You Belong at Colby-Sawyer

The Office of Student Success and Retention can help you transition to college, connect with your community and achieve success.

Transitioning to College Life

Arriving as a first-year student, you will find yourself in a new living environment that involves building relationships, making dining choices and facing academic rigor. These lifestyle changes require creating a work-life balance, which is not always easy.

Individuals and offices across campus are here for you during those crucial first weeks, and throughout your time as a student. You can count on your professors, academic adviser, Resident Assistant (RA) and others at Colby-Sawyer.

Students in the Peer Network, who have successfully transitioned from high school to college, also offer you their support. You will receive notes of encouragement during your transition, and they can meet up with you for weekly talks, meals, exercise or study time — all good ways to help you meet other students. The Peer Network remains available to you as a resource throughout your time at Colby-Sawyer.

The Program for Academic Success (PAS), a series of seminars to launch your academic career, helps you learn about important topics including grit, persistence, the power of curiosity, study skills and time management.

Connecting with Community

Engaging in activities outside the classroom helps you develop connections with classmates and community members — and helps make Colby-Sawyer feel like home.

Taking Charge of Your Success

Faculty and staff across campus collaborate to offer services that meet your needs. The Office of Student Success will help you navigate the resources that are right for you so you can take charge of your educational experience.