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.
NCAA Division I-FCS
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- of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.68 responses
- of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.74 responses
- of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.74 responses
Most Popular Majors
Political Science and Government72 Graduates
International Relations42 Graduates
Neuroscience and Neurobiology41 Graduates
Environmental Science39 Graduates
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology34 Graduates
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- of students say that Greek life is pretty big.73 responses
- of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.82 responses
Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
- of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.31 responses
Colgate University Reviews
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.
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 is the perfect school for me. The academics are challenging but the atmosphere is not competitive. The athletics are amazing for a small, academically focused university. The campus is beautiful. It’s in the middle of nowhere but it’s beautiful, I could walk around the campus for hours. Social life is fun, kids work hard and party harder. Only this is that it sucks for a freshman guy. Like REALLY sucks unless you join an early organization or are on a team or are just an alpha dude who has connections. Still love school though.