As you will soon discover, Forbes College is a close-knit and welcoming community of students, staff, and faculty. There are many ways to get involved here, from informal study breaks and intramural games, to lots of different student-run programs and initiatives.
Our college council hosts weekly study breaks, where you can enjoy friends and free food; we have a concert series, organized and run by students; an organic garden which is managed entirely by students; and we’re also the host of the U-Bikes program.
Life at Forbes
The college staff strongly encourages students who are interested in becoming involved in programming at Forbes to be in touch with us. We’d like to hear any suggestions you have for making Forbes an even better place than it already is. You can also write to your FCC members with your suggestions and requests for Forbes events.
However, like any other community, Forbes also has basic expectations and standards for its residents. Please make certain that you have familiarized yourself with “Rights, Rules and Responsibilities” before you arrive on campus. You can find the link to this document--as well as the other programs mentioned above--on this page.
Forbes houses approximately 500 first and second year students, in singles, doubles and triples. Freshmen are assigned roommates, and live in what are known as “advisee,” or “zee” groups of about 15 first-year students. Each “zee” group is advised by a Residential College Advisor—a junior or senior student who has been selected and trained to be a informative mentor, as well as someone who enforces basic community standards. Sophomores are sprinkled throughout the college, and are also served by the RCA’s, but in a much less formal capacity.
Forbes has a reputation for being a very close-knit community—and for having one of the best dining halls on campus. It boasts multiple study and social spaces, a black box theatre/dance space, a dance studio, a brand new audio-visual lab, and its own organic garden. The jewel in our crown is our beautiful terrace and lawn, which is dotted with hammocks and Adirondack chairs during the warmer months.