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5 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: Colgate is even better than I had hoped it would be. Torchlight, DanceFest, and all sporting events like football, m/w ice hockey, soccer, basketball...what a great Colgate experience. The campus is exquisite.

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I believe the college takes this issue seriously.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: It is a small campus with many housing choices.There are dorms , townhouses apartments and Greek life housing to chose from. Most students live on campus .

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4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: There is a balance of Greek life , athletics and academics

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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: I am on the football team of a Division 1 AA program . Colgate has competative athletics in a close knit community. We have a great coaching staff and support academically .

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Colgate University is a small liberal arts undergraduate college. It has a beautiful campus in upper state New York with roiling hills views of mountains and beautiful and unique brick buildings . Colgate has great acedemics and athletics with a diverse students from all walks of life.

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5 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Insane. Wouldn't trade it for any other school's party life. Besides the exclusivity of fraternity parties, there seems to always be someone getting down and having fun. Whether its meeting new people, bonding with friends, or just making amazing memories Colgate's party scene is a lot and a lot of fun.

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: Honestly the choices, rigor, and professors all make the entire college worth staying in. With all of its flaws and issues, Colgate's academics are phenomenal.

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1 College Sophomore

Diversity: Nothing needs to be said more than Colgate is one of the whitest, most unsafe place for poc out of most liberal arts colleges in America. Whiteness is present everywhere even in safe spaces and it honestly slowly wears you down and kills you.

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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Not as bad as most.

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Honestly I love the professors and classes. Every single class I have taken I have loved and every single professor I have had, has been so incredibly different than what I was used to in high school. The courses are numerous and there are so many options in a prestigious liberal arts college like Colgate. I am blessed for the education I am receiving from this institution.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Career services will hound you and haunt you throughout your life at Colgate. Whether it is finding you opportunities or making sure your resume is flawless, career services is really looking out for its students and ensuring them that they find employment.

2 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Rape is a real threat and especially at Colgate sexual assault is a clear and very present danger. Colgate has on average of 3% more sexual assault than the average college student. After our Campus Climate Survey which interviewed around 800 members of the student body( 75%ish being women) almost 13% of the responders listed some sort of sexual assault. This compared to the national average of 9%ish is very scary. There have been numerous movements and sitins in order to prompt the university into acting and changing the system, however, their voices have fallen upon deaf ears. Colgate will always experience abnormal amounts of sexual assault because of the Greek system and its many flaws.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: As a member of the Drake dorm this past freshman year, I was able to participate in the Ciccone Commons residential learning program. The Commons is a new school initiative in order to foster more of a community through sharing dorms with your classmates in your link group. The program had amazing benefits including renovated dorms, great CLs(RAs), and a multitude of small perks including coffee/hot chocolate on the first floor, fun activities, and free, catered, delicious food.

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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I come from a relatively humble background compared to the hedge fund and trust fund babies that attend Colgate. Still with this caveat I am able to participate in Greek activities. As a rising Sophomore guy, I have lived through the worst of the social scene and remained relatively unscathed. If you put yourself out there and meet the dudes and girls in the Greek system you will at least be on their radar. One of the nice things about Colgate is that even with its limited houses, they're all pretty much on the same tier just different kinds of guys. Stereotypes in fraternities are extremely real and accurate. If you are disgusted with the Greek system or the heteronormative/homophobic/sexist/racist social structure then Colgate will be hard for you. Greek life is just so ingrained in Colgate culture, that it is hard to have one night where there is nothing going on whether it is just the guys inviting down freshmen to get to know them or a large party/darty on a random night of the week. It is hard to be outside of the social norm and get in with the fraternities. You must fit the preppy, laidback bro in order to be considered a real contender for most of the house at Colgate, however, there are a few "nice guy" fraternities currently. The entire system is so fluid and dynamic that things change very rapidly and houses are kicked off or go underground but you really have to experience it to understand.

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5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Great football team. Almost always the football team frat is throwing down and especailly for Freshman boys its nice to have as an outlet if you know some football players. Super chill guys. Besides football varsity sports teams stay pretty within themselves and rarely look for close friends outside their teams. We have great athletics which in turn creates stellar athletic facilities. Some varsity sports are even pretty easy to walk on to, but they require commitment. Club sports also reign pretty highly in the Colgate social scene. Lax, rugby, and ultimate frisbee are some of the most intense club teams on campus and in the Northeast. Lax and rugby also work really well as segues into the fraternity scene which is an added bonus to the relationships you forge on the teams.

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5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I feel extremely safe on campus. I am not alone in saying that I often will leave my belongings in the library or another study area unattended for any amount of time, and am confident that it will still be there, untouched, when I return. I have no qualms about walking back to my dorm late at night after studying for a big test, as I know I am always safe. Campus safety officers are really helpful and truly look out for the good of the students, though they often get a bad rep for breaking up a party or two.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: 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.

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4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Being that I haven't had the opportunity to partake in greek life just yet, this rating may come to change. However, something that I particularly loved about my first year at Colgate is that there was no pressure to rush or worry about joining a greek organization because we have a delayed rush system, in which we rush sophomore year. This is tough on freshmen guys who (for the most part) aren't able to go to parties their first year, but that has its own positive aspects to it as it allowed many of the guys to form close friendships away from the complications of adding fraternity obligations into the mix.

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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: I think the focus on athletics at Colgate is the perfect amount for the size of the school. While I wish that some sports teams garnered more fans for my friends who are athletes, I think it is also good that athletes aren't glorified like they are at some schools.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I love Colgate because the campus is engaging in all corners - from the professors in the classroom, to the students involved in extracurriculars. Everyone wants you to be exposed to as much as possible and get the most out of your experience.

3 College Senior

Greek Life: Greek life was my primary concern when applying to Colgate, because I wasn't into it, and I was afraid I wouldn't like the type of social life it created. Fortunately, it turned out okay.

As a girl, I chose not to join because (a) it wasn't my thing, (b) I knew a bunch of upperclassmen girls who I respected and admired who weren't in it and who assured me my social life wouldn't suffer without it.

I'm really happy with my choice not to join, but I do have friends in a couple of the sororities, and it has had zero effect on our friendships. And, as a girl, I can still get into the majority of frat parties without a problem, so my social life hasn't suffered. As part of a sorority, you'll have more connections and more opportunities to mix with frat guys, but I had no problem going to just a party or two each weekend.

As a guy, it's harder because if you don't join a fraternity, you won't be able to get into any frat parties (except in special circumstances) and sororities don't have parties. So joining greek life is a bigger deal for guys.

That said, there are plenty of other opportunities to socialize and party/ Club sports such as water polo, skiing, and rugby have plenty of "pubs" among themselves, and other organizations such as a capella groups and OE and geology club party a lot too. Even physics club has an annual formal. Then there's always the jug or other bars in town. Or just hang with your friends. The point is: there are plenty of opportunities to party-- or not party-- outside of greek life. Though it is a big part of it, it doesn't define the social scene.

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4 College Senior

Athletics: I wish the varsity teams-- especially the women's teams-- got more support at home games, but the problem is that there's always so much going on at Colgate, and we're a small school anyway, so there's never going to be a huge crowd at sporting events like at a Big Ten school of something. That said, the Colgate-Cornell Hockey games get a big turn out, and occasionally other big games do too, and when this happens, it's a lot of fun. Generally, though, people have a lot of school spirit but they just don't make attending games a priority. It's too bad because Colgate is DI and many of the teams do really well.

Club sports and IM Sports are obviously overshadowed by the varsity teams, but the club and IM teams themselves always seem to be having a lot of fun. Rugby, waterpolo, and skiing, and ultimate frisbee are all well known for being activities with a good mix of fun, competitive, and social opportunity.

As for facilities, they're all really nice, and that's important because people at Colgate love to work out. The fitness center, open to everyone, is spacious and beautiful. The upstairs is full of treadmills and ellipticals while the downstairs is for lifting. Then there's the rest of the gym, which has a few basketball courts, a squash court, a pool, rooms for fitness classes, a rock wall, etc.

The football stadium and soon-to-be-opened new hockey stadium are beautiful as well. Colgate also has some nice (but very hilly, IMO) cross country trails. There's even a small bowling alley. There's even the old ski hill, if you're willing to walk up it. There's pretty much everything you could want... except a roller rink.

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Colgate is extremely safe. People don't ever lock their doors and you can leave a laptop in the library unwatched for hours and not have to worry that it will be gone when you get back.

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Professors are exceptionally passionate about their fields and about teaching. Colgate is the type of place where a professor will reach out to you if you are sick and ask you if you want to get coffee and catch up on what you missed. They're incredible.

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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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