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First-Year Students

Congratulations on joining the Class of 2020! Here's everything you need to get ready for your college career.


Incoming students may make their deposits online through the Colgate Portal.


Student and parents moving into college dorm room

The first-year checklist will help you hit all of this summer's paperwork deadlines. How are you doing?


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.


Pre-Orientation Programs

Students volunteer to paint a sign for the Hamilton Center for the Arts

Pre-orientation opportunities allow you to start building your Colgate network before regular arrival.


More Resources

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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
Health Center
Student health insurance
Full-time students must have health insurance. After May 20, 2016 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, 2016. 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
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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.
So This is Colgate
So This Is Colgate
A brief guide as to what you can expect student life to be like here on campus. SO THIS IS COLGATE
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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
'Gate Way
A self-paced online resource about transitioning to the Colgate community, including insider tips from students and faculty. LEARN MORE
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.

The sign for the Center for Career Services
Internship and Career Resources
Self-understanding is the foundation on which you will build your future! Complete the CareerBeam "Quick Profile" (log in using your Colgate ID and password) for insight into how your interests, personality, values, skills, and abilities connect to internship, academic, and extracurricular choices. You can access your report immediately, and we’ll help you to unpack the results further during the first few weeks of school.
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Class photo
College is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Order your class photo today! CLASS PHOTO
Sustainability at Colgate
We are passionate about the environment, and have committed to carbon neutrality on our campus by 2019. Help us uphold that commitment with an introduction to sustainability at Colgate.

Join Your Class on Facebook

The Class of 2020 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.


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