Colgate University

Colgate University is a private liberal arts institution providing excellent academics in rural Hamilton. The surrounding countryside of Central N.Y. is picturesque, and a bit isolated for some. 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.


Stay: Colgate Inn |  Breakfast: Flour and Salt

Lunch: Hamilton Eatery  | Dinner: Madison Room

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. Recently opened, a parent recommended we go to Fojo Beans. 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. You will most likely find a line of people waiting to get a bagel at Flour and Salt. Started by a Colgate graduate, F&S bakes EVERYTHING from scratch! Rye Berry is another good option serving a solid avocado toast.

Lunch: The newly renovated Hamilton Eatery serves sandwiches and salads to hungry students and locals alike. Hamilton Whole Foods is a vegan restaurant serving soups, wraps and sandwiches and another good option for lun




Casual: On every campus pizza reigns, and at Colgate, everyone loves Slices. Zagats ranks it as one of the top pizza places in the U.S.—pretty impressive for tiny Hamilton. Students rave about the wings at Rusch's. In the mood for Mexican - La Iguana makes all the sauces from scratch for their enchiladas, tacos, and burritos, topped with freshly made guacamole. If you are visiting Colgate in the winter months, grab a hot ramen bowl at N13 to warm up.


A Step Up: The Colgate Inn has three restaurants for you to choose from. The Madison Room features a seasonal menu with daily specials. The more casual Tavern is the place for soups and salads while Rathskeller boasts over 20 craft beers. Seven Oaks Clubhouse is well worth the drive for their Parmesan Crusted Chicken.

Local Attractions: If you are in Hamilton on a Saturday, stop by the farmer’s market on the Village Green. Head out for a morning run on the beautiful running trails behind campus. Have more time; consider extending your trip and exploring the beautiful Finger Lakes, here featured in Conde Nast Traveler.

— Quotes From 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


Common Application


Supplement Essays


Early Action/Decision

Early Decision 1 and 2


Average - 1480


Average - 32




Small - 2,865 Undergraduates




Admissions Office

13 Oak Drive
Hamilton, NY 13346-1383

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

Sports Divisions

NCAA Division I

Greek Life


Noteworthy Alumni

Jay Chandrasekhar

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