Colgate University

Colgate University is a private liberal arts institution providing excellent academics in rural Hamilton. The surrounding countryside of Central N.Y. is extremely picturesque, but it is definitely isolated. Most do not view this as a drawback, rather as a magnet for the students and 3000 residents to mix and interact creating a tight knit community. Hamilton College is a short drive away, in the nearby town of Clinton.

Visitor Information: Tour Colgate

Stay: The Colgate Inn has been welcoming guests since 1925. Recently renovated, the rooms are spacious while still keeping the integrity of the hotel’s original character.

Coffee: Saxby's believes in making life better “one cup at a time.” What a perfect way to start your day. For an authentic taste of Colgate life, grab a cup at the Frank Dining Hall.   

Breakfast: It’s convenient—start the day at the Tavern at The Colgate Inn.

Lunch: The newly renovated Hamilton Eatery has sandwiches and salads. Hamilton Whole Foods is a vegan restaurant serving soups, wraps and sandwiches and another good option for lunch.



Casual: Every campus has a student favorite for pizza. At Colgate, everyone loves Slices. Zagats ranked it as one of the top pizza places in the U.S.—pretty impressive for tiny Hamilton. In the mood for Mexican - La Iguana makes all the sauces from scratch for their enchiladas, tacos and burritos, topped with fresh made guacamole.


A Step Up:  The Colgate Inn has three restaurants to choose from. The Madison Room offers a seasonal menu with daily specials. The more casual Tavern offers soups and salads and Rathskeller boasts over 20 craft beers.

Local Attractions: If you are in Hamilton on a Saturday, visit the farmer’s market on the Village Green. Go for a morning run on the beautiful running trails behind campus.


Colgate is the most special place in the world. It’s a beautiful place where students are smart, curious, driven and have more fun that they know what to do with – it’s an incredibly special place and I feel so lucky that it is a part of me.
— Jon
Colgate is out in the sticks. Some view that as isolation from the rest of the world, though most students would say it only increases how tight and friendly the community is.
— Lauren
Colgate is truly one of the most unique places in the world. There is an incredible shared camaraderie and appreciation amongst students for their experiences there. Whenever you run into someone from Colgate, whether it’s someone you know or a stranger on the street wearing a Colgate hat, you can expect the same reaction: “I LOVED IT!”
— Sydney
The admissions office keeps a fridge stocked with ice cream Chipwiches at all times.
— Christian






School Colors

Grey, White & Maroon

Acceptance Rate

26.2% (2016)

Common Application


Supplement Essays


Early Action/Decision

Early Decision 1 and 2








Admissions Office

13 Oak Drive
Hamilton, NY 13346-1383

(p) (315) 228-7401
(f) (315) 228-7524

Gary Ross, Dean of Admission

Sports Divisions

NCAA Division I

Greek Life


Noteworthy Alumni

Jay Chandrasekhar


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