Hamilton, NY
Colgate University


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Charlene
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Colgate is an amazing school with a beautiful campus. The students and professors are all exceedingly nice and it is clear h...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Colgate is an amazing school with a beautiful campus. The students and professors are all exceedingly nice and it is clear how important education is to all who go there. The town of Hamilton is small but the close community makes it a friendly place to go to school. You spend a lot of time studying and working hard but there are always fun things going on that you can use as a distraction.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

There is definitely a preppy side to Colgate but the students there all got in on their own merit, so yes they will work hard and party harder. There is a diversity beyond east coast prep if you look for it.

What are the academics like at your school?

The academics are rigorous at Colgate, that might eve be an understatement. As it was named one of the 'new ivies' it is clear that the academics are going to stick to that title. However, the tough academics do not mean it is impossible. The professors at Colgate make a strong effort to know all of their students names and keep office hours regularly to make sure that students do well in their classes. It is also nice that classes do not exceed 30-45 people and every class is taught by a professor rather than a T.A.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

There are many things to get involved with at Colgate and a majority of the student body takes advantage of this. Most people play some sort of sport either varsity, club, or intramural. There are also a lot of clubs and organizations that cater to almost anything you can dream of. If there is a club that does not exist it is easy to get a new one started and the participation is usually pretty good.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

That Colgate is a very preppy school full of rich kids who are drinking their parents money away. There is also the stereotype that the students are very smart and the motto is work hard party hard.

Evan
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Great size and lots of good people around if you're willing to search. I would want more people to take a stand for what the...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Great size and lots of good people around if you're willing to search. I would want more people to take a stand for what they believe in and to try to help the surrounding community. We live in a poor county and most people do nothing to improve the lives and their interactions with the surrounding communities. Kind of insular. People respect the name, which is good, but that's not a good reason for anyone to go anywhere. Go for your EXPERIENCE. There could be more of a town around, but you have to do the best you can with what you've got. It's also eye-opening to see a different kind of life, and I think we all have a lot to learn about different ways of life--they exist everywhere. The administration has a lot to deal with, and deals with a lot poorly, but I'm sure it's no worse than most other comparable schools. I will never forget most of my experiences here, and that's a great thing. Even the bad ones teach us a lot; always a good thing to keep in mind.

Describe the students at your school.

There is not much diversity here, so seek it out! It's so worth it! As a white male, I just joined Sisters of the Round Table, and it has been the best decision of my life. But we do draw from a small pool in terms of differing life experiences, but we all are unique, so take what you will. There is a lot of self-segregation in general, but we can work toward fixing that. There are all kinds of people here; it's just that it takes more searching to find certain ones, so people sometimes take the easy way out and hang with those who don't challenge them as much.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

Unfortunately, they can be to a large degree. There are a lot of good people on campus, too (and I'm not saying that these stereotypical people can't also be good ones), but there's not enough activism or solid defense of some opinions and respectful criticism of others.

What are the academics like at your school?

They know our names usually. Cross-cultural human development -- the View meets a UN think tank. Sweet. Least favorite? Lots of people have different opinions about which intro class sucks the most--take a couple and find out yourself. Intellectual students have intellectual conversations outside of class, and they're usually really interesting. Then again I just heard someone say "Are you trying to out-bro me, bro?" on the quad, so there's always the other side. Some students talk to professors outside of class; they are community members, etc.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

So varied. Sorry, but I can't answer that one. There are lots of places to drink and not as many places not to.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

Rich, preppy, kids who are more active in their appearances than global politics or world issues.

Blake
What is your overall opinion of this school?

The administration and faculty do really care, so long as you make the effort to actually get to know them. Sometimes the sch...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

The administration and faculty do really care, so long as you make the effort to actually get to know them. Sometimes the school can feel a bit claustrophobic, especially when driving elsewhere is not an option. Most people haven't heard of Colgate, or if they have they only mention something about academics or cardiac hill. The most recent controversy deals with juicycampus.com, where a student posted a threat that ended up shutting down the campus. There is a good amount of school pride, but everyone is pretty apathetic. You have to find your little group at Colgate and stick with them- you'll be able to find some really cool people if you look.

Describe the students at your school.

It's not a very diverse campus- white, anglo-saxon, christian, straight, from the northeast and midatlantic. it's trying though, to become more diverse and you can definitely find whatever group you need.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

For some, yes. For others absolutely not.

What are the academics like at your school?

Academics are pretty hard with the exception of SOAN and Women's Studies- hence why you'll see so many athletes in SOAN. Students study pretty frequently, as most are pretty academically driven. Class participation depends on the class and the student group you end up with. Intellectual discussions outside class are not rare, but aren't common either. Within the Art History department, there are some amazing professors and some really cool ones. I loved my Renaissance Architecture course taught by Guile (amazing prof). I generally like the academic requirements here because they give a good breadth. Depending on what you study, you learn for the sake of learning or learn towards a career. There is a very strong push towards internships etc here.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

It's hard to say what the most active groups on campus are, because for the most part, colgate lacks enough space to host any large student run events. dorms are generally left open, though its recommended you lock your actual room door. Again, students are rather apathetic and don't attend too many events. Spring Party Weekend is the major event on campus- 3 days (10 if you count the week prior) of drunkenness. Most people keep pretty late hours academically, especially during finals. Though, it's not uncommon for people to party 4 days a week.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

All rich preppy white kids. Very athletic, drink a lot, conservative politically, drive nice cars, apathetic, only here to get a degree, will go work for their fathers' companies post-grad

Ande
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Colgate is not exactly a mecca of diversity but you can find a lot of really great things, opportunities, and people here. It...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Colgate is not exactly a mecca of diversity but you can find a lot of really great things, opportunities, and people here. It's a small town but it doesn't get boring because everyone is usually so busy that they can't possibly take advantage of everything. The Greek life is pretty strong which has been a friction point between students/alumni and the administration. Even so, as a non-Greek I don't find it too oppressive of a culture. People have their different groups of friends and that's that. The party culture is pretty strong and the social scene wears thin by the end (there aren't a whole lot of places to go) but there are alternatives as well.

Describe the students at your school.

I was a little bummed by the student body's openness to alternative issues. It's not that people are close minded, its that they don't take risks or explore what is beyond what they know. But I also think my impressions are formed by a certain type of student that is a rich, sheltered, white kid. There are a lot of kids like this but there are many other kinds of people here too. I just feel like I see the same kind of person around.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

For a good chunk of the people, yes

What are the academics like at your school?

I love my academic experience. The professors are great and it is really easy to build relationships with them, in fact they encourage it. People are pretty active in class discussions but I am a bit disappointed in a reluctance to engage in academic discussion outside of class by many students. We are smart kids, but not overly intellectual. Being in a Peace and Conflict Studies major is great because the professors are really open. My favorite class has been Weapons and War, which studies the history of weapons and explores more philosophical issues surrounding war like what is injury.

Caroline
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Colgate is the most beautiful campus I have ever seen, though it is somewhat in the middle of nowhere. Hamilton doesn't have ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Colgate is the most beautiful campus I have ever seen, though it is somewhat in the middle of nowhere. Hamilton doesn't have much to offer by way of entertainment, but the places in town are well loved by students and frequented often. Students spend most of their time on campus, but a lot get away on the weekends to go to neighboring cities or universities. Colgate is the perfect size, with about 3000 students. It is neither too large nor too small. You can avoid the people you dont want to see, but you don't walk very far without seeing a familiar face. There is a lot of school pride that extends not just to athletics, but to general pride in what this school has to offer. We are D1, so that is a great source of school spirit, but we also have unique elements that makes colgate truly special. For example, we just had the Dalai Lama come speak here, and for such a small school, it was a major accomplishment.

Describe the students at your school.

There is a large majority of rich, white, straight, well rounded people at Colgate, which can be a bad thing. There are student groups that welcome all kinds of people, but those who don't fall into this category may have trouble finding a group of friends to relate to. In general, students are concerned about the lack of diversity on campus and would like more interaction between students from different backgrounds. Students are very politically active, and many feel a need to enact social change in the Colgate community and the larger national community.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

we do party hard, a lot of the kids here are rich and white, and a lot are very good at sports, but the athletics here does not define the school; the really great academics is what makes this school the way it is.

What are the academics like at your school?

Academics at Colgate is very challenging. Students put in an average of more than 30 hours of work a week, but it is worth it. Classes are interesting and engaging, and professors are friendly and helpful. Class participation is often required in class, even in the larger lectures. There is an environment of learning for its own sake; teachers challenge us to think outside the box and apply our knowledge to a greater worldview. This manifests itself in the required courses at Colgate. We must take a wide variety of courses that range the subjects, with 4 Core classes that challenge us to apply our knowledge to the bigger picture and society at large.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

The social life at colgate is great for such a small school. 5 out of the 7 nights a week there is something going on for the particularly party driven student. For those who choose not to enjoy the frats or the infamous jug, there are many other options, including theater events, free movies, music, etc. Speakers are very well attended, as Colgate draws an impressive crowd of eloquent and intelligent people to bestow their knowledge upon us. There are some great yearly events that draw major crowds, including spring party weekend, which is a weekend in spring where groups hold events that allow people to have fun before the onset of finals.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

Party hard rich, white kids sporty and athletic smart!

Jessica
What is your overall opinion of this school?

I like the size of our school. I do wish it was a little closer to shopping centers. The good thing about a small town is tha...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I like the size of our school. I do wish it was a little closer to shopping centers. The good thing about a small town is that it is easy to get into trouble and stay innocent. The library is a great tool to go do work out or just chill with friends.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

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

What are the academics like at your school?

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

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

Lots of partying..We study hard but party even harder which is great..there are also social events and movies provided by the school if you do not drink..

Nick
Describe the students at your school.

No diversity. If there were no football team, the student body would be almost entirely white. There is a huge number of stud...

Describe the students at your school.

No diversity. If there were no football team, the student body would be almost entirely white. There is a huge number of students from Westchester, Jersey, and Connecticut.

What are the academics like at your school?

Professors are for the most part involved with the material, the school, and the students. Classes mostly revolve around discussion. Students even (gasp) talk about interesting class material outside of class.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

Frats, beer, Beirut, random hookups. There are parties Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

Rich, preppy, athletic students who can drink 15 Keystones on Saturday, then write an analysis on Kantian ethics on Sunday. Work hard, play hard

Jill
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Colgate is located in the middle of no where New York. It took me a year and a semester to finally get used to that, but sinc...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Colgate is located in the middle of no where New York. It took me a year and a semester to finally get used to that, but since then I have found myself amazing group of friends and I am still always meeting new people even with a small student population. By senior year Colgate begins to feel more like a family. You are able to build awesome relationships with professors and faculty that is rare at larger schools. Gary Ross, Dean of Admissions, is the most amazing guy in this earth!

Describe the students at your school.

Students at Colgate party a lot. It is a work hard play hard mentality. In the library every night until 9 pm then go out and party until 2 am. There is a high population of student athletes, myself being one, on campus because it is one of the smallest division I schools. Teams are very supportive of each other.

What are the academics like at your school?

Professors are what make this school so amazing. They will go way out of their way to help you. The academics are very challenging and demanding, but it is only because the professors really push you to grow and develop in your four years. I am a political science major and I am currently abroad on the Colgate Geneva Switzerland Study Group. An amazing experience. Professor Shain brought a group of 18 of us and we travel around europe visiting different international institutions and seeing amazing European studies! He is an amazing guy and I met a whole new group of kids that I would have other wise never have known. Colgate Study groups are so worth it, but still VERY demanding academically.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

I am in a sorority and on the soccer team. I have met my closest friends from my team and other teams. The friends I have met at Colgate are amazing and will be in my life for ever. Sports are dominant but athletes are NOT exclusive. My sorority has plenty of athletes, along with the others.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

Colgate is known for the heavy partying along with a challenging academic demand.

Jesse
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Colgate is a SMALL (2,800) private liberal arts college located in the middle of no-where, Up-state NY. The winters tend to c...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Colgate is a SMALL (2,800) private liberal arts college located in the middle of no-where, Up-state NY. The winters tend to come early and stay long, and the weather can become depressing if you are used to a lot of sun exposure (i.e. Texans, Floridians, Californians, etc.) Hamilton, NY is deffinitely a college town, but a small college town. The population of Hamilton is around the same size of the school, which makes for a tiny community. However, because the town is so small, everything is accesible via walking. There are bad things I could say about Colgate but overall my time here was more positive than negative. The biggest thing about Colgate is how safe you feel- I never locked my doors over my four years here.

Describe the students at your school.

Overall-pretty homogenous. White, upper-class students that come from the New England area.

What are the academics like at your school?

It is a good academically challenging school.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

Not a lot to do here, therefore everyone drinks A LOT

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

Rich, collar popping, self-absorbed, arrogant, spoiled, fit (not fat), mostly white, intellegent, hard working, big drinkers,

Steve
What is your overall opinion of this school?

I think Colgate is great, maybe a little small with only 2800 students. When you say you go to Colgate it automatically sepe...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I think Colgate is great, maybe a little small with only 2800 students. When you say you go to Colgate it automatically seperates from most college students because Colgate is a very prestigious school. Hamilton is not really a college town, but it has some good bars and places for students to hang out. A good amount of food places. There is not a great amount of school pride, as most students just come here to get a good education. The alumni connections, though, are some of the best in the country. Pretty much a garunteed job upon graduation. The best experience at Colgate is Spring Party Weekend which takes place near the end of April every year. About 4 days straight of frat parties, BBQ's, and more partying. It gets crazy and is fun as hell.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

Most students are rich and probably a little more than helf a defintely preppy. I'd say students here drink and party about as much as any other college. The town is small, but the colgate students make it come to life and make it fun. It is defintely cold as hell during the winter, but summer is nice.

What are the academics like at your school?

Small classes and professors know you by name. Alot of outside class work between groups of students, like projects, presentations, studying, as oppossed to just getting a ton of homework assignments. Great academics that prepare you for the job you want.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

That students are rich and preppy. Also that students here drink more and party than at other colleges. The town is amall and boring. The weather is cold a hell.

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