Colgate University

Hamilton, NY

Get to know Colgate University

School Profile

College Town campus setting

3,206 undergraduate students

807 first-year students

Students hail from 49 US states and territories and 77 countries

13% first-generation students 


12% applicants admitted in the Class of 2027

82% in top 10% of high school class in the Class of 2027

SAT Middle 50%: 1470-1540 (Combined score for those who elected to submit test scores)

ACT Middle 50%: 33-35 (For those who elected to submit test scores)


56 majors and 48 minors

Student-to-faculty ratio 9:1 

All classes are taught by faculty members and not teaching assistants

Average class size is 16  

Introduction to Colgate University

Colgate is a distinctive, leading American university known for its intellectual rigor, world-class professors, campus of stunning beauty, and loyal alumni.

Through its core curriculum, the engagement of the faculty, and life on the campus, Colgate challenges students to be enlightened thinkers and prepares them to be global citizens who will thrive in life and in work.

At the core of Colgate University is one of the most ambitious and relevant learning experiences in the country. The most popular majors are Computer Science, Economics, History, Political Science, and Psychological Sciences. Regardless of major, all students are taught to think critically, communicate powerfully, analyze other perspectives, and solve complex problems. Before graduating, 82% of students participate in academic research. This foundational curriculum equips students to develop as leaders who can engage thoughtfully and flourish in the careers that they want. Pre-professional advising is available for a variety of fields like architecture, engineering, health sciences, and law.

Set on a hillside — with stately buildings surrounded by a canopy of colorful trees — Colgate is steeped in 200 years of history. 25 Colgate teams compete in Division I athletics, the highest level of collegiate sports. Residential living is designed to ensure that students from all over the world feel connected and share experiences on a campus that quickly feels like home. In the center of New York State, in one of the friendliest towns in America, Colgate offers the best of college life.

Colgate supports access to quality education for students from all backgrounds by meeting 100% of admitted students’ demonstrated need. A new financial aid initiative, The Colgate Commitment, eliminates tuition for students from families with annual income of $80,000 or less and limits tuition payments to a percentage of annual income for students from families with incomes between $80,000 and $175,000. The Colgate Commitment also eliminates federal loans for eligible students with a family income up to $175,000.

Fun Fact: Colgate’s lucky number is 13; it is said that the university was founded by 13 men with 13 dollars and 13 prayers. Every Friday the 13th is celebrated as Colgate Day both on campus and by alumni worldwide.

91 %

graduation rate, among the highest in the nation.

Within nine months of graduation, 98% of the Class of 2022 respondents were employed, in graduate school, on a fellowship, or involved in the military or volunteer service.

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