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Reviews 961 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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5 College Senior

Majors: It's easy to change a major or declare a major. Just make sure it is done early enough so you can take all the courses and finish in time.

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4 College Senior

Overall Experience: The best thing about Colgate is the people. As a student, you will meet incredible people from all walks of life even though at first glace the school appears homogenous. Almost all people are nice and it is an easy place to make friends. I'm sure many schools can also boast the same thing, but Colgate students are intelligent, attractive, and nice!

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: Professors and classes are great at Colgate. Classes are not too big, and students really get the opportunity to discuss topics in and out of class with professors and students. Many courses are designed to be discussion based and allow students to participate in dialogue about difficult issues with knowledgeable professors.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: Career services is incredibly helpful and has helped me with everything I have ever gone to them for. I understand that the alumni network is also very helpful and hope to experience that soon. Alumni come to campus often to give presentations about their specific job or industry in general or to recruit Colgate students for their company.

3 College Senior

Majors: Economics is the program for students interested in Finance since Colgate has no business school. The department is good, however, there are not enough professors and courses offered leaving many students that don't have good registration times without courses needed for their major. Many students end up taking a lot of them at one time because they are able to register with a good slot during one semester.

3 College Senior

Majors: I've only had one internship that is in wealth management (my goal after graduation) and the pay is alright, but I am not given too much responsibility. The firm I am at, however, is different from most in the industry and most firms require intense time commitments and yield more pay.

4 College Senior

Facilities: Beautiful campus with modern buildings and classrooms. New athletic center, and library that is nice. Coop is a great place to hang out outside of dorms. Beautiful campus and green spaces mean all students are outside on the nice days early in the fall or late in the spring.

3 College Senior

Campus Housing: Campus housing is fine. Not the best, but certainly not terrible either. Social atmosphere is great in them and you just have to make it out of freshman year to have more fun where you live.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: Safe campus. Campus Safety officers are there to make sure no one dies when they get too drunk.

2 College Senior

Diversity: Everyone appears to be white and wealthy.

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2 College Senior

Greek Life: Not enough fraternities and sororities. The process is insanely competitive, and you have to be working at it early as a guy.

4 College Senior

Athletics: Everyone participates in club and intramural sports. Varsity sports account for a large portion of the students, but hockey games are the only well attended games.

2 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Not many options. Slices, and a couple other pizza places go with some sports bars and La Iguana.

2 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Most people go to Colgate accepting the fact that Hamilton is small and remote. It's a beautiful place, but don't look for a variety of places to eat or public transportation. The relationship between the town and students seems good though.

3 College Senior

Guys & Girls: Everyone is attractive and athletic as well as dresses nicely. Everyone is also pretty nice with the exception of a few people you meet who are stuck up. The hook up culture is prevalent, and girls and guys don't treat each other too well.

1 College Senior

Scholarships: I apply every time and they give nothing, even with siblings in college as well. Both of my siblings received some help, but Colgate offered nothing.

4 College Senior

Campus Dining: Frank is fun as an underclassman. The Coop is awesome!

2 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Dumb process of having seniors enter a lottery and only so many off campus permits are given out. Also, there aren't enough places to live so people begin signing leases during their sophomore year.

4 College Senior

Academics: Great professors especially in the Religion department. Not enough courses offered in popular majors like Economics, which makes registration tough at times. Workload can be rough but manageable.

3 College Senior

Academics: Economics major is alright, because there are plenty of students to help out as it's the most popular major at Colgate. Unfortunately, some of the newer and younger professors are not that great. Stick with the older ones.

4 College Senior

Campus Strictness: Pretty lenient regarding alcohol and drugs. Gets so much easier after freshman year. Campus safety isn't around nearly as much. Campus is strict about honor code though, but that's not really a problem.

3 College Senior

Nightlife: The party scene at Colgate is alive and well. You can find a party or go downtown pretty much any day of the week except Tuesday and Sunday. The only negative aspect is the power fraternities hold over the party scene, and the fact that males outside of a fraternity are not allowed inside leaving out 67% of males on campus. Nonetheless, plenty of parties are to be found with sports teams and clubs.

5 Recent Alumnus

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5 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: Degree is extremely valuable. Anywhere you go and say you have a degree from Colgate will respect you.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: I wasn't in a house so it's hard to say. But the number of options is gradually shirnking, causing many more students to be turned away as houses fill up each year. Whatever.


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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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