The Best & Worst

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Best & Worst

Best Of

  1. 1
    The beautiful and safe campus set atop the rolling hills of the Chenango Valley
  2. 2
    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.
  3. 3
    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.
  4. 4
    The perfect balance of size, opportunities, and student population that gives Colgate its exciting yet tight-knit community feel
  5. 5
    The strong and supportive alumni base who long for the days they spent in Central New York
  6. 6
    Colgate's "yes campus" mentality; leadership opportunities abound, and if there isn't a club or organization, all it takes are a few signatures for official recognition.
  7. 7
    The tremendous amount of research opportunities and internships for undergraduates. Professors and career services can't seem to stop offering jobs, internships, and research opportunities.
  8. 8
    Students know how to let loose after a week of late nights in the library and truly embrace a work-hard, play-hard mentality.
  9. 9
    One of the top Outdoor Education programs in the nation offers students adrenaline-filled adventure and leadership opportunities.
  10. 10
    There is a strong Greek presence, but there's no pressure to join, as there are plenty of other communities on campus.

Facts & Statistics

Happy Students
95% of students return after their first year.
Commitment to Teaching
There are 9 students for every member of faculty on campus.
Proven Success
90% of students will complete their education and graduate with a degree.
Knowledgeable Professors
98% of students surveyed rated the general knowledge of professors as above average.
Low-Stress Course Load
50% of students surveyed rated the manageability of work as above average.
Big Dorms
74% of students surveyed felt that dorms were more spacious than average.
Safe Campus
70% of students surveyed said that they feel extremely safe and secure on campus.
Highly Satisfied Students
76% of students surveyed would make the same school choice if they could do it all over again.
Help Finding a Job or Internship
71% of students surveyed said that the career center is very helpful and provides services to students beyond help landing a job.
Strong Alumni Network
87% of students surveyed said the alumni network is very strong and involved in activities on campus.
Vibrant Social Scene
58% of students surveyed agreed that there are lots of popular activities around campus every day.
Learn from the Best
98% of faculty have earned the highest degree in their field.
Personal Attention
You can expect personal attention with 61% of classes having less than 20 students.
Help to Succeed
The school has academic and career counseling available to help you when you need it.
Get AP Credit
If you took AP classes in high school, you might be able to get college credit for them.
Work Part-Time During School
Employment services are available for students.
Help Getting Hired
Placement services are available to graduates.
Students Stick Around
Only 7% of students transfer out.

Worst Of

  1. 1
    UGG boots
  2. 2
    Course registration
  3. 3
    Strict parking regulations
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    Having to climb up the hill after partying or parking your car
  5. 5
    The hit-or-miss quality of professors-occasionally, the class is great, but the professor is horrible; sometimes the professor is great, but the class is horrible. More often than not, however, classes are as engaging as the professors.
  6. 6
    The housing lottery
  7. 7
    Strict fines for overdue books, lab fines, etc.
  8. 8
    Somewhat repetitive social life
  9. 9
    Long, cold winters
  10. 10
    Lack of diversity

Facts & Statistics

Tuition is a steep $44,640, one of the most expensive rates in the country.
Students Can't Wait to Get Out of Town
89% of students surveyed said that there's no way they would live here after graduation.
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