Colby-Bates-Bowdoin (CBB) Counselor Tour

Welcome counselors!  It is with great pleasure that Colby, Bates and Bowdoin invite you to visit our respective campuses and experience the beauty of Maine first-hand. The dates for the 2018 CBB Counselor Tour are Sunday, September 16 through Tuesday, September 18.

About the Tour

The CBB Counselor tour is a selective tour designed primarily for secondary school counselors and community-based organizations from across the country and provides an opportunity to visit three outstanding liberal arts colleges. The three-day program includes tours, panels and informational sessions focused on identifying the distinguishing characteristics of each respective school as well as an opportunity to explore Maine’s largest city, Portland. Following the experience, counselors leave better able to inform and advise their students about these three selective colleges.


Transportation and lodging will be paid for by the CBB consortium and travel arrangements will be made at the discretion of the colleges. Participants must be able to arrive in Portland on Sunday, September 16. Priority will be given to those counselors from distant regions or institutions that have not been represented on a recent tour. Since the tour is restricted in size, we have very limited room for counselors from New England. Due to the limited space, we can only have one counselor per high school or program and no partners can be accommodated.

Frequently Asked Questions

How does the selection process work?
The online application form submits the counselor’s request to attend the 2018 CBB tour. All applications will be reviewed together following 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 a consideration. Counselors located within three hours of campus are encouraged to contact the institutions to arrange individual visits.
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 16-18, 2018) with your administration in advance. Participants must be present for all scheduled events and are not permitted to leave the tour early unless there are extenuating circumstances.
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 application and depend on space and availability. The cost of a single room for the tour will be approximately $200 and payment is due to Bowdoin College prior to the start of the tour.
Will I be able to drive my own car during the tour?
No. 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.
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 confirm your attendance. If you are planning to arrive early or leave late, you will be responsible for any lodging and transportation arrangements and costs. 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!
What will our days look like?
With limited time and three great schools to visit, guests will be putting in full days! Programming begins around 7:15 am on Monday and Tuesday morning and concludes after dinner on Monday. The robust schedule leaves little time for personal work, so 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 former students from your school or organization to let them know of your visit and provide an opportunity for you to connect.
What if I have dietary restrictions or food allergies?
Please make note of any restrictions or allergies on your application. If you are selected to participate and have specific needs, please contact the CBB coordinator in advance. Many meals will take place in campus dining halls offering many options.