4.5 out of 5 Stars
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
General core requirements, major degree requirements, advising, small class sizes, very accessible professors, opportunity to study abroad, heavy workload.Quality of Life
Various housing opportunities, beautifully-maintained campus grounds, new library facilities, safe community environment, reasonable living costs, friendly community relations.Admissions
Application process, essay, Common Application, early decision/early action and regular decision, financial aid.Graduation Year
2005 or earlier
The academics are excellent. Colgate provides a core curriculum starting in the first year. Four courses, ancient world legacies, challenges of modernity, global wide scientific perspectives and communities and identities, are required as is a fifth in global engagements and another six from various areas of inquiry such as human thought, social relations and natural sciences. Students must complete 32 courses to graduate (minimum grade point average of 2.0). Despite the fact that Colgate offers 51 majors and 13 minors, class size is small (avg.19) and faculty are very accessible. It's commonplace to meet with professors on campus and off. The village is small and as a result of town size and school size, the student/faculty relationship extends beyond the campus. The school is competitive academically. There have been and continue to be several notable faculty. Colgate classes are taught by professors. No classes are taught by teaching assistants. 96% of Colgate's faculty have a PhD or other "ultimate" degree. Colgate offers 23 off campus study programs.Quality of Life
I thought it was tremendous. Would I return to Colgate if I could - in a heartbeat. I graduated in 1973 and certainly, things have changed. I think community relations (town/gown) are very good - better than when I attended. I think campus housing is much improved especially with the initiatives of self-governance and themed housing. Crime is low and campus safety is very good. Colgate has a new, state of the art science center. The library was expanded recently. School based facilities are excellent. While the school is expensive, the general upstate New York area is not . Present students/recent graduates seem genuinely happy and pleased with their choice of university.Admissions
I think the process itself is fairly standard. Colgate uses the common application. It encourages campus visits and offers an excellent website with several "live" webcams. It features various events such as "Saturdays@Colgate". One difference may be the absence of an evaluative interview. It has early decision. It provides financial aid, grants and fellowships and in certain sports, athletic scholarships. Colgate looks to and emphasizes the applicant's complete academic record including grades, standardized test scores and references. I think many of these are standard at most universiities.Graduation Year
2005 or earlier
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
Core Curriculum: 4 core classes Western Traditions, Challenge of Modernity etc.
Distribution Requirements: 2 of each--social science, science/math, humanities
Alot of work but Colgate has a work hard play hard mentality -- brilliant student body who can work hard but also has a well rounded lifestyle and has time for extracurriculars and social life.
Professors are very accessable. All classes taught by professors (No TAs). Class sizes are quite small allowing for an amazing and unified learning experience. As an English major, History minor class size averaged on around 12 students, I'd say.
AMAZING STUDY ABROAD PROGRAM! Over half the student body studies abroad, usually in their junior year. I went abroad to London with the English program the Spring of my Junior year. Best experience in my life.Quality of Life
Housing is great until senior year. Senior year you can live off campus which I believe hinders the Colgate experience. Caused breakups in friendsships because you have to sign leases your sophmore year for senior year off campus housing and friendships definitely change and evolve between sophmore and senior year. Most people live on campus though which is great.
Although I was a member of a sorority -- Kappa Kappa Gamma, I am against Greek Life. Greek life brings out cattiness and "social class" hierarchy among sororities and sexism among fraternities. Personally, my sorority, considered "the coolest on campus" and the hardest to get into had "dirty rushing" where a slide show was shown of girls they wanted before rush even started--slideshow listed what connecticut or new jersey prep school the girl went to, if they were on Sigma's "DNites" team before they went to Colgate" and sometimes even their parents profession. Had I known this, I never would have joined Greek life--I'm appauled at the "country club" mentality of it all.
There was very little crime as Colgate's campus is in the middle of nowhere. However, because of Greek Life, sexual assults were more common than one would think but sadly often went unreported to the police because when female students told Colgate, Colgate rarely addressed the issue.
Despite these complaints, I loved Colgate and personally had an overall great experience. Volunteer oportunities outiside Colgate--volunteer firefighting, helping people with their taxes, working on community farms and gardens unfied the campus with the surrounding community. Colgate is in the middle of no where and is pretty much the entire town of Hamilton.
Very safe neighborhood overall.
Library could use some work -- because we are in the middle of no where, we dont have access to many primary sources for reasearch papers. For my thesis, I had to travel to another city 3 weekends in a row in order to do proper research because Colgate did not have the tools.
Dining -- the food is okay. Colgate needs more dining halls. You wait in line FOREVER. Frank is definitely the best dining hall. Colgate made a dumb move of converting "The Edge" into a restaurant rather than a normal dining hall which left only the Frank and Coop as dining options, causing insanely long lines and never available seating. Colgate needs to work on more healthy options, especially in the Coop where the options are mostly fried food.Admissions
Common App plus additional essay. My essay was -- if you could only bring one thing to Colgate, what would it be and why? They do offer interviews although I did not do one. I applied early decision. I did not apply for any financial aid or scholarships.Graduation Year
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
Core Classes, general requirements, degree requirements -- true liberal arts approach with excellent accessible professorsQuality of Life
Residential school -- great dorm and frat/sorority experienceAdmissions
Common ApplicationGraduation Year
2005 or earlier
Various intensive study abroad programs available, core requirementsAdmissions
Essays, optional interviews, April Visit days, college fair representation, financial aid opportunities, early decision and regular dsecision.Graduation Year
2005 or earlier
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
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