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Commitment to Diversity

At Colgate, we feel that a diverse and inclusive community is a cornerstone of educational excellence.
Students from the Poetically Minded group read from Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech at Memorial Chapel.
The university strives to provide an environment where students can appreciate, celebrate, and learn about their own backgrounds as well as those of the people around them. Our hope 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.

Incoming 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.

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

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