Colgate University

Colgate University


Colgate University is a highly selective residential liberal arts institution that offers 55 majors to a diverse student body of approximately 2,900 undergraduate students, and supports 25 Division I athletic teams. The university’s 575-acre campus in rural central New York is renowned for its beauty and for the important role it plays in the student experience. Colgate is committed to global engagement, student-faculty research, off-campus study, sustainable practices, and utilizing technology to enhance the teaching and learning experience.

Programs Supporting First-Generation College Students

Summer Bridge & Orientation The Summer Institute

Colgate’s Office of Undergraduate Studies (OUS) supports students who have demonstrated intellect, creativity, and determination in the face of significant challenges. OUS runs Colgate’s Summer Institute, an intensive five-week gateway experience designed for 30-45 incoming students who, besides their academic potential, show much promise in the areas of leadership and community/civic engagement. During the summer session students complete two credit-bearing courses that meet requirements needed for graduation. Learn more about The Summer Institute

Academic Advising & Support Center for Learning, Teaching and Research

Colgate’s Center for Learning, Teaching and Research acts as a support system for all students, and it is committed to assisting students looking for support with learning strategies and study skills, time management and organization, and peer tutoring. Learn more about Center for Learning, Teaching and Research

Student Life & Support The Max A. Shacknai Center for Outreach, Volunteerism, and Education (COVE)

COVE programs contribute approximately 30,000 hands-on volunteer service hours with the help of 800 students assisting 90 community organizations each year. Part of the COVE outreach includes tutoring and mentoring programs for children at local schools and non-profit organizations. Learn more about The Max A. Shacknai Center for Outreach, Volunteerism, and Education (COVE)

Student Diversity

  • 2,915
  • 44/56
  • 10%
    First-generation college students
  • <1%
    American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • 4%
  • 4%
    Black or African American
  • 8%
  • <1%
    Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • 67%
  • 4%
    Two or more races
  • 4%
    Race and/or ethnicity unknown
  • 9%

Student Success

  • 95%
    First-to-second year retention
  • 92%
    Six-year graduation
  • 85%
    Six-year graduation for underrepresented minority groups
  • 100%
    Freshmen who live on campus
  • 90%
    Undergraduates who live on campus
  • 303
    Full-time faculty
  • 67
    Full-time minority faculty
  • 9:1
    Student–faculty ratio
  • Top 5 Majors

    Social Sciences, Biological/Life Sciences, History, Psychology, Foreign Languages, Literature, and Linguistics

  • Multicultural Student Clubs and Organizations

    Brothers, Sisters of the Round Table, Korean Culture Association, Chinese Interest Association, Latin American Student Organization, Black Student Association, African Student Association, Caribbean Student Association, Colgate International Community, Organization of Asian Sisters in Solidarity


Cost of Attendance

  • $51,635
  • n/a
    In-state Tuition
  • $320
    Required Fees
  • $13,075
    Room and Board

Financial Aid

  • $48,872,236
    Total institutional scholarships/grants
  • $49,442
    Average aid package
  • $16,129
    Average student loan debt upon graduation (of those who borrow)
  • 12%
    Pell Grant recipients among freshmen
  • 32%
    Students with financial need
  • 32%
    Students with need awarded financial aid
  • 32%
    Students with need awarded need-based scholarship or grant aid
  • 100%
    Students with need whose need was fully met


Applicant Academics

  • 8,394
    # of applicants
  • 29%
  • 3.69
    Average HS GPA
  • 32
    ACT Composite
  • 660—750
    SAT Critical Reading
  • 670—770
    SAT Math
  • n/a—n/a
    SAT Writing
  • n/a
    SAT/ACT optional


  • 01/15
    Regular application closing date
  • $60
    Application Fee
  • $60
    Application Fee (online)
  • yes
    Fee waiver for applicants with financial need
  • yes
    Early decision plan
  • 11/15
    Early decision application closing date
  • n/a
    Early action plan
  • n/a
    Early action application closing date