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Colgate is a leading American university for students who seek rigorous classes, passionate faculty, and the assurance that they will learn to thrive in work and life. Not all liberal arts degrees are created equal. Moreover, a Colgate University education is distinct—in what we teach and how we teach it. Our graduates are prepared to succeed, shaped by a compelling sense of place that endures forever in our alumni.
At the core of Colgate University is one of the most ambitious and relevant learning experiences. Regardless of major, all students are taught to think critically, communicate powerfully, analyze other perspectives, and solve complex problems. This foundational curriculum sets up students to develop as citizens and leaders who can engage thoughtfully and flourish in their careers.
Our scale is unlike any in America. We are small enough for students to honestly know their professors, yet large enough to support world-renowned scholars. We provide classes and majors not found at small liberal arts colleges. Undergraduates in every major undertake serious research here. Off-campus and international study options prevail.
Moreover, all our classes are taught by leading faculty in their fields, not assistants. At Colgate, teaching is a clear priority. Our professors love it. Learning is personal here.
Colgate's identity is defined, too, by how it feels here. The beauty of our campus invites you in. Set on a hillside of stately buildings and surrounded with a canopy of colorful trees, we are steeped in 200 years of history. At any moment, you can find a place for quiet study, outdoor adventure, or the arts. The energy of this place is everywhere. We compete in Division I athletics, the highest level of collegiate sports. We have designed our residential living to ensure that students from all over the world feel connected and share experiences. In the center of New York, in one of the friendliest towns in America, we offer the best college life.
We know the choice of a college often comes down to fit, and at Colgate, you find it. Students share cherished traditions and form affections of community, supported by our exceptionally engaged alumni. You do not have to know what you will do with the rest of your life. Just know Colgate will prepare you for it.
Colgate is also a highly selective university. Our mission is to develop thinkers who value intellectual rigor and are capable of challenging themselves and others with vigor and reason. We choose sophisticated students who will grow in confidence and humility and seek a global perspective in shaping their own. Our students carry our values. Moreover, one day, they carry the value of a Colgate degree, with its academic excellence reputation that opens doors.
Colgate is a vibrant and welcoming place to learn, live, and develop into who you are. Our university and our students are always ascending. Moreover, now, in our Bicentennial moment, Colgate is ever driven to be the best—one of the premier universities in the world, and the finest undergraduate institution in the nation.
Colgate's mission is to provide a demanding, expansive educational experience to a select group of diverse, talented, intellectually sophisticated students capable of challenging themselves, their peers, and their teachers in a setting that brings together living and learning. The university's purpose is to develop wise, thoughtful, critical thinkers and perceptive leaders by challenging young men and women to fulfill their potential through residence in a community that values intellectual rigor and respects the complexity of human understanding.
Colgate University is a small, highly selective residential liberal arts college for men and women of talent preparing for lives of leadership and productive citizenship. The Colgate faculty is a community of scholars committed to teaching in the classroom, the laboratory, the studio, and the library. Teaching is Colgate's first responsibility, serving not only to transmit knowledge but also to transform and extend it through a demanding, imaginative curriculum. Faculty scholarship complements teaching as it advances knowledge. Colgate maintains that ideal size allows students to work closely with the faculty; it is neither a giant research university nor a tiny liberal arts college. The dialogue between faculty and students provides exciting opportunities for independent work.
As a residential college, Colgate is committed to the belief that learning takes place in many settings. Learning must serve life, and the opportunity to live together in various settings encourages interpersonal exploration, expands mutual understanding, and supports a broadened perspective within a caring, humane community. The residential community provides a setting in which students gain maturity by taking responsibility for their actions and by coming to understand the impact of those actions upon others in an environment that is neither permissive nor authoritarian, but conducive to purposeful engagement.
Colgate is an inclusive institution with diverse students and faculty. With a mission to educate leaders who will and must come from all societal groups, Colgate is committed to educating students to virtue and encourages them to respond openly and sensitively to others who are different from themselves. Within the limitations of its resources, Colgate extends opportunities to academically qualified students without regard to their ability to finance their education.
While we celebrate our diversity, we function as one institution. Although we work together for the university's success, we also recognize that our differences enrich the experiences of all of us. Groups that lead a separate existence do not support the whole, and those who forsake their culture impoverish all, depriving us of the richness of America's cultural background. We celebrate the problematic balance between the commonalities of human experience and the particularities of our individual lives.

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