As a residential university, Colgate is concerned with bridging academic and residential learning. The University provides rich and diverse options for campus living in traditional residence halls, independent living communities, apartments, and townhouses. Colgate’s approach to residential education is centered on providing students with the resources and support necessary to build vibrant and diverse communities that foster intellectual engagement and promote individual growth and personal development as well as community.
The Office of Residential Life, located in Drake Hall, is staffed by a director and other professional and student staff members. Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Additionally, one member of the professional staff is on call at all times.
An assistant/area director (AD) is assigned to each residential commons and living community. ADs are full-time staff members who live in student residential areas to provide mentorship and coaching. ADs are responsible for helping students establish and maintain healthy communities that promote educational, cultural, social, and personal development. Each AD supervises a team of undergraduate student resident leaders referred to as community leaders.
Community leaders are undergraduate student peer mentors assigned to live in each community and assist students in making their Colgate experience as fulfilling as possible. They assist the community in establishing guidelines and living agreements that are reasonable for everyone.