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Colgate is an amazing place.Not so brightPsychology
Colgate is an amazing place. It's no wonder it is rated America's most beautiful campus because it's rural location is gorgeous in any season! The town of Hamilton has farmers' markets, concerts, quaint shops and restaurants that rival any quaint town and, like the campus, is also rated by Forbes as the 12th friendliest town in America. Colgate has very challenging classes taught by helpful, accessible professors, great study abroad programs all over the world, countless clubs, world-renown guest speakers, Division-I sports, and stunning facilities. There is a niche for everyone with any possible interest. As a student and future alum, I have a right to be proud and couldn't be happier with Colgate.
2nd Year Female -- Class 2015
Faculty Accessibility: A+, Surrounding City: B-
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I was really scared about going to college.Undecided
I was really scared about going to college. Choosing the right school for me had been a difficult process and over the summer I kept worrying about if I had made the right choice. But I am absolutely positive Colgate is the school for me. In my first year I made some excellent friends and I feel like I've accomplished a lot more than some of my friends that went to other schools. Colgate was really great about keeping the freshmen busy during the first week of school and I quickly overcame my homesickness. Colgate really provides for its students and I feel like they genuinely care about each and every student. The campus is beautiful and even when it is cold and snowy out, I still really enjoyed being at school. On another note, one of my major concerns before going to school was the drinking on campus. But the whole scene can easily be avoided, so if that is one of your concerns do write Colgate off of your list. There really are a lot of things to do on and off campus (the Barge, Turning Stone casino, Syracuse mall, the movies, just hanging out).
Male -- Class 2000
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Colgate is a university that helps you learnQuite BrightEnglish
Colgate is a university that helps you learn and grow. It helps you to become a capable, informed individual by getting you involved on campus and in the Hamilton community. Colgate encourages thinking, opinions and ideas that may or may not be popular but are genuinely respected. I think that is a very important aspect of a liberal arts education at Colgate.

While it's true that not everyone favors the environment here, it's also true that many of those same naysayers come to appreciate Colgate for all that it is by the time they graduate. That being said, student complaints about snow or Greek life or drinking or preppy white rich kids and a lack of diversity get old. To an extent, those are accurate descriptions of many schools but they by no means define life at Colgate. My friends at BC, Dartmouth, Williams and Middlebury get just as much snow if not more so. Colgate does not hide its small size or small town roots and uses them to its advantage. Those who don't understand that Hamilton, NY is not Manhattan in disguise are always the first to complain. Wake up. Things happen here! The Dalai Lama was here. The Stanley Cup was here. The facilities are first-rate, the campus is stunning, and students are safe. The Division I sports are impressive for a school of Colgate's smaller size. By not taking advantage of the many opportunities here and focusing on anything else, you're allowing the best four years of your life to pass you by.I think Colgate plays the recruiting game just like any other school; it highlights the attributes that would appeal to college-bound students and their parents, but nobody twists your arm to come here.

2nd Year Male -- Class 2011
Useful Schoolwork: A+, Surrounding City: B-
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