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Colgate is certainly a place where the studentPolitical Science
Colgate is certainly a place where the student body is relatively homogenous. This is a common complaint made by those students who do not see themselves as having fit in to the specific "mold" that seems to exist at Colgate. Certainly, I can understand this frustration, and I might have the same unfavorable opinion if I did not fit so naturally into the environment. However, I did, and I really loved this school. That is not to say that my personality and characteristics can be easily (and negatively) predicted, nor does that mean that one can assume that they understand how I see the world (I am talking about those who hold the opinions mentioned above)simply because I liked being at a school with people who shared similar backgrounds. Someone whose collegiate experience was not what they had anticipated can construct a theoretical argument (that frames those who "lived the high life" as simple and predictable) with relative ease. However, while this may serve to fuel their bitter explanations of why they did not enjoy college, its utility stops there. Is Colgate a place where [seemingly] most went to boarding/prep school? Is Colgate a place where most students have known privileged lives? Is Colgate a place where you can bet that everyone's parents are Republicans? (Go Bush!) Yes to all. However, this does not mean that these students also share the negative qualities ascribed to them by those who did not enjoy Colgate. Yes, there are a lot of people at Colgate who appear very similar. Patagonias, SUV's and New England License plates are abundant. So what? People who have a lot in common tend to hang out together. Consider High School. What is NOT true, though, is that thes people exclude others who do not share the same backgrounds and experiences. In my fraternity, classes, and in general, I knew people who were very different from the so-called "cookie cutter" Colgate student who fit in, were friends with these "cookie cutter" people, and had a hell of a good time. Why? What was the common quality they shared? They were not judgmental of the homogeneity, they did not assume that everyone was arrogant and exclusive, but, more importantly, they were OUTGOING. Colgate is a great place to have a great time and a great college experience. The average Colgate student has a quality that I have yet to see matched by alumni from other schools: they are outgoing, get along with everyone (who doesnt prejudge them) and know how to have a hell of a good time!
Alumnus Male -- Class 2000
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I am not an alum but a parentQuite BrightUndecided
I am not an alum but a parent of a current student who is enormously thrilled to be at Colgate. Speaking as a parent, I couldn't be more thrilled either since the new president has set high standards for the school and has achieved them in a very short time. What she will accomplish in the next few years should be remarkable and squarely place Colgate in a league of its own as a world class research university on an all-American college campus. Yes, Colgate is out in the middle of nowhere -- but it's a nowhere where every student is someone somewhere. It's a tremendous educational opportunity and the next few years will erase the shortcomings of the past, especially the years of the current president's predecessor, during which the students who have negative feelings about Colgate attended the college. As Colgate continues on its path to greatness, it will carry the current and future students to even great heights, guaranteeing almost every graduate with an exceptional collegiate and academic experience while truly preparing them to be the best that they can be in their chosen endeavors. Colgate will soon rank nationally among the Top 25 colleges AND universities in America -- and as the reputation of the college and its graduates spreads in succeeding years across the country and in various parts of the world, it will have an international reputation as being among the Top 10 institutions of higher education in America. Colgate offers the complete college experience and does so on an intimate and enthusiastic scale, preparing its students for the demands of living life well and to the fullest. If you do not succeed in those goals, it is not Colgate's fault. The town is getting better and is attracting a more eclectic intelligentsia to the campus as speakers and as faculty. If these comments are still posted, check back in five years to see if what has been said hasn't been proved true. There is an energy and spirit at Colgate that cannot be found at any other college or university. It's a great, great school!
1st Year Male -- Class 2006
Education Quality: A+, Surrounding City: B+
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I am shocked that anyone could have anythingQuite BrightPolitical Science
I am shocked that anyone could have anything but 100% positive feedback at Colgate. I graduated in 2001, and can honestly say that I could not have imagined myself to be happier at any other University. As an alum, I thoroughly enjoy the benefits of a Colgate education--a supportive alumni network, applicable job skills, and the capacity to think creatively. Colgate is a top-notch liberal arts college in every sense of the word.
4th Year Female -- Class 2001
Faculty Accessibility: A+, Scholastic Success: B+
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