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Study at Colgate University

Colgate University is located in Hamilton, New York, United States. It was founded in 1819 and was formerly a Baptist seminary. Students are offered degrees in more than 50 academic programs in various fields of study including mathematical economics, computer science, film and media studies, environmental geography, and sociology and anthropology, among others.

Colgate university s athletic teams are known as the Raiders. The men s teams participate in sports such as cross country, swimming and diving, basketball, ice hockey, golf, football, track and field, soccer, rowing, lacrosse, and tennis. The women s teams participate in basketball, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, soccer, volleyball, softball, rowing, lacrosse, field hockey, cross country, and ice hockey.

Profile of Colgate University

Colgate is located in Hamilton, NY (a town not particularly near any major cities). The school is a private, not-for-profit institution. The highest degree level offered by Colgate is the Master s degree.

Course Topics

The range of program offerings available from the school is especially impressive compared to its number of students. Colgate is known for its programs in mathematics, science, art studies, liberal arts, and conservation and resource management.

Colgate Selectivity

The school does not offer open admission. Colgate admitted just 9% of applicants in 2007. Three quarters of students in 2007 had SAT verbal scores of at least 620. Half of math SAT scores of accepted students fell between 630 and 710.


Colgate maintains a faculty/student ratio (full-time) which is better than most colleges. The school has a tenure system for senior faculty. The full-time faculty at Colgate is well-paid, which often goes with faculty quality.

Student enrolment

The school had 2,841 enrolled students in 2007.

Student Life

Full-time students are the norm at Colgate. The school has a residential or campus feel. Colgate offers dorm rooms to a higher percentage of its students than do most colleges. The school offers students meal plans. Colgate values student athletics, and belongs to the Patriot League. The school offers athletic financial aid to more of its students than do most colleges.

The school reports its educational mission is:

"Colgates mission is to provide a demanding, expansive educational experience to a select group of diverse, talented, intellectually sophisticated students who are capable of challenging themselves, their peers, and their teachers in a setting that brings together living and learning. The purpose of the university is to develop wise, thoughtful, critical thinkers and perceptive leaders by encouraging young men and women to fulfill their potential through residence in a community that values all forms of intellectual rigor and respects the complexity of human understanding. "

Colgate Programs and Degrees
General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors
Liberal Arts416political science, English, economics, sociology, history, international relations, geography, Spanish language, . . .
Science86biology, molecular biology, physics, geology, biochemistry, chemistry, astrophysics, natural sciences, . . .
Religion and Philosophy35 philosophy, philosophy and religious studies, religion
Therapy and Counseling34psychology
Art Studies33art studies
Medicine 21neuroscience
Conservation and Resource Management17environmental studies, environmental science
Education and Teaching15 education, social studies teaching, English teaching, history teaching, biology teaching
Mathematics6mathematics, mathematics and computer science
Computer Science and Engineering5computer science
Drama and Performing Arts2drama

Contact: Colgate

Colgate University

13 Oak Dr

Hamilton, NY 13346-1398

General Phone: (315) 228-1000


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