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2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

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

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

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
Academics

4 CORE classes, 8 distributional requirements, 11 requirements for my major, 12 requirements for pre-med, 6 requirements for possible minor. Classes are small, especially discussion based ones. Research is very available and teachers are always accessible. The grading is difficult, but the students aren't openly competitive. There are many Colgate study abroad options. There is a lot of work, but not so much that you can't participate in activities.

Quality of Life

Students are very happy! The housing is very comfortable and well kept. With an unlimited meal plan as a freshman, living isn't very costly. Plus we get free things all of the time! The campus is gorgeous and the facilities are well kept up and they are often renovating or building. The library is an extremely nice study space with great lighting. I enjoy the food as the cooks try to make things interesting, but still keep the oldies but goodies around. We have a great community as we are a large part of the town of Hamilton and I've always felt safe.

Admissions

Commonapp and supplement. Regulary Decision.

Level

1

Graduation Year

2014

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

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

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

there are core classes to make sure you get a well-rounded liberal arts education, students are encouraged to spend a semester abroad - programs to England are probably the most popular, workload is heavy, professors are very friendly and have scheduled office hours for help

Quality of Life

Almost all students live in some type of on-campus housing, the library is recently renovated with a coffee shop and lots of study space, the neighborhood is rural so it feels like life at Colgate centers on the school

Admissions

essay questions, optional informational interview, early decision I and II available,uses the common application,awards financial aid to those with demonstrated need, some students selected for leadership program but no application for that

Graduation Year

2005 or earlier

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

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

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