Where Colgate Is Headed

President Brian W. Casey with Emrys and students on campus


Colgate is deeply proud of who it is.

And it is ever driven to be even more — the finest undergraduate institution in America and one of the premier universities in the world. That vision is happening. It is built on a dynamic culture of intellectual rigor. This school is for extraordinary students whose minds are alive with possibility. It is for faculty who transform lives as they teach. It is for those who want a global perspective as they shape their own. This is a school of first choice for students who expect rigorous classes, brilliant faculty, a campus of enduring beauty, and an assurance they will learn to thrive in work and in life. This is Colgate.


A long-term framework to guide the University as it achieves the highest fulfillment of its mission.

First-Initiative Highlights

Making a Colgate education within reach for the best students from all economic backgrounds

The Colgate Commitment eliminates or adjusts tuition based on a family’s income level, significantly reducing student debt for eligible domestic students.

Expanding Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

A great institution is a diverse institution. Colgate embraces its obligation to welcome and support students of different socioeconomic backgrounds, races and ethnicities, and religions on campus.

Building on a multiyear effort to arrange our first- and second-year students in meaningful Residential Commons

Colgate’s Residential Commons system is grounded in the desire for every student to have a strong foundational community from the first day, a place where they experience tradition and build class unity.

Launching The Robert Hung Ngai Ho Mind, Brain, and Behavior Initiative (MBB)

Through the cross-disciplinary MBB, innovative faculty and student collaborations (ethics + biology; neurology + linguistics) will push the boundaries of our understanding of brain function at multiple levels.

Redeveloping Middle Campus to focus on arts, creativity, innovation, and Entrepreneurship

Long-term development of this region of campus will set a new standard for the teaching and expression of the arts, creativity, and innovation within a liberal arts context.

Restoring the campus tree canopy and landscape

Colgate must carefully steward one of its most precious assets — its campus — by sustaining and strengthening the natural and built environments, and continuing its efforts toward environmental sensitivity and green practices

Colgate’s Future Begins With You

If you see yourself in these words and images — in the rigor, creativity, energy, and beauty of Colgate — we want to meet you. “Take the next step,” and connect with our staff. We can answer your questions and even arrange for you to speak with current students about their experiences on this remarkable campus. Colgate’s future begins with you, and there’s no time like the present.

This is Colgate Success

At Colgate, students learn how to thrive in work and life. After graduating, Colgate alumni spend a lifetime continuing to grow, lead, and prosper in a wide array of careers and pursuits.

Take a few minutes to learn more about the success that lies in store for Colgate graduates following their years of study on the hill.

Your Future Begins With Colgate

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