The university was originally founded as The Baptist Education Society of the State of New York by 13 men who each offered $13 and 13 prayers.
The society's original constitution contained 13 articles. Our address is 13 Oak Drive, and we are located in the zip code 13346 (the first two digits are 13, and the last three digits add up to 13!). There is certainly no triskaidekaphobia (fear of the number 13) here -- in fact we've embraced it as Colgate's lucky number!
So, that is why we've adopted the most notorious 13 – Friday the 13th – as a celebration of Colgate. Every Colgate Day
students, faculty, staff, alumni, and families around the world don their Colgate regalia and celebrate the university and its community. And tweet!