Colgate University
13 Oak Dr.
Hamilton, NY 13346
(315) 228-1000
Accrediting Agency:
Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Colgate University is a nationally recognized private liberal arts school that was founded in 1819. The university, located in central New York, has 2,900 students and a robust undergraduate program. The U.S. News & World Report ranked it the 21st best liberal arts college in the country, as well as the 19th best value school, in the 2012 edition of its Best Colleges rankings. Colgate University is known for its connection to William Colgate, who founded what would become the multi-national company that produces home and healthcare products.

Programs Offered

There are 59 majors available for undergraduate students at Colgate University, including computer science, economics, educational studies, religion, psychology, and history. The university also offers bachelor’s degrees in the major languages, such as French, German, and Greek, as well as astrogeophysics and molecular biology. It also has minors available in Jewish studies, medieval and renaissance studies, creative writing, and linguistics. Colgate University also has a small graduate program that offers a Master of Arts in Teaching in English, mathematics, social studies, and the natural sciences.


Colgate University has maintained its accreditation by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education since 1921. Its bachelor’s degree programs in education have also been accredited by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council since 2007.


The university has no grade point average (GPA) requirement for admissions. However, it determines if a student is admitted by evaluating the level of difficulty of the course work throughout high school, as well as the grades earned. According to the school, the average GPA for a student admitted for the class of 2015 was a 3.75 on a 4.0 scale. To apply, a freshman student needs to send in an official high school transcript, a school report (completed by a counselor), two teacher evaluations, SAT and ACT scores, and a mid-year grade report to track the applicant’s academics during their senior year.

Admissions for transfer students are judged in a similar manner. To apply, they need to provide official high school and college transcripts, an instructor evaluation, a personal essay, standardized testing scores, and a mid-term report. The admission application for freshman and transfer students can be completed online, but the other required materials need to be mailed in to the admissions office. Admissions standards are high, and only 33% of applicants are accepted, according to the U.S. News & World Report.

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