Colgate students know it is their fellow students and the professors that make this place so special. Classes have a way of transcending the walls of the classroom and reaching most other aspects of campus life, whether it is a lecture series sponsored by the peace and conflict studies (P-CON) department or the Table of Babel each week in Frank Dining Hall. The University works hard to keep class sizes small and to provide professors with funding to go on field trips and immerse their students in the subject. On the subject of Colgate as a "university," you don’t need to worry about getting lost in the sea of graduate students. The focus really is on the undergraduate side of education, as only a handful of graduate students matriculate from the sole graduate program each year. That doesn’t mean students don’t reap the rewards associated with larger research institutions, however. About 150 students stay on campus each summer to conduct graduate-level, cutting-edge research in the sciences, humanities, and social sciences, and many continue that research with professors during the school year. The facilities: top-notch.
There are a handful of required courses at Colgate within the core curriculum—one of the nation’s oldest—but most students agree that these courses are a great way to complement fields of study or to discover one of interest and create great discussions both inside and outside of the classroom. Another way Colgate looks to improve classroom discussions is through the commitment to off-campus study; about two-thirds of the student body travels abroad through one of the University's programs or through an affiliate, and it is the only institution—anywhere—with a partnership with the National Institutes of Health (NID) in Bethesda, Md. There’s much more to Colgate than academics, but this is definitely where the University shines.