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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
    B+
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

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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.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $5,637/ year
  • $30-48k
    $8,942/ year
  • $49-75k
    $15,055/ year
  • $76-110k
    $22,315/ year
  • $110k+
    $38,768/ year
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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
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
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  • 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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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.
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.