Colgate University

Colgate University in Hamilton, N.Y., is a highly selective liberal arts institution that aims to provide a demanding, expansive educational experience to talented, intellectually sophisticated students who are capable of challenging themselves, their peers, and their professors in a living-learning community.Unique for its size (300 full-time faculty-scholars and 2,900 undergraduates), Colgate offers both the intimacy of a college (9:1 student-faculty ratio) and the wealth of opportunities characteristic of a large university. Colgate is renowned for its liberal arts core curriculum; research opportunities; meaningful off-campus study experiences; Division I athletics and strong outdoor education program; sustainable practices; robust networks of loyal alumni; and one of the nation's most beautiful college campuses.Number 13 has been Colgate's lucky number ever since 13 founders with 13 dollars and 13 prayers created the institution nearly 200 years ago. Students and alumni celebrate Colgate Day worldwide on every Friday the 13th.Colgate develops wise, thoughtful, critical thinkers who positively impact the campus community and beyond. In addition to 55 distinct majors, Colgate's foundational and forward-thinking core curriculum equips students with the habits of mind to thrive in a wide range of career fields and graduate programs.Many students are drawn to Colgate's opportunities to pursue research with professors, either during the academic year or the summer. It is not unusual for a Colgate undergraduate to have co-authored a peer-reviewed journal article prior to graduation.The Residential Commons, Colgate's housing program for first-years and sophomores, supports students' academic and social transition to college by fostering a welcoming, enriching, and supportive community. Students engage with professors and each other in intellectual, social, and recreational activities such as faculty dinnertime talks, trivia nights, and special outings. The commons staff, including faculty directors, foster interactions and engagement and provide direction and support. Housing at Colgate also includes traditional residence halls, fraternities, sororities, townhouses, and apartments.Colgate provides more than 130 off-campus study opportunities in 50 countries (including the USA): 20 semester-long Colgate faculty-led programs, approved programs at other institutions, and three-week extended study courses. The university offers the nation's only full-semester undergraduate study group at the National Institutes of Health and the first Washington, D.C., study group. Approximately two-thirds of students participate in some form of off-campus study.As an inclusive institution, Colgate encourages interpersonal exploration, expands mutual understanding, and supports a broadened perspective within a caring community. Twenty-one percent of students self-identify as people of color; 14 percent are international students (including dual citizens). Student life includes a wide variety of organizations, service-learning opportunities, club sports, and an active creative and performing arts community. Through its need-based financial aid program, Colgate meets 100 percent of the demonstrated need of both accepted and matriculated students and keeps student loans at minimum levels.Colgate's comprehensive career development initiatives engage students beginning in the first year, offering targeted skill-building programs, internship funding ($2.9 million in the last five years), shadowing opportunities, and professional networks in 10 broad industry categories. Colgate's new career center, Benton Hall, will open in 2018. Successful alumni mentor students in the creation of for-profit and nonprofit ventures through the Thought Into Action entrepreneurship program. Involvement in career initiatives is but one example of the extraordinary loyalty of Colgate alumni, who build lifelong connections and engage with the university in many ways.

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school_type year_founded religious_affiliation academic_calendar year_2016_endowment address telephone
Private, Coed 1819 N/A Semester $821.6 million 13 Oak Drive, Hamilton, NY 13346 (315) 228-1000
overall score total score state city online paying global
87 100.0 New York Hamilton 958