A Sense of Place


From the first look, the campus is inviting. And then, as it takes hold, the scenery becomes defining.

Colgate’s allure shapes the experience of living and learning here. The feeling comes alive in every majestic view. It is in the cover and colors of sugar maples and red oaks. It is in the strolls along Willow Path, the serenity of Taylor Lake and Payne Creek, the history chiseled into halls of stone. Set in the Chenango Valley of central New York, Colgate is one of the most beautiful environments in America. It is forever in Colgate’s identity: breathtaking beauty.

Detail of the academic quad
James B. Colgate Hall
Payne Creek
Spring means blossoming trees, rugby on Academy Field, classes outside, ultimate Frisbee next to Taylor Lake, and students grabbing the best study spot: an Adirondack chair on the quad.


In the center of New York, in a town known as one of the friendliest in America, Colgate offers the best of college life.

A short walk down the hill is charming Hamilton, a village of about 4,400 people, where most of the Colgate faculty live. The town is like an extension of Colgate, from the stores run by alumni to the landmark Colgate Inn that amounts to a front door to the University. Hamilton is the spot for students to get off campus and grab a slice, catch a movie, browse the bookstore and enjoy a weekly farmers’ market. Weekend getaways are a reasonable drive away: the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains in 40 minutes; the Syracuse Hancock International Airport in one hour; and Boston, Philadelphia, and New York City all within four to five hours.

Take a study break at the Hamilton Movie Theater
Choose from plenty of local eateries and coffee shops
Spend Saturday morning at the farmer’s market on the village green


Students often choose Colgate because it just fits, the intangible quality that can mean everything in picking a college.

They know it as soon as they get here. It starts with that first step on campus, seeing the landscape and the way people engage with each other. It grows and endures because students find others who share their interests in class, in recreation, in reflection.

Colgate is expressly designed to help people connect, from its courses to its residential commons. This place attracts students who want to live in a community with peers, study seriously, challenge themselves, be active, get involved. The reason it feels right to people from so many different places and perspectives is because Colgate supports, welcomes, and wants them. It fits.

Size of the student body. A small student body creates a connected community.

Madeline Roy ’22

Hometown: Houston, Texas
Major: Biology
Activities: Woodworking, COVE, Sustainability intern at Frank, Dart Colegrove v Council Member

Grant Ruback ’21

Hometown: Hatfield, Pennsylvania
Major: Molecular biology
Activities: SOMAC Ambulance, Research in the biology department, Club curling team, and more

Jailekha Zutshi ’21

Hometown: New Delhi, India
Major: Mathematical economics and psychology
Activities: Intern at Haven, the on-campus sexual violence center; Budget Allocation Committee, South Asian Cultural Club, and more

Rachel Brown ’22

Hometown: Marshall, Virginia
Major: Molecular biology
Minor: Women’s Studies
Activities: Women’s club soccer, Irish dance club, Tour guide

Kelsey Beausoleil ’23

Hometown: Groton, Massachusetts
Majors: Molecular biology; history
Activities: Cross Country, Track and Field, Sidekick mentor, Career services liaison for Pre-Health Pathways

Owusu Ansah '23

Hometown: Accra, Ghana
Major: Undeclared
Activities: Community Leader, Lab assistant Olin Bird Colony, Theater production assistant, President of African Student Union, Model AU, Intramural soccer

Cole Grumbach ’21

Hometown: Readington, New Jersey
Majors: International relations; Middle Eastern and Islamic studies
Activities: Delta Upsilon fraternity, Circle K Volunteer Club, Model Arab League, Maroon-News writer and photographer, Admission senior intern

Gabby Gallant ’21

Hometown: Annapolis, Maryland
Majors: Neuroscience; theater
Activities: Club Figure Skating, The Colgate Dischords (a cappella), Two University Theater productions, Admission ambassador, Colgate Newman Community (VP of worship and service and canter), Madison EMS, Ciccone Commons, Crafters Club

Jackson Gillum ’21

Hometown: Raleigh, North Carolina
Major: English
Minor: Political science
Activities: Lead Link, Vice president of Phi Kappa Tau, TINAPAS, and Colgate Newman Community


The scale of Colgate is unlike any in America.

As a university, it offers world-caliber faculty, extraordinary research opportunities, dozens of diverse majors, nearly 200 clubs, and the highest level of competition in athletics: Division I. As a private and selective liberal arts college, it is intimate enough to ensure that teaching is the priority and that students know their professors. Colgate is a learning environment of small classes, on a campus designed for community, in a town where people gather at the inn and village green; it is also a 575-acre home of expansive academic choices on campus and around the world. The balance of that scale is distinctive. It creates opportunities only Colgate can offer.

Small-School Feel

  • Scenic setting in small a town. Forbes listed Hamilton as one of America’s friendliest towns
  • Housing is guaranteed, providing a four-year residential experience
  • Residential Commons system offers smaller living-learning communities
  • Faculty and administration leaders are approachable and active in the lives of students by attending brown bag lunches, holding drop-in hours and more

Big-School Benefits

  • Uncommon opportunities for undergraduates to take part in research and significant service projects each summer
  • Strong, loyal, passionate network of alumni
  • Distinguished faculty
  • Expansion of physical spaces on campus: Benton Hall, Jane Pinchin Hall, Burke Hall
  • Study-abroad options: 100 approved programs, 18 Colgate study groups, five extended study options
  • Caliber of visiting speakers, scholars, and artists
NCAA Division I Athletics Teams.
Clubs, intramural and club sport options, plus the option for students to start their own
Internships and jobs posted by career services

Find your fit at Colgate

The best of a liberal arts college and a research University in one, Colgate offers a balance of scale that is distinct. Take advantage of the unique opportunity Colgate students have to shape their own experience.

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