Colgate may not be a shining beacon of diversity, but it is certainly making great efforts to improve its tolerance and inclusivity. In fact, the class of 2015 follows a trend of an increasingly multicultural student body—25 percent self-identify as multicultural—and a commitment toward becoming need-blind in the future is improving socioeconomic diversity. There are still efforts to be made toward increasing all types of diversity on campus and encouraging acceptance of these new populations, but the University is entering a new chapter at Colgate and closing the door on the double-popped-collar days of the past. Sure, you’ll find students from the upper-middle class driving around in brand-new SUVs, but you’re just as likely to find students paying for their own education through work-study and grants.
Though a nondenominational university, there are active religious communities on campus that hold frequent events open to all students, and the LGBTQ community frequently facilitates discussions and events throughout the year. The ALANA (African, Latin, Asian, & Native American) Cultural Center headed up by the Dean of Multicultural Affairs is the hub of ethnic diversity and features salsa dancing classes and an annual music festival at the beginning of each year. In general, the campus attitude is that those students who refuse to accept minority populations on campus are the only students that don’t belong.