The Summer Institute is designed to ease the transition to college and enhance the academic preparedness of its participants each year. The program promotes personal growth and educational achievement.
From late June to early August, OUS students live on campus and participate in two academic courses taught by Colgate faculty, with emphasis on critical reading, analytical writing, and quantitative literacy skills.
We recognize that not all incoming students have equal access to resources while they are in high school. Summer Institute exists to ensure that students who have proven their intellect and determination are fully prepared for the university's academic rigor.
Throughout the Summer Institute, six OUS juniors and seniors serve as residential academic coaches and help guide participants through the academic rigors and expectations of a Colgate education. Moreover, students receive one-on-one advising from members of the faculty as they register for fall semester courses.
How to Join
The Summer Institute is open exclusively to students admitted to Colgate in the Office of Undergraduate Studies (OUS). All applicants to Colgate are considered for the OUS program — no additional application is necessary or possible. If accepted to the program, students will be notified with their Colgate acceptance letter.
Programming also introduces participants to various offices that manage student affairs and campus life. In addition, students will be introduced to Hamilton and its surrounding communities to learn about the myriad offerings in their new home-away-from-home.