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.
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.
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.
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!
I really love Colgate University. While I'm only a first year, the campus environment is very welcoming. Everyone is nice if you're willing to step out of your world a little bit and engage in the incredibly worldly community that is Colgate. I've never had such passionate professors, or supportive friends, in my life. While the winters are frigid, they're magical. The campus is beautiful. And if you're friendly with the dining hall staff, the food doesn't have to be so bad.
Colgate is a very good place to be if you enjoy letting out your ideas and take in others. Small class sizes (usually 28 and less) is a plus in addition to super caring professors who are there to help you succeed. The campus is absolutely beautiful. Campus dorm and food may not be the best.
It is fine. There are people who are classist, sexist, and racist. There are many problems on campus. But academics are good, and the campus is beautiful. There are always things going on. There is also a lot of apathetic white people who only care about themselves and money.
Moving across the country for college was the most terrifying thing I have ever done, but it was also the best choice I have ever made. I could not have asked for a more rewarding college experience. I have grown so much over the past four years and I am so grateful to have spent my time at an institution where the professors and staff care about me personally as well as academically.
Colgate University is a college of the elite, white, and wealthy. The campus is as white as they come, from the constant white snow falling on the ground to the sea of upper-class, white students spread throughout the quad. Colgate is place of constant Darties (day parties) and underground fraternities where sexism, racism, homophobia, and transphobia run rampant, though they try their best to make themselves look as "diverse" as possible (y'all ain't fooling no one).
Good school and good people. Partying is big, but people who don't partake exist. One of the biggest issues on campus seems to be a lack of diversity and an overall feeling of inclusiveness. Like lots of other small liberal arts schools, its pretty white. That being said, the community is tight-knit and overall it's a great school.
Colgate has good facilities, provides a solid education, and has students that are passionate about various issues. However, it does have a diversity problem, and some of the attending students are less intelligent than others. Overall, if taken advantage of, the multidisciplinary education and the professors are great resources, and the alumni connections in certain fields can take one far.
My negative ratings are not for the academic rigor or the beautiful campus, but instead I am bothered by just how fake the administration is when they get you to commit to attending this school. Once I moved onto campus it became very clear that the administration is money hungry and cares very little about the well being of its students. Our housing has high levels of lead in the water. We were drinking this water for months without any knowledge. Now there is a filter on the kitchen faucet but they had to turn off the hot water. We have been told that’s its perfectly sanitary to wash hands and dishes in cold water. They said they have no plan to turn the hot water back on. Juniors and seniors have an extremely difficult time living off campus. Colgate owns most every housing option and only allows a very limited number of students to live off campus. Again, they want your money! The Town of Hamilton has nothing. Only one grocery store and a Big Lots. There are very few restaurants or things to do off campus. Not many students attend the football and basketball games. Boring. If you are looking for a small private school with things to do and an administration who cares about its students look elsewhere.
I will attend Colgate to play volleyball. The school was my top choice for both volleyball and academics. 13 is a very lucky number in our home and it was very coincidental that Colgate's lucky number is 13 as well. I felt with this as well it was meant to be. The campus is pristine as well as the housing and the sports arenas. Everything is accessible and the classrooms are very easy to get to as well. The student population is very diverse with many international students and that is important to me.
Colgate University is a very prestigious school that I am excited to apply for. The campus is beautiful and the dorms look awesome! It’s really easy to see myself being a freshman at Colgate and the community seems very easygoing. I really hope to attend in 2021.
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