Policies and Deadlines for Enrollment

The following guidelines are offered to assist students who wish to apply for admission to Colby-Sawyer College:


Colby-Sawyer accepts the Common Application as well as our online application.


Applicants are required to submit official transcripts from all secondary schools attended. Post-secondary transcripts should be provided for transfer applicants.


Although letters of recommendation are considered optional for most of our undergraduate majors, one may be requested of a student if additional information is needed to make an accurate admission decision. Letters of recommendation are required for nursing graduate program applicants only.

Optional SAT or ACT Test Results

Test results from the College Examinations Board Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) or the American College Testing Program (ACT) are optional for application to Colby-Sawyer.

Note: SAT, ACT or The Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS), is required for all first-year nursing program applicants and are waived for the Fall 2021 and Fall 2022 entry year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Transfer students are not required to submit TEAS scores.

First-Year Admission Early Action

Early Action is a non-binding program for high school seniors. Students who apply for Early Action by December 1 will receive notification of an admission decision by January 15th.

First-Year Admission Regular Decision

Regular decision applications for incoming first-year students wishing to enroll for the fall semester must be postmarked by April 1, the college’s priority deadline.