Location: Hamilton, New York
Size: 2,890 undergrads
Percent Women: 55%
Tuition One Year: $60,145
Most Popular Major:Economics, History, English, Political Science, International Relations
Acceptance Rate: 26.7%
Why Choose Colgate?
"There is no place like Colgate, the people, the place, the professors are all pretty unique. It is a really special place and I am so happy here."
"I like the big school environment at a small liberal arts school. The classes are really small, you get pretty close with professors and other students."
"Even though it feels like we are in the middle of nowhere, there is a shared culture on campus that really brings everyone together"
"Colgate is the kind of place where everyone is involved in everything, we are really well-rounded. Everyone I know is either involved in some organization, activity or community on campus, it is a great environment to grow and thrive."
"It was hard for me in the beginning, coming from a small high school where I knew everyone for my entire life. I made friends quickly and got really comfortable here. I can't believe I considered transferring because I really can't imagine myself anywhere else."
- "MOST BEAUTIFUL CAMPUS"Colgate was rated as the most beautiful college in America in 2009. Our rolling fall folliage hills provide breath taking views from the top of campus.
- Colgate is a top 20 liberal arts college in the nation. We have a great reputation with some of the most noteworthy professors in their respective industries.
- The alumni relations network is so strong, there are alumns in every job market, "At least 150 alumni work at IBM, J.P. Morgan and Google combined" CNN Money just voted Colgate as top 5 schools with the highest paid graduate
- A small close knit environment where people get really close and get involved in so many groups and organizations
- Amazing study spaces, great academic resources, free wifi everywhere free unlimited printing!!
- Gate Card cash accepted almost everywhere at school and in the town
- D1 Sports teams
- Professors that work with you 1 on 1 and really care
"Colgate has been known to be a homogenous campus with some lack of diversity. Recent students have staged a sit in to protest the way the administration has lacked to acknowledge the unhappiness of the campus climate. Most students think Colgate would be a much better place if the campus to work together to be more inclusive."
"A downfall can be a feeling of isolation since we are an hour away from a city."
"Lack of big food chains near by like Chipotle."
"Hard to have internships during the school year."
New Collegiette On Campus
"Freshman year at Colgate is a time to experiment and try new things."
"Freshman usually attend sporting games, join new clubs and try out classes that they are interested in to meet new friends."
The freshman class gets really close. All freshman dorms are up the hill in close proximity to class and our two dining halls. "
"The freshman meal plan allows you unlimited access to Frank, the main dining hall. Frank is a comfortable environment to eat, hang, chat and even do work if you need to. There is also freshman night at the Jug, a bar in town. For only $5 on Monday and Wednesday freshman are allowed in with the upper classman."
"It really depends on your experience my friends have stayed the same since freshman year, but I know alot of people who don't find their niche until sophomore or junior year."
All About Academics
"Academics are one of the most important factors to students at Colgate."
"Most class sizes range from 18-25 students per class. The small class size is crucial for an effective learning environment. More popular classes like Intro to Psych are lecture sizes with up to 100 students. Most of the class environments include small round table discussions about the material. Students are encouraged to speak up in class and are comfortable doing so."
"Some classes provide opporunities to present class studies or projects to the rest of the campus community through brown bag catered lunches."
"Our library holds some of the best original resources for research in the nation. For a small school there are plenty of students who stay on campus during the summer and work directly with professors as a research assistant. Many students also work during the year with professors aiding their research."
"Professors have office hours up to three times a week, making themselves readily availble to work with students and answer or discuss questions about the class material on a personal basis."
Learn From The Best
"One of my favorite classes was CORE 152: "Challenges of Modernity" it is one of Colgate's mandatory distribution requirments, students must take it before the end of their sophomore year. The class discusses problems of oppression and discrimination over the period of modernity."
"I love Professor Martinez, I am taking her Criminology class. She specializes in alcohol and drugs which is pretty applicable to today at an American University"
"Penny Lane is a famous filmmaker and I am lucky to have her as my Video I Professor, she is amazing"
"One of the best classes I have taken at Colgate was Literature of the Jazz Age with Professor Coyle"
Interest and Involvement
"Colgate has a bunch of different activities and interests. There are club sports teams and intramural teams. There are cultural groups on campus like Caribbean Students Association and interactive groups like Culinary Cooking Club."
"The COVE has hundreds of volunteer groups on campus. One example is sidekicks where you are matched with a child from Hamilton and get to hang out with for a few ours a week like a mentor."
"Greek life allows for me to get involved in philanthropy, sports and community support!"
"Colgate has Division One atheltic sports teams. Football, ice hockey, lacrosse, field hockey, track and soccer are some of the most popular sports."
"Our biggest rivalries are Cornell, Leighigh and Laffeyette. Homecoming and our big Ice Hockey game with Cornell are some of the biggest sporting events of the year."
"Our cheerleading team and pep band have a ton of spirit at our 'Rowdy Raider' events"
"The sports games usually include fun free prizes and give aways to rowdy raider fans. We even have a student section of our stadium seats in both the indoor hockey rink and our outdoor Andy Kerr football stadium."
"Colgate has a great environment for women. We have three soroities on campus filled with over 150 women per chapter."
"There are a good amount of female professors and deans. There is definitely a female empowerment vibe on campus."
"Our center for Women's Studies is a safe haven for so many people on campus."
"It is a comfortable environment where people can talk about positive gender and sexuality topics. They also hold brown bag lunches every Tuesday!"
Food and Drink
"Frank dining hall is our main food court. It is buffet style divided into different sections by nationality.
"There is a diner burgers and fries section, a salad bar, a sandwhich bar, an asian stry fry, a vegan bar and ofcourse the best baked goods and ice cream as desserts."
"The Coop is an eatery with sandwiches, salads, burgers, and everyone's favorite buffalo chicken tenders. They also have coffee, smoothies and takeaway food for on the go!"
"The Edge is another eat out resturants open mainly for lunch time sandwiches, soups and entrees."
"Downtown Hamilton has La Iguana, a tex-mex grill, Royal India Grill with an all you can eat indian lunch buffet. There is also Main Moon chinese food, The Hamilton Eatery a local sandwich shop, Yogate is our very own Colgate frozen yogurt. Utica Street and Saxabys are downtown coffee and food cafes."
The social scene at Colgate is pretty big. Frats and off campuses houses tend to have parties atleast 3-5 times a week. There are three bars downtown and a local tap room and brewery where students frequent. Organizations can register parties at some of interest housing houses on broad street.
Freshman and Sophomores live in dorms up the hill near our academic buildings. These dorm buildings usually consist of suite style rooms with quads, triples, doubles and singles. There are communal bathrooms on each floor and CLs (community leaders) which advise students on each floor. They are trained as resources for any housing or personal concerns.
Hamilton, New York is a small village with local mom and pop resturants. There is the Colgate Bookstore at the center of the intersections, three bars and tons of eating. The quaint village is very welcoming and loves 'gate!
HC's Complete College Guide: Colgate University
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