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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
    B+
  6. Party Scene
    A
  7. Professors
    A+
  8. Location
    C+
  9. Dorms
    B-
  10. Campus Food
    C+
  11. Student Life
    A
  12. Safety
    B+
Colgate University is ...
Private not-for-profit
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
29%
Application Deadline
January 15
SAT Range
1290-1460
ACT Range
30-33
Application Fee
$60
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$22,463/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $6,892/ year
  • $30-48k
    $6,086/ year
  • $49-75k
    $17,589/ year
  • $76-110k
    $21,082/ year
  • $110k+
    $42,628/ year
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  • Simple, straightforward student loans with an easy application
  • Flexible repayment options, and strong borrower protections

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
54%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.72 responses
40%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.72 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
2,864Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
0%
Pell Grant
15%
Varsity Athletes
20%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 27 responses
Report
  • Goodlooking and well-dressed New Englander
    33%
  • White, elite and looks like EVERYONE else.
    26%
  • North Vineyard Vinesagonia with a Polo Shirt
    11%
  • Put together
    11%
  • White, fit, well dressed
    11%
  • Not as homogenous as it seems!
    4%
  • White, attractive, vineyard vines, canada goose
    4%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
100%
Poll
76%
of students say that Greek life is pretty big.71 responses
Poll
69%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.80 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 20 responses
Report
  • Beautiful
    45%
  • Perfect!
    30%
  • Flawed but beneficial
    15%
  • Preppy
    10%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$61,300/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
90%
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 University Reviews

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Colgate is an excellent school, with good name recognition (particularly in the Northeast, and within certain industries). It is set in a beautiful area, although it is somewhat depressed once you venture far from campus. I have no complaints about the academic environment, and the professors were largely top notch. However, culturally, Colgate leaves a lot to be desired. Not coming from the most diverse of backgrounds myself, I was truly shocked by the lack of diversity and the preppy culture left to flourish by the administration. This is to be expected at a small, liberal arts school in the Northeast. But the isolated setting allowed all the worst elements of this culture to be magnified. Might be perfect for some, definitely is not for others -- but you should go in to the admissions process with militant objectivism (as with any school), and not let anyone gloss over the very real shortcomings of the school.
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If you went to a wealthy, white, private high school, you’ll probably be very happy here. If you didn’t, there’s a pretty good chance you won’t be. DO NOT COME HERE if you want to be around people who are down-to-earth or have ever had to have a minimum wage job. The majority of students here are totally out of touch with reality. Greek life is extremely problematic. I like going to parties, but the classism is present all the time, everywhere. This might not even be the majority of the students at Colgate- it’s just the dominant culture. A girl in my class yesterday, verbatim: “well, part of the reason poor people have a lower graduation rate is because their family probably doesn’t value education or push them to succeed.” I’m not kidding. If I’d known what the dominant culture was, I wouldn’t have come here. Dorms are meh, there's no school spirit. Statistically low social mobility after graduation. The professors are fantastic.
Personally, I have loved my housing experience thus far. I was assigned to Andrews for my first year, which I was very happy with. I was placed in a 5 person suite which featured two bedrooms and a spacious common room that was great for social gatherings and hanging out with friends. The Community Leaders (similar to an RA) for the most part are pretty relaxed, which I preferred, but I could also understand people thinking that there was not enough enforcement at times. Because freshman housing is so close to academic buildings, I could often wake up 15 minutes before class and get there with time to spare which was awesome. I will be living in a 16 person townhouse for sophomore year, which is really nice so I am excited! I did see, however, that some of my friends did not have as favorable as results with the housing process, and are very upset with their accommodations for the next year.