My Colby-Sawyer Experience

“Take every opportunity available because the chances of having it again are not very good. Looking back, I did do a lot, but I could have done more.”
Sara Di Pesa, English major





academic advising

Advising Philosophy

Academic advising at Colby-Sawyer College empowers students to shape their own educational experience as they work to achieve the college's learning outcomes and their own personal, academic, and career goals. Encouraging student initiative and responsibility is central to an advisor's role. Supported by their advisor, students assume the primary role in fulfilling curricular requirements, accessing campus resources, identifying appropriate off-campus learning experiences, and outlining the steps necessary to achieve their goals. Advisors provide guidance and service as a resource for academic information and link to campus and community experiences that support student learning and growth.

Student Outcomes

Through the academic advising experiences at Colby-Sawyer College, students will:

  • Make effective decisions concerning their degree and career goals;
  • Develop an educational plan for achieving their goals and select courses to fulfill that plan;
  • Understand the value of the liberal education requirements;
  • Utilize resources on campus to assist them in achieving their academic, personal and career goals;
  • Make use of referrals to campus resources as needed;
  • Read and effectively utilize a degree audit in their educational planning; and
  • Graduate in a timely manner based upon their educational plan.

Advising at Colby-Sawyer is:

  • Developmental. Advisors guide and teach their advisees about how to take responsibility for their learning.
  • Systematic. Advisors know college policies and procedures.
  • Informed. Advisors participate in ongoing training related to developmental advising, appreciative inquiry, referral resources, and available tools and research to guide their advisees towards effective goal setting, independent decision-making and personal responsibility for choices made regarding their educational and career planning.
  • Educational. Advising contributes to the total education of the student, complementing and supporting the learning that occurs in the classroom and in co-curricular activities.
  • Relational. Advisors build a working relationship with students to help them discover their academic path at Colby-Sawyer.
  • Individual. Advisors engage a student individually about needs, wants, hopes, dreams, and insecurities as well as encourage them to move outside of their comfort zones.
  • Facilitating. Advisors help students identify and find resources that will help them make themost out of their college experience.

Questions about advising may be answered through the links listed above; if not, please contact the Director of Career and Academic Advising.