Colgate University Summary

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Basic Statistics

Hamilton, NY
Full-Time Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
In-State Tuition
Out-of-State Tuition
Room & Board
Acceptance Rate
29 %
Admission Difficulty
Average SAT Scores
Average ACT Scores

Best ThingsMore . . .

  • The beautiful and safe campus set atop the rolling hills of the Chenango Valley
  • Field trips, office hours, and class dinners with the top-notch professors. Faculty come to Hamilton, N.Y. to be with students and engage with them on a daily basis.
  • This is definitely not a suitcase school. Students stay on campus for the weekends, and you're sure to run into familiar faces at Slices or elsewhere downtown.
  • The perfect balance of size, opportunities, and student population that gives Colgate its exciting yet tight-knit community feel

Worst ThingsMore . . .

  • UGG boots
  • Course registration
  • Strict parking regulations
  • Having to climb up the hill after partying or parking your car

Frequently ComparedCompare . . .

Overall ExperienceWhat's This?

Among other small liberal arts colleges, Colgate has a way of standing out and rising above the rest, and students here come to cherish their four years spent in the town of Hamilton. Partially a result of the myriad opportunities afforded to students and partially a result of the students Colgate seems to attract, this is one exciting place to get an undergraduate degree. Professors tend to say they aren’t teaching students lessons so much as teaching them how to engage with the outside world and succeed in their careers. The University is not a cutthroat place by any means, and while many opportunities are competitive, there is so much opportunity to go around that students are genuinely happy and proud of their peers when they succeed. Colgate is about community, and although each person on campus is involved in a number of different activities, students have much in common in their drive to achieve, and commitment to the school and surrounding area. Once you get past the cold winters, you come to realize that there is a reason Colgate’s rural location contributes to this go-getter attitude and encourages self-reflection and new experiences.

It’s the people that make Colgate so special, and without the unique mix of caring faculty, attentive staff, and fun and outgoing students, Colgate wouldn’t quite be the same. While students excel in the classroom, their real passion is engaging with each other and bringing different perspectives and interests to a relatively small population of students. You might not be able to return to the glory days of college after you graduate, but Colgate alums are among the most supportive of any institution and are truly proud of their alma mater.

Colgate Student Reviews

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4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Joining greek life opens you up to so many more options socially

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is a huge part of the social scene at Colgate. This makes life for a guy as a first-year very difficult socially. But it gets SO MUCH BETTER! Joining greek life here was a great decision!

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: There are plenty of different housing options, and as you get older more of the options open up. First-years are mostly in doubles, triples, or suites. Sophomores have much more suite availability as well as the option to live in the townhouses which are really nice.

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3 College Sophomore

Transportation: If you live close enough (ie tristate area) driving is very convenient, either if you have a car or a friend does. There is bus/shuttle transportation to the Syracuse airport or major cities, most readily available around breaks, for those who do not have access to cars.

3 College Freshman

Parking: I guess it could be worse. Convenient parking spaces are hard to find.


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