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Colgate University Campus Life

Campus Size

Small Campus
Total Undergrads
Including 23 Part-time
Degree-Seeking Freshmen

Gender Breakdown:

53% Women
47% Men


NCAA Division I-AA

Patriot League

  • Football
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country/Track

Total Varsity Sports


Men's sports coaches (Average salary: $90,393)
Women's sports coaches (Average salary: $67,233)
Athletics Details
Sport Varsity Men Varsity Women Club Intramural
All Track Combined 81 71 Yes -
Basketball 16 15 Yes Yes
Field Hockey - 17 Yes -
Football 76 - - Yes
Golf 9 - Yes -
Ice Hockey 29 21 Yes Yes
Lacrosse 46 26 Yes -
Rowing 23 35 - -
Soccer 28 31 Yes Yes
Softball - 14 - Yes
Swimming and Diving 16 23 - -
Tennis 10 12 Yes -
Volleyball - 13 Yes Yes
Badminton - - Yes -
Baseball - - Yes -
Bowling - - - Yes
Court Sports - - - Yes
Cricket - - Yes -
Curling - - Yes -
Cycling - - Yes -
Dance - - Yes -
Equestrian - - Yes -
Fencing - - Yes -
Flag Football - - - Yes
Frisbee/Disc Sports - - Yes -
Martial Arts/Self Defense - - Yes -
Rifle - - - Yes
Rugby - - Yes -
Sailing - - Yes -
Skating - - Yes -
Skiing - - Yes -
Squash - - Yes -
Track and Field, X-Country - - Yes -
Water Polo - - Yes -


Student Total
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.4%
Asian/Pacific Islander 4.1%
Black/non-Hispanic 4.3%
Hispanic 6.6%
Non-resident alien 5.1%
Race/Ethnicity unknown 2.1%
Two or more races 3.0%
White/non-Hispanic 74.5%
Percent of students with disability 7%

Services & Housing

Services Offered
  • Remedial services for students with learning disabilities
  • Academic/Career counseling
  • Employment services for current students to find part-time positions
  • Job placement for graduates to find full-time employment
  • Library on campus
  • On-Campus Housing
  • Meal plan offered, maximum 19 meals per week.

Clubs & Organizations

Musical Groups
  • Choral Groups
  • Concert Band
  • Jazz Band
  • Music Ensemble
  • Pep Band
  • Symphony Orchestra
Performance Arts
  • Dance
  • Drama Theater
  • Musical Theater
Journalism & Publications
  • Literary Magazine
  • Yearbook
  • Television Station
  • Radio Station
  • International Student Organization
  • Model United Nations
  • Student Government
  • Campus Ministries

Safety Statistics

Arrests On Campus
Illegal Weapons Possession 1
Drug Law Violation 1
Liquor Law Violation 1
Criminal Offenses On Campus
Personal Crime 2
Property Crime 14

Notable Alumni

  • Andy Rooney, "60 Minutes" correspondent
  • Bob Woodruff, ABC News foreign correspondent
  • Broken Lizard, comedy troupe behind "Beerfest" and "Super Troopers"
  • Ed Werner, co-creator of "Trivial Pursuit"
  • Frederick Busch, author
  • John Haney, co-creator of "Trivial Pursuit"
  • Bob Balaban, actor, author, director
Reviews Dorm Life
  • Brian from Penfield, NY
  • 4
  • Dorm life is always active and fun. The smaller size of each dorm is a great to facilitate friendships between new students. A great benefit of Colgate is the size…

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  • Alia from Florida
  • 4
  • The dorms are cleaner than previous dorms I have toured in other colleges. I am staying in Gate House which is the newest one. The upside is that is is…

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  • Allison
  • 4
  • Some dorms are better than others, but none of them are complete disasters. Most people make friends with their floor-mates, and in some buildings, floors can become communities. …

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  • Justine from Lynn, MA
  • 4
  • Room size for freshmen varies greatly. Some complain about Gate House, the now permanent but originally temporary housing, but it is close to the student center, has good sized rooms,…

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Food And Dining
  • 4
  • Alia from Florida
  • I am a current student here

    Frank Dining Hall, to me, serves good, healthy food. People complain about it, but itâ??s only because itâ??s not â??gourmet.â?? The people who work their are lovely and friendly and the food is all fresh. There is a salad bar, vegetarian bar, sandwich/wrap bar and a whole meat section. Throughout the year there will be themed nights as well. One night was Polish food which was delicious (regular food is also available).

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  • 3
  • Renee from MN
  • I am a current student here

    The food at the dining hall gets repetitive, however there are some great places downtown to eat if you want to make the walk. Meals at the Coop (O'Connor Campus Center) are amazing. Also The Edge Cafe is underutilized but has great to-go options. With just one choice for meal plans freshman year, you really get to experience all that Colgate has. The Hieber Cafe has many traditional Starbucks drinks. Bring a coffee maker because the coffee in the dining hall is terrible.

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  • 5
  • Scribbler
  • I am researching this school and have not visited the campus

    There are a lot of options (including vegan and vegetarian), but my favorite part is the sustainability. They use local farmers and producers, which keeps the food fresh and good for the environment. The first year, a meal plan is required, but you get to use the dinning hall as much as you like.

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  • 3
  • Allison
  • I am a current student here

    The Coop, the Edge (which may soon be replaced by a Moe's), and library cafe are all pretty dependable for good food. However, Frank - the regular dining hall - is far more variable. When it's good, it's great...but more often than not, it's less than satisfying and my friends and I often resort to cereal for lunch/dinner. There are a lot of options though, and there is a vegetarian station, as well as a fro-yo machine and ice cream every day.

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  • 3
  • Aliyah from Laurelton, NY
  • I am researching this school and have visited the campus

    The food seemed like just a typical college cafeteria and I was disappointed to find out that there were only two dining halls.

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  • 3
  • Emily from Milford, NJ
  • I am a current student here

    Freshman and sophomore years you will probably eat most of your meals at Frank dining hall or the Coop. Both have decent food with plenty of dining options, which is good for your first year. Typically by second year you'll be sick of Frank, so look for brown bags -- these are lunch talks put on in the women's studies center, the Cove, and other locations that offer free, DELICIOUS food. Make sure you get to these events early because they are super popular, especially with upperclassmen who have to pay for their own food. Junior and senior year you are usually in a Colgate apartment, an off-campus house, or Greek housing, which means you will probably have to go food shopping at the local Price Chopper more often.

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  • 4
  • Allison
  • I am a current student here

    Students have three options on campus: Frank Dining Hall, the Coop, and the Edge Cafe. Frank offers the typical dining hall experience, with hamburgers almost every night, a varying hot entree, pizza, pasta, salads, sandwiches, and always a vegetarian option. While eating there every night can sometimes become tedious, the food is rarely bad. The Coop offers a hot grill with fried chicken, burgers and grilled cheese, as well as a sandwich, salad and pizza station; also available is pre-made grab-and-go style sandwiches and salads. The Edge is all grab-and-go, though few people eat there as it is not particularly conveniently located for most people.

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  • 3
  • Alexandria from Hamilton, NY
  • I am a current student here

    Frank dining hall has a lot of variety but it can get old very quickly. Frank dining hall has something for everyone including vegetarians and vegans, specifically the Wild Mushroom.There is The Coop also on campus that has grilled food like chicken tenders and and fried chicken sandwiches and more. There is also pasta, salad, and a deli. The Coop is the most popular late night option because it open until 1:30.

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Greek Life
  • 0
  • Allison
  • I am a current student here

    Pretty prevalent on campus, but not everyone joins, and campus life isn't centered around the Greek system. I am not part of Greek life, but I have friends who are, and they really enjoy it.

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  • 0
  • Emily from Milford, NJ
  • I am a current student here

    Greek life I believe encompasses a little more than 30% of the student population, but often it feels like more. There are six frats, three sororities, one all-women social club, and two all male social clubs. Because Greek life is so popular, the sororities are pretty large, and there's an unequal amount of frats and sororities, we are trying to campaign to the school for another sorority. Because Colgate is in such a small town, often the only parties available at night involve the Greek scene. The school is trying to open up more non-Greek social events, but for now many people join Greek life just to have a social life. However, the Colgate administration is anti-Greek and they've been cracking down more on closed parties and the drinking policy.

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  • 0
  • Alexandria from Hamilton, NY
  • I am a current student here

    It is not as overwhelming as everyone thinks it is. About 40 % of the campus participates in greek life. The social events are not confined to greek life but if that is what you like, it is there. There are three sororities and six fraternities.

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  • 0
  • Amanda from Fulton, NY
  • I am researching this school and have visited the campus

    40% of eligible students are involved with Greek life, but there is not a high pressure to pledge, according to our tour guide.

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  • 0
  • Brian from Penfield, NY
  • I am a current student here

    Greek Life is pretty heavily involved at Colgate. About half of the eligible students (Sophomores and above) are involved with Colgate's six fraternities and three sororities. You don't need to join one to stay a part of the social scene, but it does help a lot if you do join one, especially if you're not part of a sports team or large club. You can have more fun at Colgate without participating in Greek Life than most other schools, but it does add to the experience.

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  • 0
  • Nicole attending Colgate University
  • I am a current student here

    Greek life is a small part of the Colgate experience, but it does exist. While there are 7 frats, there are only 3 sororities. Rushing occurs in the beginning of the sophomore year, and students are encouraged to rush just for the experience.

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