With undergraduate enrollment well under 3,000 the student body at Colgate University is a tight-knit, if not entirely cohesive, community of preppy achievers. Most students come from affluent backgrounds and it shows in their clean-cut attire and liberal recreational spending habits. Colgate students seem proud of the fact that they can obtain a stellar liberal arts education while partying most nights out of the week.
It took a lot of hard work for me to enjoy Colgate, explains Kathleen, a Junior majoring in Psychology, but once I found my niche(s), I couldn't be happier. I've learned to love Hamilton and the idea of being guaranteed to see my fellow classmates wherever I
choose to go on a Friday or Saturday night.
Many of the students find contentment in Colgate's rural setting. Lindsay, also a Psychology Junior, speaks to outsider expectations. People not from Colgate are skeptical about how people can enjoy life in a small town like Hamilton, NY. Truth is, we love it! The closeness brings everyone together. And speaking of closeness and small, no, we are not too small a school. I meet people I didn't previously know all the time! Literally, every weekend I meet someone new.
Perhaps Charlie, a Colgate Senior, sums it up best. People are happy and genuinely like being here, which is a lot more than can be said about other schools.