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Colby-Sawyer College

  • New London, NH
  • Private
  • Small
  • 65%35%
    student ratio
  • 948
    total students
  • $37,300 | $37,300
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition
  • April 1
    fall application deadline
  • 86%
    acceptance rate
  • Moderately Difficult
    admission difficulty
  • Average test scores for all first-year students that were accepted and enrolled.
  • 487
    sat math
  • 491
    sat reading
  • Not

    sat writing
  • 20
    act composite


A Small Community in a Dramatic Setting

Colby-Sawyer College is a small, private liberal arts college which sits amid the sprawling mountains, forests, and lakes of the Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee region of central New Hampshire. Founded in 1837, the campus features 360-degree scenic views of the countryside, along with Georgian-style brick colonial buildings and a library located in a 200 year-old converted barn. While the setting is rural, Colby-Sawyer is not isolated, due to its location 90 minutes northwest of Boston, 3.5 hours south of Montreal, and 45 minutes from the Manchester, NH, airport.

Focus on the Individual

Colby-Sawyer's small size - only 1,100 undergraduates - enables its students to enjoy an average class size of only 17 students, which in turn fosters individualized attention, a friendly atmosphere, and a challenging but supportive learning environment. And because 90 percent of the students live on campus, there is a strong sense of community.

A "Pathway" through the Liberal Arts

The basis of the Colby-Sawyer academic program is its Liberal Education Program, which aims to develop students' ability to integrate knowledge across disciplines. This goal is achieved through the Pathway Program, which guides students through various interdisciplinary "Exploration Areas" such as environmental literacy, fine and performing arts, global perspectives, wellness, or six other choices. The Pathway Program spans freshman and sophomore years and is offered in lieu of standardized core requirements.

A Variety of Majors - Traditional, Pre-professional, and Specialized

In addition to a strong foundation in interdisciplinary study, Colby-Sawyer provides a mix of Bachelor of Arts degree programs in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and education.

Traditional majors include art history, graphic design, studio art, biology, business administration, English, and psychology.

More specialized majors include options such as athletic training, communication studies, creative writing, environmental science, environmental studies, health studies, history, society and culture, and sport management. New in 2009 is a health studies major. The most popular majors include nursing, exercise science, business, and child development.

Pre-professional options include pre-law, pre-medicine, pre-physical therapy, and pre-veterinary majors.

The Wesson Honors Program

In addition to its undergraduate programs, the school offers several special programs.

The Wesson Honors Program is geared toward students achieving a minimum 3.75 GPA. The program offers a more rigorous selection of courses, and offers its participants the opportunity to take part in the Wesson Honors Program Weekends - annual trips to visit interesting cities around the country such as Seattle, Chicago, and Charleston, South Carolina. Another benefit of the program is eligibility to apply to the college's top academic scholarship of $64,000 (over four years).

Freshman Year Study Abroad Opportunities

Global Beginnings is a first semester freshman study abroad program, which provides classes taught by accompanying Colby-Sawyer professors and all the benefits of cultural immersion. The advantage of offering the program during freshman year is that it takes place before students select majors and participate in internships. The program is open to a limited number of participants, and students from any major can participate, with the exception of nursing majors. The cost, including the travel expense, is equivalent to attending Colby-Sawyer College in the fall.

Certifications and the Associate's Degree

Specialized certifications are also available, such as the Coaching Certificate Program, which can be combined with any associate or bachelor's degree program, and prepares students interested in pursuing careers in coaching or planning to coach athletes part-time.

The college also offers a two-year program of study which culminates in the Associate of Liberal Arts degree.

Financial Aid

There are a number of financial aid options available, including several academic scholarships based on GPA at point of admission; merit awards in fields such as leadership, community service, art, and creative writing; and endowed scholarships for students who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in high school or while attending college.

Pre-professional Internship Opportunities

Colby-Sawyer College encourages every student to successfully complete at least one internship, and as a result, 98 percent of Colby-Sawyer graduates have completed a student internship in their major. In addition, an average of 23 percent of students are hired by the companies where they complete those internships. After graduation, 98 percent were employed within six months of graduation.

Recent internship hosts included companies such as American Express, Boston Ballet, Boston Celtics, CNN, Harvard University Athletic Department, MGM/United Artists Entertainment, New York Stock Exchange, and the United States Senate.

Campus Life

The school's location makes it convenient for outdoor recreation. For example, Mt. Sunapee, a popular ski resort is only twenty minutes from campus, and Colby-Sawyer students get a free season pass.

Division III intercollegiate teams and ski and basketball club teams have been highly successful over the years. Student-run club sports include cross country (co-ed), cycling (co-ed), golf (co-ed), ice hockey (co-ed), the Outing Club (co-ed), rugby (men's and women's teams), snowboarding (co-ed), and softball (women's).

Living options in the 11 residence halls include traditional corridor-style halls, suite- and apartment-style housing, co-ed and single-sex environments, designated quiet areas, an international suite, a scholar suite, and a substance-free hall.

Location & Contact

Colby-Sawyer College

541 Main Street
New London, NH 03257

Director of Admissions and Financial Aid

Phone: 603-526-3700
Fax: 603-526-3452

Contact school now

Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
  • Natural resources/environmental science
    • Environmental Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Communication/Journalism
    • Mass Communication/Media
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Education
    • Early Childhood Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Art Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • English/Language Arts Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Social Studies Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • English
    • English
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Liberal arts/general studies
    • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
  • Biological/life sciences
    • Biology/Biological Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Parks and recreation
    • Sport And Fitness Administration/Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Kinesiology and Exercise Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Psychology
    • Psychology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Developmental and Child Psychology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Social sciences
    • Social Sciences Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Visual and performing arts
    • Graphic Design
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Art
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Fine/Studio Arts
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Health professions and related sciences
    • Athletic Training
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Business/marketing
    • Business Administration and Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.


86% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied1,672
    • Accepted1,454
    • Acceptance Rate86%
    • Enrolled948
    • Female Applicants1,052
    • Females Accepted929
    • Female Acceptance Rate88%
    • Male Applicants620
    • Males Accepted525
    • Male Acceptance Rate84%
  • Applying
    • Application Fee
    • Required for All Essay or personal statement
      Transcript of high school record
      Letter(s) of recommendation
      Minimum high school GPA of 2.0
      minimum of 15 units of college preparatory work
    • Required for Some
    • Average high school GPA for first-year freshman3.00
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
    • Fall freshmen April 1st January 1st --
    • Out-of-state Fall freshmen Not Reported
    • Early decision plan December 15th December 15th --
    • Other early decision plan Not Reported
    • Transfer August 1st January 1st --
  • Test Scores Accepted
    • Test Average School Accepted 25th Percentile* 75th Percentile*
    • SAT Critical Reading 491 440 540
    • SAT Math 487 440 530
    • SAT Writing
    • ACT Composite 20 18 22
    • * 25th and 75th percentile is the score that 25/75 percent of students score at or below.

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *$37,300
    • Out-of-state tuition *$37,300
    • In-district tuitionN/A
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student feesNot Reported
    • Room and board *$12,500.00
    • Room only *Not Reported
    • * Room and board charges vary according to board plan selected (i.e., 12-meal plan, 19-meal plan, etc.) and student level (freshman, sophomore, etc.)
  • Other Payment Considerations
    • Guaranteed tuition plan offeredNo
    • Tuition pre-payment planNo
    • Tuition payment plans offeredInstallments
    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionEmployees or children of employees

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Undergraduate Students948
    • Male Student Percentage35%
    • Female Student Percentage65%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic/LatinoNot Reported
    • Black or African AmericanNot Reported
    • White or CaucasianNot Reported
    • American Indian or Alaska NativeNot Reported
    • AsianNot Reported
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific IslanderNot Reported
    • Two or more racesNot Reported
    • UnknownNot Reported
  • Other Student Statistics
    • International BreakoutNot Reported
    • Out-of-state Students68% out-of-state student

Campus Life

  • Housing
    • College-owned housing available Yes
    • Housing Requirements None
    • Housing options Coed housing , Female-only housing, Special housing for disabled
    • Percentage of undergraduate students who live in college-owned housing 90%
  • Student Activities
    • Student-run campus newspaper Yes
    • Drama / theater group Yes
    • Student-run radio station Yes
    • Student-run television station No
    • Marching band No
    • Choral groups Yes
  • Student Services
    • Legal services No
    • Health clinic Yes
    • Personal / psychological counseling Yes
    • Women's center No
  • Student Organizations
    • Greek fraternities No
    • Greek sororities No
    • Local fraternities No
    • Local sororities No
    • Other organizations Not Reported
    • Most popular organizations Student Government Association, campus radio station, Alpha Chi Honor Society, Outing Club
  • Campus Security and Safety
    • 24-hour emergency telephone / alarm services Yes
    • 24-hour patrols by trained officers Yes
    • Students patrols Not Reported
    • Late-night transport / escort services Yes
    • Electronically-operated dormitory entrances Yes
    • Other awareness seminars


Member of the: NCAA Division III
  • Men's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Baseball No Division 3 No
    • Basketball Yes Division 3 No
    • Cross-country running No Division C No
    • Equestrian sports No Division X No
    • Field hockey No No No
    • Football Yes No No
    • Golf Yes Division C No
    • Ice hockey No Division C No
    • Lacrosse No No No
    • Rugby No Division C No
    • Skiing No Division X No
    • Soccer No Division 3 No
    • Softball No No No
    • Swimming No Division 3 No
    • Tennis No Division 3 No
    • Track No Division 3 No
    • Volleyball Yes No No
  • Women's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Baseball No No No
    • Basketball Yes Division 3 No
    • Cross-country running No Division C No
    • Equestrian sports No Division X No
    • Field hockey No Division C No
    • Football Yes No No
    • Golf Yes Division C No
    • Ice hockey No Division C No
    • Lacrosse No Division 3 No
    • Rugby No Division C No
    • Skiing No Division X No
    • Soccer No Division 3 No
    • Softball No Division C No
    • Swimming No Division 3 No
    • Tennis No Division 3 No
    • Track No Division 3 No
    • Volleyball Yes Division 3 No


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty127
    • Full-time Percentage47%
    • Part-time Percentage53%
    • Female Percentage57%
    • Male Percentage43%
    • Student:Faculty Ratio11:1 or 935 students to 82 faculty




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