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4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Joining greek life opens you up to so many more options socially

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is a huge part of the social scene at Colgate. This makes life for a guy as a first-year very difficult socially. But it gets SO MUCH BETTER! Joining greek life here was a great decision!

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: There are plenty of different housing options, and as you get older more of the options open up. First-years are mostly in doubles, triples, or suites. Sophomores have much more suite availability as well as the option to live in the townhouses which are really nice.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: If you live close enough (ie tristate area) driving is very convenient, either if you have a car or a friend does. There is bus/shuttle transportation to the Syracuse airport or major cities, most readily available around breaks, for those who do not have access to cars.

3 College Freshman

Parking: I guess it could be worse. Convenient parking spaces are hard to find.

5 College Freshman

Greek Life: I never thought I'd be involved in Greek life in college but I absolutely love it!

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3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: The social scene is what you make of it when it comes to relationships. Most people are super friendly. Lots of major preppiness though. Look out for those Nantucket reds and Vineyard Vines!

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I can't think of too many things I'd change about Colgate.

5 College Freshman

Academics: Most professors are always available to help and the workload can be overwhelming at times but it can be managed.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: The buildings are gorgeous (for the most part) and the campus is stunning.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: Colgate is definitely my favorite place to be. Great people, great classes, great fun.

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Definitely way better than what I expected from college food.

5 College Freshman

Nightlife: I'm not into the whole Jug scene, but the frats always know how to show you a good time. It can be hard if you're an unaffiliated guy though.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: If partying is your thing, you'll find it here. But at the same time there is hardly any peer pressure and there are plenty of alternatives to the drinking centered night life.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The campus as a whole is incredibly safe. Crime happens but it's not a massive problem.

2 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: I mean the officers can be pretty nice, its just never fun to hear about people getting in trouble at parties.

4 College Freshman

Computers: The wifi is amazingly reliable. I personally brought a laptop and a desk printer and it works amazing for me. Sometimes it can be a hassle trying to print at the library.

2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Only a handful of seniors get to live off campus.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: I'd say the campus is full of diverse individuals even though a lot of people say it's primarily a bunch of upper class white kids. That's such an exaggeration. There are tons of interesting people here.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The rooms are pretty sweet compared to what I've seen at other schools.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I got a good amount of financial aid, but it's still a pretty expensive school.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: I love the small town setting, plus the campus is gorgeous.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: The alumni club provides busses to some NE cities (Boston, Long Island…) so that's what I usually use. I hear it can be a major pain in the ass to get to Syracuse for the airport though.

4 College Freshman

Weather: I'm biased because I love snow, but in general it's not thaaaaaat bad. People tend to be drama queens about it but its honestly just a longer winter. If that's not your thing I get it but, everyone hop off of the weather!

4 College Freshman

Majors: One thing that I think is awesome is that you don't have to declare until your sophomore year so you have plenty of time to feel out different subjects before you settle down.


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David Esber
New Franklin, Ohio
Peace and Conflict Studies
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Among other small liberal arts colleges, Colgate has a way of standing out and rising above the rest, and students here come to cherish their four years spent in the town of Hamilton. Partially a result of the myriad opportunities afforded to students and partially a result of the students Colgate seems to attract, this is one exciting place to get an undergraduate degree. Professors tend to say they aren’t teaching students lessons so much as teaching them how to engage with the outside world and succeed in their careers. The University is not a cutthroat place by any means, and while many opportunities are competitive, there is so much opportunity to go around that students are genuinely happy and proud of their peers when they succeed. Colgate is about community, and although each person on campus is involved in a number of different activities, students have much in common in their drive to achieve, and commitment to the school and surrounding area. Once you get past the cold winters, you come to realize that there is a reason Colgate’s rural location contributes to this go-getter attitude and encourages self-reflection and new experiences.

It’s the people that make Colgate so special, and without the unique mix of caring faculty, attentive staff, and fun and outgoing students, Colgate wouldn’t quite be the same. While students excel in the classroom, their real passion is engaging with each other and bringing different perspectives and interests to a relatively small population of students. You might not be able to return to the glory days of college after you graduate, but Colgate alums are among the most supportive of any institution and are truly proud of their alma mater.

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