Colgate University

Colgate University Data & Information Overview

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?

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2022 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 304 badges in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is general education.

Overall Quality

According to College Factual's 2022 analysis, Colgate is ranked #30 out of 2,576 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality. This puts it in the top 5% of all schools in the nation.

Colgate also holds the #3 spot on the Best Colleges in New York ranking.

See all of the rankings for Colgate University.

Is It Hard to Get Into Colgate?

Acceptance Rate

Even if you have the best grades and high test scores, that may not be enough to get into Colgate since the school has one of the most selective in the country. Its acceptance rate is a mere 28%, so there's no shame if you don't get in. Be sure to apply to other schools just in case.

Average Test Scores

About 36% 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 660 and 730. Math scores were between 650 and 770.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Colgate University  ( 660 to 730 )

SAT Math Scores for Colgate University  ( 650 to 770 )
Colgate received ACT scores from 64% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 31 and 33.

ACT Composite Scores for Colgate University  ( 31 to 33 )

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Colgate University Faculty

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 96%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  96 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Colgate University

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 95% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like Colgate University enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  95 out of 100

Graduation Rate

Students are considered to have graduated on time if they finish their studies within four years. At Colgate the on-time graduation rate of first-time, full-time students is 86%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  86 out of 100

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

Colgate University Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 2,980 undergraduates at Colgate with 2,968 being full-time and 12 being part-time.

How Much Does Colgate University Cost?

The overall average net price of Colgate is $25,834. 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 +
$9,752 $8,958 $16,525 $24,299 $44,076

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 23% of students took out student loans averaging $6,640 a year. That adds up to $26,560 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Colgate is 2.4%. 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?

The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from Colgate make about $63,600 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. This is good news for future Colgate graduates since it is 60% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.


See which majors at Colgate University make the most money.

Location of Colgate University

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

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 44 majors graduated from Colgate University. Of these students, 904 received undergraduate degrees and 4 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 133 $66,400
Political Science & Government 79 $53,200
Computer Science 53 NA
General English Literature 49 $35,900
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 43 $31,600
International Relations & National Security 41 $50,900
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 40 NA
Child Development & Psychology 40 NA
Sociology 34 NA
General Biology 31 NA

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

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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