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Location
Hamilton, NY
Undergrads
2,850
Tuition
$44,640
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Everyone is pretty much the same - preppy, wealthy, entitled...you get the type. Luckily, there are some who fit less into that mold, and that is the group of friends I've settled into. I tend to feel out of place, as I come from a different socioeconomic background from most students, so I am usually uncomfortable in a class that I don't have any friends in (and I find it difficult to make friends with anyone in the class).

2 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Relationships do not exist at Colgate. There is a very fervent hookup culture there, which affects the interactions between boys and girls daily. A majority of the kids at the school are very preppy and rich as well, and nearly everyone wears the same clothing brands in the same styles. That said, overall, the students that attend Colgate are decent.

5 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: Generally everyone dresses well and looks attractive. The school is on a steep hill with lots of athletic students, so nearly everyone is in good physical shape. Definitely a hook-up culture. Few people seriously date before senior year and beyond.

3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Everyone wears the same clothes and match on campus. If you don't, then you probably are from Brooklyn, and therefore are still cool.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: The social scene is what you make of it when it comes to relationships. Most people are super friendly. Lots of major preppiness though. Look out for those Nantucket reds and Vineyard Vines!

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 1st
    Most Athletic Guys
  • 1st
    Most Athletic Girls
  • 4th
    Party Guys
  • 4th
    Party Girls
  • 6th
    Hottest Guys

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

David Esber
Hometown
New Franklin, Ohio
Major
Peace and Conflict Studies
Grad Year
2013
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There's a reason Colgate frequently tops the list for "Most Beautiful College Campus in America," and it's not just the landscaping we're talking about. Truth be told, the girls and guys are both attractive and well-dressed, dividing their non-studying time between working out in the gym and standing in front of the mirror. Taking a look around campus, one can find the latest fashions both off the runway and straight out of J. Crew and Vineyard Vines. Oxford button-downs, pearls, the signature Top-Siders and Wellies are standard apparel, but that doesn’t mean students don’t know the value of a good pair of sweatpants.

The male-to-female ratio hovers right around 50/50, meaning an ideal ratio for dating or hookups, and while Colgate isn’t known for its dating scene, there are many long-term couples on campus that are just lower profile than your standard Jug-goer. To be sure, the nightlife—especially the Jug (a steamy cesspool of hormones masquerading as a dance club)—make it easy to find a mate practically any night of the week. Just don't hit up the Jug too often, lest you gain the reputation of a "Jugrat," not exactly a compliment on this campus.

Facts & Statistics

Female Undergrads
53%
Male Undergrads
47%
Birth Control Available?
Yes
Plan B is available from the Student Health Center for $20.
Best Places to Meet Guys & Girls
  1. Old Stone Jug
  2. Nichols & Beal
  3. Fraternity parties
  4. Organization pubs
  5. Classes
Best Places to Hook Up
  1. Old Stone Jug
  2. Fraternity parties
  3. Anywhere during Spring Party Weekend (SPW)
Social Scene
Students can be summed up in two words: outgoing and involved. Whether it be meetings for one of the more than 170 student organizations or some form of organized sports, there is little downtime on campus.
Hookups or Relationships?
Hookups by and large rule this campus. While there are a number of couples on campus, students quickly learn that at least a sizable plurality of students go out each weekend with the sole objective of finding a mate for the evening. There are a number of couples who started out as random hookups one drunken night at the Jug-so hopeless romantics, there is hope for you. A word to the wise: Colgate is small and one-night stands often hit the rumor mill before daylight the next day.
Dress Code
Preppy and warm. People generally dress to impress, but there is not a dress code, per se. Patagonia Snap-T's, Oxfords, and leggings are the closest things you'll get to the standard "uniform" on campus.
Did You Know?
A number of campus groups bring several music acts to campus each semester, attracting huge crowds and dominating the social scene for that particular evening or afternoon.

Student Polls

I would say girls on campus are    Based on 58 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Attractive
  • Athletic
  • Creative/artsy
  • Friendly
  • Fun
  • Geeky
  • Hardworking
  • Into partying
  • Outgoing
  • Preppy
  • Religious
  • Smart
  • Stuck-up

I would say guys on campus are    Based on 58 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Attractive
  • Athletic
  • Creative/artsy
  • Friendly
  • Fun
  • Geeky
  • Hardworking
  • Into partying
  • Outgoing
  • Preppy
  • Religious
  • Smart
  • Stuck-up

What kinds of relationships have you had since coming to school?    Based on 58 responses

  • 43% Random hook-up with someone at your school
  • 16% Casual dating at your school
  • 14% Long-distance relationship
  • 7% Exclusively dating someone at your school
  • 6% None
  • 5% Long-term relationship with someone at your school
  • 5% Random hook-up with someone at a neighboring school
  • 2% Exclusively dating someone at a neighboring school
  • 1% Long-term relationship with someone at a neighboring school
  • 0% Casual dating at a neighboring school

What are the best places to meet guys/girls?    Based on 5 responses

  • 25% Organization pubs
  • 19% Fraternity parties
  • 19% Most of those places simply entail hooking up
  • 12% Old Stone Jug
  • 12% Clubs and athletics
  • 6% Classes
  • 6% Nichols & Beal

How would you rate the social scene on campus?    Based on 58 responses

  • 0% Lacking, with almost no interesting or popular activities.
  • 3% Quiet, with few popular activities and chances to meet new people.
  • 36% Active, with a handful of popular activities.
  • 60% Very vibrant, with lots of popular activities available almost every day.

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