Welcome to Hancock Commons, where students are inspired by the courage and love of learning of our namesake, Gordon Blaine Hancock 1919 ,’20, H’69.
Explore our Community
Students from all commons are welcome to join Hancock Commons events and follow on social media:
The residence at 94 Broad Street serves as the Hancock Commons social house within Colgate’s Broad Street Community. This facility provides a space to host social gatherings within the Hancock community and is also home to students in the junior and senior classes who have elected to continue residence within the commons and to provide leadership and mentorship for the commons community.
Living and Learning
Hancock Commons hosts a variety of programs designed to help members build community, enrich education, and have fun.
Each year, the four commons compete for the glory of winning the Commons Cup. Each commons accumulates points by having commons members participate in events within five categories: Intellectual Curiosity, Arts & Culture, Environment & Sustainability, Recreation & Wellness, and Community Engagement.
First Year Seminars (FSEM)
As part of the project of integrating students' living and learning experiences, each year, the Commons plays host to a number of FSEM classes in its residential buildings.
- 107 Challenges - Professor Stern
- 122 Ecology and the Quality of the Environment - Professor Fuller
- 124 Discovering Biology: Invasive Species - Professor McHugh
- 155 Intro to Philosophical Problems - Professor Lennertz
- 174 Deciphering the Sky: Practical and Historic Astronomy - Professor Balonek
- 189 Global War and Society - Professor Hyslop
2020-2021 will be posted in the end of August / September
The following faculty and staff direct the commons and support its living and learning goals. Feel free to contact them with any questions.
About the Namesake
Hancock was a graduate of the Class of 1919, Colgate seminary 1920, and received a Colgate honorary degree in 1969. He also received an AM in Sociology from Harvard.