Colgate University

Hamilton, New York

#56 National Colleges

22.58% Admission Rate
Moderately Selective

2,964 Undergraduates Enrolled

  • Private nonprofit
  • Baccalaureate Colleges: Arts & Sciences Focus
  • Four-year, full-time, more selective, lower transfer-in
  • Four-year, small, highly residential

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Colgate University is a private liberal arts college in Hamilton, New York. The college was founded in 1819 as the Baptist Education Society of the State of New York and operated under that name until 1823, when it was renamed Hamilton Theological and Literary Institution, often called Hamilton College (1823–1846), then Madison College (1846–1890), and its present name since 1890.

Colgate University is among the 100 most selective colleges and universities in the United States, and is considered a Hidden Ivy as well as one of the Little Ivies. In addition, Colgate campus is also consistently ranked as one of the most beautiful campuses in the nation due to a singular architectural theme of the campus and a hillside location adorned with a lake and trees. The university is located in Hamilton, New York, a small town in central New York in Madison County.

Colgate now enrolls nearly 3,000 students in 56 undergraduate majors that culminate in a Bachelor of Arts degree. The student body is 54% female and 46% male students who participate in over 200 clubs and organizations. While Colgate offers almost an entirely undergraduate program, it also has a small graduate program in Master of Arts in Teaching.

Colgate competes in NCAA Division I sports and is part of the Patriot League athletic conference.

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Hamilton, New York

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Town: Distant (in urban cluster more than 10 miles and up to 35 miles from an urbanized area)

Mid East (DE, DC, MD, NJ, NY, PA)


Predominant Degree Awarded
Predominantly bachelor's-degree granting

Highest Degree Awarded
Graduate degree

Most Popular Fields

Field % Students
Social Sciences 35.3%
Biological And Biomedical Sciences 13.5%
Physical Sciences 7.3%
Psychology 5.9%
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 4.7%
History 4.5%
Natural Resources And Conservation 4.3%
Philosophy And Religious Studies 4.2%
Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services 3.9%
Education 3.5%
English Language And Literature/Letters 3.1%
Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics 2.8%
Visual And Performing Arts 2.7%
Mathematics And Statistics 2.7%
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, And Group Studies 1.5%
Liberal Arts And Sciences, General Studies And Humanities 0.1%



Percentage Students Receiving Aid

Average Net Cost After Aid


SAT Scores

1437 Composite Average
Percentile 75% 50% 25%
Math 770 720 670
Verbal 730 695 660

ACT Scores

33 Cumulative Average
Percentile 75% 50% 25%
Math 32 30 28
English 35 33 31