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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.


Welcome to Colgate! The counseling center staff are excited to assist you as you start the new academic year. Although changes are inevitable and often positive, they can also be stressful. You may feel unprepared for some of the adjustments you are facing. At the counseling center, we are trained to help students manage a wide array of emotions. We meet with over half of Colgate students for clinical services at some point during their four years at Colgate. We are especially proud of our group therapy offerings, but we also provide individual counseling and consultation services. Please contact us to set up an appointment if you would like to learn more. Everybody can use some help from time to time. Reach out and let’s work together!

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.

Mission Statement

The counseling center is committed to providing high-quality, confidential, ethical, and culturally affirming mental health services to Colgate University students. The center offers group counseling, short term individual therapy, crisis intervention, and prevention services. We are responsive to the developmental, cultural, and demographic diversity of our students as they pursue their Colgate education. As a department within and in support of the broader Office of the Dean of the College, the counseling center also provides consultation, training, and outreach to all members of the Colgate community regarding mental health concerns.

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.