Colgate at a Glance

Colgate University is defined by its unsurpassed liberal arts education.

Who We Are

Colgate is a distinctive, leading American university known for its intellectual rigor, world-class professors, campus of stunning beauty, and alumni famously loyal to their alma mater.

Who We AreThird-Century Plan

Colgate at 200 Years

Academics

9:1
Student-faculty ratio
17
Average class size
56
Number of majors
337
Full-time faculty
96%
Of faculty have PhD or highest degree in field
22%
Faculty of color

More about academics at Colgate

Nady Abdal-Ghaffar teaches an Arabic class in the Keck Center
Small class sizes allow students direct access to faculty experts.
Students mob the Academic Quad at the beginning of the year to learn about clubs and organizations at the activities fair.
The student activities fair gives students an opportunity to join student clubs, organizations, and communities of interest.

Colgate Students 

  • 3,002 students
    • 46% male
    • 54% female
  • 23% domestic students of color
  • 10% first-generation college students
  • 16% international students and dual citizens

About student life

First-Year Class Profile

Class of 2024

  • Applications: 8,582
    • 49 states, D.C.
    • 129 countries
  • Admitted: 2,345 (27%)
  • Enrolled: 802 (34.2% yield)
  • Redesigned SAT middle 50%: 1370–1500
  • ACT middle 50%: 31–34
  • Average GPA: 3.81 out of 4.0
  • Percentile in class (available for 15.2% of admitted students)
    • 80% in top 10%
    • 93% in top 20%
  • Public/private high school ratio: 54% / 46% 
  • Percentage of class receiving financial aid: 39% 
  • Demonstrated need met with aid: 100%
  • Applications - 1,075
  • Enrolled - 470
  • Applications: 4,309
  • Admitted: 867
  • Enrolled: 262 (33% of class)
  • Applications: 2,283 
  • Admitted: 193
  • Enrolled: 84 (11% of class)
  • Applications: 233
  • Admitted: 114
  • Enrolled: 62 (7.7% of class)

Financial Aid

100%
Admitted students demonstrated need met in full
39%
Class of 2024 receiving financial aid
$57,260
Average total award for Class of 2024 financial aid recipients

Financial aid

Aerial view of the Colgate campus
With robust financial aid packages, Colgate students graduate with significantly lower student loan debt than the national average.
Colgate plays Bucknell in field hockey.

Scholar-Athletes

Colgate’s athletes perform in the classroom and on the field, court, and ice.

  • 97% scholar-athlete graduation rate
  • 25 Division I teams
  • 10 intramural sports
  • 37 club sports

Athletics and recreation

Success After Colgate 

Popular Career Fields for Recent Graduates

  • Business/Management
  • Communications and Media
  • Consulting
  • Education
  • Financial
  • Government
  • Health and Medicine
  • Law and Legal Services
  • Nonprofit and Social Change
  • Sciences
  • Sports and Recreation
  • Technology and Computing

Select Graduate Schools Attended by Alumni

  • Boston College
  • Boston University
  • Brown University
  • Columbia University
  • Cornell University
  • Harvard University
  • New York University
  • Rice University
  • The University of California, Los Angeles
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Washington University