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Colby-Sawyer College

  • New London, NH
    location
  • Private
    type
  • Small
    setting
  • 70%30%
    student ratio
  • 1,409
    total students
  • $38,040 | $38,040
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition
  • April 1
    fall application deadline
  • 83%
    acceptance rate
  • Moderately Difficult
    admission difficulty
  • Average test scores for all first-year students that were accepted and enrolled.
  • 0
    sat math
  • 0
    sat reading
  • Not
    Reported

    sat writing
  • 0
    act composite

Overview

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 1,409 undergraduates - enables its students to enjoy an average class size of only 19 students, which in turn fosters individualized attention, a friendly atmosphere, and a challenging but supportive learning environment. And because 83 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 Liberal Education Program, which guides students through various interdisciplinary "Exploration Areas" such as environmental literacy, fine and performing arts, global perspectives, wellness, or six other choices.

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 and political studies, and sport management. New in 2014 is a accounting 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 $96,000 (over four years).

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, 100 percent of Colby-Sawyer graduates have completed a student internship in their major. In addition, an average of 31 percent of students are hired by the companies where they complete those internships. After graduation, 94 percent were employed or attended graduate school 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

541 Main Street
New London, NH 03257
USA

Mrs.Kristen West

Director of Enrollment Marketing

Phone: 603-526-3871
Fax: 603-526-3452
Email: admissions@colby-sawyer.edu

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Majors & Degrees

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

Admissions

83% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied3,399
    • Accepted2,824
    • Acceptance Rate83%
    • Enrolled1,409
    • Female Applicants2,244
    • Females Accepted1,959
    • Female Acceptance Rate87%
    • Male Applicants1,155
    • Males Accepted865
    • Male Acceptance Rate74%
  • Applying
    • Application Fee
    • Required for All Essay or personal statement
      Transcript of high school record
      Letter(s) of recommendation
      Required college preparatory courses: 4 years of English, 3 years of math, 3 years of lab science, 3 years of social science and 2 years of the same language
    • Required for Some
    • Average high school GPA for first-year freshman3.29
  • 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 Not Reported
    • 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 0 0 0
    • SAT Math 0 0 0
    • SAT Writing
    • ACT Composite 0 0 0
    • * 25th and 75th percentile is the score that 25/75 percent of students score at or below.

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *$38,040
    • Out-of-state tuition *$38,040
    • 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 *$12,750.00
    • 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 Students1,409
    • Male Student Percentage30%
    • Female Student Percentage70%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic/Latino2.84%
    • Black or African American5.32%
    • White or Caucasian62.74%
    • American Indian or Alaska Native.21%
    • Asian.99%
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander.14%
    • Two or more races.64%
    • Unknown15.47%
  • Other Student Statistics
    • International Breakout11.64% representing 34 other countries
    • Out-of-state Students70% 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, Dance Club, Campus Activities Board, Cross Cultural Club, Community Service 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

Athletics

Member of the: NCAA Division III
  • Men's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Baseball No Division 3 No
    • Basketball Yes Division 3 No
    • Cheerleading No No No
    • Cross-country running No Division C No
    • Equestrian sports No Yes No
    • Field hockey No No No
    • Football Yes No No
    • Golf Yes Division C No
    • Ice hockey No Division C No
    • Lacrosse Yes No No
    • Racquetball Yes No No
    • Rugby No Division C No
    • Skiing No Yes 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
    • Cheerleading Yes No No
    • Cross-country running No Division C No
    • Equestrian sports No Yes 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
    • Racquetball Yes No No
    • Rugby No Division C No
    • Skiing No Yes 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

  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty131
    • Full-time Percentage64%
    • Part-time Percentage36%
    • Female Percentage56%
    • Male Percentage44%
    • Student:Faculty Ratio14:1 or 1,394 students to 100 faculty


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