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Campus

Colgate’s campus, with its carefully preserved architecture, immaculate grounds, and hillside setting, is consistently named one of the most beautiful in the nation.
An aerial view of the Colgate campus.

Building Relationships

Campus is a friendly and close-knit place where students develop lifelong bonds with Colgate, with each other, and with faculty and staff.

There are 88 buildings, about 10 miles of roads and walkways, and an estimated 2,300 trees (most common are sugar maples and northern red oaks), on the 575-acre campus.

Buildings date back as far as 1827, when West Hall was built by faculty and students from stone taken from a campus quarry. Today, it is a modern first-year residence hall with all the amenities that today's students expect. 

Students and alumni fondly remember iconic experiences like climbing Cardiac Hill between upper and lower campuses, sharing a first kiss (or getting engaged) on Willow Path, watching Adam and Eve, the graceful swans on Taylor Lake, and taking part in many meaningful events in Memorial Chapel.