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OUS Summer Institute

The Summer Institute is designed to ease the transition to college and enhance the academic preparedness of its 36 participants each year. The program promotes personal growth and educational achievement.

Academics

From late June to early August, OUS students live on campus and participate in two academic courses taught by Colgate faculty, with emphasis on critical reading, analytical writing, and quantitative literacy skills.

We recognize that not all incoming students have equal access to resources while they are in high school. Summer Institute exists to ensure that students who have proven their intellect and determination are fully prepared for the university's academic rigor.

In addition to taking courses, students are introduced to various resources available on campus, including the libraries, career services, and financial aid.

Mentorship

Throughout the Summer Institute, six OUS juniors and seniors serve as residential academic coaches and help guide participants through the academic rigors and expectations of a Colgate education. Moreover, students receive one-on-one advising from members of the faculty as they register for fall semester courses.

How to Join

The Summer Institute is open exclusively to students admitted to Colgate in the Office of Undergraduate Studies (OUS). All applicants to Colgate are considered for the OUS program — no additional application is necessary or possible. If accepted to the program, students will be notified with their Colgate acceptance letter.
Summer Institute students pose for a group shot at the Abolition Hall of Fame in Peterboro, NY

Community

Programming also introduces participants to various offices that manage student affairs and campus life. In addition, students will be introduced to Hamilton and its surrounding communities to learn about the myriad offerings in their new home-away-from-home.

Frequently Asked Questions

When I arrive on campus, where do I go?
For students and families coming to campus by car, there will be signs directing traffic to the upper campus parking lots near 'Gate House. Personal cars are not allowed to remain on campus during the five-week session.

For those arriving in Utica or Syracuse by bus, train, or plane, we will provide shuttle services to campus. We will send a questionnaire regarding travel plans prior to the program. We urge students and their families to complete the questionnaire, even if arriving by car, so that we can plan accordingly for everyone's arrival.
Where will I be living?
'Gate House (campus map) is the summer residence for all OUS scholars in the Summer Institute. The Summer Institute's Residential Academic Coaches (RACs) and an RAC coordinator will also reside in 'Gate House.

OUS scholars will not necessarily live in 'Gate House upon returning for the beginning of the fall semester. The plan is to have all OUS scholars reside in a single residential building during their first year on campus. More information will be shared during the Summer Institute.
What should I pack?
OUS scholars should plan on bringing casual clothing, as well as one or two dressier outfits for special activities. The weather is generally moderate during the summer, but it can get cool during the evenings and early mornings, while rising to quite warm temperatures during the day.

We cover the cost of tuition, books, supplies, fees for co-curricular activities, room, and most meals during the Summer Institute. Bring some pocket money for any other personal expenses.

Note about linens: We will provide a set of university-rented linens consisting of a pillow case, two sheets (includes fitted sheet), two towels, and two washcloths for the duration of the Summer Institute. The OUS scholars are responsible for laundering these items. Washers and dryers are available in the 'Gate House residence at a cost of $1.50 per load, wash or dry. OUS scholars are responsible for providing their own pillow and comforter.

This is a list of suggested items OUS scholars should consider bringing as well:
For the closet:
  • Jacket/sweater
  • Bathing suit
  • Causal clothing (shorts, jeans, sweats, etc.)
  • Comfortable shoes (sneakers, flats, etc.)
  • Hangers
  • Pajamas
  • Robe
  • Socks/underwear
  • Two or three business casual outfits (blouses/dress shirts, pants, tie, dress/skirt, dress shoes)
  • Umbrella
For the bathroom:
  • "Shower bucket" (for carrying supplies to and from shower)
  • Bathrobe
  • Brush/comb
  • Contact lens supplies/glasses
  • Deodorant
  • First-aid supplies
  • Hair dryer
  • Toiletries
  • Shampoo/conditioner
  • Shaving supplies
  • Shower shoes (flip-flops)
  • Soap
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste
  • Hair care products (perms, grease, pink lotion, etc.)
For the bedroom:
  • Alarm clock
  • Blanket/comforter
  • Book bag/backpack
  • Desk lamp
  • Fan
  • Laundry supplies (bag/basket, detergent, dryer sheets)
  • Mini refrigerator (optional)
  • Pillow
  • Comforter
  • Small microwave
  • Throw blanket
What if I don't have medical insurance?
If not covered under a parent or guardian's medical insurance, OUS scholars need to notify us immediately. Contact information can be found on the OUS homepage.
Will my cell phone work in Hamilton?
The only cell phone service providers with coverage in the area are AT&T and Verizon.
May I return home or have visitors during free time and weekends?
OUS scholars are expected to be in attendance for the entire five weeks. We have planned several social and recreational activities and outings for community building. We ask that OUS scholars not plan to go home, visit family/friends, or have visitors during this time.