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Colgate University Data & Information Overview

501 awards Ranking Badges
Great Price Value for Your Money
27% Acceptance Rate
This overview covers the essential stats on Colgate University, including its rankings, majors, diversity, and more. All you need to do to learn more about a stat is click on its tile, and you’ll be taken to another page that analyzes that data more closely. Also, you can use the links below to scroll to any section of this page.

How Well Is Colgate University Ranked?

#39 Best Colleges in Nation
#4 Best Colleges in NY
English Language & Literature Highest Ranked Major
Quality Badge

2023 Rankings

College Factual recognizes the best colleges and universities in its annual rankings. These rankings include categories for best overall colleges, best colleges for each major, best value schools, and much more.

Colgate University was awarded 501 badges in the 2023 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is English language and literature.

Overall Quality

Colgate is ranked #39 out of 2,241 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2023 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 5% of all schools in the nation.

Out of the 143 colleges in New York, Colgate is ranked at #4.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Colgate?

27% Acceptance Rate
57% Of Accepted Are Women
57% Submit SAT Scores

Acceptance Rate

With an acceptance rate of 27%, Colgate is one of the most selective schools in the country. Good grades and high test scores alone may not be enough to get you into the school, so do your best to submit a stellar application.

Average Test Scores

About 57% of students accepted to Colgate submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 650 and 720. Math scores were between 650 and 750.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Colgate University  ( 650 to 720 )

SAT Math Scores for Colgate University  ( 650 to 750 )
Colgate received ACT scores from 43% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 30 and 33.

ACT Composite Scores for Colgate University  ( 30 to 33 )

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Colgate University Faculty

9 to 1 Student to Faculty
92% Full Time Teachers

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at Colgate is an impressive 9 to 1. That's quite good when you compare it to the national average of 15 to 1. This is a good sign that students at the school will have more opportunities for one-on-one interactions with their professors.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

In addition to the student to faculty ratio, some people look at what percentage of faculty members are full-time as a sign of how much time professors will be able to spend with their students. This is because part-time teachers may not be be on campus as much as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Colgate University is 92%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  92 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Colgate University

94% Freshmen Retention
84% On-Time Graduation Rate

Freshmen Retention Rate

Colgate University has a freshmen retention rate of 94%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  94 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate for someone pursuing a bachelor's degree is typically four years. This rate at Colgate for first-time, full-time students is 84%, which is better than the national average of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  84 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Colgate University.

Colgate University Undergraduate Student Diversity

3,023 Full-Time Undergraduates
23.0% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
55.1% Percent Women

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 3,042 undergraduates at Colgate with 3,023 being full-time and 19 being part-time.

How Much Does Colgate University Cost?

$27,775 Net Price
21% Take Out Loans
$36,208 Total Student Loans
The overall average net price of Colgate is $27,775. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Colgate

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$10,762 $7,197 $17,557 $24,602 $45,682

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Colgate, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Colgate, approximately 21% of students took out student loans averaging $9,052 a year. That adds up to $36,208 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Colgate is 0.7%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do Colgate Graduates Make?

$76,267 Avg Salary of Grads
High Earnings Boost
Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from Colgate make around $76,267 per year during the early years of their employment. This is good news for future Colgate graduates since it is 80% more than the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year.


See which majors at Colgate University make the most money.

Location of Colgate University

New York State
3,023 Full-Time Undergraduates
Town Campus Setting
Located in Hamilton, New York, Colgate University is a private not-for-profit institution. Hamilton is a great place for students who enjoy small town life.

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Contact details for Colgate are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 13 Oak Drive, Hamilton, NY 13346-1398
Phone: 315-228-1000

Colgate University Majors

44 Majors With Completions
896 Undergraduate Degrees
1 Graduate Degrees
During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 44 majors graduated from Colgate University. Of these students, 896 received undergraduate degrees and 1 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Economics 117 $72,196
Political Science & Government 79 $42,813
General English Literature 54 $44,610
Child Development & Psychology 51 NA
General Biology 48 $34,181
Computer Science 44 $93,318
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 43 NA
History 43 NA
Natural Resources Conservation 39 NA
International Relations & National Security 37 NA

Learn more about the majors offered at Colgate University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at Colgate

96% Take At Least One Class Online
18% Take All Classes Online

Online learning options are becoming more and more popular at American colleges and universities. Online classes are great for students who have busy schedules or for those who just want to study on their own time.

In 2019-2020, 2,940 students took at least one online class at Colgate University. This is an increase from the 0 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2019-2020 2,940 541
2018-2019 0 0
2017-2018 0 0
2016-2017 0 0
2015-2016 0 0

Learn more about online learning at Colgate University.

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


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