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Commitment to Diversity

At Colgate, we feel that a diverse and inclusive community is a cornerstone of educational excellence.
A capella group the Mantiphondrakes singing in Memorial Chapel
The university strives to provide an environment where all students can appreciate, celebrate, and learn about their own backgrounds as well as those of the people around them. Our goal is that every Colgate student will have the knowledge and skills to contribute and lead in our increasingly complex and diverse world.

Representation on campus of diverse cultural, geographical, racial, sexual, and socioeconomic backgrounds, just to name a few, is critical to the educational mission of the university.

Colgate For All

ALANApalooze celebration at the ALANA Cultural Center
During the fall of 2014, the efforts of our passionate student body refocused and reenergized the university's focus on issues of inclusion and diversity. The creation of a 21-point, tangible action plan was just the beginning of a unified effort to ensure that Colgate is truly a place for all people in the pursuit of knowledge. READ MORE

First-Year Class

While admitting students to the Class of 2018, we received applications from students in 49 states, Washington, D.C., and 133 countries. Multicultural students represent 30 percent of the class, while international students represent 10 percent of the class.

Campus Resources

ALANA Cultural Center
The ALANA Cultural Center is professionally staffed organization and space on campus that supports a number of programs and initiatives supporting multiculturalism and inclusivity. ALANA's goal is to help all students develop an appreciation of culture; something that is increasingly vital in a globally focused world. READ MORE
LGBTQ initiatives
LGBTQ Initiatives is dedicated to supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and ally students. Initiatives include available Safe Zone trainings for students, faculty, and staff to better understand the needs of the LGBTQ community; an annual Queerfest celebrating and educating the campus about LGBTQ issues; ongoing student advocacy campaigns; and much more. READ MORE
Cultural clubs and organizations
Students of any and every background get involved on campus with a variety of cultural groups. Whether you're trying to connect with your own cultural heritage, or learn more about another, there is ample opportunity to explore culture with your peers. READ MORE
International students
The international student community on campus brings additional perspectives and histories to conversations and practices both in and out of the classroom. The Office of International Student Services is available to support these students as they adjust to life in a foreign country and navigate the immigration requirements unique to their international status. READ MORE
Religious life
Our students and the Office of the Chaplains sustain a vibrant religious community on campus open to those of any faith, those who are questioning faith, and those who identify as atheist. Interfaith initiatives promote education and understanding between all of these diverse groups. READ MORE