Pursuits

Athletics

Athletics help define Colgate — its drive, spirit, and ambition.

Belonging to and succeeding in Division I NCAA athletics attracts outstanding student-athletes and unites so many people. It reflects Colgate’s excellence as a top American school and distinguishes it from smaller liberal arts colleges. And that is just the start of what sport means at Colgate. For the hundreds of students who take part in intercollegiate athletics, even more sign up for club or intramural sports for fun, fitness and competition. From the friendly games to the fierce ones, Colgate’s sport culture welcomes all, as athletes and fans, at the highest levels and for all levels.

NCAA Divison I Athletic Teams

Women's
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Field Hockey
  • Ice Hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming & Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field (indoor)
  • Track & Field (outdoor)
  • Volleyball
Men's
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Ice Hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Swimming & Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field (indoor)
  • Track & Field (outdoor)
20%
Percentage of students who participate in intercollegiate athletics
97%
Graduation rate of student-athletes
648
Students participate in intramural sports

Club Sports

  • Badminton (Co-ed)
  • Baseball (Men)
  • Basketball (Women)
  • Bowling (M/W)
  • Cricket (M/W)
  • Curling (M/W)
  • Equestrian (Western, English) (M/W)
  • Fencing (M/W)
  • Field Hockey (W)
  • Figure Skating (M/W)
  • Ice Hockey (M)
  • Ice Hockey (W)
  • Indoor Rock Climbing (M/W)
  • Lacrosse (M)
  • Lacrosse (W)
  • Nordic Skiing (M/W)
  • Rugby (M)
  • Rugby (W)
  • Sailing (M/W)
  • Ski Racing (M)
  • Ski Racing (W)
  • Soccer (M)
  • Soccer (W)
  • Spikeball (M/W)
  • Squash (M)
  • Squash (W)
  • Swimming (M/W)
  • Tennis (M/W)
  • Ultimate Frisbee (M)
  • Ultimate Frisbee (W)
  • Volleyball (M)
  • Volleyball (W)
  • Water Polo (M)
  • Water Polo (W)

Intramural Sports

  • Basketball
  • Flag Football
  • Inner Tube Water Polo
  • Racquetball
  • Soccer (Indoor)
  • Soccer (Outdoor)
  • Volleyball (Indoor, Outdoor 3 vs. 3)
  • Softball
  • Table Tennis
Colgate takes on Bucknell in women’s field hockey.
Colgate guard Jordan Burns takes a 3-point shot during a game against the University of Tennessee in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
Colgate students and faculty members play cricket in the Sanford Field House.

Arts

In all its stirring forms, the arts come alive at Colgate.

They reflect the characteristic spirit of the students, who come here wanting to explore and engage. That spirit is why the most beloved event on campus is Dancefest, a packed-house performance of student groups. Music, theater, dance, writing, film, and art allow students to develop a fuller sense of who they are. They bring that imagination into everything else they study. Colgate fosters this exploration in the arts through the majors and minors it offers, in the clubs and concerts it sponsors, in the performers it hosts on campus. The rhythms of every day run through the arts.

A full-length play written and directed by Dani Solomon, Soup is a tragicomedy about embracing vulnerability through the act of asking a question
The Colgate community participates in artist Nick Cave’s RATTLE.
Students perform during Dancefest at Memorial Chapel.
Performance of Paul Catanese’s opera Century of Progress/Sleep.

Clubs

At any time, there are more than 220 active clubs and organizations on campus.

These clubs span cultural, performing arts, faith, greek life, philanthropy, politics, leadership and more. Active participation in clubs and organizations allow Colgate students to not only find their own community, but connect with, explore, and embrace others.

Volunteering

Colgate believes that those who lead should help others.

The students who come to Colgate embrace that belief in social responsibility. They serve the community because of how it feels to know they are making the world better. Their activities help them see real life in a way that broadens what they learn in class. And what they do really makes a difference — tens of thousands of hours tutoring students, helping the elderly, putting out fires, mentoring kids. Colgate’s service learning is rooted in its mission to develop thoughtful leaders who seek to strengthen the larger community. This commitment is backed up by Colgate’s bustling hub of volunteerism, which makes it easy for students to learn how and where to help.

Colgate student volunteers are active members of the Hamilton Fire Department, helping to serve and protect the local community by responding to real-life emergencies.
Colgate students volunteer at Friends of Rogers Environmental Education Center during the MLK Day of Service.
Volunteers work at the Colgate Community Garden, located on Route 12B in Hamilton, N.Y.
Students volunteer at Hamilton Community Bikes, an organization founded by Chuck Fox ’70 that repairs bikes for those in need during a campuswide Afternoon of Community Service.

Pursue your passions

Your Colgate experience will go beyond the classroom. An abundance of extracurricular activities make it easy for students to pursue their passions and interests —and even discover more.