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Colgate Admissions Information

Colgate University
Hamilton, New York (map)


Founded in 1819, Colgate University is located in Hamilton, New York, which is about an hour outside Syracuse. The beauty of upstate New York combined with the college’s traditional campus give students a true sense of community at Colgate. The university’s student body may initially seem small at only 2,800 undergrads, but the school nonetheless maintains a university feel. As a Division I school, athletics are a major way that students are brought together.

Colgate is known for its strong liberal arts education with over 50 majors, including interdisciplinary and cultural studies. In addition, all students complete a rigorous core curriculum, which is considered a hallmark of the liberal arts approach. With a very low student-to-faculty ratio, class sizes are kept small and there is quite a bit of interaction between professors and students. In fact, Colgate has nearly 20 faculty-led off campus study groups which give students a chance to explore different domestic and international areas under the guidance of highly skilled professors.



Basic Info

Main Address: 13 Oak Drive
Hamilton, NY 13346-1383
Phone Number: (315) 228-1000  
Website: www.colgate.edu  


Type of school: Private, Liberal Arts  
Type of school: Four-year  
Setting: Rural setting, Small town; Residential campus  
Athletics: NCAA Division I, Intercollegiate, Intramural, Club, Scholarship  
Degrees offered: Bachelor's, Master's  
Size of undergraduate student body: 2,884  
Percent out-of-state: 75%  
Percent international: 8%  
Female to Male ratio: 55:45  

Academic Life

Student to Professor ratio: 10:1  
Most popular majors: Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
History, General
Special study programs: Cross-Registration
Double Major
Honors Program
Independent Study
Liberal Arts/Career Combination
ROTC, Army
Semester At Sea
Student-Designed Major
Study Abroad
Teacher Certification
Urban Semester
Washington Semester

Campus Life

Housing options:
Coed Housing
Cooperative Housing
Special Housing For Disabled Students
Apartments For Single Students
Fraternity/Sorority Housing
Wellness housing (alcohol/drug/smoke-free)
Campus ministries
Concert band
Jazz band
Model U.N.
Musical theater
Radio station
Student government
Symphony orchestra
Percent of men who join fraternities: 32%
Choral groups
Film society
International students
Literary magazine
Music ensembles
Pep band
Student newspaper
Television station

Percent of women who join sororities: 29%

Fun Facts

  • #3 Most Beautiful Campus
  • #19 Best Classroom Experience
  • #4 Best College Library
  • #9 Most Accessible Professors
  • #12 Most Popular Study Abroad Program
  • #6 Happiest Students

Admissions Information

With an acceptance rate of 33%, Colgate is considered a selective university. According to the school's admissions officials, Colgate looks for students from diverse academic, cultural and intellectual backgrounds. Academic achievement and intellectual potential are the two key factors that the admissions committee seeks in the decision-making process. In addition to high school grades, factors such as standardized test scores, application essay and recommendations are important during the admissions process. Overall, it is important that a prospective student uses the application as a way to show Colgate his or her unique abilities and potential contributions to the school's greater community.

Colgate offers an Early Decision option for students whose first choice is Colgate. Since there is a smaller pool of applicants for Early Decision, those who choose this option have a slight advantage in terms of acceptance.

Admissions address: Admission Office
13 Oak Drive
Hamilton, NY 13346-1383
Phone number: (315) 228-7401  
Fax number: (315) 228-7544  
Admissions Website: http://colgate.edu/admission  
Email: admission@mail.colgate.edu  
Contact Person: Gary Ross, Dean of Admission  
Number of first-year applications received: 7,816  
Percent of applicants admitted: 33%  

Application Information

Regular application deadline: January 15  
Early decision/action deadline: November 15 (Early Decision)  
Accepts the Common Application? Ye  
Admission requirements: Personal statement and essays
Official transcript and School Report (with guidance counselor recommendation)
2 Teacher Evaluations
Mid-year grade report (due in February)

Application Information

Standardized test scores required? SAT Reasoning Test or ACT
SAT II Subject Tests Considered if Submitted
Policy regarding SAT score-use: This college has indicated that it considers all SAT scores in its review process and requires that you submit all SAT scores from all test dates.  
Middle 50% Scores



% Who Submitted Scores
SAT Critical Reading
SAT Math
SAT Writing
ACT Composite

College Board code: 2086  
ACT code: 2702  
Learn more about other Top New York schools:
Binghamton   Stony Brook   Syracuse  

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