Colgate University - A Top Liberal Arts School in Central New York

Highly Ranked Highly Ranked

U.S. News and World Report ranks Colgate 12th among all liberal arts institutions in the 2017 edition of Best Colleges. Colgate is also included in lists of best value schools and high school counselor rankings.

U.S. News Ranks Colgate 12th
Sierra Magazine: Top colleges working to protect the planet
USA Today: Top schools for history majors
Brookings: Number two for "value added"

Peter Balakian, 2016 Pulitzer Winner Pulitzer Prize for Poetry

Colgate extends its warmest congratulations to Peter Balakian, Donald M. and Constance H. Rebar Professor in Humanities, Professor of English; Director of Creative Writing, winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, for Ozone Journal.

Balakian wins Pulitzer Prize
PBS Newshour
Full announcement
More about Peter Balakian
Balakian on "Poetry and Memory"
Armenian Genocide Commentary

A Welcoming Community Campus Connections

Learning inside and outside the classroom is enhanced by the embrace of diverse opinions, religions, and cultures. At Colgate, students live, learn, and grow. Together.

Diversity And Inclusion
Religion On Campus
LGBTQ Community
In Photos: Campus Life

A Spirit of Determination Student-Athletes

With an NCAA Graduation Success Rate of 98%, Colgate athletes are among the best in the nation in the classroom and on the field.

Raiders Rank Third For NCAA Division I Graduation Success
Women's Ice Hockey Player Studies Invasive Species
25 Division I Varsity Teams
Football Schedule
Athletics In Photos

Live it Residential Life

At Colgate, we live the liberal arts. With more than 90 percent of students living on campus, it's easy to forge lifelong personal connections in our tight-knit community.

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Housing FAQ
Residential Commons
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A Strong Core Liberal Arts

A distinction since 1928, Colgate's core curriculum brings students and faculty together through intellectual exploration of fundamental works and ideas.

More About The Core
Division Of Arts And Humanities
Summer Research Video
A look Inside Our Classrooms

Award-Winning Faculty Faculty Expertise

Colgate faculty members are renowned for their work with students in the classroom, and for their dedication to scholarly exploration.

$600,000 Grant To Fund Major Neuroscience Research
Student And Faculty Research Leads To Recent Publication
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Faculty Videos

A world-class education Strong Financial Aid

Colgate meets 100% of the demonstrated need of all admitted students. The average debt of a Colgate graduate is $16,000, far below the national average of $28,400.

Colgate Joins Coalition For Access, Affordability, And Success
Fox Partnership boosts financial aid
Learn More About Financial Aid
Majors And Minors
Photos: In The Classroom

Outcomes Matter Careers after Colgate

When you come to Colgate, you gain access to great teachers, the support of Career Services, and a strong alumni network.

Kevin Costello '16 Interns On Capitol Hill
Brookings Ranks Colgate A National Leader For Value
Graduate Success By Major
Career Exploration In Photos
Support On Campus And Beyond

The World Awaits Off-Campus Study

Colgate's off-campus programs offer a rich mixture of cultural experience and academic exploration. It's why more than two-thirds of our students study abroad before graduation.

Full-Semester Study Groups
Off-Campus Instagram
Off-Campus Learning Photos

Powerful Connections Success After Colgate

At Colgate, we consider the success of our alumni, young and old, to be one of our most prominent distinctions. Alumni from the Department of the Classics recently returned to campus to talk about how their majors have propelled them to success in both law school and in their legal careers.

Students Learn About Careers After The Classics
Success After Colgate Database
Distinguished Alumni
Career Services

A Warm Welcome First Day of Classes

Colgate offers a challenging curriculum that informs, inspires, and builds a solid foundation for any career. Discover why learning with engaged and caring faculty, on one of America’s most beautiful campuses, is an experience that has defined generations of Raiders for nearly 200 years.

A Committed Faculty
Academic Departments
Welcoming 2020 to Colgate
Class of 2020 Profile

Student-Faculty Collaboration Research Options

Students have many ways to extend their course work and research beyond the classroom. These opportunities often result in co-authored academic papers and presentations as national conferences.

On-Campus Summer Research
Past Projects
13 Seconds In The Lab
In Photos: Academics At Colgate

Turning Thought Into Action Entrepreneurship

Colgate's Thought Into Action Entrepreneurship Institute helps students in the creation of for-profit and not-for-profit ventures through the power of alumni mentorship and the strength of a liberal arts education.

Entrepreneurship In Video
E-Weekend 2015
Thought Into Action Entrepreneurship Institute
Entrepreneur Professional Network
Photo Gallery

Bring your sense of adventure Outdoor Education

Step outside your comfort zone and embrace a new challenge. Outdoor Education develops leadership and friendships amidst the natural beauty of Central New York.

Outdoor Education Programs
Video: Climbing At Red Rocks, Nevada
Video: Canoeing The Everglades

Committed to Sustainability Carbon Neutral by 2019

Only a community of students, faculty, and staff working together can ensure that Colgate reaches its goal of carbon neutrality by 2019.

Office Of Sustainability
Eat Local: Learn About Our Community Garden
Sustainability News
In Video: Going Green
Sustainability In Photos

Visit Colgate Beautiful Campus

On campus, students work side by side with their peers and award-winning professors to explore the world through interdisciplinary study. Colgate is alive with research, excitement, and possibility. Schedule a visit and see for yourself.

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Dynamic Student Organizations 200+ Clubs

With more than 200 clubs and student organizations, there’s always something to do on campus, and there’s support to help build new organizations should you have a new idea in mind. Last semester, the African Student Union organized a fashion show featuring designers from New York City.

Find A Club
Center For Leadership And Student Involvement
Recreational Sports
Intramural Sports On Facebook

A Colgate Celebration Inauguration

Members of the Colgate community officially welcomed Brian W. Casey as the university's 17th president in the university's historic Memorial Chapel, Friday, September 30. The excitement continues with Homecoming Weekend and the dedication of the new Class of 1965 Arena.

Inauguration schedule and information
About Brian W. Casey
Inauguration video
Homecoming events

Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, performed in Sanford.
Samantha Braver '18 teaches local children to code.
Kayaking excursion with Outdoor Education.
David Jordan '17 creates stop-motion artwork.
We are excited to welcome the Class of 2020!
Insights in class from actor Josh Radnor
Geography students spent four weeks in Australia
Professor Segall reviews student electronics.
Division I athletic competition.
Emily Stabnick '17 stylized the sparkling campus at night.
Creative expression through University Theater
Yoga on the Quad promoting wellness.
Lauren Schmetterling '10 won gold at the Rio Olympics.