Colby-Sawyer College is a liberal arts college located in New London, New Hampshire. What is unique about Colby-Sawyer is that students don’t spend their first two years of college filling out the general education requirements to obtain their degree. Instead, Colby-Sawyer uses the “pathways” approach that enables the student to choose a curriculum pertinent to their field of study, as opposed to molding the student to meet core requirements before allowing them to enter their passion. Following this is a project that all Colby-Sawyer students complete in their senior year, fittingly called a “Capstone” project, which immerses the student in their major to top everything off with a memorable experience.
A charter was issued in 1837 for the appropriation of a school in New London thus leading to the establishment of the New London Academy which opened its doors in 1838. Various members of the Colby family played a role in the academy’s administration, particularly Susan Colby, who served as both the first principal and teacher. For this reason, the school was renamed the Colby Academy. It was originally a coeducational school, but later restricted its gender of enrollment to women only in 1928. In the following decades, a four-year program was established attracting more and more students until eventually the trustees voted to revert the school to coeducational. In 1975, to co-honor Dr. Sawyer, the first president, the name was amended to become Colby-Sawyer College.
As Colby-Sawyer’s history continues, they have expanded many of their programs, as a growing college should. Today, the college doesn’t feature any online or distance education programs – yet. The college has most certainly been committed to broadening its horizons and will likely feature an online platform in the future, just as many colleges are doing.
The most popular field of study at Colby-Sawyer is Nursing (at all levels, R.N. A.S.N., B.S.N., M.S.N.), followed closely by Business Administration & Management, General Psychology, Mass Communication, Media Studies, and Sport & Fitness Administration/Management. Due to economic demand, Business and Nursing are common majors among schools of higher education and Colby-Sawyer has responded with strong programs for the two majors.
Tuition for full-time students at Colby-Sawyer College is $29,620 per year, and part-time students should expect to pay $990 per credit hour. Financial aid has been made generously available by the school with copious awards and grants being issued to 86% of all students primarily on the basis of academic merit, but also on a need basis. 9 out of 10 students receive financial aid of some kind from federal, state, local and other alternative sources.
Colby-Sawyer judges a student based on the path they want to take and not the statistics that they’ll bring onto the schools charts. The pathway approach has been preferred by students from all different backgrounds and can be thought of as a better way to approach education. In the future, Colby-Sawyer College will extend pathways over the internet for students world-wide.