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Editorial Style and Usage Guide

This guide is the established editorial style for e-mail announcements, the Colgate Scene, colgate.edu pages and stories, brochures, newsletters, letters, and more.

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zip code. In body copy, put only once space between the state and the zip code in an address (as opposed to in a mailing address on an envelope or package, where two spaces are required by the postal service).
          The proper four-digit extension on Hamilton’s 13346 zip code depends on the publication or office sending out the material. Refer to the chart below and be sure to include the proper extension in return addresses on any correspondence, postcard, or publication you might send out.
-1383 admission
-1384 controller
-1385 registrar
-1379 Colgate station
-1398 offices
-1399 students
-7994 BRM postcard size
-9989 BRM letter size