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
332
Full-time faculty
96%
Of faculty have PhD or highest degree in field
23%
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 

  • 2,994 students
    • 45% male
    • 55% female
  • 22% domestic students of color
  • 9% first-generation college students
  • 15% international students and dual citizens

About student life

First-Year Class Profile

Class of 2023

  • Applications: 9,951
    • 50 states, D.C.
    • 132 countries
  • Admitted: 2,244 (22.6%)
  • Enrolled: 790 (35.2% yield)
  • Redesigned SAT middle 50%: 1410–1520
  • ACT middle 50%: 31–34
  • Average GPA: 3.82 out of 4.0
  • Percentile in class (available for 24.6% of admitted students)
    • 81% in top 10%
    • 94% in top 20%
  • Public/private high school ratio: 53% / 47% 
  • Percentage of class receiving financial aid: 42% 
  • Demonstrated need met with aid: 100%
  • Applications - 941
  • Admitted - 441
  • Enrolled - 440
  • Deferred - 26
  • Applications: 4812
  • Admitted: 847
  • Enrolled: 235 (29.7% of class)
  • Applications: 2,716 
  • Admitted: 214
  • Enrolled: 79 (10% of class)
  • Applications: 264
  • Admitted: 138
  • Enrolled: 63 (8% of class)

Financial Aid

100%
Admitted students demonstrated need met in full
42%
Class of 2023 receiving financial aid
$53,441
Average total award for Class of 2023 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
  • 12 intramural sports
  • 40 club sports

Athletics and recreation

Success After Colgate

Most Popular Career Fields

Class of 2018

  • 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

Graduate Schools Attended by Recent Alumni

  • Boston College
  • Columbia University
  • Cornell University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • King's College London
  • New York University
  • Princeton University
  • Tufts University
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Oxford
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Yale University