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Colgate University


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Jim
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Colgate is a party school with a good academic reputation. The school tries to provide 'alternatives to drinking' but lets be...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Colgate is a party school with a good academic reputation. The school tries to provide 'alternatives to drinking' but lets be real, how many movies and trivia nights can you really go to before your bored to death with them.

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

If your a fit for Colgate, your going to LOVE IT. But if your not, you would probably regret coming here. Do you research because you only have four years, and if you hate your school, you really have no one to blame but yourself.

Describe the students at your school.

Colgate students are overwhelmingly wealthy (the school costs $50,000+ per year) and white (most hail from the East Coast). I wouldn't say students 'dress up' for class, but they tend to be put together. The school says something like 22% of students identify as minorities, but I have no idea where they get that figure from. The campus tends to be pretty segregated along lines of racial and financial lines. The kind of student who would feel out of place is someone who is not very social and does not drink. Basically, a dork.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

I would say so. Other types of students exist but they seem to be on the outside margins.

What are the academics like at your school?

Colgate students are smart, but I wouldn't say they are intellectual. Class sizes are small, and professors know you by name relatively soon into the semester. I think Colgate's CORE requirements can be a waste of time, although you do read some of the 'classics.' The school lately has been playing up its arts and sciences, but both of these are really weak. If your going to study these you would be better served going to a school with a better established reputation in said departments.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

The greek system tends to dominate the social scene. There is always at least one house having a party every Wednesday, Friday, or Saturday. When the weather is nice on Saturdays, day drinking, aka Fraterdays are popular. Once you turn 19, you can get into the Jug, which is about as embedded in the culture of the school as Adam and Eve (our swans). Its a bar/dancefloor, using the term loosely, where the mixture of too many drinks and horny co-eds turns into magic. Remember: jug make outs don't count. Although usually you can't remember these in the first place....

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

White, Preppy, Wealthy, Work Hard and Party Harder

James
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Colgate kids are competitive, in both the classroom and outside of it and the Colgate mantra of "work hard, play harder" abso...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Colgate kids are competitive, in both the classroom and outside of it and the Colgate mantra of "work hard, play harder" absolutely rings true. The natural beauty on this campus is unparalleled, and after going to a school this small I cannot imagine going to something as large and impersonal as a state school. I love saying hello to 10 kids I know on morning walk to class. There definatly is a 'Colgate Type' though, and those who do not fit the mold would probably have a much better college experience somewhere else.

Describe the students at your school.

The student body very homogeneous and tends to dress in little more than polos, khakis, button downs, and sweaters. J. Crew, Polo, and Brooks Brothers dominate students wardrobes. Our student bodies are nice- we were ranked as one of Men's Fitness’s' "Most Fit Campuses" and most Colgate kids exercise frequently and are rarely overweight. Colgate does not have much of an arts community nor are the students particularly politically active. We have a reputation of being a politically conservative campus, but I think a better way to put it is Colgate is more conservative than you may expect given that this is a college campus in a blue state. What little diversity exists, is pretty segregated. Those who fit the Colgate mold and stereotype really seem to love Colgate, but those who don't fit the Colgate type, do not seem comfortable here.

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

The picture of Colgate that is painted by our website and admissions is not the reality of Colgate so take everything in the pamphlets with a grain of salt. For example, the school says that about one third of men are in fraternities. This statistic may be true, but misleading and does not present the whole picture. When they calculate the statistic, the school includes Freshman, despite the fact they are not eligible to rush and join a fraternity until the first semester of their Sophomore year. So the percentage of those who are eligible to participate in Greek life and do so, is actually much higher. Make sure you visit, talk to current students and don't be shy to ask the hard questions.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

Yes, they are stereotypes for a reason. Walking around campus it is pretty hard to dispute any of them, especially the heavy drinking one, we have an operating pub on campus for goodness sake.

What are the academics like at your school?

The professors at Colgate are very accessible and the opportunity is there to form lasting, mentoring bonds with professors. I have never had a Colgate professor who did not intimately know their subject, however, I have had two or three who really did not belong teaching a class. But, they are the exception. Colgate students are most certainly smart- the requirements to get in make sure of that, but Colgate students are not intellectual. School work belongs in the classroom and the library so if you are hoping to stay up all night discussing Nietzsche or have other such random intellectual conversations won't find them here.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

We are in upstate New York so most students spend little time outside of the 'Colgate Bubble'- on campus or downtown. The social scene mainly consists of beer soaked frat parties and the six bars downtown, but we make the most of it and have a great time doing so. Kids at Colgate rarely date, and if they do, its only after hooking up for awhile before hand. Social events revolve around drinking and its pretty safe to say this contributes to the hook up culture. You quickly learn how to deal with seeing the person you hooked up with the night before in the sober light of day. Those who do not drink or are unwilling to go out frequently may want to consider looking elsewhere.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

That Colgate is a homogenous campus where everyone is wealthy, social, white, good looking, preppy, parties often, and drinks hard.

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

It is important to have a fairly good idea of what you would like to study in college, as well as knowing what businesses re...

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

It is important to have a fairly good idea of what you would like to study in college, as well as knowing what businesses recruit on your campus. That way you can talk with the current students when you are visiting your prospective colleges and be assured that the right courses are available, along with strong professors in your chosen field of study and also that careeer placement oportunities are all in synch with what you hope to accomplish in your college years and beyond. Visit the career placement center for past data on job placements. One other thing that I have also learned from having an older sister attend the same school is to have an idea of where you might like to work after graduation and where the majority of the college graduates find job placement opportunities. Having your friends move to the same city after graduation is a plus. As corny as it sounds, it is so important to get involved in a variety of activities at whatever college you attend. You will have more fun and create more opportunites for interaction with a variety of students that you might not have interacted with otherwise.

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

most people stay on campus everyweekend, you do not have to participate in sports to be excepted here even though it is a Division 1 school and very physically fit. I originally had thought it would be too small of a town for me and had applied to larger city schools but Colgate has turned out to be the perfect size school for me. Just a little hard to get too.

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

If you need to be in a city... do NOT go to this school. OR if you are an athlete and want the most serious program.. don't g...

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

If you need to be in a city... do NOT go to this school. OR if you are an athlete and want the most serious program.. don't go to Colgate. The athletics are a lot of fun and you have more freedom/time than most D1 athletes but you won't be in the big leagues. don't expect to win a national championship.

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

I brag the most about my friends/boyfriend/teammates. The people are amazing. I also like to brag about how much fun I have by telling crazy stories because this school [Colgate] is just a lot of fun. Too much fun... my grades have been dropping because of it.

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

1) If you have the resources to visit colleges before you make a decision... do it! Being able to walk around on campus is so helpful. You will know right away if you want to be living there for four years or not. 2) If you have the opportunity, talk to some of the students around you. A big part of your college experience [I take that back... a HUGE part of your college experience] has to do with people/relationships. What are the kids like? Do you have similar interests? What do they do in their free time? 3) Write down on a piece of paper [just in bullet points] the things that are most important to you that you would like to see at your future college. Find the match. OR... on a piece of paper, describe the characteristics of your IDEAL school. Try and find a school that has these characteristics. 4) A college experience is what you make it. Take advantage of all the resources that are available to you. It will be one of the few times in your life that everything around you is catered to your learning experience. Make the most of it!

Brenna
Describe the students at your school.

Fun and friendly to be around.

Describe the students at your school.

Fun and friendly to be around.

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

I did not consider other schools, I knew Colgate was perfect for me. I applied early decision.

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

Finding the right college requires finding your second home. When visiting schools, consider both academics and social life. But, ultimately, the social environment is more important than any academic program that the school provides. College is about growing up. Freshman right out of high school can't know what they want out of life, they should find a school that can make them happy so they learn life lessons. Those life lessons will get you further than any specific formula or class. Then when you choose your school. Enjoy yourself, within reason. Decide what you want to do with the rest of your life later. You will learn what is necessary to reach your goals if you keep an open mind.

Allison
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Great eduation paired with a phenomenal overally collegiate experience - true community

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Great eduation paired with a phenomenal overally collegiate experience - true community

What kind of person should not attend this school?

One who likes to party in a city atmosphere

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

Go to the campus even if its not on your top list of schools, take the tour, and then decide. I felt the energy on Colgate's campus and knew immediately that it is where I wanted to be.

Griffin
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Partying, academics, cold, school spirit, beautiful campus, good professores, wealthy students, preppiness, friendly.

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Partying, academics, cold, school spirit, beautiful campus, good professores, wealthy students, preppiness, friendly.

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

Finding the right college: Don't simply go to the best school you get into. Visit many different types of schools (large state schools / small liberal arts schools) in different parts of the country. Evaluate the pros / cons of each school / region and eventually you'll be able to develop a realistic list of schools. Go to the one that you liked the most, not the one that is the hardest to get into. If you aren't happy at college you won't do well, and a great degree with a poor GPA looks worse than a normal degree and a great GPA. Making the most of college: two words - time management. Developing a good balance of work / fun is key to success and happiness in college.

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

How important it was to balance work / social life - spent far too much time partying freshman and sophmore year and beat up my GPA. How quickly college is over - I took advantage of a lot of great oppurtunities but I really should have valued every breath.

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

Visit the college before you decide for sure; you will know the moment you step on campus if it is right for you. The schoo...

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

Visit the college before you decide for sure; you will know the moment you step on campus if it is right for you. The school's reputation should not be a deciding factor. Most likely no matter what school you choose, you will enjoy it as long as you are flexible and willing.

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

When you are walking around a school, choose a place that you feel comfortable walking around. If you don't feel comfortable on the campus when you visit, it will never seem right if you choose to attend that school.

What kind of person should attend this school?

People who are passionate. Anyone should feel welcome to attend Colgate. The one common thing about Colgate students is that they love being there.

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

Colgate is a wonderful place and you can get so much out of it if you are willing to put in the effort and do your work; ther...

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

Colgate is a wonderful place and you can get so much out of it if you are willing to put in the effort and do your work; there is always something to do as well.

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Smaller class sizes, caring professors, the hill and snow.

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

You need to really know what sort of environment you want (cold/hot, small/big city), that kind of stuff. Look at as many colleges as you can, go on tours, ask questions. Make sure that all the places you apply to are a good fit with your personality. Also make sure you know what you want to get out of college ahead of time; if you want to do research, make sure the places you apply to have good research programs. If your not sure apply to liberal arts universities, they provide many oppourtunities to decide what you enjoy. And remeber that college flys by really fast, and will be done before you know, so try and find a place you will enjoy and love.

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