or organization to identify a good meeting time during your campus visit (typically during a meal or reception). While you are more than welcome to reach out to your students independently of this, we ask that you be flexible with your meet up time so that you are able to participate in all scheduled campus events.

What if I have dietary restrictions or food allergies?

Please make note of any restrictions or allergies on your application. Last minute requests may be challenging to meet.

Will there be workout facilities for use during the tour?

You can expect the highly active nature of the CBB tour to satisfy some needs for a workout, as you will be walking a great deal! Should you desire additional activity, there is a fitness room at the hotel.

When will I found out if I have been selected to participate in the 2017 CBB Tour?

All applicants were notified of decisions via email on Friday, June 16, 2017.

I was placed on the waitlist. What’s next?

If you have not done so already, please confirm that you would like to remain on the waitlist by emailing Liz Pinnie at We will endeavor to let all waitlisted individuals know of open spaces by mid-August at the latest. We will also keep all waitlisted individuals on a priority list, should they apply for the 2018 Tour.

How does the selection process work?

The online application form submits the counselor’s request to attend the 2017 CBB tour. All applications will be reviewed together after the June 1 deadline. Please note that applicants are not selected based on when your application is submitted.

Notification of attendance will be sent via email in mid-June and all applicants will receive a response by the end of June. Please note that only one counselor per school or organization may attend the CBB tour. Recent participation from your school/district or organization will be considered when selecting final participants. Geography will also be considered when selecting final participants. Counselors located within three hours of campus are encouraged to contact the institutions to arrange individual tours when possible.

Why do you ask for summer contact information?

Since we plan to notify applicants in mid-June and communicate with tour attendees regarding travel arrangements throughout the summer when they may be away from their school or program, we ask for a preferred summer contact address to have on file.

*I am an independent counselor who is interested in participating in the CBB tour. Am I eligible for selection?

Due to limited space, this tour is reserved for High School Guidance Counselors and individuals from Community Based Organizations. If you are an Independent College Counselor, our institutions would be happy to assist you in planning a visit to our campuses. We also encourage you to join us on our campuses for counselor visits on Wednesday, September 13, 2017, just prior to NACAC. More information can be found below.

Colby Information will be posted shortly at

How can I apply for the 2018 Tour?

Applications for the 2018 Tour will be available on Bowdoin’s website this winter. Please check back for more details.