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Get Involved with Your Alma Mater

Colgate people spend four years as students and the rest of their lives as alumni family members. The University proudly offers you countless opportunities for lifelong involvement – with your classmates, your friends, and your alma mater. Choose from the many options below that best suit your Colgate spirit!
Alumni give back.

Connect with Colgate

 - Update your Alumni Profile
 - Bookmark the Colgate website – follow what is happening in Hamilton.

Connect With Your Classmates Online or in Person


Affinity Groups

Share a connection beyond your class year or location and join an Affinity Group.

District or Regional Clubs

  • Join your local Colgate district club – or start one if your hometown region does not have one – and meet up with alumni and parents in your region
  • Subscribe to the club newsletter, attend local events and meet fellow alums
  • Participate in your club’s planning committee and bring new ideas and events to your town or city
  • Attend a local sports event or tailgate when Colgate teams are in your area

The Alumni Admissions Program

  • Sign up for your local Alumni Admissions Committee – connect with fellow AAP representatives and learn about developments on Colgate’s campus
  • Advocate for and promote Colgate with local high schools in your area
  • Represent Colgate at local college fairs
  • Meet with prospective students in informational interviews
  • Host or attend an accepted student reception or a summer send-off party

Give to the Annual Fund

  • Donate to Colgate each year – even $13 makes a difference – participation matters!
  • Volunteer for Phonathons or serve as a class agent on your class gift committee to solicit your peers
  • Join the Presidents’ Club along with other leadership donors to the university
  • Include Colgate in your long term financial and estate planning and be part of the Willow Society
  • Donate to the Athletic Council to support student-athletes

Career Services – for Alumni and Current Students

  • Raise your profile in the Colgate community with iCAN, Colgate’s proprietary online Alumni Career Advisory Network 
  • Connect to Colgate on LinkedIn so Colgate students and other alums can reach you
  • Participate and meet current students at the Emerging Leaders Luncheon at Homecoming
  • Attend the SophoMORE Connections program – Give back on campus in January by joining a panel, sharing your career experiences with current students and networking with the sophomore class
  • Participate in A Day in the Life, Colgate’s job shadowing program for students on their January winter break
  • Attend Seniors in the City and other regional receptions for student networking and career discovery
  • Conduct Mock Interviews Help students build confidence and polish their interviewing skills by volunteering for one-on-one, hour-long mock interview and feedback sessions
  • Offer an Internship at your company to a Colgate student
  • Connect with current students in Colgate’s Business Group or Women in Business
  • Join one of Colgate’s professional networks – The Common Good, Digital Media & Technology, Entertainment Group, Entrepreneurs, Finance & Banking, Health & Wellness, Lawyers Association (under development), Real Estate Council

Visit Campus – Homecoming, Reunion, or Anytime

  • Tour the campus – Case Library and Geyer Information Center, Ho Science Center, Trudy Fitness Center – are some of the buildings that will make you feel proud of your alma mater
  • Visit the new and improved Hamilton, NY – or reminisce at your old favorite places
  • Take a virtual tour or download the Colgate Tour app on your Apple device
  • Attend Homecoming – reconnect with your favorite professors and staff
  • Attend Reunion – not just when it is “your year” – attend engaging lectures, panels and discussions led by faculty, staff and alumni, or join fellow alumni in recognizing leaders and grads who are the recipients of Alumni Awards for their extraordinary service to Colgate
  • Serve on the planning or reunion class gift committee or be a program chair
  • Get a group of friends together and make your own Colgate reunion
  • Play golf at Seven Oaks
  • Join with the Alumni Council on campus at their open session meetings or connect with Alumni Council members to talk about what's going on at Colgate

Travel and Extras

  • Use your status as a member of the alumni community to access a series of travel programs and special offers
  • Explore the world through travel programs offered through the alumni office
  • Become a member of the Seven Oaks Golf Course at a special rate to alumni living outside of a 50-mile radius of Colgate 
  • Join the NYC Affiliate Clubs through membership at the Cornell Club in New York City

Campus Life

  • Engage with Colgate athletic teams as a mentor (Maroon Council)
  • Download Go Gate, the Colgate athletics app
  • Support Greek Life at Colgate by volunteering for your organization’s alumni corporation board, chapter advisory board or foundation
  • Support student groups holding events on campus or who look for alumni resources

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