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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.

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Diversity: Colgate is a very homogenous campus - upperclassmen, white, preppy, goodlooking New Englanders. I am a minority and student here with different backgrounds dlcertainly can find their niche! But there students here are generally of the same sort.

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Diversity: Very homogenous but not unaccepting - just ignorant

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Diversity: Colgate isn't very diverse at all. But I don't think there is any racism or acceptance issues.

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Diversity: Being in the middle of nowhere in frigid upstate New York, diversity isn't exactly widespread.


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David Esber
New Franklin, Ohio
Peace and Conflict Studies
Grad Year
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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.

Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • California
  • Connecticut
  • Foreign countries
  • Massachusetts
  • New Jersey
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 2%
18-19: 49%
20-21: 45%
22-24: 4%
25+: 0%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 4%
Asian American: 8%
Hispanic: 3%
International: 8%
Native American: 1%
White: 77%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
While there are reported incidents on campus of homophobia and discrimination, there are a number of systems in place to encourage acceptance and to promote a positive environment for the LGBTQ community at Colgate. There are two student organizations on campus, Lambda and Advocates (a gay-straight alliance), that host a number of events open to both the LGBTQ and larger Colgate communities.
Political Activity
If anything, Colgate students tend to be somewhat apolitical, but that hardly indicates indifference toward surrounding communities and those in need. Groups like Amnesty International hold well-attended fundraising events and the Center for Outreach, Volunteerism and Education (the COVE) offers a number of ways to give back to the local community. There is, however, representation from both College Democrats and College Republicans and a number of other groups encouraging political involvement.
Economic Status
Colgate students come from diverse backgrounds, and you're as likely to meet an upper-class prepster driving around a brand-new SUV as you are a student paying for his or her entire Colgate tuition through grants and work-study. While students tend to dress preppy, for the most part, that is where the elitist attitude ends.
Most Common Religions
The active religious communities represent the religious preferences of Colgate's student body, although a majority associates with the University Church, the Newman community, and the Jewish community based out of the Saperstein Jewish Center.
Minority Clubs on Campus
The minority clubs maintain a visible role in campus affairs and host regular social events and lecture series. Groups like Brothers, the Latin American Student Association (LASO), and Sisters of the Round Table (SORT) often join forces with other groups on campus for special events. The ALANA Cultural Center oversees most diversity efforts at Colgate and holds frequent events open to the entire campus community, including leadership workshops and brown-bag lunches.
Did You Know?
Dancefest, a twice-annual showcase of Colgate's dance and ethnic groups, sells out within days of tickets going on sale.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 57 responses

  • 12% Libertarian
  • 11% Not sure
  • 2% Very conservative
  • 11% Conservative
  • 19% Moderate
  • 37% Liberal
  • 9% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 56 responses

  • 0% Libertarian
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 23% Conservative
  • 32% Moderate
  • 20% Not sure
  • 25% Liberal
  • 0% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 55 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How diverse is your personal circle of friends in the following areas?    Based on 54 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 57 responses

  • 16% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 19% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 54% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 11% Very accepting.


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