Colgate University

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Colgate University is a four-year liberal arts college located in Hamilton, New York that is privately owned and operated. It was established in the early 1800s as a religious seminary for the Baptist church and was later transformed into a seculary institution of higher learning. In honor of the Colgate family (wealthy donors who contributed large sums to the university’s endowment), the institution was renamed Colgate University during the late 19th century.

Colgate offers Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degrees in over 50 fields of study and disciplines including cultural studies, arts, biology, computer science, education, languages, health, sciences and social sciences, among others. And while the university does offers a graduate program, it is primarily an undergraduate institution. The university has a total annual enrollment of approximately 2,800 and employs an academic staff of 315. The student body at Colgate is very diverse. Students come from across the United States and over 40 foreign counties. The university’s 500-acre campus is located in the rural area of Central New York.

Forbes ranked Colgate University No.48 in its list of “America’s Top Colleges” for 2013. It’s also been named a “New Ivy” by Newsweek and has been recognized as one of thirty “Hidden Ivies” by Howard and Matthew Greene, the authors of Hidden Ivies: Thirty Colleges of Excellence, an annual publication first released in 2000.

General Information

Admission Office

13 Oak Drive

Hamilton, NY 13346-1383

(315) 228-7401

Fax: (315) 228-7544

[email protected]

Contact: Gary Ross

Dean of Admission
Main Address

13 Oak Drive

Hamilton, NY 13346-1383

(315) 228-1000

Total undergrads: 2,836

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 738

Degree-seeking undergrads: 2,806

Graduate enrollment: 8


Rural setting

Small town (2,500 – 9,999)

Residential campus

Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $55

Online application fee: Free
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 24%

Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 94%

College Majors

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies

African Studies B
African-American Studies B
Asian Studies B
Latin American Studies B
Native American Studies B
Russian/Slavic Area Studies B
Women’s Studies B

Arts, Visual & Performing

Art – General B
Art History/Criticism/Conservation B
Drama/Theater Arts B
Fine/Studio Arts B
Music – General B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biochemistry B
Biology B
Molecular Biology B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer Science B
Computer/Information Sciences – General B


Education – General B

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General B

Foreign Language & Literature

Classics B
French B
German B
Greek, Modern B
Japanese B
Latin B
Russian B
Spanish B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Predentistry B
Premedicine B
Preveterinary Medicine B


History – General B

Liberal Arts & Sciences

Liberal Arts & Sciences B


Mathematics – General B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

Biological/Physical Sciences B
Mathematics/Computer Science B
Natural Sciences B
Neuroscience B
Peace/Conflict Resolution Studies B

Natural Resources & Conservation

Environmental Studies B
Natural Resources & Conservation – General B

Philosophy & Religion

Philosophy B
Religion/Religious Studies B

Physical Sciences

Astronomy B
Astrophysics B
Chemistry B
Geology B
Physics B


Psychology – General B

Social Sciences

Anthropology B
Development Economics B
Economics B
Geography B
International Relations B
Political Science/Government B
Social Sciences – General B
Sociology B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

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