Location: Hamilton, NY (199 miles from Montclair)
# of Undergrads Attending: 2,947
Percent Accepted: 26%
Most Popular Majors: Economics, English language & literature, Sociology, Anthropology
What I Liked:
- The absolutely gorgeous campus of old stone buildings and park-like setting with breathtaking views of the lower country valley.
- The light core curriculum (4 required classes + one “Global Engagements” course). The additional distribution requirements can be fulfilled with a wide variety of classes.
- The campus’ friendly feel – the students were polite and upbeat, and Colgate staff at the dining hall and admissions office were so accommodating. I felt comfortable asking students for directions to campus buildings and they eagerly answered questions about the school.
- There seems to be a great emphasis on becoming well-rounded, not just book smart. The students were highly involved in campus activities and athletics, partake in the plethora of outdoor sporting options, and volunteer through a number of Colgate-sponsored programs.
- Recruitment for sororities and fraternities is delayed until sophomore year, preventing major divisions between affiliated and non-affiliated students.
What I Didn’t Like:
- The hills: Colgate’s campus is atop a steep hill that could be challenging to navigate during Hamilton’s harsh winters. The bonus: if you go to Colgate you’ll come home with toned legs!
- With the exception of a small cafe in the library and one down the hill in the athletics center, there are only two places on campus to grab a bite to eat, The Coop, which was very congested during lunch-hour, and Frank Dining Hall, a large dining building providing commercial style buffet stations. It’s ironic that the local farms are not supplying meat and produce.
Seems like a great college for… high achieving students who are looking for a supportive environment, and a well-balanced lifestyle involving athletics, a lively social scene and great on-campus activities and clubs.
Something unexpected was…the frequency of very pro-active mailings sent by the Admissions Office which have been refreshingly welcoming.
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