Our Promises to Students

What can every Colby-Sawyer student expect from his or her education? The following promises and corresponding priorities reflect what Colby-Sawyer views as most critical to delivering a high quality, rigorous, liberal education to our students.

Sense of Place

Colby-Sawyer is committed to being a smaller institution that allows students to find their place within the context of our campus and the local community. The Town of New London and the surrounding Lake Sunapee Region provide beautiful landscapes and rich history. There is a sense of safety and intimacy at Colby-Sawyer. Our academic and residential programs enable students to take risks within a supportive context. As an institution, we commit to preserve and enhance Colby-Sawyer’s sense of place that maximizes the natural resources and beauty of New London as well as the size and scope of a small, residential setting.

Personal and Holistic Learning Experience

At the heart of Colby-Sawyer is the individualized educational experience that is made possible by our small classes, our incredibly committed faculty who combine support and challenge for our students, and a staff that complements the lessons happening in the classroom. Students can pursue learning opportunities that are specific to their unique interests and talents. To this end, we commit to deliver a personalized educational experience in which Colby-Sawyer students have opportunities for engaged learning and are supported by faculty and staff who provide both rigor and support as students pursue intellectual inquiry as individuals.

Transformative Education

Our students and alumni speak of finding their voices, hitting their stride, trusting their strengths, accomplishing things they didn’t know they could. Colby-Sawyer’s educational experience is transformative and it is due to the fact we excel at knowing each student and mapping a path forward toward success with him or her. Thus we commit to provide a transformative learning environment for students so that they are prepared at graduation not only with skills, but with confidence to apply their talents and preparation that allows them to reach their full potential.