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Reviews 860 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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5 College Junior

Overall Experience: 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.


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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5 College Junior

Overall Experience: I absolutely love my school - the campus, the academics, the people. Nothing beats it.

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I am part of a small inclusive community of driven people. It is a fantastic environment, a wonderful location, and a prestigious and rigorous institution. I feel challenged everyday but also comfortable going to my professors when help is needed. I really look forward to the next three years at Colgate.

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Colgate University is not only a school but a home, and it's easy to see why once you step foot on our campus. At less than 3000 undergraduates, it's considered a small to medium sized liberal arts school, but the opportunities and experiences are not in any way negatively affected by our small size. There are so many research opportunities, even for underclassmen. My classes have all been challenging, very interesting, and taught by professors who are genuinely trying to make a difference in the lives of their students. When I toured the university before my senior year, I was very surprised by how much the school claimed to offer, and I doubted that it could all be true. But everything the admissions staff advertised was a mere understatement of what I have actually experienced at this incredible small-town school.

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5 College Sophomore

Majors: Such a variety of things to study that it is easy to find what you want to study

4 College Sophomore

Majors: An internship is garnered through alumni connections - usually free, but fantastic experience

4 College Sophomore

Local Area: Very small but very homely

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I couldn't have asked for a better university. This has been amazing!

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Most graduates leave with a job already. Internships are also usually achieved through alumni connections

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5 College Sophomore

Athletics: We are division 1 athletics and the facilities are amazing!

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: It's okay, but they are changing meal providers. It was starting to get better but it will get better this following year.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The housing is fantastic. The location is prime for classes no matter what year you are. In addition, the rooms themselves are cleanly and well maintained

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Definitely working on building diversity

5 College Sophomore

Academics: Couldn't have asked for anything better

5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Rated one of the most beautiful campuses in the United States

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Very intelligent and good looking

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: CAMPO is fantastic and then the health facilities are great!

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: It's great whatever you choose (on or off).

4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: We have a variety of days to go out and only two days dedicated for late night work. Otherwise the frats and local bars are extremely fun!

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: They cater to the students so the restaurants we have are amazing and delicious

4 College Sophomore

Administration: They are strict when they need to be and not overly harsh where you feel claustrophobic

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: The school has a plentiful amount of financial aid available for those students that need it and they give 100% what is needed

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There's some small cute little restaurants, but they may require reservations.

3 College Freshman

Administration: We're getting a new president so things could change. However, you can mostly get away with what you want.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: I don't party much, but there are definitely plenty of options if you're a freshman girl. If you're a freshman guy or a guy who isn't in a frat, good luck.


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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.

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