See what students say:


Colgate University is known for its “very rigorous academic curriculum” and “invaluable” professors who “are the glue that hold the university together.” Many students say they chose Colgate because they wanted “a small liberal arts school that had the opportunities and resources of a larger institution” combined with a “heavily involved alumni network” that “makes the Colgate connection a truly valuable resource.” All agree that, at Colgate, you’re “more than just a number” and that “there is no [shortage] of caring professors that are meaningfully invested in your academic success.” As intimidating as it might seem to have, “internationally influential” professors, a history and political science double major assures that “classes are enjoyable and the professors are accessible.” A junior adds, “One of the wonderful things about Colgate is that these relationships start as early as freshman year. Students do not have to wait until their senior year to build fantastic relationships with the faculty.” However, another student grumbles, “Course selection is very stressful, and freshmen often get slighted.” Any complaints about the faculty centered on “teaching styles” not meshing with individual students’ “learning style.” “However, there are a plethora of resources available to students to succeed despite any of their problems.” “Colgate allowed me to become the person I always wanted to be, but didn’t know I was capable of being,” sings one senior whose sentiment is widely echoed.

Student Body

Colgate boasts a “happy and enthusiastic student body” with a typical student that “is athletic, smart, engaged, and down to earth.” They “enjoy having fun, but spend time in the library as well.” Many say “the typical Colgate student is a preppy New Englander, who can be found almost always wearing Patagonia and Sperrys.” However, this stereotype seems to be becoming less apt as there is “great diversity under the surface.” As long as students are “not afraid to do what they love, they will find their niche and fit in.” Fraternities and sororities as well as partying in general are popular: “Greek life does have a huge presence in the social life at Colgate,” but “it is not exclusive to just those who are members.” Most students mentioned the recent changes in the school’s alcohol policies. Some tout it as the impetus for “initiatives to expand the amount of alternatives to partying on weekends.” Others cited it as “the biggest issue on campus right now” between the students and administration. Despite the “country club atmosphere,” a computer science major says, “When you’re stranded in Hamilton, New York, for four years you’ll inevitably end up fitting in regardless whether you are the typical student or not.”

Campus Life

Colgate University “has an amazing campus with people who work hard and have goals but also know how to have a really fun time.” Students say the campus is “breathtaking,” and they value “its small size and intimate nature.” A philosophy major says, “Colgate is great because you can’t walk 200 feet without a professor, student, or faculty member acknowledging you by name, yet you’re constantly meeting new people and having new experiences. There is never a dull moment at Colgate.” Students say, “Colgate strives for the perfect combination of academics and extracurriculars,” and they feel the university “does a great job at helping us balance those and gives us opportunities to get involved in all the groups and events around campus.” In addition to a plethora of clubs, students are actively involved in Greek life and Division I athletics. A junior says, “I loved how Colgate was located in the middle of nowhere” because “everything revolved around the campus,” but in case you’re worried about isolation, another student adds, “Colgate brings a lot of interesting speakers to the campus, which helps provide for a more rounded liberal arts experience.” Students praise the administration, saying, “It is easy for students to contact the administration and thus have their voices directly heard by the community. The president holds drop-in office hours for students every week and takes notes on what students say during the session.”

Contact & Visit

Campus Visits Contact

Erin Milin
Associate Dean of Admission

Colgate University, Admission Office
13 Oak Dr.
Hamilton, NY 13346



Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
O'Connor Campus Center
Hieber Cafe in Case-Geyer Library
ALANA Cultural Center
Ho Tung Visualization Lab
Trudy Fitness Center
The Class of 1965 Arena opened in Fall 2016.

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Downtown Hamilton
Hamilton Movie Theater
Adirondack Park
Destiny USA
Bouckville Antique Center
For more information about Hamilton, N.Y., visit www.colgate.edu/about/about-hamilton-new-york.

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
All year, Monday-Friday; some Saturdays
Weekdays: 8am-5pm (4:30pm summer) ; some Saturdays

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions

Monday through Friday at 9:45 a.m. and 1:45 p.m.; Saturdays at 10:00am

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Contact Coach Directly

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit
Please contact sports coaches directly.

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays

Contact Admissions Office

Only high school seniors may stay overnight in the residence halls.


Types of Transportation Available to Campus
The Syracuse-Hancock International Airport is approximately 45 miles from campus. Rental cars are available at the airport. Please refer to the admission webpage for more shuttle and ground transportation options.

Driving Instructions to Campus
GPS directions: http://www.colgate.edu/about/maps-travel-options/directions-to-Colgate From New York City: Take the Tappan Zee Bridge, Route 87, NYS Thruway North to Exit 16 (Harriman); Route 17 West to Exit 84 for Deposit. At Deposit, take Route 8 North to New Berlin, then Route 80 West to Sherburne and Route 12 North. In Sherburne, bear left on Route 12B North to Hamilton. From north of Westchester: NYS Thruway, Exit 25A to I-88 West; take first exit for Route 20 West. Follow Route 20 to Madison; left on Route 12B South into Hamilton. From north/central New Jersey: Follow I-80 West into Pennsylvania. Exit for I-380 Northwest toward Scranton, to I-81 North to Binghamton. Take Exit 6 for Route 12 North to Sherburne; bear left on Route 12B North to Hamilton. From Syracuse and points west: Take I-81 South. Exit onto I-690 East. Exit onto I-481 South. Exit 3E off I-481 for Route 92 East. Follow Route 92 to Cazenovia and take Route 20 East. Follow Route 20 East to Route 46 South. Bear right on Route 46 South. Take Route 46 South to Route 12B South. Follow Route 12B South to the Village of Hamilton. Stay on Route 12B South through town. Colgate University will be on your left. Turn left at the traffic light onto Oak Drive. From Boston and the east: Take Mass Pike to NYS Thruway West to Exit 25A for I-88 (Duanesburg), then I-88 West to Exit 24 for Route 20 West; beyond Madison turn left onto Route 12B South to Hamilton. In bad weather, or for more highway driving, stay on NYS Thruway West to Exit 31 (Utica); follow sign for Route 12 South through Utica; then take Route 12B South to Hamilton. From Philadelphia: Take Northeast Extension of PA Turnpike to I-81 at Scranton; north on I-81 to Binghamton. Take Exit 6 for Route 12 North to Sherburne; bear left on Route 12B North to Hamilton.

Local Accommodations
Within walking distance of the university is the Colgate Inn (315-824-2300). Rates are moderate. Many bed-and-breakfast options are within 3 miles of the campus. Wendt University Inn is about one mile from the center of Hamilton.


Applicants: 9,716
Acceptance Rate: 25%
Average HS GPA: 3.72



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