across the college learning

Colby-Sawyer's approach to education recognizes that engaged learning takes place in and outside the classroom and that it is a lifelong adventure. Facets of the educational process – the courses, the learning portfolio, advising, and co-curricular activities – combine to achieve the learning outcomes which reflect the college's mission and values.


Students are introduced to the college experience in the Orientation program. In addition to social events and co-curricular programming, the orientation program introduces students to the academic environment of higher education in general and of Colby-Sawyer in particular.

Residential Life

Programming in the residence halls focuses on helping students become more independent. Students have opportunities to explore various aspects of campus and community activities, and to make connections with students, faculty and staff.

Leadership Development

We encourage students to develop leadership skills through clubs and organizations, internships and other career development experiences, in the residence halls and classrooms, in athletics and recreation, and in other co-curricular activities.

Experiential Learning

We encourage students to participate in study away, alternative spring breaks, internships, clubs, community council, and community service to foster the application of learning and the development of social responsibility.

Career Planning

Students are encouraged to take advantage of a variety of career exploration activities, including skill assessment, making career choices, resume building, job search tools, interview skills, networking and professional etiquette. Seniors are helped to transition from our college community to the communities of work and/or advanced study.