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Learning Worldwide Off-Campus Study

Year after year, Colgate ranks among the top baccalaureate institutions for the number of students who study abroad.

Off-Campus Study a Priority
Extending Classroom Learning
Interfaith Efforts Go Global
Seniors Receive Watson Fellowships
Preparing our students to be the thought leaders of the future requires both an intensive classroom experience, and exposure to field-leading academic figures, such as Neil deGrasse Tyson, outside of the classroom.

Fostering Creative Expression The Arts

Develop your style and artistic talents while engaging in a critical dialogue on the arts and the manners in which they impact society.

Art and Art History
Past Theater Productions
Musical Groups
University Arts in the News

Student-Faculty Collaboration Undergraduate Research

With a student-faculty ratio of 9:1, no TAs, and typically fewer than ten graduate students per semester, there are many opportunities for you to contribute to high-level research early and often as undergraduate.

Featured on PBS
What Makes Memory Stick?
Exploring Bitcoin
Meet the Faculty

Resources for Success Student Scholars

Our students have access to a wealth of information and resources to support scholarly pursuits of every variety.

Writing Center
University Libraries
Digital Learning and Media Center
Keck Humanities Resource Center

Heart of Campus The Quad

The Academic Quad symbolizes so much of what is important about Colgate and serves as a central gathering place for the campus community.

Visit our Academic Departments
Center for Women's Studies
Stop by the Registrar's Office
Tour the Quad

Robust Scientific Resources Strength in Sciences

Students and faculty are utilizing technology inside and outside the classroom to enhance learning, as well as to share the knowledge they create with others.

Working Directly With Faculty
Real-world Applications
Observing the Aurora Borealis
High-level Funding


World-class faculty, a 9:1 student-faculty ratio, undergraduate research, off-campus study, and a highly regarded core curriculum help students expand their horizons.
Students with laptops in a classroom

Majors and Minors

You can choose from 53 resource-rich academic majors, and a wide variety of minors. Because you are not required to declare a major until the second semester of sophomore year, there is ample opportunity to explore and experiment with your academic interests.
Majors and minors are managed by our academic departments and programs and governed by Colgate's world-class faculty.

Liberal Arts Core Curriculum

Colgate’s Liberal Arts Core Curriculum is recognized as one of the most ambitious and elegant general education programs in the country. A set of four dynamic and diverse courses and an additional global engagements elective form the foundation of every Colgate education. LEARN MORE

Pre-Professional Planning

Dedicated assistance from on-staff advisers is available to students preparing for medical school, dental school, or veterinary school. Guidance is also provided to students interested in pursuing law, engineering, architecture, business/management and financial services, and communications and new media.

Centers and Institutes

Colgate is home to several academic centers and institutes that serve the intellectual community of our campus by advancing study and research in their respective fields.

Colgate's Mission Statement

Colgate's mission is to provide a demanding, expansive educational experience to a select group of diverse, talented, and intellectually sophisticated students who are capable of challenging themselves, their peers, and their teachers in a setting that brings together living and learning.

The purpose of the university is to develop wise, thoughtful, critical thinkers and perceptive leaders by encouraging young men and women to fulfill their potential through residence in a community that values all forms of intellectual rigor and respects the complexity of human understanding.