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Colgate: In Person

Colgate's 2015 diversity open house will be held Thursday, October 1 – Friday, October 2. It is a university tradition and a special opportunity to experience campus life.
Colgate: In Person photo of students outside
We encourage current high school seniors who come from low-income, first-generation, or traditionally underrepresented backgrounds to apply to the program. For many prospective students, the open house provides a greater understanding of the Colgate experience. You will meet current students, faculty, and staff, attend class, tour the campus, and stay overnight in a residence hall, all while participating in activities sponsored by Colgate’s many diverse student organizations.

Take a look at last year's open house schedule

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply?
An application helps us select students who will take full advantage of their campus visit. Space is limited, and we are only able to invite students who are seniors in high school. We will review and provide decisions for open house applications on a rolling basis, so it is possible to receive earlier notification by submitting your application before the deadline. Registration for Colgate: In Person 2015 is now closed. 

Required application materials:
– Colgate: In Person application (submitted online)
– High school transcript (submitted by counselor, including grades 9-11)
– Colgate: In Person application essay: 
"On the first day of class at Colgate, your professor asks you to write an autobiography. What does the opening paragraph say?" (300 word maximum)
– Standardized test scores (SAT or ACT scores, sent from test agency or from counselor)

How do I get there?
Colgate University is located in Hamilton, N.Y., nestled in the gorgeous Chenango Valley. Because of our rural location, visitors often find it convenient to use our directions to campus.

Travel assistance is available for students who demonstrate a need. Priority will be given to those who would not otherwise have an opportunity to visit campus.
May I stay with a Colgate student?
Each Colgate: In Person participant is paired with a student host. You will stay in a residence hall on campus.
May I attend a class?
We not only encourage you to ask current students about their classes and academic experiences at Colgate, we create an opportunity for you to experience a Colgate class as well.
How much free time will I have?
Your two days at Colgate will be full of activities including information sessions and panel discussions, campus tours, classes, and several events sponsored by Colgate’s diverse student groups. While the schedule will keep you busy, time can be made to pursue a specific interest.
Can my parent(s), family member, or guardian come?
We invite your parent(s), family member, or guardian to come and experience Colgate campus life as well. Special events are planned specifically for guests including a dinner, campus tour, and open visiting hours with our financial aid office.
Where will my parent(s), family member, or guardian stay?
There are a number of lodging options in the immediate and greater Hamilton area available for parents. Please visit our list of lodging options as a reference. Guests should make reservations ahead of time.

Resources are available to assist guests with their accommodations. Please call the Office of Admission for more information at 315-228-7401.
If I have already visited Colgate, should I come for the Colgate: In Person program?
Yes. While campus visits provide valuable information and an overview of the Colgate experience, our Colgate: In Person provides a unique opportunity to interact with diverse organizations within our university community and become familiar with many resources available to Colgate students. Most importantly, it is an opportunity to experience campus life. Try Colgate on for size and determine if it is a good fit for you!
If I have more questions, whom should I contact?
For more information, please contact the Office of Admission at 315-228-7401 or via e-mail at