Colby-Sawyer College

New London, NH

Colby-Sawyer College

New London, NH

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The Character of Colby-Sawyer College
Colby-Sawyer is a dynamic and innovative liberal arts and sciences college located in the scenic Lake Sunapee Region of central New Hampshire.During their college careers, 100% of our students participate in one or more internships in their fields of study. They also create Learning Portfolios, in which they demonstrate their ongoing progress and achievement. All of our students conclude their senior year with a Capstone project, in which they develop and demonstrate a deeper body of knowledge in their academic major.

What makes Colby-Sawyer distinctive?
• Student success is our number one priority. Every major decision here begins with the question: How will our students benefit?

• Our small class size (average 19 students) and talented faculty provide our students with personal attention and a challenging yet supportive academic environment.

• New technologies are integral to our students' education. On our wireless campus, every student creates an electronic portfolio that tracks his or her progress and achievements across their college careers.

• Colby-Sawyer blends the elements of a student's college life--academic, co-curricular, social and athletic--into a cohesive educational experience.

• 100% our students gain vital pre-professional experience in their fields of study through one or more internships, which allow them to apply their knowledge and skills and build networks for future employment opportunities.

• Our students gain extraordinary access and opportunities in their first year, whether they want to join a leadership program, perform in a theatrical production or plan campus events.

• Our alumni emerge as well rounded, well educated citizens, prepared to be successful professionals and positive contributors to their communities.

• Our campus lies in New Hampshire's beautiful Lake Sunapee Region with 360-degree views of mountains, forests and lakes. It's a great place for outdoor recreation and is only a 90-minute drive to Boston.


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Ranked #8 among “Best Regional Colleges in the North” for the second consecutive year, placing ahead of 53 similarly sized institutions | U.S. News & World Report

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Ranked #3 among “Best Value Schools” in the North | U.S. News & World Report

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Ranked #19 for “Social Mobility” in the North | U.S. News & World Report

Consistently ranked as one of the top nursing schools in the state of New Hampshire |

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Ranked #1 in Best Undergraduate Teaching | U.S. News & World Report

New + Enhanced Health-Related Majors

For more than 30 years, Colby-Sawyer College has been a leader in health science education with a reputation for producing highly trained and qualified health professionals. Today, Colby-Sawyer is building on its strengths. Together with Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health, the college is addressing the critical shortage in U.S. health professionals with new and enhanced majors that lead to meaningful careers. 

Addiction Studies
Take an interdisciplinary approach to best practices in prevention, assessment, intervention and treatment. 

Exercise Science
Develop skills to help others enhance their wellness and physical performance through the study of nutrition, exercise physiology, biomechanics and sport psychology.

Healthcare Administration
Prepare for a leadership role in nursing homes, hospitals, rehabilitation facilities and other health services organizations.

Health Science
Explore clinical and non-clinical healthcare careers as providers, administrators or advocates.

Medical Laboratory Science
Train for a career in a variety of medical and scientific laboratory settings.

BS in Nursing
Ranked first in New Hampshire with graduates consistently surpassing the national pass rate on the NCLEX.

Explore the human experience and play an important role in answering questions about cognition and behavior.

Social Work
Gain the foundation necessary for careers in a variety of settings including schools, criminal justice, and healthcare.

An Inside Look

What students are saying about us...

  • “The first time I toured the school, I fell in love. There was such a strong sense of community. Everyone I came across seemed genuinely happy and excited to be here. I also love attending a school with strong connections to Dartmouth-Hitchcock [Medical Center].”

    • Rebeka Aherrera ’23
  • “I feel most comfortable at the library, which was once a barn, because it has a wonderful and cozy aura that eases any nervousness I have. Staff and students are always happy to help or just have a quick chat, and that can always boost my mood."

    • Olivia Anderson ’23
      Environmental Science
  • “This campus really feels like a second home to me. Everyone here is so friendly and willing to go out of their way to improve somebody else's day. I knew the first time I visited campus that this is where I was meant to be.”

    • Hayley Scherer ’22
      Business Administration
  • “The Nursing lab is one of my favorite places on campus because it reminds me of what I’m working toward in becoming a nurse. Clinical rotations at Dartmouth-Hitchcock [Medical Center] are amazing, and I’m grateful to learn from such incredible professors.”

    • Erin Gately ’22