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Counseling Center

The center, located in Conant House, focuses on helping students to ameliorate problems that might be obstacles to their growth and development.


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* Please note that online appointments will be available when classes are in session. Please call the office for an appointment at (315) 228-7385 if the on-line scheduler is not currently active.


We are glad you are here. The beginning of the academic year brings with it several changes and perhaps a wide array of emotions. You may experience excitement, sadness, anticipation, insecurity, shyness, and you may even be feeling several things at once. This can be confusing and overwhelming. At the Counseling Center, we help students manage emotional distress.  Everybody needs help from time to time, and about half of Colgate students use the Counseling Center while here on campus. Please contact us if you would like to make an appointment for an initial consultation. 

If you are new to Colgate, there is a wealth of information for students and parents available at

If you are an international student, this brief video provides background information on counseling.

Grief and Loss

Grieving may have a direct, physical impact on the bereaved. Grieving may further aggravate or exacerbate college lifestyles that are often less than ideal, compounding problems with good nutrition, exercise, sleeping, studying, and relaxation. There is no one right way to grieve, and no set time that you must be finished grieving, but if you, or someone you care about, seems to be feeling very caught in a painful cycle of grieving that is hard to move through, support is available. Please feel free to contact Conant House (315)228-7385 to set up an appointment to talk to one of our staff counselors. For more information on the grieving process and how to help someone in grief, Dealing with Grief (PDF).

Stress Management

Stress isn’t always a bad thing. Some stress pushes us to meet goals by studying more, working harder or sticking with a challenging task. But sometimes stress reaches an unhealthy level that can prevent us from functioning well and meeting our goals. Recent research from The Jed Foundation and MTV found that over half of all college students had been so stressed that they couldn’t function at some point during the last year. Our health, goals and social life can all suffer when stress becomes too much to handle. That’s because stress can affect our moods and ability to think clearly. It can also weaken our immune system and make us more susceptible to getting sick. To learn more about stress and how to manage it from Half of Us.

Concerned About a Friend?

Report an incident or concern if you are concerned about a student. It is important to share that information so we can seek to provide assistance. Colgate University takes gender-based violence seriously and provides support and information on sexual violence to survivors, friends and families of survivors, and the university community.