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Office of Undergraduate Studies

The Office of Undergraduate Studies (OUS) serves to provide educational opportunity and academic support to students who have demonstrated talent, creativity, intellect, and determination in the face of significant challenges.
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About OUS

OUS represents a community of scholars. Those who are a part of the OUS family are selected because they have demonstrated exceptional intellect, creativity, and determination.

We recognize that not all high school students have had access to comparable academic and co-curricular resources. Nevertheless, many of our prospective students make significant achievements with access to minimal resources, or in the face of significant challenges.

OUS exists so that these talented individuals are fully prepared to take advantage of everything the university has to offer.

We also oversee Colgate's participation in the New York State Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP), which is open to residents of New York State who meet the economic guidelines set by the state Education Department at the time of admission.

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Admission to OUS

Students who are accepted to OUS have achieved success while systematically pursuing the most demanding academic paths open to them. They have prevailed in the face of personal, economic, educational, cultural, or social challenges. Admission to OUS is determined at the time of admission to Colgate, and no separate application is necessary.

Summer Institute

The program begins with the Summer Institute, a five-week, pre-first-year summer session designed to ease the transition to college and enhance the academic preparedness of our students. It further sets the stage for students to take on scholarly pursuits, leadership, and community engagement during their four years at Colgate. READ MORE

An Ongoing Community

The OUS family persists well beyond the Summer Institute. The relationships students build early in the program will form the foundation for a support group present for all four years on campus, as well as after graduation. Programming throughout the four years on campus will strengthen those bonds for students, while helping them to navigate academics, involvement on campus, studying abroad, and planning for post-graduation endeavors. LEARN MORE

Contact Us

We aim to be inclusive in building a community of scholars, and we look to work with a diverse group of individuals. Please contact us with any questions.
Office of Undergraduate Studies
Center for Learning, Teaching, and Research
Colgate University
13 Oak Drive
Hamilton, New York 13346

Phone: 315-228-7375
rchapin@colgate.edu
Frank Frey
Associate Professor of Biology and Environmental Studies; Director of the Office of Undergraduate Studies
ffrey@colgate.edu

Frank Kuan
Senior Associate Director for the Office of Undergraduate Studies
fkuan@colgate.edu