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Sustaining Academic Excellence Tradition

The university cherishes its past while taking full advantage of all that the 21st century offers. Our residential campus continues to pursue academic excellence through in-depth personal discussions with faculty who utilize the latest technologies to foster those conversations.

Intellectual Engagement
Ho Tung Visualization Lab
Robots at the Library

Ho Science Center Top-Notch Facilities

The Ho Science Center's modern research facilities promote graduate-level research experiences for Colgate's undergraduate student body.

Designing a New Athletic Facility
Downtown Art Center Proposed
Fitness Center's LEED Gold Certification
Lathrop Hall Renovated in 2013

Forbes Finds Hamilton Welcoming Community

The home of Colgate — Hamilton, N.Y. — was named one of America’s most friendly towns by Forbes magazine. That is not a surprise to students and alumni who frequent the restaurants and shops or visit the farmers market in the Village Green.

Forbes Highlights Hamilton
Discover Hamilton
"Slices" in Zagat
Colgate Bookstore

Clinton Visits Campus Worldwide Connections

The Kerschner Family Series Global Leaders program draws big-name speakers to campus. 

Global Leaders Program  
Hillary Clinton Visit
Richard Branson on Campus
Colin Powell at Colgate

Renowned President Colgate Leadership

Since becoming Colgate’s 16th president in 2010, Jeffrey Herbst has launched a transformational effort to build the university’s financial aid resources.

About Jeffrey Herbst
Strategic Planning
Senior Staff
Board of Trustees

About Colgate

Colgate University is a highly selective residential liberal arts institution distinguished by academic excellence and interdisciplinary inquiry. Located on a beautiful campus in upstate New York, Colgate takes pride in the active engagement of its students and faculty in local, national, and global communities.
A view of the academic quad from the top of Colgate Memorial Chapel.

Championing the Liberal Arts

With small classes and a strong emphasis on close faculty-student interaction, we help students become thoughtful critical thinkers and perceptive leaders. Critical to this goal is residence in a community that values all forms of intellectual rigor.

We foster diversity of thought and action academically and through participation in a wide variety of clubs, artistic opportunities, a thriving fraternity and sorority system, and Division I athletics.

We offer 53 majors and 13 additional minors to an internationally and culturally diverse student body of 2,900 students. Our Liberal Arts Core Curriculum, which has been in place since 1928,  has been recognized as one of the most ambitious and elegant general education programs in the country.

This strong liberal arts background proves incredibly powerful after graduation, with students launching start-ups, finding jobs with established industry leaders, or being accepted at highly ranked graduate schools.

Undergraduate Research

Professor Anthony Chianese and a student examine a sample in chemistry lab.
Ninety-eight percent of the our full-time faculty has achieved the highest degree in their fields, typically the PhD. Our students are often drawn to Colgate because of the many opportunities to pursue research with faculty members, either as part of their academic-year experience or through summer programs.

It is not unusual for our undergraduates to have co-authored a peer-reviewed journal article prior to graduation, or to be invited to present research findings at a national conference. LEARN MORE