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.

To submit an application, please complete the below form. Please note that applications will be due no later than Thursday, June 1, 2017; notifications about the counselor selections for this year’s tour will be sent via email in mid-June. If you are selected to attend, necessary travel arrangements will be made after that time.

Please review our Frequently Asked Questions below  for more information. Should you have other questions, you may contact Liz Pinnie at 207-786-6013 or in the Bates Office of Admission. We look forward to connecting with you!

*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.

Apply to the CBB Tour


Frequently Asked Questions


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

All applicants will be notified in mid-June regarding participation. Please see below for more information regarding the selection process.

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.

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

The CBB schools will provide transportation to Portland for all counselors. For those attending NACAC, we will be providing a charter bus for the two hour ride to Boston.

Do I need to attend NACAC to attend the CBB Tour?

Nope! We’ll provide transportation to and from your home location.

How do the travel arrangements work?

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 do our best to accommodate requests for pre or post stays, but the difference in fare cost will be the responsibility of the counselor. All requests for pre/post stays must be made at the time of registration. Counselors are responsible for securing lodging and costs for any additional nights in Maine.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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, 2017) with your administration in advance of applying.

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 must be made at the time of your confirmation for the tour, and are dependant on availability. Please note that the cost of a single room for the tour must be covered by the individual making the request. Pricing details on single rooms will follow shortly, and payment is due to Bates College by September 1, 2017.

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.

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!

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.

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

Due to limited space on the CBB tour, we will not be able to accommodate independent counselors on the program. Each institution welcomes individual visits from independent counselors throughout the year.