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Colgate University

  • Hamilton, NY
    location
  • Private
    type
  • Rural
    setting
  • 55%45%
    student ratio
  • 2,890
    total students
  • $46,060 | $46,060
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition
  • January 15
    fall application deadline
  • 26%
    acceptance rate
  • Most Difficult
    admission difficulty
  • Average test scores for all first-year students that were accepted and enrolled.
  • 687
    sat math
  • 668
    sat reading
  • Not
    Reported

    sat writing
  • 31
    act composite

Overview

Colgate University

Colgate University is a highly selective residential liberal arts institution distinguished by the dedication of its 275 full-time faculty-scholars, the commitment to interdisciplinary inquiry and cooperation, and the high level of engagement of students and faculty members in the local, national, and global communities.

With small classes and heavy emphasis on close faculty member-student interaction, Colgate's purpose is to develop wise, thoughtful, critical thinkers and perceptive leaders through residence in a community that values all forms of intellectual rigor. Diversity of thought and action is fostered academically and through constructive participation in a wide variety of clubs and club sports, performing arts opportunities, a thriving Greek-letter system, and Division I athletics. In 2010, Colgate was ranked No. 1 in NCAA Division I with a 100 percent graduation rate for student-athletes.

Many memorable traditions -- including the worldwide celebration of all things 13 (the university was founded by 13 men with 13 dollars and 13 prayers) -- perpetuate a special bond among Colgate students and alumni.

Liberal Arts Excellence

Colgate offers 52 majors and 13 additional minors to an internationally and culturally diverse student body of 2,900 undergraduate students. The academic program consists of 4 courses in the liberal arts core curriculum, as well as courses in the students' majors, electives, and a physical education requirement. Colgate's core curriculum, which dates to 1928, has had lasting relevance to generations of students through revisions such as the most recent addition of a global engagements requirement.

While most majors at Colgate are centered on a single discipline, there are a number of interdisciplinary combinations -- such as environmental geography and mathematical economics -- that inspire consideration of the broader societal and political implications of classwork. All students are introduced to liberal arts topics and ways of learning through a semester-long first-year seminar; often, that course fulfills either a core or distribution requirement.

Global Perspective

Study abroad participation by more than two-thirds of Colgate students has earned the university the No. 3 ranking among liberal arts schools from the Institute of International Education. While most students choose to travel on one of the 23 faculty-led off-campus study programs, semester-long options also include affiliated programs to traditional and non-traditional destinations. Shorter travel opportunities are connected to particular Colgate courses, allowing students to gain real-world exposure to subjects including microfinance in Bangladesh, alternative energy in Norway, or medical geography in Uganda. Beginning with the Class of 2016, financial aid is portable to a list of approved non-Colgate programs.

Colgate's curriculum also offers a variety of academic experiences with an international emphasis, including nine modern and two classical languages, and majors such as international relations, peace and conflict studies, Native American studies, Africana and Latin American studies, etc.

Independent Research at the Undergraduate Level

Ninety-eight percent of the university's full-time faculty members have achieved the highest degrees in their fields, typically the PhD. Students are often drawn to Colgate because of the many opportunities to pursue research with faculty members, either as part of their academic-year experience or through summer programs. It is not unusual for a Colgate undergraduate to have co-authored a peer-reviewed journal article prior to graduation, or to be invited to present research findings at a national conference.

Colgate's Upstate Institute promotes scholarly collaboration between the university and the regional community. The Institute's Field School matches students with private sector, government or non-profit organizations to develop research projects that bolster organizational capacity and have positive social, economic, cultural, or environmental impacts on the upstate region.

The Student Experience

Colgate students are active, busy, and eager to help one another succeed. Through the Center for Leadership and Student Involvement's 150 clubs, even a first-year can host a radio show on WRCU-FM, help organize the university's organic garden, or learn to bring an entrepreneurial venture to market. Students also join a wide array of religious, cultural, political, and arts groups, and serve the surrounding community through the Center for Outreach and Volunteer Education (COVE).

Leadership and Resources

This is a particularly exciting time at Colgate, A successful $480 million capital campaign included $142 million for financial aid, while the Robert H.N. Ho Interdisciplinary Science Center, the Case Library and Geyer Center for Information Technology, and Trudy Fitness Center all opened over the past five years. These resources assure future steps toward stronger research, more effective use of technology, and greater socioeconomic diversity on campus.

Sustainable Practices

Colgate also is recognized for its commitment to sustainability. In 2011, it set an ambitious target date to become carbon neutral by 2019, the university's 200th anniversary. In 2011, Colgate received the Second Nature Climate Leadership Award from the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), for saving nearly $300,000 by reducing greenhouse gas emissions in 2009-2010.


Location & Contact

Colgate University

13 Oak Drive
Hamilton, NY 13346-1386
USA

Mr.Gary Ross

Dean of Admission

Phone: 315-228-7401
Fax: 315-228-7544
Email: admission@colgate.edu

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Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
Bachelor's
Associate's
  • Natural resources/environmental science
    • Environmental Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Area and ethnic studies
    • African Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Asian Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Asian Studies (East)
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Latin American Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Russian Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • African American/Black Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • American Indian/Native American Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Women's Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Education
    • Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Foreign languages and literature
    • Chinese
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Japanese
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Russian
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • German
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Modern Greek
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Romance Languages
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • French
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Spanish
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Classics and Classical Languages
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Latin
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • English
    • English
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Liberal arts/general studies
    • Humanities
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Biological/life sciences
    • Biology/Biological Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Biochemistry
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Molecular Biology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Environmental Biology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Neuroscience
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Mathematics and statistics
    • Mathematics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Interdisciplinary studies
    • Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Natural Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Philosophy and religious studies
    • Philosophy
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Religious Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Physical sciences
    • Physical Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Astronomy
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Astrophysics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Chemistry
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Geology/Earth Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Physics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Psychology
    • Psychology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Social sciences
    • Social Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Anthropology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Economics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Geography
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • International Relations and Affairs
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Political Science and Government
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Sociology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Visual and performing arts
    • Dramatic/Theater Arts
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Art
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • History
    • History
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.

Admissions

26% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied8,375
    • Accepted2,238
    • Acceptance Rate26%
    • Enrolled2,890
    • Female Applicants4,625
    • Females Accepted1,294
    • Female Acceptance Rate27%
    • Male Applicants3,750
    • Males Accepted944
    • Male Acceptance Rate25%
  • Applying
    • Application Fee
    • Required for All Essay or personal statement
      Transcript of high school record
      Letter(s) of recommendation
      Colgate supplement
    • Required for Some
    • Average high school GPA for first-year freshman3.66
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
    • Fall freshmen January 15th April 1st --
    • Out-of-state Fall freshmen January 15th April 1st --
    • Early decision plan November 15th December 15th --
    • Other early decision plan January 15th --
    • Transfer March 15th May 1st --
  • Test Scores Accepted
    • Test Average School Accepted 25th Percentile* 75th Percentile*
    • SAT Critical Reading 668 620 720
    • SAT Math 687 650 730
    • SAT Writing
    • ACT Composite 31 30 32
    • * 25th and 75th percentile is the score that 25/75 percent of students score at or below.

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *$46,060
    • Out-of-state tuition *$46,060
    • In-district tuitionN/A
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student fees$320.00
    • Room and board *$11,510.00
    • Room only *$5,555.00
    • * Room and board charges vary according to board plan selected (i.e., 12-meal plan, 19-meal plan, etc.) and student level (freshman, sophomore, etc.)
  • Other Payment Considerations
    • Guaranteed tuition plan offeredNo
    • Tuition pre-payment planYes
    • Tuition payment plans offeredDeferred paymentsDeferred payments and Installments
    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionEmployees or children of employees

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Undergraduate Students2,890
    • Male Student Percentage45%
    • Female Student Percentage55%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic/Latino7.82%
    • Black or African American4.22%
    • White or Caucasian67.37%
    • American Indian or Alaska Native.21%
    • Asian3.25%
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander.14%
    • Two or more races3.56%
    • Unknown4.43%
  • Other Student Statistics
    • International Breakout8.43% representing 47 other countries
    • Out-of-state Students73% out-of-state student

Campus Life

  • Housing
    • College-owned housing available Yes
    • Housing Requirements None
    • Housing options Coed housing , Special housing for disabled, Cooperative housing
    • Percentage of undergraduate students who live in college-owned housing 92%
  • Student Activities
    • Student-run campus newspaper Yes
    • Drama / theater group Yes
    • Student-run radio station Yes
    • Student-run television station Yes
    • Marching band No
    • Choral groups Yes
  • Student Services
    • Legal services Yes
    • Health clinic Yes
    • Personal / psychological counseling Yes
    • Women's center Yes
  • Student Organizations
    • Greek fraternities Yes
    • Greek sororities Yes
    • Local fraternities Yes
    • Local sororities No
    • Other organizations Not Reported
    • Most popular organizations COVE, student government, cultural/ethnic interest groups, student publications, Outdoor Education
  • Campus Security and Safety
    • 24-hour emergency telephone / alarm services Yes
    • 24-hour patrols by trained officers Yes
    • Students patrols Yes
    • Late-night transport / escort services Yes
    • Electronically-operated dormitory entrances Yes
    • Other Not Reported

Athletics

Member of the: NCAA Division I
  • Men's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Badmington No Division C No
    • Baseball No Division C No
    • Basketball Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Bowling Yes No No
    • Cheerleading No Division C No
    • Crew No Division 1 No
    • Cross-country running Yes Division 1 No
    • Equestrian sports No Division C No
    • Fencing No Division C No
    • Field hockey No No No
    • Football Yes Division B Yes
    • Golf Yes Division 1 No
    • Ice hockey Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Lacrosse Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Racquetball Yes No No
    • Rifle Yes No No
    • Rugby No Division C No
    • Sailing No Division C No
    • Skiing No Division C No
    • Soccer Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Softball Yes No No
    • Squash Yes Division C No
    • Swimming No Division 1 No
    • Tennis Yes Division 1 No
    • Tennis No Division C No
    • Track No Division 1 No
    • Ultimate Frisbee Yes No No
    • Volleyball Yes Division C No
    • Water polo No Division C No
  • Women's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Badmington No Division C No
    • Baseball No No No
    • Basketball Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Bowling Yes No No
    • Cheerleading No Division C No
    • Crew No Division 1 No
    • Cross-country running Yes Division 1 No
    • Equestrian sports No Division C No
    • Fencing No Division C No
    • Field hockey No Division 1 Yes
    • Football Yes No No
    • Golf Yes Division C No
    • Ice hockey Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Lacrosse Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Racquetball Yes No No
    • Rifle Yes No No
    • Rugby No Division C No
    • Sailing No Division C No
    • Skiing No Division C No
    • Soccer Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Softball Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Squash Yes Division C No
    • Swimming No Division 1 No
    • Tennis Yes Division 1 No
    • Tennis No Division C No
    • Track No Division 1 No
    • Ultimate Frisbee Yes No No
    • Volleyball Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Water polo No Division C No

Faculty

  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty344
    • Full-time Percentage86%
    • Part-time Percentage14%
    • Female Percentage44%
    • Male Percentage56%
    • Student:Faculty Ratio9:1 or 2,877 students to 314 faculty


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