Colby Sawyer College

Colby Sawyer College

Colby-Sawyer College was established in 1837 as the New London Academy. In 1878, the school was renamed the Colby Academy in honor of teacher and Principal Susan Colby'. It became known as the Colby Junior College in 1928, and was finally given its current name in 1975. The college is set on a 200-acre campus in New London, New Hampshire. It offers enrollment to more than 1,000 students every year, including representatives from over 15 states and 10 foreign countries.

Students at Colby-Sawyer College are offered Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, and Bachelor of Science degrees. Courses are available in the fields of business administration, fine and performing arts, environmental studies, humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, education, sport sciences, and nursing. The college also provides teacher certification programs.

The athletics teams of Colby-Sawyer College are known as the Chargers. They compete in the NCAA Division III, the Eastern College Athletic Conference, the United States Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association, The Commonwealth Coast Conference, the New England Intercollegiate Swimming and Diving Association, and the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association. The college sponsors teams in alpine skiing, baseball, basketball, cross country, equestrian, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, lacrosse, and volleyball.

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Colby-Sawyer College
541 Main St
New London , NH 03257-7835
General Phone: (603) 526-3000

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Colby - Sawyer Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy38sports and fitness management, exercise science, athletic trainer
Therapy and Counseling32psychology, child psychology
Nursing and Emergency Medicine29registered nursing
Business and Management24business management
Media18mass communication
Education and Teaching17early childhood education, art education, English teaching, social studies teaching
Liberal Arts15English, liberal arts and sciences, social studies
Design6graphic design
Conservation and Resource Management6environmental studies
Art Studies2art studies
Medical Support and Technology1health service and sciences
Fine Arts1fine arts

Number of programs and degrees for Colby - Sawyer in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree18920
Associate's degree41

Colby - Sawyer Student Body

In 2007-2008, Colby - Sawyer had a total enrollment of 950 students (906 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 34%
Women 66%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 89%
Black 1%
Hispanic 2%
Asian 0%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 7%
(Foreign Students) 2%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 2%
18-19 51%
20-21 39%
22-24 7%
25-29 0%
35-39 0%
40-49 1%
50-64 1%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

New Hampshire33%
New York5%
(International Students)1%
Rhode Island1%
New Jersey1%

Colby - Sawyer Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 71 %

Colby - Sawyer Room and Board (2007)

Colby - Sawyer offers campus housing for 908 of its 906 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of New London, New Hampshire for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other New Hampshire Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 21 meals per week.

Colby - Sawyer Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Application Requirements:

Class Ranknot required
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)not required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Colby - Sawyer Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 29,620
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 29,620
Room and board $ 10,340
Room charge $ 6,040
Board (meal plan) charge $ 4,300
Books and supplies $ 750
Other expenses $ 1,000

Financial Aid:
Colby - Sawyer participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 257200)

Colby - Sawyer Faculty

Colby - Sawyer has a tenure system for faculty.

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year6$65,1115$68,978
Associate professoracademic year8$63,5575$63,075
Assistant professoracademic year12$49,50315$50,479
All faculty totalacademic year26$57,42925$56,698

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Colby - Sawyer Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Basketball Commonwealth Coast Conference
Baseball Commonwealth Coast Conference
Track Eastern College Athletic Conference

Colby - Sawyer Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Studies

Graphic Design

Education And Teaching
Art Teacher Education
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
Social Studies Teacher Education

Fine Arts
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Liberal Arts
English Language and Literature, General
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Social Sciences, Other

Mass Communication/Media Studies

Medical Support And Technology
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Athletic Training/Trainer
Kinesiology and Exercise Science
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

Biology/Biological Sciences, General

Therapy And Counseling
Developmental and Child Psychology
Psychology, General

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checked Grants credits for AP courses
checked Career counseling
checked Student employment services
checked Remedial classes for students
checked Option to study abroad
checked Offers part-time study
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checked Offers a board (meal) plan
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