Colby-Sawyer College

New London, NH

Colby-Sawyer College

New London, NH

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The character of Colby-Sawyer College

Colby-Sawyer College 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 field of study. They also create Learning Portfolios, allowing them to demonstrate their ongoing progress and achievement. Colby-Sawyer 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 first priority. Every major decision here begins with the question: How will our students benefit?

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

• New technologies are integral to our students' education. Every student creates an electronic Learning Portfolio that tracks their progress and achievements across their college career.

• Colby-Sawyer blends the elements of college life—academic, cocurricular, social, and athletic—into a cohesive educational experience.

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

• 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 graduates emerge as well-rounded, well-educated citizens who are prepared to be successful professionals and positive contributors in their communities.

• Our campus lies in New Hampshire's beautiful Lake Sunapee Region, with a 360-degree view of mountains, forests, and lakes. It's a great place for outdoor recreation and 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 #5 among “Best Value Schools” in the North | U.S. News & World Report

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Ranked #9 for “Social Mobility” in the North for 2020 | U.S. News & World Report

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


97% pass rate on the nursing NCLEX exam

Colby-Sawyer College has again been recognized as one of the top colleges in the region by U.S. News & World Report, earning top 10 rankings in three categories in its 2021 “Best Colleges” issue.

The annual report ranked Colby-Sawyer in the top 10 “Best Regional Colleges in the North” for the fourth consecutive year, while also recognizing the College for “Best Value” and “Social Mobility” among schools in the North. Colby-Sawyer ranks first among New Hampshire institutions in all three categories.

“Colby-Sawyer is pleased to be recognized as a top 10 institution in three categories of such importance,” College President Susan D. Stuebner said. “This recognition speaks to the all-around strength of the institution as well as the value of the education we offer. We are delighted with these outcomes.”

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