About Colgate University

Founded in 1819, Colgate University. is a Private college. Located in New York, which is a city setting in New York, the campus itself is Town. The campus is home to 2,882 full time undergraduate students, and 8 full time graduate students.

The Colgate University Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 9:1. There are 310 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at Colgate University include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.

Quick Facts

Acceptance Rate28%
Application Deadline15-Nov
Application Fee60
SAT Range1290-1460
ACT Range30-33

Admissions at are considered More Selective, with ,22% of all applicants being admitted.

In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 9 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.

98% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 90% were in the top quarter, and 68% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.

STUDENT LIFE

We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at Colgate University.

14%
“We”re apathetic”
44%
“We know about current events and vote”
39%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
3%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
5%
“We save it for the classroom”
28%
“Sometimes, but not often”
57%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
11%
“All the time, including weekends”
0%
“I”m always terrified”
2%
“I only go out in groups”
15%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
83%
“I feel extremely safe”
16%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
70%
“We bought the gear”
14%
“We live for the big game”
11%
“It”s not really our thing”
45%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
40%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
4%
“We”re a very artistic group”
2%
“Haven”t met them”
4%
“Available in class”
45%
“They keep regular office hours”
49%
“They”re always available”
1%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
16%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
67%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
16%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
0%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
1%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
29%
“We only party on weekends”
70%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
2%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
45%
“There might be people who do”
48%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
6%
“There”s a huge drug scene”
14%
“We”re apathetic”
44%
“We know about current events and vote”
39%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
3%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
5%
“We save it for the classroom”
28%
“Sometimes, but not often”
57%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
11%
“All the time, including weekends”
0%
“I”m always terrified”
2%
“I only go out in groups”
15%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
83%
“I feel extremely safe”
16%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
70%
“We bought the gear”
14%
“We live for the big game”
11%
“It”s not really our thing”
45%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
40%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
4%
“We”re a very artistic group”
2%
“Haven”t met them”
4%
“Available in class”
45%
“They keep regular office hours”
49%
“They”re always available”
1%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
16%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
67%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
16%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
0%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
1%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
29%
“We only party on weekends”
70%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
2%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
45%
“There might be people who do”
48%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
6%
“There”s a huge drug scene”

Colgate University REVIEWS

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  • How would you rate on-campus housing?

    52 Students rated on-campus housing 3.7 stars. 15 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate off-campus housing?

    39 Students rated off-campus housing 3.2 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus food?

    52 Students rated campus food 3 stars. 8 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus facilities?

    51 Students rated campus facilities 4.5 stars. 59 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate class size?

    51 Students rated class size 4.7 stars. 75 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate school activities?

    51 Students rated school activities 4.2 stars. 43 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate local services?

    52 Students rated local services 3.4 stars. 21 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate academics?

    50 Students rated academics 4 stars. 40 % gave the school a 5.0.

What's your overall opinion of Colgate University?

14 Students rated Colgate University

Erin

I couldn't be happier with all the amazing opportunities to get involved at Colgate. Though it is a small school, there's definitely something for everyone here. Another great thing about Colgate is the alumnae - they're always reaching out to current students or coming to campus to recruit for jobs and internships. Career Services really puts an emphasis on bringing great alums, speakers, and recruiters to campus, and I feel comfortable that my Colgate degree will help me get a job after graduation. If anything, I wish the tuition price wasn't as steep. Colgate is committed to meeting 100% of demonstrated financial need, but this isn't always enough for every student. Most students come from upper class backgrounds, so it can be a financial struggle for families of less fortunate socioeconomic backgrounds.

Hayley

Colgate University is a grade A scam. Orientation consists of overdone icebreakers and hokey speeches, whose calls to be more welcoming and inclusive fall on deaf ears. The students are aloof, unfriendly, and uncaring. If you're not a rich guy or girl dressed to the nines, you're left behind. Students with mental illnesses have to surrender their privacy and freedom to the scumbag administration that purports to care about them, but doesn't. The counseling center is also sub-par. If even the slightest thing goes wrong, counselors will badger you to go to the hospital. And once you're discharged, you're booted out and would have to go through needless rigamarole to get back in. Colgate University is a school that puts its reputation at the expense of the most vulnerable students and fosters a toxic culture among the student body.

John

Colgate is an academically intensive university where schoolwork takes priority. Although located in a tiny rural town of 3,000, I never feel like there's nothing to do. Between school, an on-campus, job, and extracurricular events I'm always busy. The science program is extremely rigorous, but attentive faculty and great facilities are always reliable resources.

Claire

The campus is absolutely beautiful and I can’t imagine going anywhere else. It’s a great place if you’re looking for solid academics and awesome study abroad opportunities. I was able to go to Italy, Bolivia, and South Africa thanks to the Off-Campus Study Office and Financial Aid. Colgate doesn’t offer merit scholarships, but they cover 100% of demonstrated financial need, and this has been a lifesaver for me! Not so great with diversity, although they are trying. I’m not a huge fan of the typical social scene because it is very Greek-dominated, but once you find your niche it’s a comfortable place to be. Colgate is known for being a huge party school because it’s located in the middle of nowhere, but there is plenty to do besides party! For example, I’m involved with the hiking club and the ski and snowboard club which offer free trips for anyone interested. Career Services and the alumni network is also AMAZING. I applied for summer funding the day before it was due and got off the wait list in time to score an awesome internship close to home. All in all, there are many advantages to being a Colgate student as long as you find your social niche and can afford what they ask you to pay!

Colgate University FAQS

  1. What is the Acceptance Rate at Colgate University?

    The fall 2020 acceptance rate for Colgate University is 28%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.

  2. Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

    There are rich and smart kids but in general everyone is pretty friendly.

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  3. What is the stereotype of students at your school?

    preppy, snobby, rich

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  4. What are the academics like at your school?

    Very Very TOUGH!!!Definitely hard work. Lots of papers in first 2 years.

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  5. What is your overall opinion of this school?

    Best: Academics -- stellar, engaging. It's awesome. Change: The weather. Fuck cold. Size: Just right. Reactions: People down south haven't really heard of Colgate. Time: Studying, duh. Or procrastinating. College town: Haha... Hamilton grows on you, it's not that bad, but there's nothing really to do. Administration: Let's face it, administration, no matter where from, is helplessly suffocated by its own bullshit bureaucracy. That consider, administration at Colgate is above par. Controversy: The Greek house purchases were controversial, but few really gave a fuck. Pride: Yes, lots... mostly. Unusual: During orientation, freshman are given hype about all sorts of "traditions" -- it's all crap. We don't have these meaningless arbitrary "traditions" like those retards down at A&M. Listen, I went to college to learn physics, not to shout some fag chant every time a football player scored a touchdown. Experience I'll remember: making out with girls. Student complaints: Students complain about the weather and the small town. And by students I mean freshman. A few pussies transfer out after freshman year because they're too weak to handle a bit of cold and -- for heaven's sake -- to learn how to survive in a place that's not flooded with wal-marts and other evil conveniences of the 21st century. The rest of us stay and learn to love it.

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  6. Describe the students at your school.

    My class mates are driven and highly intellectual beings whom are strongly involved in the community politically.

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  7. What are the most popular student activities/groups?

    Popular groups: uh... ask someone else. My groups: COVE, the volunteering group. Doors: Yes, doors remain open. Athletic events: I'm not a sports-goer, don't ask me. The occasional hockey game is pretty neat. Dating scene: OK, here's the lowdown: get drunk, go to the jug, hook up. From here there are two options: 1- avoid awkward eye contact on the quad for the rest of the semester, or 2- remain in friendly contact in what is called a casual relationship. Keep in mind that this is the cliche here, and it's not entirely true. Yes, this scenario happens, but many students do find themselves in exclusive relationships. Friends; Met most of them in classes. Tuesday: Working on a physics assignment due the next day. Traditions: SPW baby! Party: On average, I say once a week. It's hard to go out both Fri and Sat. And a minority of students party on weekdays. A small minority. It's not uncommon to go a few weeks without partying. This is the truth. Frats/Sors: Yeah, they're important, I guess. Last weekend: Partied. Movie. Sat night w/ no drinking: Hang out with friends. Go sledding. Off campus: Go eat pizza. That's about it.

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  8. Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

    Colgate's campus is incredibly beautiful. The views from my dorm room window are priceless. Everyday I am awed by the campus's beauty and the spectacular views that surround it.

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  9. What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

    I would tell myself to get as involved as possible. The only reason I have the friends I do is because I wholly invested myself in the campus radio as soon as school started, However, I should have initially been friendlier to people instead of writing them off as people I didn't think I'd get along with. I spent too much time searching for the perfect friends instead of making friends with the people that there were. To try to correct that, I pledged a sorority and am now becoming friends with girls I don't necessarily have anything in common with. The important thing is to keep an open mind, especially at such a small school.

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  10. What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

    That doing crew was a bad idea because it would limit my options in getting involved on campus.

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  11. Describe your favorite campus traditions.

    It's beautiful surroundings, alumni connections, amazing academic programs and classes, overall friendliness and community.

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  12. What's unique about your campus?

    The best thing about Colgate University is that the class sizes are really small which allows the students to have a very intellectual and intimate relationship with the professors and the material being thought. The small class sizes not only allow for a better relationship with the professor but it also makes it easier to learn from the professor and get intellectually involved with the material.

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  13. What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

    I am most impressed by Colgate's study abroad programs. I went on two of them! I spent a semester in Wollongong, Australia with Colgate's Environmental Studies department where I lived with Australian students, took classes at an Australian university and traveled with our study group. I also spent a semester in London, England with Colgate's English department. We went to museums, saw plays, learned about British history and traveled as a group. Because these programs were run by Colgate, I had no trouble tranfering the courses to get credit for my major.

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  14. Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

    Colgate University is heaven on earth.

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  15. Tell us about the sports scene on campus.

    Women's Volleyball games are the preferred athletic venue of choice for Jamie, a junior at Colgate University.

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  16. What kind of person should attend this school?

    A preppy rich white kid who can put up with everyone and their crap

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  17. What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

    the Weather.

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  18. What is the stereotype of students at your school? Is this stereotype accurate?

    I don't know about stereotypes but people often assume everyone at Colgate is preppy. I will say that on the surface, it does happen sometimes, but the people who break the mold are so admired and loved. Personality wise, preppy could be the farthest thing from the truth.

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  19. What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

    The worst thing about Colgate is its focus on Greek life. Fraternities rule the social scene. And unfortunately, fraternies in real life are very similar to their TV and movie representation. Lots of alcohol.

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  20. What kind of person should not attend this school?

    Anyone very liberal, who doesn't like drinking, and doesn't want to go to fraternities. Also you shouldn't go here if you hate snow.

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  21. Tell us about the food and dining options.

    Serving up classic favorites until 2:00 AM, the Coop Grill is Colgate students' go-to for late night dining.

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Student Body

Students

55%

female

45%

male

2,882

Total Undergrad Enrollment

8

Total Grad Students

63%

Out-Of-State

23%

In-State

14%

International

Organizations

180

Student Organizations

6

Fraternities

3

Sororities

Housing

Yes

On-Campus Housing

92%

of students living on campus

Student Diversity

% American Indian/Alaskan Native
N/A
% Asian/Pacific Islander
4%
% Black or African-American
5%
% Hispanic/Latino
9%
% White or Caucasian
66%

TUITION & AID

All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA. Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.

56% of students attending Colgate University receive some sort of financial aid. 15% were awarded federal grants. While 26% received federal loans. Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.

Cost Out of State

$51,955

Tuition and fees(Out of state)

$1,240

Books and Supplies

$13,075

Room and Board

66,270

Total On Campus

Actual Cost By Income Level(W/Financial Aid)

Family Income
Cost
$0 - $30K
$6,892
$30 - $48K
$6,086
$48 - $75K
$17,589
$75 - $110K
$21,082
$110K & UP
$42,628

We use student reviews and the most current publicly available data on our school pages. As such, we don't typically remove or edit college information. Sources for school statistics and data include the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System. Portions of college data include copyrighted material, which is reproduced on this website by permission of Wintergreen Orchard House, a division of Carnegie Communications. © 2009-2016 by Wintergreen Orchard House. All rights reserved.

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