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Reviews 923 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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5 College Junior

Overall Experience: Superior academics and professors. Super smart and friendly student body. Gorgeous campus.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: General campus safety and security is good. There are close to 0 reports of theft. However, some campus safety officers are not well-trained, especially in regards to race and mental health concerns.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: There is a great variety of courses offered and the professors are extremely helpful and competent. Class sizes are typically smaller (20=average class size) and each student is paid a lot of attention.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Colgate has an excellent reputation for its academics and there are many excellent career prospects, many of which are available through alumni networks. However, this varies from field to field, inevitably.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Living on/close to campus is alright. My personal experience has been okay overall. However, there is such a wide discrepancy from dorm to dorm. Some are extremely spacious and well-endowed while others lack cleanliness and sufficient space.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: We have excellent athletic programs and good gym facilities for students and faculty.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Considering Colgate University is a small, prestigious school, it is not racially diverse. However, there is an incredible amount of resources, funding and guidance available. The courses are taught only by the professors and all the faculty members are incredible kind, compassionate and competent in their fields.

3 Recent Alumnus

Party Scene: Colgate students enjoy an active social life. They work hard and play hard with an unlimited number of options available to them.

3 Recent Alumnus

Party Scene: The majority of parties are held by Greek houses.

5 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Colgate is rigorous and the workload is intense. There are internships and study abroad options that offer some of the best experiences in the world.

3 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: Colgate students are financially secure or wealthy, but those in need receive generous financial aid. It can be challenging to afford a social lifestyle at a school like Colgate and to "look the part." Professors lean liberal and though there are many loyal to athletics, many also feel that athletics should be downgraded to Div. III and become more like Williams, Amherst, Tufts or Middlebury. Hopefully that will never happen.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: Drinking is common at Colgate but the pressure to do so is not intense.

5 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: Classes at Colgate are rigorous and the workload is intense, but the professors are engaging, accessible, and know you by name. It is a school that encourages discussion and participation, not isolation and solitude.

5 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: A degree from Colgate is golden. The alumni network is world-renown and are the most loyal anywhere. Colgate's reputation is second to none.

4 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: Safety at Colgate is the norm and threatening or harassing students are unheard of. Colgate is a rural campus with its own transportation into town and around campus.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: There are a variety of housing options, from spacious dorms to suites to special interest theme houses to campus-owned apartments, not to mention Greek houses which are owned by Colgate and not the Greek chapters they represent, which is unique.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: Greek life is an important part of the social scene at Colgate, but it is the exception, not the rule. It does not dictate the culture on campus and can be acknowledged or ignored.

4 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: Colgate is the David among Goliaths, and has beaten them all. Colgate has had the highest Division I graduation rate for student-athletes by the NCAA in the country, ahead of Stanford, Harvard, and Notre Dame, to name a few. The motto, "Work hard, play hard" is engraved in the Colgate spirit. From nationally-ranked men's and women's ice hockey, football, and lacrosse teams to being voted the 2nd Most Fit College Campus in America by GQ Magazine, Colgate thrives on competition and has loyal fan support, particularly at away games throughout the country. Everyone at Colgate, especially alums, bleed Colgate Maroon through and through.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel very safe on campus, but there are places in which students may not feel as comfortable or as safe. There is a constant presence of Campus Safety and there are blue lights all across campus.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: There is a wide variety of courses available for students, including a wide variety of courses that fulfill general education requirements. The professors are all very willing to talk to students, and look forward to speaking with students during office hours. The small class sizes make it very easy to ask questions and get to know both the professor and other students.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The alumni network is very active and from the first-year, Career Services helps students set up shadow days and internships. The quality of employers recruiting from Colgate is great and Career Services has a wide variety of programs available to students.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: There are a lot of different housing options on campus, but some halls are more updated than others. All freshman dorms are in a great location up the hill and each year students move down the hill.

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: There are a lot of student-athletes on campus, and most of the students that are not on a varsity team participate in club/intramural sports or go to the gym often. There are a decent amount of sports fans, but the sporting events are not a huge part of overall student life.

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Some of the best experiences I have had thus far have been inside of the classroom, and at outside academic events. Everyone on campus seems to be extremely interested in a great education, but can all balance their lives between academics and social life. I would choose this school over again because there are a ton of great opportunities on campus both academically and socially.

5 College Sophomore

Party Scene: There is no shortage of parties at Colgate. This is definitely debatable if you're a freshman guy, but if you get involved and make friends in frats you'll likely be fine. There's always something happening on Friday nights, Saturdays ("Fraturdays") and Saturday nights. Wednesday nights are also popular, and it's not uncommon for big nights out to occur on Mondays or Thursdays. Tuesdays are also occasionally a thing. There are often frat parties, and many nights students will flock to the Jug, which is Hamilton's version of a night club. So basically Colgate students rage hard and rage often; you can go out an average of 4 times a week, as long as you manage to finish your work on time.

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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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