Colgate University

955 reviews
  1. Hamilton, NY
  2. 4 Year
A+
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Value
    A+
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    A-
  5. Athletics
    A-
  6. Party Scene
    A+
  7. Professors
    A+
  8. Location
    B
  9. Dorms
    B
  10. Campus Food
    B-
  11. Student Life
    A+
  12. Safety
    A
Colgate University is ...
Private not-for-profit
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-AA
Athletic Conference
Patriot League
Address
13 Oak Dr
Hamilton, NY 13346

Colgate University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
26%
SAT Range
1280-1470
ACT Range
29-32
Application Fee
$60
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required

Cost

Net Price
$21,649/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $12,034/ year
  • $30-48k
    $7,950/ year
  • $49-75k
    $13,384/ year
  • $76-110k
    $19,989/ year
  • $110k+
    $38,257/ year

Academics

Professors
A+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
9:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
96%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.68 responses
56%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.70 responses
41%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.70 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
2,863Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
0%
Pell Grant
10%
Varsity Athletes
19%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 25 responses
Report
  • Goodlooking and well-dressed New Englander
    36%
  • White, elite and looks like EVERYONE else.
    24%
  • Put together
    12%
  • White, fit, well dressed
    12%
  • North Vineyard Vinesagonia with a Polo Shirt
    8%
  • Not as homogenous as it seems!
    4%
  • White, attractive, vineyard vines, canada goose
    4%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
100%
Poll
77%
of students say that Greek life is pretty big.69 responses
Poll
69%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.78 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 18 responses
Report
  • Beautiful
    50%
  • Perfect!
    33%
  • Flawed but beneficial
    17%

After Colgate University

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$61,500/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
92%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
93%
National
83%
90%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.31 responses

Reviews

955 reviews
  • Excellent
    163
  • Very Good
    355
  • Average
    322
  • Poor
    83
  • Terrible
    32
Personally, I have loved my housing experience thus far. I was assigned to Andrews for my first year, which I was very happy with. I was placed in a 5 person suite which featured two bedrooms and a spacious common room that was great for social gatherings and hanging out with friends. The Community Leaders (similar to an RA) for the most part are pretty relaxed, which I preferred, but I could also understand people thinking that there was not enough enforcement at times. Because freshman housing is so close to academic buildings, I could often wake up 15 minutes before class and get there with time to spare which was awesome. I will be living in a 16 person townhouse for sophomore year, which is really nice so I am excited! I did see, however, that some of my friends did not have as favorable as results with the housing process, and are very upset with their accommodations for the next year.
  • College Sophomore
  • 6 months ago
Best college ever! I love everything about Colgate from the small class sizes to the food to the atmosphere to the people. Although, Colgate isn't every well known it shouldn't be looked over! Courses are challenging but very rewarding.
  • Sophomore
  • 1 month ago
I'd be lying if I said I 100% loved everything about Colgate. It definitely has its downsides and I felt very uncomfortable during orientation when stuck with a bunch of rich kids talking about their summers on "the vineyard." HOWEVER, I eventually got used to this, found my own group of friends, and learned to accept that there are a ton of rich, wealthy kids here-- and that most of them are very nice.

COLGATE IS THE BEST

The opportunities are amazing, and that's what I came here for. I go to classes with ton of smart, beautiful, interesting people. I learn from great professors and read challenging but thought-provoking books. I live on a beautiful campus, and even though there's not much to do in the surrounding area, that means that we're forced to appreciate each other and our time on campus :)

I especially love the great offerings and opportunity to make friends within the hundreds of clubs, organizations, club sports, intramural sports, and a capella groups on campus. (Join something! Right away! Don't hesitate!) There are so many great opportunities through these clubs for fun outings (like Ski Club!) and interesting lectures (like International Relations Council!).

I also think Colgate is the perfect size. I'm always meeting new, interesting people, but I see friends everywhere I go!

Career Services is really helpful, and this is great considering a lot of people worry that going to a liberal arts school makes it harder to get hired. I really recommend the SophoMORE Connections event available sophomore year. It's a great way to practice networking, meet alumni, and learn about different career options. Students who are interested in an unpaid summer internship also apply for grant money-- about half of people who apply receive it and you can get over $4,000 if you need it!

The Study Abroad offerings are amazing too! --and students on financial aid get extra grant money for that semester to help them out! (Thank god!)

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  • College Junior
  • July 19 2015