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.


The university’s mission is to provide a demanding, expansive educational experience to a select group of diverse, talented, intellectually sophisticated students who are capable of challenging themselves, their peers, and their teachers in a setting that brings together living and learning.

The mission of the High School Seminar Program is use Colgate’s resources to benefit the region by introducing area high school students to college-level topics that are not available at their schools and to encourage college attendance by providing them with the opportunity to experience a taste of life on a college campus.

Daily schedule

Arrival: Buses unload students at Merrill House at approximately 3:45 p.m.

Classes begin: 4:00 p.m.

Dinner break: 5:00 to 5:45 p.m.

Classes resume: 5:50 until 6:30 p.m.

Departure: 6:30 p.m. Students board buses at campus safety office

Participating Schools

These schools are taking part in the program for the 2018-19 academic year:

  • Hamilton Central School
  • Holy Cross Academy
  • Madison Central School
  • Morrisville-Eaton Central School
  • New York Mills Free Union School
  • Norwich High School
  • Notre Dame High School
  • Oneida Sr. High School
  • Otselic Valley Central School
  • Proctor High School
  • Sauquoit Valley Central School
  • Sherburne-Earlville Central School
  • Vernon-Verona-Sherrill Central School
  • Young Scholars Program - Proctor HS
  • Independent or home-schooled students

Session Dates for 2018-19

*Make-up dates are used for school cancellations only

Session I: Sept. 26, Oct. 3, Oct. 10
*make-up Oct. 17
Session II:  Oct. 24, Nov. 7, Nov. 14
*make-up Nov. 28
Session III: Jan. 30, Feb. 6, Feb. 13
*make-up Feb. 27
Session IV: Mar. 20, Mar. 27, Apr. 3
*make-up Apr. 10

Contact Information

Erin Childers-Loranty
High School Seminar Coordinator 
Max A. Shacknai Center for Outreach, Volunteerism and Education
Colgate University
13 Oak Drive
Hamilton, NY 13346-1398 

Phone: 315-228-7863
E-mail: echildersloranty@colgate.edu