Colby-Sawyer Fast Facts

Colby-Sawyer College Mission Statement

Colby-Sawyer College is a private, independent college offering undergraduate and graduate educational programs based in the liberal arts and sciences and designed to prepare students for their professions and lives of ongoing learning. Faculty, staff and students strive for excellence in the college's engaged teaching and learning community to foster students' academic, intellectual, and personal growth. The college prepares students to thrive in, and make a positive impact upon, a dynamic, diverse, and interdependent world. Colby-Sawyer College was founded as an academy in 1837 and has been engaged in higher education since 1928.

The mission was adopted by the Board of Trustees on October 16, 2015.
All Colby-Sawyer College students will:
  • learn and use a broad body of knowledge, with depth in their major fields
  • enrich and deepen their self-knowledge
  • think creatively and critically
  • communicate and interact effectively
  • act ethically and professionally
  • understand and employ multiple perspectives.

Profile

Background
  • Founded in 1837
  • Accredited by the
    • New England Association of Schools & Colleges (NEASC)
    • Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE)
    • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) New Hampshire Board of Nursing
    • State of New Hampshire Board of Education
  • Approved by the
    • N.H. Department of Education, Division of Higher Education — Higher Education Commission
Setting
  • Located in a spectacularly beautiful area of New Hampshire, the Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee region; 90 minutes north of Boston, one hour south of the White Mountains, and 3.5 hours south of Montreal
  • 30 buildings on 200 acres; Georgian, brick, colonial architecture
Enrollment (Updated October 2015)
  • 1,205 undergraduates, 1,165 traditional degree-seeking students, 40 Online students, representing 29 states and 33 foreign countries
  • 32% men; 68% women
  • 18% of domestic students identified themselves as ethnic minority students.
  • International students: 7.7%
  • Student faculty ratio: 12:1
  • Average class size: 13
  • Fall 2015 Entering Students: 90.2% of applications accepted
  • Rolling admissions; early decision program; honors program
  • Early Action applications: Dec. 1, 2015
  • Applications for Nursing Program: Dec. 1, 2015
  • Regular Decision applications: April 1, 2016
  • Enrollment Deposit deadline: May 1, 2016
  • 2014 Entering Full-time First-time Cohort Retention Rate: 77.9%
  • Fall 2011 Entering Class four year graduation Rate: 50.5%; Fall 2010 Entering Class five year graduation rate: 56.2%.

(IPEDS (Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System) survey data definitions are adopted for these statistics unless otherwise noted.)

Financial
  • Colby-Sawyer Fund: $1.57 million (2014-15)
  • Annual budget: $64.65 million for FY 2015-2016
  • Endowment: $38.4 million (6/30/2015)
  • Average Graduate Debt (2014-2015)(federal loans): $20,252*

*For a copy of the college's Audited Financial Statement, contact Treasurer Todd Emmons at todd.emmons@colby-sawyer.edu or (603)526-3751.

Licensure and Board Exam Pass Rates:
  • Athletic Training Program, Exercise and Sport Sciences Department
  • Nursing Program
    • 2015 NCLEX-RN (National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses) Passing Rate: 92.86% Passed on First-Attempt higher than state and national averages
Technology
  • Student: college-provided computer ratio: 4.5:1
  • Students who bring computers to campus: 97%
  • Wired and wireless internet access throughout the campus
  • Extensive access to technological and electronic resources

Programs of Academic Study

25 Majors; 17 Minors

Associate of Liberal Arts Degree
Bachelor of Arts Degrees
  • Art History*
  • Studio Art
  • Biology
  • Media Communication
  • Creative Writing
  • English
  • History and Political Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
Bachelor of Fine Arts Degrees
  • Studio Art
  • Graphic Design
Bachelor of Science Degrees
  • Accounting
  • Athletic Training
  • Business Administration
  • Child Development
  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Studies
  • Exercise Science
  • Health Care Management
  • Health Promotion
  • Nursing
  • Public Health
  • Sport Management
Teacher Certification is available in:
  • Early Childhood Education (Nursery-3)*

*Programs only available to students who matriculated prior to fall 2014

Academic Departments

  • Business Administration
  • Environmental Studies
  • Exercise and Sport Sciences
  • Fine and Performing Arts
  • Humanities
  • Natural Sciences
  • School of Health Professions
  • Social Sciences and Education

Fees (2015-2016)

  • Tuition $38,610
  • Room and Board $13,000

Financial Assistance (Fall '15 Cohort)

  • All Colby-Sawyer students: on average, each received $30,057 in financial aid/grant from all sources.
  • Full-time, first-time students: approximately 96.6% of the Fall 2015 incoming students received some college scholarship or grant. Average amount of institutional grant aid of all Fall 2015 students: $26,463.
  • College resources for financial assistance (Fiscal Year 2014): $36 million
  • Priority financial aid application filing date for new students: March 1; for transfer and returning students: April 15

Faculty and Staff (Fall 2015)

  • Total Employees: 431 (279 FT, 152 PT)
  • Total Faculty: 137
  • Full-Time Faculty: 79 (76% with terminal degrees)
  • % of classes taught by full-time and pro-rata faculty:80%

Student Activities

Special Programs and Services

  • Wesson Honors Program
  • International Student Programs/English as a Second Language
  • Internships: 96% of the Class of 2012 completed one or more internships
  • Learning and Tutorial Services
  • Study Abroad

Intercollegiate Sports

Women and Men
  • IHSA Equestrian
Women
NCAA Division III
  • Basketball
  • Cross-country
  • Field Hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Swimming & Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball
U.S. Collegiate Ski & Snowboard Association
  • Alpine Ski Racing
Men
NCAA Division III
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross-country
  • Soccer
  • Swimming & Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
U.S. Collegiate Ski & Snowboard Association
  • Alpine Ski Racing

Member: North Atlantic Conference (NAC); Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC); National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), Division III; Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA); U.S. Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association (USCSA), Eastern Collegiate Ski Conference (ECSC), MacConnell Division
Team Name: Chargers
Mascot: Charging horse
Colors: Royal blue and white
www.colby-sawyerathletics.com

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Contact Information

Main Telephone

(603) 526-3000

Admissions Telephone

(603) 526-3700
(800) 272-1015  (toll free in the U.S.)

Admissions Email

admissions@colby-sawyer.edu

Alumni/Development Telephone

(603) 526-3426

Fax

(603) 526-3452

Web Address

www.colby-sawyer.edu

Mailing Information

Colby-Sawyer College
541 Main Street
New London, NH 03257-7835