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Colgate University


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Recent Reviews

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

I wish I had a better idea of a career path from the beginning.

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

I wish I had a better idea of a career path from the beginning.

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

The acedemic credibility and football championships that my team won.

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

Parents/students, please consider the personality of the student and how that would fit into the atmosphere of possible college selections. Be open minded about your selection and do not be afraid to go to a college that will test the borders of your comfort zone. Look at college as valuable experience that will develope you as a person, not just get you a piece of paper to show at an interview after four years. Consider the amount of money you will owe after you graduate and educate yourself on expected monthly payments you will make for all bills after you live on your own and begin working full time. Lastly, if you have a strong desire to go into a specific career, be sure to go to a school that has a strong department in that field with interniships available. Do not be afraid to be on your own and meet new people. Accept it as a personal challenge that you will benefit from later and enjoy shortly into it. Decide with your instinct. Take the information others give you with a grain of salt. Visit possible schools and see for yourself. You'll know where you belong.

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

NO MATTER WHICH COLLEGE YOU APPLY TO, VISIT EACH CAMPUS AND STAY OVERNIGHT BEFORE YOU MAKE A DECISION. It's so important to g...

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

NO MATTER WHICH COLLEGE YOU APPLY TO, VISIT EACH CAMPUS AND STAY OVERNIGHT BEFORE YOU MAKE A DECISION. It's so important to get a feel for the campus, to talk to students candidly and to visit a class or two. Also, try to go out with your host and see if the social scene is to your taste. Realistically, most people just enroll in whichever college delivers the best finaid package, but no matter how little you pay for college, it's not worth having a sub-par college experience. Go into college with an open mind: you will probably change you major three or four times before you finally decide what you like, so take classes in various disciplines to figure out which you enjoy the most. Do what you love, not what your parents wished you loved. Get involved with campus activities, ESPECIALLY FRESHMAN YEAR so you can get your name and face out there. Stay on top of your work and seek out your professors for help whenever you need it (they love it...usually). You should have an amazing time at college, so work hard, play hard, and don't forget to do the laundry.

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

The beautiful campus, small class sizes, interesting and helpful professors.

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

The crappy study abroad program and annoying major requirements.

George
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.

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.

What kind of person should attend this school?

Anyone can attent Colgate. If there are stereotypes fo Colgate, they only represent the minority on the surface.

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

Follow your heart and don't let the pressure get to you.

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

Finding the "right" college is all about finding the best fit for you! Each college has something unique about it, somethin...

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

Finding the "right" college is all about finding the best fit for you! Each college has something unique about it, something that makes it memorable, but finding the "right" college truly depends on whether you want to go there and can picture yourself living your next four years at that particular school . Try to choose a school that makes you excited at the prospect of going there and partaking in the activities you hear about students doing. Once you get to college, my advice is to involve yourself in a variety of activities that appeal to you, whether you've done them before or have never heard of them! Participating in clubs, sports, and activities in general is the best way to meet people and get excited about being at a new school. You may end up being a part of something that changes your perspective, goals, or group of friends! (I decided to be a part of my school's newspaper with no prior experience and am now thinking of becoming a journalist someday! ) The point is, college is what you make of it; everything you do is by choice, so choose wisely and enjoy every minute of it!

What's unique about your campus?

I love Colgate and the surrounding area! Everyone's so friendly! There's definitely a community-like atmosphere within the school and Hamilton area. There aren't really any cliques amongst students, and there's so much to get involved in! Especially for such a small school! Although there aren't exactly any cities nearby, in my opinion, students don't really need to go away. Colgate works hard to bring a lot of activities to campus, and the rigorous academics and these activities definitely keep Colgate students busy! (At least busier than my friends who are at other schools.)

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

The surrounding areas are beautiful and administration is close to students.

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

The surrounding areas are beautiful and administration is close to students.

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

How strong the alumni network is and how close of a community there is.

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

Your friends are your strongest aspect of college. Meet and get to know career services early.

Arlie
Describe the students at your school.

Everyone at Colgate knows how to have fun, it's a big work hard play hard kind of school.

Describe the students at your school.

Everyone at Colgate knows how to have fun, it's a big work hard play hard kind of school.

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

Do the research. It's the only way to know that you've found the perfect school for you. It's overwhelming but most people have an idea of what they want and when you find it you'll know.

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

The worst thing about Colgate it probably the weather. It gets pretty cold in the winter.

Liz
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Best known for its great academics and great community

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Best known for its great academics and great community

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

that it would be so conservative. I thought it would have more liberal people.

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

Get involved! College is fun if you want it to be!

Laura
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Colgate is perfect. You can still walk across campus and not recognize a sinlge person at certain times, and in other situati...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Colgate is perfect. You can still walk across campus and not recognize a sinlge person at certain times, and in other situations you'll know everyone in the room. The town of Hamilton revolves around Colgate. Its super safe and theres always tons to do. Colgate fosters a family-oriented feeling among students and alumni that lasts way beyond graduation.

Describe the students at your school.

Colgate tends to be a homogenous group of people, but even in the few years I was there that has begun to change. Students come all around the country and from foreign countries as well. Studying abroad is a popular thing to do at Colgate which opens students to different cultures, governments, ways of life, etc. There are tons of different groups of campus that get the student body involved, ranging from LGBT groups to intramural sports and the poker club.

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

I love Colgate and the connections I've made there. Its a great place that will follow you wherever you go, meeting alumni etc. who share the same love of Colgate is the best feeling in the world.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

No. There are a lot of preppy kids, but there are also a large population that are not. Not everyone drinks, not even half of the school i'd say. Although Hamilton,NY is not a thriving city there is always something to do ranging from parties to movies to book signings to class dinners with your professor.

What are the academics like at your school?

Colgate is a challenging school, but not impossible. Most students probably spend at least 2 hours a day, given the week etc., on their work outside of the classroom. There are a lot of conversations outside of the classroom that apply to class, politics, the world today etc. Kids at colgate are really smart and really involved/passionate about what they are studying. The political science department is full of professors from all different backgrounds with a variety of political views. Its a great place to study the discipline.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

There is a large social life on campus, if that is what you are looking for but there are a million ways to get around the drinking scene and still have fun. There are greek organizations at Colgate yet they do not dominate everyones life, I personally was not part of them yet still was able to attend events and have a great time. There is a super small dating scene at colgate, most people are just there to study, have fun, and make great friends.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

Super preppy, stuck up, rich kids living in the middle of nowhere who drink a lot.

Ryan
What is your overall opinion of this school?

The big picture is a small one at Colgate. The school's community is a small and friendly one. Students are able to create st...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

The big picture is a small one at Colgate. The school's community is a small and friendly one. Students are able to create strong friendships with their peers and are able to create relationships with professors. Students are especially able to form strong friends with their dorm mates as it is often too cold to venture out of your housing. But the indoors can be fun, as most students are drunk during a good portion of th week. If you want to avoid alcohol, you can, but with much difficulty at Colgate. The upside of this is that if you don't have much work one night, you can always find people to party and get drunk with it. All around, good times.

Describe the students at your school.

Small. Friendly. Drunk

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

Not much else to stay. Just some advice; be selfish during the college process, go somewhere that is right for you.

What are the academics like at your school?

Core classes are boring, but help broaden a students academic horizon. However, just as students are not excited about core classes, professors are not excited to teach them either. But easy to built relationships with some great professors once a major is declared.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

Many activities are available around campus, and are encouraged to join them. Social life is drinking, with more drinking sometimes available. SPRING PARTY WEEKEND.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

The student body is not diverse and the social life revolves around alcohol.

Alex
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Colgate is a great school with strong academics. Even though some people have never heard of it, those who have know its a go...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Colgate is a great school with strong academics. Even though some people have never heard of it, those who have know its a good school. Being a fairly small school (2800) but having Division I athletics, Colgate has some identity issues with itself. Its caught somewhere between the NESCAC small schools with serious academics and the big athletic powerhouse universities. It's kind of crunchy, but at the same time its a very preppy student body. There is no shortage of wealthy kids at Colgate. It's a beautiful campus, but the huge hill that its built on makes moving around a pain sometimes. The center of campus is definitely the academic quadrangle with the chapel on it, but only freshman can really live near this. Juniors have to live down the hill, about a 15 minute walk, and many seniors live off-campus. As most liberal arts schools do, Colgate gets itself off on issues like diversity and global warming. The administration seems fairly reasonable and the President even has open office hours, but it is a bureaucracy like any other school. For freshmen and sophomores, Frank dining hall is the main place to eat. Food is decent but nothing exceptional and after a semester students have had more than enough of it. Colgate brings alot of very interesting speakers to campus. One of my favorites was D'nesh D'souza. I'm not even sure if thats how you spell it.

Describe the students at your school.

As I mentioned before, Colgate is pretty preppy. Northface fleece and madras shorts are standard attire, and I guess I fit the the mold as well as anyone. Some kids take it over the top with the preppy look and it becomes obnoxious. I'll wear a t-shirt to class some days and some days I'll wear a polo shirt or a sweater. Many kids come from boarding schools, and many more from private schools in general, including me. More kids come from the tri-state NY, NJ, CT, area than any other part of the country. There are not many black kids at Colgate, and those that you do find at Colgate are often on the football team. It's a very white campus. Also, you wouldn't find many guidos (thank God!) at Colgate. If you don't know what a guido is, youtube My New Haircut. 25% of Colgate students are varsity athletes, and another 50% were varsity athletes in high school, so its quite an athletics student body. The gym is usually pretty full. Athletics kids tend to be more confident, so you do find a high concentration of douchebags at Colgate. For the record, I am athletic but I am not a douchebag. Alot of kids will go into finance or other cookie-cutter excel-spreadsheet cubical desk jobs. They will make good money and have terribly boring lives. Some of them don't even seem to realize that this is a horrible existence. Some do realize, but don't see any other way out. I don't condemn these kids, I just feel bad for them. Many of my friends look forward to this fate. Forunately I am a poet, so I look forward to a future of both wealth and freedom. Or at least delusion. In general Colgate is more liberal, but the student body has a good number of conservatives. The administration is almost entirely liberal. They love NPR and farmer's markets.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

to some extent yes. like most stereotypes they are grounded in reality but do not apply to everyone. I do think that colgate is an extremely athletic student body, which has positive and negative results.

What are the academics like at your school?

I can say almost only positive things about Colgate academics. My Professors have all been extremely knowledgable and good at relating the subject matter. They have all learned my name, at least for the semester, and they have been mostly quite personable. They always know their subject. The coursework is usually fairly rigorous, though as an English major I usually enjoy the work I have to do. Many times, more times than I like to admit, I have coasted by without doing the work. Usually I manage anyway, but not in Oceanography (D+). Class size is usually very small (12-20 students) and classes are very discussion based. Students are usually pretty bright and willing to participate, but with so few students it can be hard to keep the discussion rolling. I often find myself paritcipating more than most other students. Students can get competitive, but more in areas like economics than English, perhaps because we are not vying for high paying jobs. There is certainly some plagiarism, but it isn't what I would consider a serious problem. Professors are very accessible and are passionate about what they do. In my experience, education at Colgate is aimed at education itself as an end, not as a means to a job. I think that Colgate's distribution requirements, painful as they may be at times, are testament to Colgate's interest in producing a person with a well rounded education.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

Freshman year involves a lot of drinking in dorm rooms. Greek life is pretty big on campus. Off campus houses are also good for parties, but more for upperclassmen. There is more random hooking up than dating at Colgate, although old fashioned dating does happen. Intramurals are extremely competitive. I made some of my best friends through my intramural football team. There is nothing on a Saturday that doesn't involve drinking. Yea, I smoke cigarettes that I roll myself, if you catch my drift. Supposedly there is cocaine use in the frat houses, but I have no experience with it myself. Alot of kids have tried shrooms. I mean, its college.

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