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Colgate University Overview

Colgate University is a private not-for-profit institution situated in Hamilton, New York. The charming, small-town atmosphere of Hamilton draws many to the area.

What Is Colgate University Known For?

896 Undergraduate Awards
$55,045 Avg Cost After Aid
27% Acceptance Rate
  • Colgate has an impressive student to faculty ratio of 9 to 1.
  • The 1% student loan default rate at Colgate is better than the national rate of 10.1%. That's a good sign that you may be able to pay off student loans easier than your peers at other schools can.
  • The highest award offered at Colgate is the master's degree.
  • In 2019-2020, 92% of the faculty were full-time.
  • After graduation, Colgate bachelor's degree recipients go on to jobs where they make $76,267 a year. That's about 87% more than their peers at other schools.
  • On average, it takes about 4.1 years for students from Colgate to earn a bachelor's degree. This is excellent when compared to the average of 4.4 years.

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Colgate University Rankings

We have ranked Colgate as #16 out of 2,018 colleges and universities in the country in our 2023 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 1% of all schools in the nation! It is also ranked #2 out of 128 schools in New York.

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

Colgate has also been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#18 Best Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Colgate.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#2 Best English Language & Literature Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Best General English Literature Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#4 Best Foreign Languages & Linguistics Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#4 Best Romance Languages Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#5 Best Geography & Cartography Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#7 Best Psychology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#9 Best General Psychology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#18 Best Biological & Biomedical Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#24 Best Social Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#39 Best Computer & Information Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Colgate has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#8 Best English Language & Literature Schools College Factual
#13 Best Foreign Languages & Linguistics Schools College Factual
#16 Best Business Bachelor’s Degree Schools Business Degree Central
#38 Best Social Sciences Schools College Factual
#44 Best Psychology Schools College Factual
#50 Best Biological & Biomedical Sciences Schools College Factual

Where Is Colgate University?


Contact details for Colgate are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 13 Oak Drive, Hamilton, NY 13346-1398
Phone: 315-228-1000

How Do I Get Into Colgate?

You can apply to Colgate online at:

Admission Requirements for Colgate

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank considered but not required
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program recommended
Recommendations required
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Colgate?

27% Acceptance Rate
57% Of Accepted Are Women
57% Submit SAT Scores
The acceptance rate at Colgate is 27%, which means the school is highly selective when deciding who will be admitted and who won't. Even if you have great grades and test scores, that may not be enough. So be sure to look for ways to make your application memorable.

Approximately 43% of accepted students are men and 57% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 25%, and the acceptance rate for women is 29%.

Average Test Scores

About 57% of students accepted to Colgate submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 650 and 720. Math scores were between 650 and 750.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Colgate University  ( 650 to 720 )

SAT Math Scores for Colgate University  ( 650 to 750 )
Colgate received ACT scores from 43% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 31 and 35. Math scores were between 27 and 32. Composite scores were between 30 and 33.

ACT English Scores for Colgate University  ( 31 to 35 )
ACT Math Scores for Colgate University  ( 27 to 32 )
ACT Composite Scores for Colgate University  ( 30 to 33 )

Can I Afford Colgate University?

$55,045 Net Price
21% Take Out Loans
0.7% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Colgate is $55,045. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Colgate, approximately 21% of students took out student loans averaging $9,052 a year. That adds up to $36,208 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Colgate is 0.7%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Colgate University Undergraduate Student Diversity

3,023 Full-Time Undergraduates
55% Women
23% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 3,042 undergraduate students at Colgate, with 3,023 being full-time and 19 being part-time.


There are also 12 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 3,023 full-time undergraduates at Colgate, 45% are male and 55% are female.


Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Colgate University students is as follows.

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 160
Black or African American 126
Hispanic or Latino 278
White 1,970
International Students 277
Other Races/Ethnicities 212

Geographic Diversity

New York students aren't the only ones who study at Colgate University. At this time, 40 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 58 countries are represented at Colgate. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, Canada, and South Korea.

Online Learning at Colgate University

541 Took All Classes Online
2,940 Took At Least One Class Online
In 2019-2020, 2,940 students took at least one online class at the school.

Colgate University Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Master’s TOTAL
Economics 117 0 117
Political Science & Government 79 0 79
General English Literature 54 0 54
Child Development & Psychology 51 0 51
General Biology 48 0 48
Computer Science 44 0 44
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 43 0 43
History 43 0 43
Natural Resources Conservation 39 0 39
International Relations & National Security 37 0 37
Romance Languages 36 0 36
Sociology 28 0 28
Philosophy 25 0 25
Peace Studies & Conflict Resolution 23 0 23
Fine & Studio Arts 23 0 23
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 22 0 22
Area Studies 22 0 22
General Education 20 0 20
Physics 18 0 18
Applied Mathematics 16 0 16
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 15 0 15
Religious Studies 12 0 12
Mathematics 11 0 11
Geography & Cartography 7 0 7
Astronomy & Astrophysics 6 0 6
Ethnic Studies 5 0 5
Natural Sciences 5 0 5
Geological & Earth Sciences 5 0 5
General Psychology 5 0 5
Drama & Theater Arts 5 0 5
East Asian Languages 4 0 4
Classical & Ancient Studies 4 0 4
Mathematics & Computer Science 4 0 4
Chemistry 4 0 4
Anthropology 4 0 4
Classical Languages & Literature 3 0 3
Germanic Languages 3 0 3
Liberal Arts General Studies 2 0 2
General Social Sciences 2 0 2
Music 2 0 2
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 1 1
General Philosophy & Religious Studies 0 0 0
General Physical Sciences 0 0 0
Sociology & Anthropology 0 0 0
TOTAL 896 1 897


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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