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| Colgate has a reputation of being an extremely rich school, and I recently found out why. Colgate claims to be need blind when it comes to admitting students, however, I just found out from a well respected alumni, that the reason I got in off the waitlist was because my father told administration that I could pay for the first year in full. The dean of admissions told me that sometimes, there is just not enough money to give, and as a result has to admit students who can pay (i.e. coutry clubbers and JAPS) otherwise the university would go into debt, and the financial aid program would be in ruin. If you ask me, it already is. Plenty of qualified students are rejected from this school each year, and I guarentee you, after hearing what I heard from the dean, some assistant deans, and some alumni, that often times, it is because they need a substantial (meaning greater than 20,000) aid package. This doesn't make sense because Colgate tuition is in the top ten most expensive tuition brackets...I guess all the money they get from alumni and upper class students goes into maintaining the "Colgate" image. People who go here are indeed intelligent, however, the campus is lacking in any sort of REAL economic/cultural diveristy. Be prepared to need a wardrobe entirely made of J Crew, Ralph Lauren, Lacoste, and North Face...and please, no fake Pradas here. All that being said, it is easily discernable that people associated with Colgate (students, faculty, alumni) have huge egos, and often cannot live their lives independantly of Colgate. They will define their lives on the basis that they went to a top 20 liberal arts school, and not on the basis of what they learned. All in all, if you can pay-great this is the place for you. If you are arrogant and like to drink, this is the place for you. A short positive, the school is absolutly gorgeous, and the school spirit here is unparalelled. Just make sure you know what you are getting into. If you are upper-middle class (like myself) seriously ask youself if it is worth going atleast 80 grand into debt to attend. I would consider looking in to the honors college program at your instate university if it isnt worth it for you. You can get the same quality of education there, and you wont be in the middle of nowhere paying 160,000 for four years for the same stuff you can get in state. |
|Jan 06 2005|| 1st Year Female --
Class 2008 |
| Let me preface this by saying that I never thought I would leave my first semester at Colgate with some of the views I know hold. Before I got to Colgate, I never thought I would feel so left-out and isolated based on the fact that I'm black. But being here is such a completely other experience. I'm not sure how many minority students feel the way I do, but I personally feel that the majority of the students here are consumed with fitting into the "right" group of people. So far I've been made to feel that just because I am a minority, I am automatically the "wrong" type of person. And as a result, most people on campus have no desire to interact with me outside of a very superficial level. |
The school definitely has a LOT of cookie cutter Colgate types. A lot of the people I met at the beginning of the year who were really nice and cool have already changed and are beginning to blend in with everyone else. I don't mind people belonging to a group or anything... its just annoying to see people from Colorado and Nevada popping their collars and claiming they've always done so. I thought college was a place to discover more about who you are. I feel like a lot of people here are more trying to hide who they are to fit in.
Most people refuse to even say "hello" to me, and would rather look every direction but straight ahead to avoid eye contact.
Socially, there isn't that much to do. I love going to parties, but when you always see the same drones at each party, it becomes infinitely less fun. That said, my professors are some of the greatest and most helpful people I have ever met. I absolutely love my Japanese professor. This person is my advisor now and has helped me get into courses that most people have to wait forever to take. This person will invite me to their office to fix something small, and we will stay and discuss my life and my future for an hour and a half. Other professors are supportive as well. I wrote an article for the newspaper, and most of my professors had nothing but positive comments on it. If you participate even a little bit, your professors will know you and take interest in what you do on campus. They are the only reason I refuse to transfer.
|Dec 23 2004|| 1st Year Female --
Class 2008 |
| The student body is very uniform and arrogant. The campus can be a violent place if you're in the wrong group or greek house. The faculty, however are outstanding, the administrators are not quite as stellar. Given a second chance I would have definetly gone elsewhere, but many students love the place, it's a love or hate situation in my opinion. |
|Dec 04 2004|| 3rd Year Male --
Class 2006 |