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Colby-Sawyer is a community of energetic and creative students and faculty who are always learning. We want you to discover—to dig in with your hands, to open your heart, to expand your mind. Our professors love teaching in their classrooms, but they also know that education is something more—it’s about getting the experiences outside the classroom that teach you what textbooks and lectures cannot. If this sounds like your kind of learning, then you have come to the right place.


Dates & Deadlines

  • Early Action applications: Dec. 1, 2015
  • Applications for Nursing Program: Dec. 1, 2015
  • Regular Decision applications: April 1, 2016
  • Enrollment Deposit deadline: May 1, 2016

Applying to Colby-Sawyer

Are you ready to think outside the class? Apply now to join a community that believes learning happens everywhere.

Application Requirements
Common Application
Application Fee $45 application fee waived for online applicants
High School Transcript Must be official
Recommendation At least one academic recommendation from either a guidance counselor or a teacher. More than one letter of recommendation may be submitted
Writing Sample See application for essay topics
SAT or ACT Optional
Academic Requirements
College Prep English Four years
College Prep Math Three years
College Prep Laboratory-based Science Three years
College Prep Social Studies or History Three years
Foreign Language Not required for admission

The admissions office strongly encourages students to share their high school experiences and activities through the Common Application. We are looking for students who bring a dynamic and engaged presence to activities on campus.

Nursing Program: Eligible applicants will need a minimum 3.3 GPA in college preparatory course work; three years of high school science, including chemistry; three years of high school math, including Algebra II. Eligible applicants will also need to have taken the TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills) by the application deadline, register for the test here. Frequently asked questions about the test may be found here.

Build upon the credits you have earned by transferring to Colby-Sawyer. Start here if you attended another college or university after high school graduation.

Application Requirements
Common Application Check "transfer" student box on application
Application Fee $45 application fee waived for online applicants
Writing Sample See application for essay topics. Students may also write about why they are transferring
College Transcript All official transcripts and official course descriptions required
Final High School Transcript(s) All official transcripts required
Dean's Recommendation May be emailed, mailed or faxed to (603) 526-3452
Recommendation From professor, high school teacher or employer
SAT or ACT Optional

Achieve academic success where ethnic and cultural diversity is welcomed and celebrated. Our students currently represent more than 38 countries.

Application Requirements
Common Application
Application Fee $45 application fee waived for online applicants
Writing Sample One essay or personal statement
Transcripts All official secondary school transcripts, exam results or mark sheets
Recommendation From teacher or guidance counselor
English Language Proficiency Official exam results submitted on official test transcript (issued within 2 years)
Financial Documentation Bank statement (issued within 3 months) and completed Certificate of Finance
Official Translations All documents not in English must be accompanied by original word-for-word translation
Passport Copy Copy of biographical section of current passport

Supporting Documents: It is preferable to include your essay, recommendation and transcript with the Common Application submitted online. Supporting documents may also be mailed to: International Admissions, Colby-Sawyer College, 541 Main Street, New London, NH 03257, USA.

Minimum Scores Required: IELTS-5.5, TOEFL iBT-61, TOEFL PBT-500, TOEFL cBT-173, CEFR-B2, PTE-44, SAT -500, ACT-21.

Other English language examination results and experience studying in the English language will also be considered. English language proficiency is required for all programs of study at Colby-Sawyer, regardless of citizenship or residency. Colby-Sawyer reserves the right to determine proficiency standards regardless of test scores in an effort to ensure students are appropriately prepared for academic study.

International Transfer Applicants: Submit all of the above materials in addition to the following.

Additional Requirements for Transfer Applicants
Transcripts All official college/university transcripts, exam results or mark sheets
Transfer Credit Evaluation Submit official course descriptions and curriculum plan from each college /university
Dean's Recommendation May be emailed, mailed or faxed to (603) 526-3452.

Gain professional growth and career advancement with our online program designed for students of all ages and backgrounds.

Application Requirements
Online Application Submit Online Application
High School Transcript Official High School transcript or GED certificate
College Transcript Official College Transcripts (If any college credit has been completed)
Recommendation Transfer Recommendation Form (If any college credit has been completed)

Enjoy our vibrant course offerings on a part-time basis, and as space allows, without pursuing a degree.

Application Requirements
Online Application Submit Online Application (Fee Waived)