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First-Year Students

Congratulations on joining the Class of 2023! Here's everything you need to get ready for your college career.


Student and parents moving into college dorm room

The first-year checklist will help you hit all of your deadlines before arrival. Check out how you are doing (pun intended).


Academic Calendar

Students studying in Case Geyer Library

The Academic Calendar lists the key dates for orientation, drop/add, school breaks, and more — years in advance.


Finances and Payments

James B. Colgate Hall

Everything you need to know, from payment options, to tuition refund insurance, to 'Gate cash.



Incoming students may make their deposits online through the applicant portal.

Additional Resources

Health Center
Student health insurance
Full-time students must have health insurance. After May 16, 2018 students can activate their Colgate Student Health Insurance or file a waiver by providing proof of sufficient private coverage. The activation or waiver must be filed by August 1, 2018. ENROLL OR WAIVE COVERAGE
Study materials
InfoShare: Access to records
Colgate's InfoShare system allows students to grant access to otherwise protected records for trusted individuals like parents and family members. InfoShare can open up access to resources like academic transcripts (unofficial), financial aid award information, course schedules, financial and academic holds, and more. MORE ABOUT INFOSHARE
Living on Campus
Incoming students may need a lot of supplies for their rooms. Use these links to make the process easier for you:
Learn more about the housing options at Colgate and the university's innovative living-learning programs.

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International Students
We deeply value our vibrant community of international students. We invite you to campus a little early to meet your peers and to ease your transition to Colgate and the United States. International Class of 2022
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Clubs and organizations
Get Involved is like Colgate's permanent online activities fair. Start finding your favorite clubs now! GET INVOLVED
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Internship and Career Resources
Leveraging a liberal arts education and Colgate’s extensive network of dedicated alumni, Career Services empowers students to cultivate professional relationships through experiential learning and real-world immersion. Building personalized relationships, our professional and peer career advisors are involved in every step of the process, from strengthening resumes to connecting students with graduate programs and employers. CAREER SERVICES HOMEPAGE
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Colgate Bookstore
The bookstore is located in the heart of downtown Hamilton, and is your one-stop shop for class and dorm materials.
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'Gate Way
A self-paced online resource about transitioning to the Colgate community, including insider tips from students and faculty. 'Gate Way
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Academic Support and Disability Services
Colgate's Office of Academic Support and Disability Services is prepared to assist you with making a smooth transition to college and can continue to serve as a resource throughout your college career, while also respecting your desire to become independent and autonomous. ACADEMIC SUPPORT AND
Sustainability at Colgate
This year, Colgate will take measures to balance its carbon footprint and become carbon neutral. Help us uphold our tradition of sustainability and be a part of the many initiatives to come as we begin our third century as a carbon-neutral campus. 
Colgate Sustainability
First-Year Sustainability Representative Program

Join Your Class on Facebook

The Class of 2023 Facebook group is a great place to start meeting your classmates. Also, learn from current students who will be answering questions and offering valuable advice about starting college.

Parents Facebook Group

Join the parents Facebook group to share messages with other Colgate parents and engage in discussion, share photos, events or ideas.


For additional questions, please call Lindsay Hadlock, administrative assistant and arrival day coordinator, at 315-228-7368 or e-mail