Students Say

Colgate University is known for its “very rigorous academic curriculum” and “invaluable” professors who “are the glue that hold the university together.” Many students say they chose Colgate because they wanted “a small liberal arts school that had the opportunities and resources of a larger institution” combined with a “heavily involved alumni network” that “makes the Colgate connection a truly valuable resource.” All agree that, at Colgate, you’re “more than just a number” and say, “There is no [shortage] of caring professors that are meaningfully invested in your academic success.”

Overview

Applicants
8,375
Acceptance Rate
27%
Average HS GPA
3.66

GPA Breakdown

44%
Over 3.75
28%
3.50 - 3.74
16%
3.25 - 3.49
8%
3.00 - 3.24
4%
2.50 - 2.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
620 - 720
SAT Math
650 - 730
ACT Composite
30 - 32

Deadlines

Early Decision
November 15

Early Decision II
January 15

Regular
January 15

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank
Academic GPA

Overall

Students Say

Colgate University is known for its “very rigorous academic curriculum” and “invaluable” professors who “are the glue that hold the university together.” Many students say they chose Colgate because they wanted “a small liberal arts school that had the opportunities and resources of a larger institution” combined with a “heavily involved alumni network” that “makes the Colgate connection a truly valuable resource.” All agree that, at Colgate, you’re “more than just a number” and say, “There is no [shortage] of caring professors that are meaningfully invested in your academic success.” As intimidating as it might seem to have, “internationally influential” professors, a history and political science double major assures that “classes are enjoyable and the professors are accessible.” A junior adds, “One of the wonderful things about Colgate is that these relationships start as early as freshman year. Students do not have to wait until their senior year to build fantastic relationships with the faculty.” However, another student grumbles, “Course selection is very stressful, and freshmen often get slighted.” Any complaints about the faculty centered on “teaching styles” not meshing with individual students’ “learning style.” “However, there are a plethora of resources available to students to succeed despite any of their problems.” “Colgate allowed me to become the person I always wanted to be, but didn’t know I was capable of being,” sings one senior whose sentiment is widely echoed.

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
9:1
Total Faculty
344
with Terminal Degree
323

192
Men
152
Women
76
Minority
56
International

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
95%
Graduate in 5 years
100%
Graduate in 6 years
100%


Degrees

Bachelor's
Master's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Jeffrey Fager
Executive Producer of CBS 60 Minutes and Chairman of CBS News

Mark Murphy
President and CEO, Greenbay Packers

Steve Burke
CEO, NBC Universal

Gloria Borger
Senior Political Analyst, CNN; Political Contribut

Janine Denegall Fondon
President and CEO of UnityFirst.com and African Am

Chase Carey
President, COO, and Deputy Chairman of News Corporation

Duncan Niederauer
CEO of NYSE Euronext

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
99
Application Deadlines
Jan 15
Notification Date
Mar 26

Required Forms

Forms CSSProfile
Forms Divorced Parent

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$39,855

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$39,533

Average Need-Based Loan
$3,688

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$18,719

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
31%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$37,350

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$47,855
Required Fees
$320
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,100

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants
Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Overall

Students Say

Colgate boasts a “happy and enthusiastic student body” with a typical student that ‘is athletic, smart, engaged, and down to earth.” They “enjoy having fun, but spend time in the library as well.’” Many say “the typical Colgate student is a preppy New Englander, who can be found almost always wearing Patagonia and Sperrys.” However, this stereotype seems to be becoming less apt as there is “great diversity under the surface.” As long as students are “not afraid to do what they love, they will find their niche and fit in.” Fraternities and sororities as well as partying in general are popular: “Greek life does have a huge presence in the social life at Colgate,” but “it is not exclusive to just those who are members.” Most students mentioned the recent changes in the school’s alcohol policies. Some tout it as the impetus for “initiatives to expand the amount of alternatives to partying on weekends.” Others cited it as “the biggest issue on campus right now” between the students and administration. Despite the “country club atmosphere,” a computer science major says, “When you’re stranded in Hamilton, New York, for four years you’ll inevitably end up fitting in regardless whether you are the typical student or not.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
2,890
Out of State
73%

International
9%
Foreign Countries Represented
47

Demographics

3.55%
Asian
4.61%
African-American
8.58%
Hispanic
74.15%
Caucasian
4.84%
Unknown
9.15%
International

55% female
45% male
73% are out of state
99% are full time
1% are part time

Overview

Students Say

Colgate University “has an amazing campus with people who work hard and have goals but also know how to have a really fun time.” Students say the campus is “breathtaking,” and they value “its small size and intimate nature.” A philosophy major says, “Colgate is great because you can’t walk 200 feet without a professor, student, or faculty member acknowledging you by name, yet you’re constantly meeting new people and having new experiences. There is never a dull moment at Colgate.” Students say, “Colgate strives for the perfect combination of academics and extracurriculars,” and they feel the university “does a great job at helping us balance those and gives us opportunities to get involved in all the groups and events around campus.” In addition to a plethora of clubs, students are actively involved in Greek life and Division I athletics. A junior says, “I loved how Colgate was located in the middle of nowhere” because “everything revolved around the campus,” but in case you’re worried about isolation, another student adds, “Colgate brings a lot of interesting speakers to the campus, which helps provide for a more rounded liberal arts experience.” Students praise the administration, saying, “It is easy for students to contact the administration and thus have their voices directly heard by the community. The president holds drop-in office hours for students every week and takes notes on what students say during the session.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
91%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
75
First-Year Students living on campus
100%

Campus Environment
Rural
Fire safety rating
88

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Cooperative
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Frat Sorority
Other
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Academic Support

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Documentation Requred for LD
Current, complete guidelines provided upon request.

Documentation Requred for ADHD
Current, complete guidelines provided upon request.

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
No

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
170
Number of Honor Societies
13

Number of Social Sororities
3
Number of Religious Organizations
7

31% join a fraternity
35% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

30% participate in intramural sports
18% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Raiders)
12 Sports

Basketball
Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Diving
Football
Golf
Ice Hockey
Lacrosse
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Raiders)
13 Sports

Basketball
Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Diving
Field Hockey
Ice Hockey
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Syracuse University

Sustainability

Ever since becoming a signatory of the Clean Air-Cool Planet Climate Action Plan way back in 2004, Colgate has been at the forefront of the green movement. And their efforts are truly paying off! Notably, the Office of Sustainability employs over a dozen student interns and is committed to climate neutrality by 2019 (coincidentally their bicentennial). Energy saving measures, such as the purchase of Energy Star appliances and EPEAT Gold rated computers, lighting and window upgrades, motion sensors, and computer sleep protocols, have resulted in 1.5 million kilowatt-hours of saved electricity. But the real feather in Colgate’s hat is its successful conversion to clean energy sources to power the campus. Today, the university derives over 90 percent of its electricity from low-carbon sources such as hydroelectricity, and 75 percent of its heating needs from an on-campus, woodchip-burning heating plant (Sayonara, fossil fuels). Each year, this plant helps Colgate avoid consuming the equivalent of 1.2 million gallons of fuel oil and saves the university more than $1.8 million in heating costs. The university also utilizes solar thermal renewable energy to provide hot water to one of its campus residence halls. Colgate’s location in a prosperous agricultural area affords the university incredible opportunities to support the purchase of local and sustainable food and their local farming community. Already, Colgate’s Center for Outreach, Volunteerism, and Education collects hundreds of pounds of unused food and other items at the end of the year and donates it to a local food bank or shelter. In 2014, Colgate also received third-party certification from the American Tree Farm System for the long-term sustainable management of its over 1,000 acres of forested land. New buildings on campus must pursue at least LEED Silver. One shining example is Colgate’s Trudy Fitness Center, a state-of-the-art 15,000-square-foot facility, which attained LEED Gold. Since 2009, these and other green initiatives have resulted in a 20 percent reduction off its campus carbon footprint and over $500,000 in avoided spending on energy, water, paper, and landfill tipping fees.

Green Rating
99
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
20%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Yes

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
Yes

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Yes

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
Yes

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
Yes

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2014.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
110

Average Number of PC's per Lab
8

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
99%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
HP, Apple

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Bryanne Bowman
Senior Assistant Dean of Admission

Address
Office of Admission
13 Oak Dr.
Hamilton, NY 13346

Phone
3152287401

Email
admission@colgate.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
O'Connor Campus Center
Case-Geyer Library
ALANA Culture Center
Ho Science Center
Trudy Fitness Center
Three recently completed building projects: $52 million renovation to the Case Library, The Robert H.N. Ho Science Center, and the Trudy Fitness Center.

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Downtown Hamilton
Cooperstown
Bouckville Antique Center
Syracuse, NY
Museum of Science and Technology
Barge Canal Coffee Co. and Downtown Hamilton is considered to be the living room of the community.

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
All year, Monday-Friday; some Saturdays
Weekdays: 8:30am-5pm; Saturday: 9:00am-noon
3152287401

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Varies
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Monday through Friday at 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.; Saturdays at 10:00am

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Coach Directly

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit
admission@colgate.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
Only high school seniors may stay overnight in the residence halls

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
The Syracuse-Hancock International Airport is approximately 45 miles from campus. Rental cars are available at the airport. Two local taxi services are also available when arrangements have been made prior to visiting Hamilton. Hamilton Taxi can be reached at 315-824-TAXI (8294). Community Taxi can be reached at 315-824-CABS (2227).

Driving Instructions to Campus
From New York City: Take the Tappan Zee Bridge, Route 87, NYS Thruway North to Exit 16 (Harriman); Route 17 West to Exit 84 for Deposit. At Deposit, take Route 8 North to New Berlin, then Route 80 West to Sherburne and Route 12 North. In Sherburne, bear left on Route 12B North to Hamilton. From north of Westchester: NYS Thruway, Exit 25A to I-88 West; take first exit for Route 20 West. Follow Route 20 to Madison; left on Route 12B South into Hamilton. From north/central New Jersey: Follow I-80 West into Pennsylvania. Exit for I-380 Northwest toward Scranton, to I-81 North to Binghamton. Take Exit 6 for Route 12 North to Sherburne; bear left on Route 12B North to Hamilton. From Syracuse and points west: Take I-81 South. Exit onto I-690 East. Exit onto I-481 South. Exit 3E off I-481 for Route 92 East. Follow Route 92 to Cazenovia and take Route 20 East. Follow Route 20 East to Route 46 South. Bear right on Route 46 South. Take Route 46 South to Route 12B South. Follow Route 12B South to the Village of Hamilton. Stay on Route 12B South through town. Colgate University will be on your left. Turn left at the traffic light onto Oak Drive. From Boston and the east: Take Mass Pike to NYS Thruway West to Exit 25A for I-88 (Duanesburg), then I-88 West to Exit 24 for Route 20 West; beyond Madison turn left onto Route 12B South to Hamilton. In bad weather, or for more highway driving, stay on NYS Thruway West to Exit 31 (Utica); follow sign for Route 12 South through Utica; then take Route 12B South to Hamilton. From Philadelphia: Take Northeast Extension of PA Turnpike to I-81 at Scranton; north on I-81 to Binghamton. Take Exit 6 for Route 12 North to Sherburne; bear left on Route 12B North to Hamilton.

Local Accommodations
On Payne St., within walking distance of the university, is Colgate Inn (315-824-2300). Rates are moderate. Bed-and-breakfast options are within 3 miles of the school. Landmark Inn (Rte. 20, Bouckville; 315-893-1810) is about 3.5 miles away. Its rooms are reasonably priced and comfortable. Wendt University Inn is about mile from the center of Hamilton.
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Key Stats

8,375
Applicants
2,890
Size
27%
Acceptance Rate
1360
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