Colgate University

Campus Description

Colgate's campus is set on a hillside overlooking the village of Hamilton in rural central New York. Many of the older buildings on campus are in a federal style. In details and materials many of the newest buildings pick up elements of those historic structures. A stream (Payne Creek) that runs through campus feeds a small lake. The campus is often cited as one of the most beautiful in the country.

James B. Colgate Hall, 13 Oak Dr., Hamilton, NY 13346


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Degrees Offered

Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts, Master of Arts in Teaching


Division I Varsity Sports: Women's: basketball, crew, cross-country, field hockey, ice hockey, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming/diving, tennis, track (indoor & outdoor), volleyball. Men's: basketball, crew, cross-country, football, golf, ice hockey, lacrosse, soccer, swimming/diving, tennis, track (indoor & outdoor).

Club Sports: Badminton, Baseball, Basketball (women), Bowling, Curling, Cycling, Equestrian, Fencing, Field Hockey, Figure Skating, Golf, Ice Hockey, Indoor Rock Climbing, Juggling, Lacrosse, Martial Arts - Aikido, Martial Arts - American Karate, Martial Arts - Wing Chun, Rugby, Running, Sailing, Ski racing, Soccer, Squash, Swimming Club, Table tennis, Tennis, Triathlon, Ultimate Frisbee, Volleyball, Water polo.

Intramural Sports: Offered in many different activities.

Clubs and Activities

Colgate has an extremely active club culture, with clubs for just about every possible interest. Some of the more than 190 student clubs and organizations are in the areas of: academics, athletics, performing arts, publications and media, religious life, and those representing a variety of cultural, social, and political interests.

Featured Programs

Since 1928, Colgate's Liberal Arts Core Curriculum has been recognized as one of the most ambitious and elegant general education programs in the country. The core explores timeless questions about the human experience and what it means to be an educated person. Through research, writing, and the close reading of classic texts, students develop the skills of empathy, informed debate, and critical thinking that are required of global citizens. Students are required to take four core classes in any order by the end of the sophomore year. In addition to the four core classes, all students are required to take at least one of many courses that carry the Global Engagements designation. Such courses ask students to analyze the conditions and effects of cross-cultural interaction, so that they will be prepared to responsibly confront the challenges of the 21st century. The Thought Into Action Entrepreneurship Institute supports, promotes, and advances entrepreneurial activity across the Colgate community. Co-founded by Bob Gold ’80, Andy Greenfield ’74, and Wills Hapworth ’07, TIA is a practical entrepreneurship program entirely created by alumni and managed by a core group of alumni and university administrators. Students at Colgate harness the power of a network of alumni and parent entrepreneurs who empower them to launch new businesses, create innovative products, and change the world.

Enrollment for Fall 2015

Undergraduate (Matriculated): 2,834 (Full-time: 1,263 men, 1,571 women; Part-time: 0)
Graduate (Matriculated): 4 (1 man; 3 women)
94% enrolled in top quarter of high school class
SAT verbal range: 620 – 720
SAT math range: 630 – 730
ACT range: 30 – 33
97% have a high school GPA of 3.0 or higher
3% have a high school GPA of 2.0 to less than 3.0

Campus Demographics

 Undergraduate StudentsGraduate Students
% Black / African American4.3%n/a
% Asian3.5%n/a
% Hispanic / Latino9.1%n/a
% White, Non-Hispanic66.9%n/a
% American Indian / Alaskan Native0.2%n/a
% Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander0%n/a
% International / Nonresident Alien8.7%n/a
% Two or more races3.4%n/a
% Unknown Race / Ethnicity3.7%n/a

Tuition Information for 2015-2016

Tuition & Fees:
$49,970 per year, or $6,246 per credit; $320 student activity fee
Tuition Only:
$49,650 per year
Room & Board:
$12,570 first-year students, sophomores, and juniors are required to live on campus; figure is accurate for students living in a traditional residence hall; prices may vary if living in special interest houses, university apartments, or townhouses). All first-year students are required to purchase the Premier Gold meal plan.
Room Only:
$6,065 (figure is accurate for students living in a traditional residence hall; prices may vary if living in special interst houses, University apartments, or townhouses)

Admission/Application Deadlines

Freshmen Applications:
fall- January 15 regular decision, early decision I November 15, early decision II January 15, may submit Early Decision agreement until March 1 to receive an admission decision within approximately four weeks; spring- n/a
Transfer Applications:
fall- March 15; spring- November 1

Financial Aid Deadlines

Financial Aid Deadlines for Freshmen:
fall- January 15 regular decision and early decision II, early decision I November 15; spring- n/a
Financial Aid Deadlines for Transfers:
fall- March 15; spring- November 1

Application Requirements

Freshmen: Common Application or Universal College Application; essay; Colgate University supplement; SAT or ACT; school report (from guidance counselor); guidance counselor recommendation; 2 teacher recommendations in core academic subjects from grades 10-12; official HS transcript with senior grades; $60 application fee (waived for non-US citizens).
Transfers: Faculty recommendation; mid-term report; college's official report; official college transcript(s); official HS transcript(s); essay; $60 application fee or fee waiver (waived for non-US citizens).
Average Financial Aid Package:
$46,602 (Class of 2019)
Types of Non-Need Aid Awarded:
Athletic scholarships offered in a limited number of sports