Colgate University - A Top Liberal Arts School in Central New York

NIH Study Group Unique Program

Colgate offers a wide variety of exceptional off-campus study opportunities, including the National Institutes of Health Study Group that is a wellspring of scientific achievement and learning and remains the only one of its kind.

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Visit Colgate Beautiful Campus

Colgate’s 575-acre campus is often called one of the most beautiful in the nation. It serves as a launchpad for students who take advantage of off-campus study groups, foreign language programs, faculty-led research trips, and volunteer missions.

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Clubs and Organizations Get Involved

There are many ways to be active on campus, whether it is participating in a Children's Theater workshop or one of the many other academic and social clubs that are available.

Center For Leadership And Student Involvement
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Video: Colgate Alumni By The Numbers
Colgate alumni are well known for their high level of engagement with and passion for their alma mater.  See what makes our alumni stand apart.

Study Abroad Experience The World

These students explored Snowdonia National Park in Wales. Where will you take Colgate's globally focused curriculum? Our students head to every corner of the globe via the international and off-campus studies program.

International and Off-Campus Study
Colgate Provides Global Perspective
Student Blog About Research in Ethiopia
Alternative Breaks: Service Learning

Academic Options Final Touches

A student works on her art project in Little Hall. Colgate offers 54 majors, more than many other liberal arts institutions. There also are several pre-professional programs that provide guidance about careers in medicine, law, and business, among others.

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Academic Excellence Strong Academics

Students, whether it's in the classroom or the library cafe, are challenged by a rich academic program throughout their four years at Colgate. The core program is an integral part of this liberal arts education.

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Class of 2018 Move-in Day

Arrival day for Class of 2018 members marks the start of their Colgate careers. The 769 first-year students represent a strong incoming class, boasting an average combined SAT score of 1372.

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Class Of 2018 Profile
Class Supported With Increased Financial Aid
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Top-notch Facilities Student-athletes

The new Beyer-Small '76 Field for Colgate's soccer teams is just the latest example of quality facilities across campus. Ceremonies and fireworks marked the first games on the field played the weekend of August 29-30.

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Division I Athletics At Colgate
What Recent Student-Athletes Are Now Doing
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Alumni Offer Help Career Exploration

 Lisa Hillenbrand ’79, P’16 (center), director of global marketing at Procter & Gamble, was among 100 alumni volunteering their time during the SophoMORE Connections program.

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Powerful Connections Success After Colgate

At Colgate, we consider the success of our alumni, young and old, to be one of our most prominent distinctions. Alumni from the Department of the Classics recently returned to campus to talk about how their majors have propelled them to success in both law school and in their legal careers.

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Success After Colgate Database
Distinguished Alumni
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Striving to be Inclusive Cultural Hub

A diverse and inclusive community is a cornerstone of educational excellence at Colgate. The ALANA Cultural Center is the focal point for student activity, education, and cultural exploration.

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Housing Options Residential Life

Colgate is a residential university with more than 90 percent of students living on campus. The tight-knit communities that emerge from living with your peers allow you to forge lifelong personal relationships.

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Model African Union Academic Groups

Students on Colgate's Model African Union team met with alumni and friends during an event at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. The student group is one of many options available on campus.

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Research Opportunities Research Opportunities

Students have many ways to extend their course work and research beyond campus classrooms. Whether it's research with a faculty member or an internship, opportunities are plentiful for additional academic study.

Cancer Research Leads To Honors For Students
Students Work Side By Side With Faculty
Office of National Fellowships And Scholarships
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Entrepreneur Weekend Innovators

Entrepreneur Weekend 2014 featured panelists (from left) John Donahoe, eBay president; Tony Bates, executive VP of Microsoft; Ashton Kutcher, actor and entrepreneur; Daniel Rosensweig P’15’17, CEO of Chegg; Brian Chesky, CEO of Airbnb; and David Faber of CNBC.

Video: Nation’s Top Entrepreneurs Share Advice
Stars Come Out For Entrepreneur Weekend
Video Highlights From Panel Discussion
Thought Into Action Entrepreneurship Institute

Homecoming 2014 Homecoming

A full slate of activities welcomed alumni and friends back to campus. In addition to a pep rally, football game, and keynote address by Mark Divine '85, the weekend also was marked by the Picker Art Gallery reopening.

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Picker Art Gallery Exhibitions
Raiders Athletics
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Digital Revolution Symposium

Colgate President Jeffrey Herbst and presidents from five other universities held a provocative discussion about how the digital revolution is impacting higher education. Clayton Christensen, co-founder of Innosight, was the keynote speaker.

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Global Leaders Shimon Peres

Shimon Peres, former Israeli prime minister and president, was interviewed by ABC News journalist Bob Woodruff ’83, P’13 on October 25 as part of the Kerschner Family Series Global Leaders at Colgate.

Shimon Peres Discusses ISIS At Lecture
Gifts Propel Colgate’s Internationalization
Global Leaders Lecture Series
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Making A Difference Community Outreach

Colgate students make a difference in the local community and beyond through volunteer work. Students, for example, train as volunteer firefighters in the village of Hamilton, help out at a Guatemalan co-op, and build homes with Habitat for Humanity.

Ways to Volunteer at Colgate
Center for Outreach, Volunteerism, and Education
Viktor Mak ’15 Helps Descendants Of Mayans
Upstate Institute
Connect with friends at Frank Dining Hall.
Work closely with faculty mentors like Professor Watkins.
Learning Arabic in the renovated Keck Center.
Beyer-Small '76 Field is the new home of Colgate soccer!
Perform with passion in the University Theater.
Enjoying international cuisine at the Night Market, 2014.
Students coordinate $12,000 fundraiser for Make-a-Wish®.
Using lasers to analyze shell composition.
The Colgate Class of 2018 has arrived!
Joshua Reding '15 captured the Triangulum Galaxy.
Outdoor Education's Basecamp fosters friendships.
Student activists march toward a #ColgateForAll.
Danielle Iwata '15 leads the Colgate Dance Initiative.