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“Colgate”
January 2018CURRENT STUDENT
Uppers

Fun school with good people. Professors are very smart and helpful.

Downers

Economics majors get very little practical knowledge. Town is very small.

Comments

If you can handle cold weather and are social this is a good school.

Would You Recommend

Yes

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

2 required core classes, taught by a variety of faculty members in many different departments. 2 other core classes required, each has many options to choose from. additional distribution requirement, 2 courses each from natural sciences, social sciences, and the humanities. Each major requires ~9 courses. Faculty easily accesible for advising, able to see your advisor or other faculty members as well. With essentially no graduate students, undergrads have plenty of research opportunities, some departments require a research project senior year. Grading is very fair but no grade inflation exists.

Quality of Life

The rural setting makes Colgate and the village of hamilton become a great community. Great facilities, the university has a firm committment to renovations and upgrades (newly rebuilt library, fitness center, campus center as examples). Low crime, very safe campus.

Admissions

Unique application questions, including essays. No interview required. Early decision option available (binding). Excellent financial aid.

Graduation Year

2005 or earlier

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

The core classes are VERY valuable. I learned a ton in them and found them to be really customizable and interesting - you can pick a professor based on the discipline in which you want to take the core course.

Professors at Colgate are incredible. Because the town is so small, they're really accessible. Going to your professors' houses for dinner is common and a great part of extended-campus life.

Quality of Life

Colgate's campus is BEAUTIFUL. It is the epitome of a college campus and the "look" that I always dreamed of when thinking of college. Also, the students are happy. It's as simple as that - everyone wants to be there and embraces the Colgate experience.

Admissions

There is an additional essay that supplements the Common App essay. It's usually more challenging, but appears to give admissions a sense of who the student is as a person and how they think.

Graduation Year

2008

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

sMALL CLASSES (10 - 12)FACULTY VERY ACCESSIBLE A strong core program.

Quality of Life

A strong fraternity school at that time. No crime All students very happy often dinned with faculty and town residents

Admissions

Gi BILL

Graduation Year

2005 or earlier

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

Core curriculum involves four courses: two grow out of philosophy, one from science, and one from world cultures. The science and culture courses are created by interested faculty, so the subject matter is current, relevant, and thought provoking. The core curriculum has recently grown to involve a 'global engagement' requirement, which can be filled through a variety of offerings throughout the university. Since all class sizes are small and there aren't any Teaching Assistants, the faculty is incredibly accessible. It is not uncommon to be on a first name basis with various members of the faculty, nor is it uncommon to continue personal contact after graduation. Study abroad options are many and varied... many of which are specific to Colgate students, streamlining the transfer of course credits. Since there are essentially no graduate students, all research is conducted by undergraduates, providing a challenging but gainful step ahead especially in science fields.

Quality of Life

The facilities are continuously being upgraded, thanks to an actively donating alumni base. The dorms (especially most of the first year buildings) are beautiful and spacious. Crime is essentially a non-issue. If anything bad ever happened, it was a huge deal and was taken very seriously by the students, faculty, and administration. There tends to be something of a town-gown divide, mostly stemming from socio-economic differences between the students and townspeople. (The town is about the same population as the student body.) The vast majority of Colgate students are happy with their time in college, as evidenced by the active alumni base.

Admissions

Common Application with a supplemental essay. There is an opportunity to choose your own topic for the main essay, and the supplemental essay involves a broad but curious topic. It seems to indicate the student's ability to be creative and eloquent.

Graduation Year

2008

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Admissions

Common.

Graduation Year

2005 or earlier

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

Core, small classes.

Quality of Life

Low crime, overall high quality of residence halls.

Admissions

Common application with supplement. No interviews are required.

Graduation Year

2005 or earlier

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

There are 2 years of CORE classes specializing in the liberal arts foundation and then two years of minor/major requirements. Class sizes were small 18-25; ample research opportunities exist. Professors are readily available and top notch.

Quality of Life

Hamilton is very affordable and there is a wonderful town/gown relationship. The town is entirely self contained and there is literally no need to leave town/compus. There is little, if any, crime and everyone seems very content and happy.

Admissions

Currently there is a common application process with unique essays; letters of recommendation. There is also ED1, ED2 and regular addmissions. The school prides itself on making a 4 year private education affordable and has robust work/study and financial aid opportunities. There are also limited merit scholarships available.

Graduation Year

2005 or earlier

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

Academics are exceptional at Colgate, the university follows a core curriculum that is based on mastering the liberal arts in the educational experience. Incoming students receive an advisor, who also teaches one of their first semester classes. The advisor will stay with the student until they chose their major and are allowed to chose a new one. This makes the advising more personal, as students can connect with their advisor. The professor are very accessible as well, with all of them having office hours, and the absence of teachers assistants in any department on campus.

Quality of Life

Colgate has an amazing quality of life in that everything is centralized in the quaint town of Hamilton, NY. The small town has little to no crime, and the residents are very friendly. The best part about the town is that everything is within walking distance form campus.

Admissions

The admission process for Colgate is very selective as it entails test scores, essays, and high school academic accomplishment. We have a very low acceptance rate and a high early decision rate, due to our prestige and success. Colgate uses the common application and gives financial aid as well as scholarships after the application process is through.

Level

2

Graduation Year

2014

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

small liberal arts college, small student facult ration, easy access to professors and advisors, studied abroad in France, tough but fair grading

Quality of Life

olf fashioned frshman dorms, decent fraternity housing, excellent library for the time, very safe rural campus, small town setting, great facilities

Admissions

traditional application (pre-common application) with essays

Graduation Year

2005 or earlier

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