Countless current students and Colgate alums tell the same tale: They fell in love with the school as soon as they stepped foot onto campus. Whether it is the state-of-the-art Trudy Fitness Center, which features 15-inch TV monitors on each of the 83 cardio machines, or the Case Library and Geyer Center for Information Technology, Colgate spares no expense when it comes to its students. A walk around campus confirms this.
While most academic buildings are frequently remodeled and updated—and buildings like the Robert H.N. Ho Science Center bring interdisciplinary collaboration to a new level—it is the non-academic buildings that really shine. The O'Connor Campus Center (the Coop), the de facto student union, features a massive fireplace and plenty of room to eat, socialize, and do work. The African, Latin, Asian, & Native American (ALANA) Cultural Center gives first-years the chance to prepare a home-cooked meal in the fully stocked kitchen or take salsa dancing classes. And although Colgate is nondenominational, the Memorial Chapel, the Saperstein Jewish Center, and the Chapel House all provide plenty of space for religious services, cultural activities, and learning about other cultures and traditions. There is a reason Colgate is considered one of America's most beautiful college campuses—it's bursting with opportunities both inside the classroom and out.