High School Seminar

Each year since 1959, Colgate has given area high school students a taste of the college experience. Faculty and administrators teach four sessions, meeting for three classes each, during the academic year. 

2019–2020 Dates

Session I: September 25, October 2, October 9

Session II: October 30, November 6, November 13

Session III: January 29, February 5, February 12

Session IV: March 25, April 1, April 15

Each session will have a makeup date in case Seminar is cancelled due to weather: October 16, November 20, February 26, and April 22.

Daily schedule 

  • Arrival: 3:45 p.m.  Buses unload students in front of Merrill House 
  • Classes begin: 4:00 p.m.
  • Dinner break: 5:00–5:45 p.m.
  • Classes resume: 5:50–6:30 p.m.
  • Departure: 6:30 p.m. Students board buses in Campus Safety parking lot

Session I Course Descriptions

Robin Bridson, Professional Development and Training Coordinator

In this seminar, we will take raw data and make it into something useful! Learn to sort and filter data, summarize information, and create tables and charts.



Pamela Gramlich, Assistant Director of Sustainability

Food plays an important role in our personal, societal and planetary health. This class will explore how food access, production, waste, new technology, cultural values, and nutrition play a role in creating a sustainable future. The course will also examine the role that current agricultural threats, such as climate change, play in global food security. Participate in this interactive seminar to get a better understanding of the relationships among people, the planet, and food.

Bineyam Taye, Assistant Professor of Biology

The topic will cover selected Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) of global health importance, and clarify the process of science and demonstrate how NTDs are an overarching theme in human health. We will have a lab to observe some parasites under the microscope.

Tracia Banuelos, Program Coordinator for Haven

Cartoons do more than entertain us after school - some of them are doing intentional work to help younger audiences understand and explore their mental health. In this course, students will watch snippets of Cartoon Network’s Steven Universe and Adventure Time, explore both healthy and unhealthy representations of mental health, and create a “Mental Health Action Plan” based on the messages in the cartoon, to support them in their own exploration and validation of their mental health journeys.

Sarah Kunze, Instructional Designer

Come explore some of the tools that Photoshop has to offer. In the first week, learn how to make adjustments to your digital photographs: lighting & exposure, cropping & straightening, adding text & layers. In the second week, learn how to use shapes, text, images & other graphical elements to create a poster. In the third week, learn how to composite images, use blend modes & the pen tool to create original works. We'll also introduce you to a free, open-source tool that does a lot of what Photoshop does!

Tiffany Lane, Director of LGBTQ Initiatives

In this course, students will develop their knowledge, assess preconceived information, and gain the necessary skills needed to be an active and engaged supporter of, and advocate for, their lesbian, bisexual, gay, trans, queer and questioning friends, family and community.

Colgate SAT Prep

The COVE offers a free SAT preparation course for students from central New York. High school students work in small groups with Colgate student “coaches,” meeting in classrooms on Colgate’s campus. 

Each class consists of practice for the reading, writing, and math sections of the SAT, along with college preparation activities. The course concludes in time for the May 2, 2019 administration of the SAT. 

Students receive

  • Tailored SAT instruction with an emphasis on completing practice questions and time management strategies
  • Preparation for the SAT’s optional essay
  • 2 full-length practice SAT tests and test results
  • A free copy of The College Board’s The Official SAT Study Guide college preparation and application advice

Registration for the spring 2020 session of Colgate SAT Prep will be available in October 2019.