Colgate University - A Top Liberal Arts School in Central New York

Highly Ranked Highly Ranked

U.S. News and World Report ranks Colgate 12th among all liberal arts institutions in the 2017 edition of Best Colleges. Colgate is also included in lists of best value schools and high school counselor rankings.

U.S. News Ranks Colgate 12th
Sierra Magazine: Top colleges working to protect the planet
USA Today: Top schools for history majors
Brookings: Number two for "value added"

A Welcoming Community Campus Connections

Learning inside and outside the classroom is enhanced by the embrace of diverse opinions, religions, and cultures. At Colgate, students live, learn, and grow. Together.

Diversity And Inclusion
Religion On Campus
LGBTQ Community
In Photos: Campus Life

Student-Faculty Collaboration Research Options

Students have many ways to extend their course work and research beyond the classroom. These opportunities often result in co-authored academic papers and presentations as national conferences.

On-Campus Summer Research
Past Projects
13 Seconds In The Lab
In Photos: Academics At Colgate

A Spirit of Determination Student-Athletes

With an NCAA Graduation Success Rate of 98%, Colgate Division I student-athletes are champions in the classroom and in competition.

Colgate Dedicates Class of 1965 Arena
Steven J. Riggs '65 Tribute
New Athletics Website
25 Division I Teams

A Strong Core Liberal Arts

A distinction since 1928, Colgate's core curriculum brings students and faculty together through intellectual exploration of fundamental works and ideas.

More About The Core
Division Of Arts And Humanities
Summer Research Video
A look Inside Our Classrooms

Live it Residential Life

At Colgate, we live the liberal arts. With more than 90 percent of students living on campus, it's easy to forge lifelong personal connections in our tight-knit community.

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Housing FAQ
Residential Commons
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Peter Balakian, 2016 Pulitzer Winner Pulitzer Prize for Poetry

Colgate extends its warmest congratulations to Peter Balakian, Donald M. and Constance H. Rebar Professor in Humanities, Professor of English; Director of Creative Writing, winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, for Ozone Journal.

Balakian wins Pulitzer Prize
PBS Newshour
Full announcement
More about Peter Balakian
Balakian on "Poetry and Memory"
Armenian Genocide Commentary

Outcomes Matter Careers after Colgate

When you come to Colgate, you gain access to great teachers, the support of Career Services, and a strong alumni network.

Kevin Costello '16 Interns On Capitol Hill
Brookings Ranks Colgate A National Leader For Value
Graduate Success By Major
Career Exploration In Photos
Support On Campus And Beyond

A world-class education Strong Financial Aid

Colgate meets 100% of the demonstrated need of all admitted students. The average debt of a Colgate graduate is $16,000, far below the national average of $28,400.

Colgate Joins Coalition For Access, Affordability, And Success
Fox Partnership boosts financial aid
Learn More About Financial Aid
Majors And Minors
Photos: In The Classroom

Powerful Connections Success After Colgate

At Colgate, we consider the success of our alumni, young and old, to be one of our most prominent distinctions. Alumni from the Department of the Classics recently returned to campus to talk about how their majors have propelled them to success in both law school and in their legal careers.

Students Learn About Careers After The Classics
Success After Colgate Database
Distinguished Alumni
Career Services

Discovery, Funded Financial Support

MariaDorin Shayo ’17 (presenting her research), earned funding from the Lampert Institute for Civic and Global Affairs to study traditional medicine in Tanzania for her senior thesis. It's just one example of financial resources made available to Colgate students for academic research, career exploration and development, and more.

Researching traditional medicine in Tanzania
Lampert Institute Fellowships
Scholars Programs
Internship, Research, and Service Grants
Office of National Fellowships and Scholarships

A Colgate Celebration Inauguration

Members of the Colgate community officially welcomed Brian W. Casey as the university's 17th president in the historic Memorial Chapel, Friday, September 30. The excitement continued with Homecoming Weekend and the dedication of the new Class of 1965 Arena.

Brian W. Casey inaugurated as the 17th president of Colgate University
Inauguration schedule and information
About Brian W. Casey
Inauguration video

Turning Thought Into Action Entrepreneurship

Colgate's Thought Into Action Entrepreneurship Institute helps students in the creation of for-profit and not-for-profit ventures through the power of alumni mentorship and the strength of a liberal arts education.

Entrepreneurship In Video
E-Weekend 2015
Thought Into Action Entrepreneurship Institute
Entrepreneur Professional Network
Photo Gallery

Bring your sense of adventure Outdoor Education

Step outside your comfort zone and embrace a new challenge. Outdoor Education develops leadership and friendships amidst the natural beauty of Central New York.

Outdoor Education Programs
Video: Climbing At Red Rocks, Nevada
Video: Canoeing The Everglades

Committed to Sustainability Carbon Neutral by 2019

Only a community of students, faculty, and staff working together can ensure that Colgate reaches its goal of carbon neutrality by 2019.

Office Of Sustainability
Eat Local: Learn About Our Community Garden
Sustainability News
In Video: Going Green
Sustainability In Photos

Visit Colgate Beautiful Campus

On campus, students work side by side with their peers and award-winning professors to explore the world through interdisciplinary study. Colgate is alive with research, excitement, and possibility. Schedule a visit and see for yourself.

Schedule A Visit
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More Campus Photos
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Campus Map

Dynamic Student Organizations 200+ Clubs

With more than 200 clubs and student organizations, there’s always something to do on campus, and there’s support to help build new organizations should you have a new idea in mind. Last semester, the African Student Union organized a fashion show featuring designers from New York City.

Find A Club
Center For Leadership And Student Involvement
Recreational Sports
Intramural Sports On Facebook

Leading the way in off-campus study Off-Campus Study

Colgate is ranked number one among baccalaureate institutions for student participation in semester-long off-campus study opportunities, according to the newest Open Doors report by the Institute of International Education (IIE) with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

A leader in off-campus study
Study group information
Open Doors ranks Colgate #1
In video: Students experiences abroad

Award-Winning Faculty Faculty Expertise

Colgate faculty members are renowned for their work with students in the classroom, and for their dedication to scholarly exploration.

Balakian wins Pulitzer Prize
$600,000 Grant To Fund Major Neuroscience Research
Student And Faculty Research Leads To Recent Publication
Learn More About Our Faculty
Faculty Videos

Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, performed in Sanford.
Samantha Braver '18 teaches local children to code.
Kayaking excursion with Outdoor Education.
David Jordan '17 creates stop-motion artwork.
We are excited to welcome the Class of 2020!
The inauguration of President Brian W. Casey
Geography students spent four weeks in Australia
Professor Segall reviews student electronics.
Lauren Schmetterling '10 won gold at the Rio Olympics.
Emily Stabnick '17 stylized the sparkling campus at night.
Creative expression through University Theater
Yoga on the Quad promoting wellness.
Celebrating Raider passion.