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:

Hancock Commons on Instagram

About Hancock Commons

Shield with equals sign and zig zags
Click the Hancock Commons crest to learn more about its history

Mascot: Black Bear

Residential Space

Social House

94 Broad Street
The house at 94 Broad Street hosts many social activities for the Hancock Commons.

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.

113 Broad Street

113 Broad Street

The 113 Broad Street Complex features single- and double-occupancy rooms within suites. Bedrooms in a suite share a bathroom.

The complex comprises Brigham, Read, Shepardson, and Whitnall houses, and each floor has a small common lounge.

Living and Learning

Hancock Commons hosts a variety of programs designed to help members build community, enrich education, and have fun.

Commons Cup

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.

Learn more about the Commons Cup

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. 

Creating Connections

The following faculty and staff direct the commons and support its living and learning goals. Feel free to contact them with any questions.


Professor of Biology and Environmental Studies; Chair, Department of Biology
224 Ho Science Center
  • T 1:30pm - 3:00pm (224 Ho Science Center)
  • W 10:00am - 11:30am (224 Ho Science Center)


University Librarian; Professor in the University Libraries

Administrative Dean

Assistant Dean of Administrative Advising

Residential Life

Area Director of Residential Life
Drake Hall
Residential Fellow
Drake Hall

About the Namesake

Portrait of Gordon Blaine Hancock

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.

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