Come dressed to participate in your first class.
Two (2) PHED units or credits of class or activity as specified. The requirement is to be completed by the end of the sophomore year.
Classes normally meet over a five week unit and earn one PHED credit per unit. Attendance is required. Credit will be granted at the end of each session based on fulfillment of the courses attendance policy. Grades appear on the transcript as an O for other. If you do not see your course listed, please contact the PE department.
No medical excuses (i.e. colds, flu) will be accepted for missed classes, unless the medical exemptions or waivers is authorized by the Health Center.
Sophomore transfers are required to complete two units. Junior transfers are required to complete one unit.
Off-campus study groups
Physical Education credit for off-campus study group is not allowed.
Course offerings are listed on the Colgate Physical Education website and in the Colgate University catalogue. Students should register for both units (Fall I and II) or (Spring I and II) during registration. Requirement must be met by the end of sophomore year.
Colgate's recognition of the importance of personal wellness and physical fitness is fostered through its required physical education program.
The Department of Physical Education, in keeping with current philosophy, will focus on enriching and expanding the student's short and long term views and attitudes toward physical activity. The department will promote a holistic approach to personal well-being by offering instruction in leisure-time activities that will stimulate an enduring sense of the joy and exhilaration of physical activity.
The program is designed to motivate students to develop knowledge and skills that will enable them to participate in and respect the various forms of physical activity and to develop an appreciation for sport and ongoing physical fitness.
Students are expected to dress appropriately for each activity. Appropriate dress for most classes consists of sneakers, shorts, t-shirt and/or sweat pants. Exceptions to this will be determined by the activity instructor.
Most equipment required for instructional use is provided. To secure equipment, students submit their Colgate student identification card at the Huntington Gym Equipment Issue Room. In certain activities, like scuba, equipment should be supplied by the student or rented as part of the course fee.
One physical education credit per year may be granted for participation in a varsity sport, a club sport and/or another selected pre-approved activity.
Varsity athletics, cheerleaders, and pep band
Varsity athletes, Cheerleaders and Pep Band members may earn up to one credit per year of participation. To do so varsity athletes must be listed on NCAA squad list for the year. All credits will count toward the PE graduation requirement.
Club sports and dance clubs
Participants in club sports may earn up to one PHED credit in a single club. Only one credit will count for each club toward the 2 credit PHED requirement. Students must have at least 30 hours of recorded participation with the club. Club Leadership is responsible for turning in all required paper work, contact the PE office to see if your club qualifies.
Student appeals for Club Sport PHED credit will be considered for no longer than 60 days following the end of the respective semester by the Chair of Physical Education, so it is essential that records be kept carefully and completely.
Physical Education credit is not available for intramural participation.
- Equipment Sign-out Room (Cage): 315-228-7620
- Lineberry Natatorium (Pool): 315-228-7449
- Locker rooms (1st Floor)
- Physical Education Office Room 102, 228-7613
- Squash Courts (1st floor)
- Wooster Room (110 & 111 Class Rooms)
- Gym (Basketball/Volleyball Courts)
- Fitness Loft \Martial Arts
- Spinning Room
- 3rd Floor (stairwell by Squash Courts)
- Multipurpose Rooms 301 & 303 (3rd floor )
3rd Floor (stairwell by RM 111)
Reid Athletic Center
- Climbing Wall
- Racquetball Courts
- Ping Pong Tables
Tennis Courts (Outside-behind Reid)
Sanford Field House
- Bowling Alleys: 315-228-7580
- Cotterell Court
- Starr Rink
- Ticket Office: 315-228-7600
Outdoor Education (Base Camp - behind Hunt Gym):
- Four-Tennis Courts/Two-Hundred meter track and Artificial Turf Surface
Cross Country Ski and Walking Trails (Top of Ski Hill)
Seven Oaks Golf Course Clubhouse
- Outdoor Education Rental Center (OERC): 315-228-7971
Trap Range (Bonney Hill RD)
Boat House (Lake Moraine)
The program, initiated in 1886, offers varsity competition in twenty-five sports for men and women.
Club teams are student-directed with overall program responsibility falling under the supervision of the office of Recreational Sports. Club competition is less formalized than the intercollegiate level and offers opportunities to compete in many sports not offered in the varsity program. Group Leaders must contact the Rec Sports office for required paperwork. (See Recreational Sports Program web site for additional details pertaining to these programs.)
Pep Band, Dance Teams, and Cheerleaders
Pep Band, Cheerleaders, and Dance clubs are similar to club sports. Participants may earn one credit for 30 hours of recorded participation. Group Leaders must contact the Rec Sports office for required paperwork. New groups must have advance authorization from the Physical Education Department..
Rehabilitation and Adaptive Physical Education programs are available for credit with approval from the Physical Education Department and with supporting documentation from Health Services or Sports Medicine.