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Not all liberal arts degrees are created equal.
Colgate is a leading American university for students who seek rigorous classes, passionate faculty, and the assurance that they will learn to thrive in work and life.
Not all liberal arts degrees are created equal. And a Colgate University education is distinct—in what we teach and how we teach it. Our graduates are prepared to succeed, shaped by a compelling sense of place that endures forever in our alumni.

At the core of Colgate University is one of the most ambitious and relevant learning experiences in the country. Regardless of major, all students are taught to think critically, communicate powerfully, analyze other perspectives and solve complex problems. This foundational curriculum sets up students to develop as citizens and leaders who can engage thoughtfully and flourish in the careers that they want.

Our scale is unlike any in America. We are small enough for students to truly know their professors, yet large enough to support world-renowned scholars. We provide classes and majors not found at small liberal arts colleges. Undergraduates in every major undertake serious research here. Off-campus and international study options prevail. And all our classes are actually taught by leading faculty in their fields, not assistants. At Colgate, teaching is a clear priority. Our professors love it. Learning is personal here.

Colgate’s identity is defined, too, by how it feels here. The beauty of our campus invites you in. Set on a hillside of stately buildings and surrounded with a canopy of colorful trees, we are steeped in 200 years of history. At any moment you can find a place for quiet study, outdoor adventure, or the arts. The energy of this place is everywhere. We compete in Division I athletics, the highest level of collegiate sports. We have designed our residential living to ensure students from all over the world feel connected and share experiences. In the center of New York, in one of the friendliest towns in America, we offer the best of college life.

We know the choice of a college often comes down to fit, and at Colgate, you find it. Students share cherished traditions and form affections of community, supported by our exceptionally engaged alumni. You do not have to know what you will do with the rest of your life. Just know Colgate will prepare you for it.

Colgate is also a highly selective university. It is our mission to develop thinkers who value intellectual rigor and are capable of challenging themselves and others with vigor and reason. We choose sophisticated students who will grow in both confidence and humility, and who will seek a global perspective in shaping their own. Our students carry our values. And one day they carry the value of a Colgate degree, with its reputation of academic excellence that opens doors.

This is Colgate, a vibrant and welcoming place to learn, live and develop into who you are. Our university and our students are always ascending. And now, in our Bicentennial moment, Colgate is ever driven to be the best—one of the premier universities in the world, and the finest undergraduate institution in the nation.

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