Greetings from Colgate Hall,
Last year, approximately 2,200 alumni, parents and friends made gifts to Colby-Sawyer, raising over $5.6 million to support the college during a most unusual year. While the coronavirus pandemic impacted nearly every facet of life around the world, Colby-Sawyer was able to meet the needs of our students through remote learning during the spring of 2020 and a return to in-person learning on campus for the fall and spring semesters this year.
I am proud of the way our community pulled together during the pandemic, and I am extremely grateful to each and every person listed on the pages that follow for your support in helping us navigate COVID-19 while continuing to plan for the future. Thank you for all that you for Colby-Sawyer and for our students, faculty and staff.
The college’s expanded partnership with Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health has progressed over the past year, with unprecedented growth in nursing and the successful launch of new degree programs. Next fall, we will add an accelerated bachelor of nursing degree. In the School of Business and Social Sciences we will be offering a fifth-year Master of Business Administration (MBA). There are many exciting things happening at the college, and our faculty and staff are to be applauded for their hard work in making these programmatic changes happen amidst a pandemic.
Your investment in the college sustains our commitment to engaged, individualized learning and ensures positive outcomes for our graduates. Every student at Colby-Sawyer completes at least one pre-professional internship in their field and concludes their senior year with a Capstone project to demonstrate a deeper body of knowledge in their major. Ninety-eight percent of recent graduates were employed or in graduate school within six months of graduation, and our nursing students have a four-year average pass rate of over 99 percent on their professional certification, the National Council Licensure Examination.
Your gifts also help Colby-Sawyer remain accessible to students from all backgrounds. Each year the college awards more than $25 million in scholarships and financial aid, and almost every student receives support of some kind. Over the past two and a half years, alumni and friends of the college have added $2.7 million to 40 different endowed scholarship funds as part of the Trustee Scholarship Challenge. These funds will provide scholarships to students today and well into the future, helping to strengthen Colby-Sawyer’s position in a competitive and changing marketplace.
Thank you again for your continued support of this wonderful college and our talented students.
Susan D. Stuebner Ed.D. President and Professor of Social Sciences & Education