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  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 2,936 undergraduate students. Admissions is competitive as the Colgate acceptance rate is 25%. Popular majors include Economics, Political Science and Government, and Psychology. Graduating 89% of students, Colgate alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $47,700.
13 Oak Dr
Hamilton, NY 13346
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FCS
Athletic Conference
Patriot League

Colgate University Rankings

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

Colgate Admissions

Acceptance Rate
25%
Application Deadline
January 15
SAT Range
1320-1510
ACT Range
31-34
Application Fee
$60
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$23,058/ 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
$46,802/ 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.75 responses
40%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.75 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
2,936Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
22
Undergrads Over 25
0%
Pell Grant
10%
Varsity Athletes
22%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 30 responses
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  • Goodlooking and well-dressed New Englander
    37%
  • White, elite and looks like EVERYONE else.
    27%
  • 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
74%
of students say that Greek life is pretty big.74 responses
Poll
67%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.83 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 23 responses
Report
  • Beautiful
    39%
  • Perfect!
    26%
  • Flawed but beneficial
    17%
  • Preppy
    9%
  • Home away from home
    4%
  • Underrated
    4%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$63,600/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
89%
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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I have had the best time at Colgate University. The professor student ratio allows for students to gain personal relationships with their professors which enabled me to learn more effectively. The academic sector of Colgate is difficult, but professors want you to excel and help you achieve your goals. As for the social scene at Colgate, it is epic, but only if you are involved in Greek Life, a sports team or a club. Unfortunately, Colgate itself is an exclusive school and the social scene is even more exclusive, but if you are in one of the type of groups mentioned above, your social calender will always be full. Colgate is fun, but not as much fun for others. Colgate lacks diversity and makes it hard for minorities to have as good of a time as the white upper class students. There have been many racist incidents by students and faculty and there seems to not ever be any severe punishment unless the student body overwhelms the school with emails and letters.
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Located in Hamilton, NY, Colgate University does a great job giving students a home away from home. The sense of community makes a welcoming and easy transition from high school to higher-level education. Parties are there if desired, but not needed to enjoy your time at Colgate. The university tries its best to diversify the student body but, it is still far from what it should be. Colgate sports division 1 athletic teams, with free tickets to all games for students. Being one of the top liberal arts colleges in the U.S., the academics offered at Colgate challenge its students. Two new dorm buildings joined the ever-expanding campus in fall 2019. Most students reside on campus, however, off-campus housing options are also available, usually occupied by upperclassmen and athletes. Financial aid is offered along with numerous work-study jobs on campus to mitigate the costs of tuition. The beautiful rural campus is kept safe by campus police and the emergency blue light system.
I've only been at Colgate for a semester, but I've had many great experiences. I found my circle of friends at a pre-orientation program which really helped with my transition into college, and Colgate's campus is small enough so that I see familiar faces every day. One of my concerns before coming here was that I wouldn't have much to do outside campus (since Hamilton is in the middle of nowhere), but there are numerous events that take place on campus (there are also shuttles that transport students to the Destiny U.S.A. on Saturdays for free). The small class sizes are great because I've been able to interact with my classmates and professors often, and although homework/studying keeps me busy, I still have a reasonable amount of leisure time every day. One drawback I'd like to mention is that the student body isn't very diverse (which hasn't led to any negative experiences for me personally but I know it has for others).