information for entering students

For Students Entering in Fall 2015

Information has been provided to all entering students about our online Getting Started Guide, which contains required forms, important information, and other valuable resources for preparing to attend Colby-Sawyer College.

Entering students may access the Getting Started Guide by logging into the College's virtual desktop system using the link below. The instructions below are provided as a guide.

Step 1:

Using a laptop or desktop computer (NOT a smartphone) with a current version of Firefox, Internet Explorer (v. 10 or newer), Safari or Google Chrome:
Click here to visit the login page for the virtual desktop system.

Step 2:

Enter your Colby-Sawyer username and password, and click the "Sign In" button, to log in. The image below shows the login screen.

If you are prompted to change your password, please note the following password requirements:

  • The password must be at least 8 characters long
  • Use characters from at least 3 of the following categories:
    • Uppercase (A, B, C...)
    • Lowercase (a, b, c...)
    • Numeric (0, 1, 2...)
    • Special (!,$,#,%)
  • Do not use words contained in your username

Step 3:

Once you have logged in to the virtual desktop system, click the computer icon "Student". This will connect you to a virtual desktop computer. Please be patient while the desktop loads; it may take a few minutes.

Step 4:

Once the desktop loads, you will be directed to the student welcome page on the myColby-Sawyer portal. Click on the "entering student" link below the green check mark image (see sample below) to access the Getting Started Guide for entering students.

If you need any assistance, please contact the Helpdesk at (603) 526-3800 or