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Colgate University is a private institution that was founded in 1819. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,947, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 553 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Colgate University's ranking in the 2013 edition of Best Colleges is National Liberal Arts Colleges, 18. Its tuition and fees are $44,640 (2012-13).
Colgate University is located in Hamilton, N.Y., a small town with a population about equal to the size of the student body. Colgate’s Outdoor Education Program offers a number of outdoor opportunities, and students can also join any of the other religious, service, special interest, or student government clubs. Greek life plays a significant role in student life, representing nearly half of sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Students are required to live on campus—which includes Greek houses and university apartments—for their first three years. The Colgate Raiders compete in the NCAA Division I Patriot League and are known for their rivalry with the Cornell University Big Red. Colgate’s Seven Oaks Golf Course is ranked among the top five college courses in the country by Golf Digest.
Colgate’s academic departments and majors fall into one of four general divisions: humanities, natural sciences and mathematics, social sciences, and university studies. Colgate has more than 20 off-campus study programs led by Colgate faculty, and the university also gives credit for programs offered by other universities. Arts programs include studies in theater, visual arts, film and media studies, and music. The number 13 is lucky for Colgate: It is said that the school was founded by 13 men with "13 dollars, 13 prayers, and 13 articles."
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Colgate University is a highly selective liberal arts institution
|School type||private, coed college|
When applying to Colgate University, it's important to note the application deadline is January 15, and the early decision deadline is November 15. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due January 15. The application fee at Colgate University is $60. It is most selective, with an acceptance rate of 29.4 percent.
For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.
|Fall 2011 acceptance rate||29.4%|
|Application deadline||January 15|
|SAT/ACT scores must be received by||January 15|
The student-faculty ratio at Colgate University is 9:1, and the school has 64.0 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Colgate University include: English Language and Literature, General; Political Science and Government, General; Economics, General; History, General; and Sociology and Anthropology. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 94.2 percent.
Colgate University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,947, with a gender distribution of 47.2 percent male students and 52.8 percent female students. At this school, 9.0 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 17.0 percent of students live off campus. Colgate University is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.
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|Collegiate athletic association||NCAA I|
Campus Info & Services
Colgate University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Colgate University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Colgate University, 47 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Colgate University.
|Students who have cars on campus||47%|
|Health insurance offered||Yes|
|Students required to own/lease a computer||No|
Paying for School
At Colgate University, 35.5 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $36,192.
Paying for college doesn't have to be difficult or devastating. Go to the Paying for College knowledge center to get advice on raising cash and reducing costs.
|Tuition and fees||$44,640 (2012-13)|
|Room and board||$11,075 (2012-13)|
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* Overview details based on 2011 data