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Physical Education Handbook

Colgate's recognition of the importance of personal wellness and physical fitness is fostered through its required physical education program.  This handbook outlines the programs policies and procedures.

Physical Education Graduation Requirement

Two (2) PHED units or credits of class or activity as specified. The requirement is to be completed by the end of the sophomore year.  Most courses are 1 unit course, unless otherwise specified.

Course Credit

Classes normally meet over a five week unit and earn one PHED credit per unit. Attendance is required. Credit will be granted at the end of each session based on fulfillment of the courses attendance policy. Grades appear on the transcript as an O for other. If you do not see your course listed, please contact the PE department. No medical excuses (i.e. colds, flu) will be accepted for missed classes, unless the medical exemptions or waivers is authorized by the Health Center.

Transfer students 

Sophomore transfers are required to complete two units. Junior transfers are required to complete one unit.

Off-campus study groups
Physical Education credit for off-campus study group is not allowed.

Physical Education Registration 

Course offerings are listed on the Colgate Physical Education website and in the Colgate University catalogue. Students should register for both units (Fall I and II) or (Spring I and II) during registration. Requirement must be met by the end of sophomore year.

Philosophy of Physical Education 

Colgate's recognition of the importance of personal wellness and physical fitness is fostered through its required physical education program.

The Department of Physical Education, in keeping with current philosophy, will focus on enriching and expanding the student's short and long term views and attitudes toward physical activity. The department will promote a holistic approach to personal well-being by offering instruction in leisure-time activities that will stimulate an enduring sense of the joy and exhilaration of physical activity.


The program is designed to motivate students to develop knowledge and skills that will enable them to participate in and respect the various forms of physical activity and to develop an appreciation for sport and ongoing physical fitness and wellness.


Students are expected to dress appropriately for each activity. Appropriate dress for most classes consists of sneakers, shorts, t-shirt and/or sweat pants. Exceptions to this will be determined by the activity instructor.


Most equipment required for instructional use is provided. To secure equipment, students submit their Colgate student identification card at the Huntington Gym Equipment Issue Room. In certain activities, like scuba, equipment should be supplied by the student or rented as part of the course fee.

Extracurricular Credit 

Physical Education credit may be granted for participation in a varsity sport, a club sport and/or another selected pre-approved activity, if attendance requirements are met.  Group leaders are responsible for following all procedures to ensure their members credit is issued.   Students should contact the Physical Education Office with any questions.

Minimum attendance requirements must be met for students to earn credit.

Varsity Athletics and Cheerleaders, 
Varsity athletes and Cheerleaders and  may earn up to one credit per year of participation. To do so varsity athletes must be listed on NCAA squad list for the school year. All credits earned will count toward the PE graduation requirement.

Club Sports, SGA Dance Clubs, Pep Band, SOMAC and Hamilton Fire Department
Participants in may earn one PHED credit per club. Only one credit will count for each club toward the 2 credit PHED requirement. All Club leaders need to apply for PE credit consideration and maintain and submit all required paperwork by the semester deadlines. Students must have at least 30 hours of recorded participation during the school year to qualify for credit. 

Student appeals for Club Sport PHED credit will be considered for no longer than 60 days following the end of the respective semester by the Chair of Physical Education, so it is essential that records be kept carefully and completely.

Intramural Participation

Physical Education credit is NOT available for intramural participation.

Physical Education Athletic Facilities

Huntington Gymnasium
1st Floor:
  • Equipment Sign-out Room (Cage): 315-228-7620 
  • Lineberry Natatorium (Pool): 315-228-7449
  • Locker rooms (1st Floor)
  • Physical Education Office Room 102, 228-7613
  • Squash Courts (1st floor)
  • Wooster Room (110 & 111 Class Rooms)
2nd Floor:
  • Gym (Basketball/Volleyball Courts)
  • Martial Arts \ Fitness Loft
  • Spinning Room
3rd Floor Studios  (stairwell by Squash Courts or Gym)
  • Multipurpose Rooms 301 & 303 (3rd floor )
3rd Floor Courts (stairwell by RM 111)
  • Climbing Wall
  • Racquetball Courts
  • Ping Pong Tables
Reid Athletic Center
  • Bowling Alleys: 315-228-7580 
  • Cotterell Court 
  • Starr Rink
  • Ticket Office: 315-228-7600
Tennis Courts (Outside-behind Reid)

Sanford Field House: 315-228-7792
  • Four-Tennis Courts/Two-Hundred meter track and Artificial Turf Surface 

Outdoor Education (Base Camp - behind Hunt Gym): 315-228-7972
  • Outdoor Education Rental Center (OERC): 315-228-7971
Cross Country Ski and Walking Trails (Top of Ski Hill)

Seven Oaks Golf Course Clubhouse: 315-228-1432

Trap Range (Bonney Hill RD)

Boat House (Lake Moraine): 315-228-1118

Affiliated Programs

Intercollegiate Athletics
The program, initiated in 1886, offers varsity competition in twenty-five sports for men and women. Cheerleaders also follow the varsity athletics procedures to earn credit. 

Club sports
Club teams are student-directed with overall program responsibility falling under the supervision of the office of Recreational Sports. Club competition is less formalized than the intercollegiate level and offers opportunities to compete in many sports not offered in the varsity program. Group Leaders must contact the Rec Sports office for required paperwork at the beginning of each school year. 

Pep Band, SGA Dance Clubs, SOMAC and Hamilton Fire Department
Pep Band, SGA Dance clubs, SOMAC and Hamilton Fire Department are similar to club sports. Participants may earn one credit for 30 hours of recorded participation. Group Leaders must contact the Rec Sports office for required paperwork at the beginning of each school year. 

Rehabilitation and Adaptive Physical Education programs are available for credit with approval from the Physical Education Department and with supporting documentation from Health Services or Sports Medicine.