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Colgate University

Hamilton, NY 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate17%
Acceptance Rate17%

About Colgate University

Colgate University Overview

Colgate University is a private, nonprofit school in the small town setting of Hamilton, New York. Colgate University was founded in 1819 and currently enrolls around 3,176 students a year, including 3,164 undergrad students. Colgate University provides on-campus housing for up to 2,972 students. The majority of students live on campus, and first year-students are required to live in campus housing.

📆 Mark your calendar! The final application deadline for Fall 2023 is January 15. Regular decision applicants for Fall 2023 should hear from Colgate University by April 1.

There are many ways for students to get involved at Colgate University!

Are you interested in music or performing? Sing in a chorus or perform with one of Colgate University's theater groups.

Interested in journalism or communications? Colgate University students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

Interested in joining a fraternity or sorority? Colgate University has fraternities and sororities.

Planning to play sports? Colgate University has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at Colgate University on the Student Life page.

2022 Colgate University Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 17%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate 40%
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA not offered
Average GPA 3.8
Tuition $63,904
Percent of Need Met 100%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $60,515

Is Colgate University a Good School?

Different people have different ideas about what makes a "good" school. Some factors that can help you determine what a good school for you might be include admissions criteria, acceptance rate, tuition costs, and more.

Let's take a look at these areas to get a clearer idea of what Colgate University offers and if it might be the right college for you.

2022 Acceptance Rate for Colgate University

Colgate University is extremely difficult to get into. The acceptance rate at Colgate University is 17%. Out of 17,540 applications received in 2022, 3,015 students were offered admission.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Colgate University

Retention refers to the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. Retention measures how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

Out of all the first-year, full-time undergrads who start at Colgate University, around 93% return for the next year. Around 90% of students who started at Colgate University earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61% for public schools and 67% for private.

Job Outcomes for Colgate University Grads

Job placement stats are a good resource for understanding the value of a degree from Colgate University by providing a look on how job placement has gone for other grads. Within six months of graduating, 77% of graduates receive at least one full-time job offer.

Recent Colgate University grads have an average starting salary of $67,525 a year. The average starting salary for all 2021 graduates was around $60,000 a year, though these numbers vary widely by major.

Colgate University's Endowment

An endowment is the total value of a school's investments, donations, and assets. Endowment is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of a school, but it can give you a sense of how much money a college can afford to invest in expanding programs, improving facilities, and support students.

Colgate University's endowment was valued at $1.26 billion in 2022, compared to a national average of $905 million.

Tuition and Financial Aid at Colgate University

Tuition cost is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need.

Colgate University meets 100% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $60,515 a year.

In 2020, students graduated with an average of $24,742 in student loans for each student with debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

Some financial aid is available on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA early. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! You should never have to pay to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at Colgate University.

Based on this information, does Colgate University seem like a good fit? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may not be the right school for another! So ask yourself: Is Colgate University a good school for you?

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Where is Colgate University Located?

Colgate University is located in the small town setting of Hamilton, New York, in the suburbs of Syracuse and Utica.

If you are interested in seeing Colgate University for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Route 90 to Hamilton, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Syracuse Hancock International.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Colgate University and Hamilton are like without leaving home.

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College Info

13 Oak Drive Hamilton, NY 13346-1386

Campus Setting: Small Town

Colgate University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 15

Transfer Applications are Due

Mar 15

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Colgate University is Jan 15.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Colgate University is Mar 15.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Colgate University is a member of the Coalition for College.

More than an application, the Coalition provides free tools and resources to help students through the college admissions process, beginning as early as 9th grade.

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Colgate University Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at Colgate University is like? There are approximately 3,176 students enrolled at Colgate University, including 3,164 undergraduate students and 12 graduate students. 99% percent of students attend school full-time, 26% percent are from NY and 74% percent of students are from other states.


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