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A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Value
    A+
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    B
  5. Athletics
    A-
  6. Party Scene
    A
  7. Professors
    A
  8. Location
    C+
  9. Dorms
    B
  10. Campus Food
    B-
  11. Student Life
    A
  12. Safety
    A-
Colgate is a highly rated private university located in Hamilton, New York. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 2,854 undergraduate students. Admissions is competitive as the Colgate acceptance rate is 28%. Popular majors include Economics, Political Science and Government, and History. Graduating 91% of students, Colgate alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $47,700.
About Colgate University...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FCS
Athletic Conference
Patriot League
Address
13 Oak Drive
Hamilton, NY 13346

Colgate University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
28%
Application Deadline
January 15
SAT Range
1310-1500
ACT Range
31-33
Application Fee
$60
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$22,182/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$45,108/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
49%

Academics

Professors
A
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
9:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
96%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.68 responses
53%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.74 responses
41%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.74 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
2,854Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
28
Undergrads Over 25
0%
Pell Grant
9%
Varsity Athletes
21%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 29 responses
Report
  • Goodlooking and well-dressed New Englander
    38%
  • White, elite and looks like EVERYONE else.
    24%
  • North Vineyard Vinesagonia with a Polo Shirt
    10%
  • Put together
    10%
  • White, fit, well dressed
    10%
  • Not as homogenous as it seems!
    3%
  • White, attractive, vineyard vines, canada goose
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
100%
Poll
75%
of students say that Greek life is pretty big.73 responses
Poll
67%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.82 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 22 responses
Report
  • Beautiful
    41%
  • Perfect!
    27%
  • Flawed but beneficial
    14%
  • Preppy
    9%
  • Home away from home
    5%
  • Underrated
    5%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$63,600/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
91%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
93%
National
83%
90%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.31 responses
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Colgate academically was an excellent undergraduate institution. I was exposed to dedicated professors who truly cared about the advancement of their students. I was certainly held to a high standard, which although daunting at times is something I am very grateful for. The campus and village of Hamilton are also places I will miss whenever I am away from them. I truly fell in love with the local area, and I plan to return as often as possible. The only complaint I have about Colgate is the social scene. Although I had a great time, not being involved in Greek life certainly hurt my ability to excel socially. I often felt ostracized from the general student body and sometimes struggled to feel part of the social life.
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The campus is beautiful despite the long winters. Most students like to go out and party however I am not that type of person, yet I found a group of people with similar values as mine to bond with and call my friends. I am a minority race at Colgate which I thought would make me uncomfortable-- and it did at first-- but the people there are welcoming. I have friends with many different backgrounds and personalities. Sometimes I wonder what it would be like if I went to college at another place, but I am comfortable here, even if I wish sometimes there was more to do downtown or on campus. I would like to see the arts advertised more, such as ensemble concerts, drama shows and musicals.
Colgate University is an amazing environment with exceptional academics, a beautiful campus, incredible faculty and students, many opportunities for involvement, and overall is a really fun and enjoyable atmosphere!