Colgate University requires at least 32 courses to graduate with a bachelor's degree.
There is no accelarated degree program at Colgate University, but students who wish to save money or graduate early can look into transferring in credits. Colgate University accepts transfer credits. The school accepts AP credit and IB credits. Many students like to take classes in the summer, to earn extra credits. However, Colgate University does not offer classes during the summer.
NOTE: Around 90% of students who start college at Colgate University complete all the credits required within six years.
Colgate University offers an orientation program before the start of fall classes to prepare new students for college life.
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Reminder: Colgate University may have additional academic options available for new and transfering students. Make sure to check with the universty directly for any additional information.
Colgate University has a core curriculum, which means there are certain classes or types of classes all students must take to graduate.
Students are required to fulfill a language requirement
Students do not have to take a computer class.
Reminder: Check with Colgate University directly for more information on requirements. Individual departments or majors may have additional required courses.
When choosing a major, Colgate University students have several choices to make. Scroll down to the bottom of this page to see a full list of majors offered at Colgate University.
Student Designed Majors
Colgate University allows students to design their own major, if desired. If students would like to study something that is not offered as an official major, designing their own major is a great alternative.
Colgate University does not require students to complete a senior project.
Double Majoring at Colgate University
Colgate University offers students the option to double major, if they would like. Student struggling to choose just one area of study may consider a double major.
NOTE: Double majoring may mean taking more courses, but it can provide an interesting mix of experience that helps students stand out when looking for a job or applying to a graduate program.
✅ Colgate University offers services for students with disabilities.
Prospective students can contact the college's Office of Accessibility Services to learn more about any support and accomodations offered. These conversations are usually kept confidential and will not be shared with the admissions office if you do not wish to share.
❌ Colgate University does not have distance learning options or fully-online programs, so students must be able to attend classes on-campus.
✅ Colgate University offers some credit for Advanced Placement (AP) classes taken in high school. Schools have different requirements for what AP scores they accept, so some students may not receive AP credit.
❌ Colgate University does not offer an honors program or a Freshman Honor College.
❌ Colgate University does not require an internship for any students.
Students can still look for internships during the summer, or gain work experience with a part-time job. While Colgate University does not require internships for students of any major, internships can help students gain hands-on work experience for their resume, and explore career paths that interest them without committing to one path.
The main library on campus is the Case Library and Geyer Center for Information Technology and there is one other library on campus.
A dual degree program allows a student to study and earn two degrees at the same time. A 3-2 dual degree program is a five-year program wherein the first three years are spend taking undergraduate courses and the final two years are spent taking graduate courses. Upon completion of the 5 years, the student will be awarded two degrees, a bachelor's degree and a master's degree.
Colgate University offers these dual degree programs:
•3-2 dual degree program in engineering in partnership with Columbia University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Washington University in St. Louis
What is ROTC?
The Reserve Officers' Training Corps, which is also commonly known as ROTC, is a leadership program that prepares students to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces after graduation. College level ROTC programs prepare students to become officers in the military through physical, academic, and leadership training. ROTC programs are part of the college curriculum and usually cover the cost of tuition.
Does Colgate University have any ROTC programs?
Each branch of the miltary has its own ROTC program, but not every program is available at every college. Possible programs include Army ROTC, Air Force ROTC, and Navy ROTC.
Colgate University has an Army ROTC program.
Some ROTC programs are provided directly on campus and others are hosted at a cooperating instiution off campus. The ROTC program locations at Colgate University include:
•an Army ROTC branch unit hosted at a cooperating instution off campus
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