Colby Sawyer College, New London, NH

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Even though it was a rainy day for our visit, this College way surpassed my expectations with their attention and focus on their students, small class sizes, internship program, friendly and welcoming faculty and student body and facilities. It’s a hidden gem, for sure.

– Pretty, quintessential New England area with a quaint downtown
– 1 hour north of Manchester, NH
– Private
– Undergraduate enrollment – 1,090
– Admit rate – 87%
– Financial Aid forms required – FAFSA
– Retention rate – 73%
– Mid 50% SAT/ACT range – Not reported
– Student to faculty ratio – 9:1
– 200 acres
– Average class size is 14
– Traditional liberal arts majors
– Focus on sustainability
– Direct admit nursing big program – 100% pass rate on the exam and work in the Dartmouth medical center
– Exercise science and athletic training
– Graphic Design
– Business, nursing and psychology most popular majors
– Require all students to participate in an internship
– Have an endowed fund that helps to pay for expenses during their internship
– Capstone research study project, individual or with a group, required
– Undeclared advising
– Academic club for every major
– Students live on campus for all 4 years
– Mountain day – 10:05 the bell rings, everyone stops what they are doing and climb a 3,000 foot mountain, introducing students to the outdoors. Not everyone has to climb, can stay at the base
– Test Optional other than nursing
– Offer a financial incentive of $4k to students who submit their application by 12/1
– Scholarship ranges from $15k – $27.5k plus the $4k for early application
– Merit aid available to international students
– Apply to specific programs but are accepted to the school in general other than nursing
– 10% International student population
– 20% of Students from outside of New England
– Weekend life – Plenty of on campus events planned and outdoor activities
– DIII, GNAC conference including DI ski and equestrian teams
– Over 30% participate in DIII sports
– Skiing is big
– Students have unlimited access to the mountain which is 10 minutes away
– No food served is frozen, most is locally sourced
– Excellent athletic facilities, especially for a small DIII school
– 60 BFA and BA arts programs, portfolio not needed for entry but is needed their sophomore year to continue
– No Greek life

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