Colgate University struck me as a sporty college, known for its Division 1 teams. I’ve noticed that when small liberal arts colleges focus on sports, it can be at the expense of diversity. For one thing, the male to female ratio is NOT 1:1 which is strange. It’s 54.9% female to 45.1% male.
Colgate doesn’t break out their Asian or Black ethnic diversity percentage. Its Hispanic/Latino percentage is 9.2%. It’s 65.9% white. If you add in another 9.2% for Ethnicity Unknown, that’s 76%. 84.5% of the faculty is white too.
My takeaway is that Colgate, because sports and legacy play a large role in recruiting, is a pretty white place. It reminds me of Trinity College.
Colgate uses a third Early Decision option to increase its yield to increase its acceptance rate. I actually haven’t heard of other schools doing this. In addition to Early Decision 1 (due date November 15), and Early Decision 2 (due date January 15), Colgate offers Early Decision 3 (any time after January 15) which allows students to change their regular decision to Early Decision. This is useful for students who have applied and been rejected to their Early Decision 1 and Early Decision 2 schools.
Here are my other takeaways:
Colgate University Visit
– Core Curriculum takes about 1/3 of all classes, major takes about 1/3, and rest for electives or double major
– the number 13 is at the center of Colgate’s identity.
– 200 University anniversary next year
– Division 1 sports teams
– Pretty bland architecture throughout campus with the exception of Admissions building
– There are 2 (really 3) Early Decision deadlines. Nov 15, January 15. After Jan 15, you can flip your regular decision to Early Decision. This is how they goose their acceptance rate which is 27.4%.
– Students volunteer in the community of Hamilton which is about 3200 residents.
– Admissions presentation made some weird points like how at Colgate you can study Sociology, geology, and Anthropology which you can’t do in high school even though most colleges have these majors. They are not unique to Colgate.
– Professors are really accessible, particularly since they live in the immediate area and there are no graduate programs except for Masters in Education.
– Nothing really stood out about Colgate except for its size, it has Division 1 sports, some of which Colgate does really well in like hockey.
– total undergraduate enrollment of 2,873, about 700 per class.
How about you? Have you visited Colgate University? Did you have a different impressions?
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