Colgate is a highly rated private university located in Hamilton, New York. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 2,864 undergraduate students. Admissions is competitive as the Colgate acceptance rate is 29%. Popular majors include Economics, Political Science and Government, and History. Graduating 90% of students, Colgate alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $45,100.
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.72 responses
- of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.72 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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Freshmen Live On-Campus
- of students say that Greek life is pretty big.71 responses
- of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.80 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
My four years at Colgate University were some of the best and most formative years of my life. The campus is small enough to feel intimate, but large enough that you are constantly meeting new people. The academic structure is designed to allow exploration in interesting subjects while also providing in-depth knowledge in your chosen field. The professors are passionate about both their subjects and students, and many students graduate having formed lasting relationships with their professors. There is a lot of school pride and alums really go out of their way to provide opportunities to students. It snows most of the school year so it is wise to invest in a good coat and snow boots, but with or without snow it is one of the most beautiful campuses in the country. Attending Colgate was one of the best decisions I have ever made.
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.
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.