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
27%
SAT Range
1250-1450
ACT Range
30-33
Application Fee
$60
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
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Test Scores and GPA for Colgate University

Cost

Net Price
$21,741/ year
National
$15,403
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $13,472/ year
  • $30-48k
    $6,466/ year
  • $49-75k
    $14,080/ year
  • $76-110k
    $22,993/ year
  • $110k+
    $38,052/ year

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
55%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.71 responses
41%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.71 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
2,834Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
0%
Pell Grant
13%
Varsity Athletes
20%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 26 responses
Report
  • Goodlooking and well-dressed New Englander
    35%
  • White, elite and looks like EVERYONE else.
    27%
  • Put together
    12%
  • White, fit, well dressed
    12%
  • North Vineyard Vinesagonia with a Polo Shirt
    8%
  • 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.70 responses
Poll
70%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.79 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 19 responses
Report
  • Beautiful
    47%
  • Perfect!
    32%
  • Flawed but beneficial
    16%
  • Preppy
    5%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$61,500/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
90%
National
48%
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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I currently do not intend the college, but visited with my cousins over the summer. The campus is BEAUTIFUL! I felt like I was at Hogwarts. Everywhere we went on the tour made me feel at home, and I could definitely see myself going here. From town to the campus itself, it is like another world. While on the tour, I learned of several traditions and original quirks about the school. It's a somewhat large school with a small town feeling.
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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.
Country club/preppy, party school. Academics are quite good but the culture leaves much to be desired. If you are academic-minded and like diversity, there are more rigorous and prestigious schools with better atmospheres (and with bigger endowments, making your education much more affordable).

However, like everything in life, it's what you make of it. A degree from Colgate (in a marketable major, kids.... Times are changing--a history degree is just not the same as an economics or hard science degree anymore, unless from top tier schools) with good grades should open some doors, if you know how to network. And Colgate does have a good network, but students really need to learn how to take advantage of it. Otherwise, Colgate just doesn't have the cachet or household name status of the Ivy League.