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Want to know what a week in the life of a Colgate student is like? In October, three students and three professional photographers began taking pictures of Colgate. For seven straight days, they documented student life, around the clock. Photography Ashlee Eve ’14 Lorenzo Ciniglio Andrew Daddio Janna Minehart ’13 Justin Myers Duy Trinh ’14

Contributing writers Allison Ewing ’08 Hannah Guy ’12 Eli Heller ’12 Zach Palleschi-King ’15 Greg White ’15

Frank Dining Hall is the largest on-campus eatery at Colgate and is famous for its unlimited soft serve ice cream.

A Colgate week in pictures

At the Coop, you can meet up with your friends, grab lunch, check your mailbox, study by a crackling fire, promote your cause, and host a radio show — all without having to leave the building.

A sunny fall day on one of the most beautiful college campuses in America — Monday could be worse. 1


The average class size is 18 students.

“ I learn a lot from my students, and I work hard to share my deep passion for history with them.” – Professor Robert Nemes, here with his class, Europe in Crisis.


In 1827, students quarried stone and built West Hall by hand. Nowadays, with its convenient location, residents there only have to get up seven minutes before class!



Some shows on studentrun WRCU 90.1 FM: Who Remembers Grunge? Pink Floyd etc. Civil Disobedience Hour Power Pop Hour Faces for Radio Sick Tunes, Brah! Jazz Ain’t Just For Old People Color Riot



“ Our final project in Printmaking I involved replicating a print perfectly 18 times so we could give an edition of our print to each person in our class. We each ended up with a collection,” says Lindsay Martin ’13, biology major, art history minor.


The Robert H.N. Ho Science Center has more than 50 laboratories, a geology museum, a visualization lab, and a greenhouse. 6

In Professor Beth Parks’ Atoms and Waves class, students Cedric Mayer ’15 (left) and JD Schiff ’15 (right) use a lowpower laser to measure the position of a mirror with an accuracy of about 1/1000 the width of a human hair.


The student-faculty ratio is 9:1. Probability of finding a friend and mentor among the faculty? Extremely high. 7

Clayborne Carson, of the Martin Luther King Jr. Research and Education Institute, visits Colgate.


“Our debate team just got its own practice room in Lathrop Hall last year, so it’s kind of a cool, new thing for us. In the last couple of years, we have traveled to Manila, Botswana, Turkey, Ireland, England, and throughout the U.S.” – Travis Steele ’12


Colgate has four a cappella groups, and the Dischords are both the newest and the one with the best pun for a name. 9

MONDAY The Trudy Fitness Center, which opened in 2011, is 14,825 square feet, including an entire floor of cardio equipment.






Every Tuesday, the Colgate Center for Women’s Studies holds a brown bag lunch where a topic intersecting with feminism is explored. This week’s topic: Mentors in Violence Prevention.



Women’s hockey battles archrival Cornell at Starr Rink.

(L to R) Danielle Bynoe ’14, Ashley Bryan ’14, and Chelsea Rojas ’15 make cupcakes for a Hope for Haiti fundraiser.


Four uses for the Glendening Boathouse on Lake Moraine (three miles from campus): 1. Nautical playground. Try out a sailboat, canoe, kayak, rowboat, paddle boat, or single rowing shell for free. 2. Base for Colgate’s rowing teams. 3. Theater. University Theater staged 1,500 Meters Above Jack’s Level at the boathouse. 4. Mile marker. “We just ran six miles, to the boathouse and back.” 16



Pumpkin carving at Delta Delta Delta



The Doing Well by Doing Good luncheon seminar is a chance to hear guest speakers talk about careers in the nonprofit sector and grab some food at the same time.

group of friends.”

– Christina Helm ’15

“Ballet was a great way to meet new people outside of my usual

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“Pumpkin patch” in Curtis Hall





The Hamilton Movie Theater, originally an opera house, now plays host to first-run movies and special events, including the Banff Mountain Film Festival. (right)

Students spend three minutes presenting a problem and its solution in the Kingsford Public Speaking contest.


Puppies at the Coop: Stress doesn’t stand a chance against these little guys.



Big Questions Jews Ask, Saperstein Jewish Center “While many of the people who attend these lunches are not Jewish, we examine Judaism and its connection to all different topics such as intermarriage, the afterlife, animal sacrifice, sex, and more.” – Emily Suskin ’12


“President Herbst [seated] engages us in discussion of the politics of sub-Saharan Africa and, as a political science major, I find his work and research incredibly fascinating and relevant.” –Saffiate Ba ’14


Any subject is fair game at Trivia Night at the Colgate Inn.



Some events held in the Chapel: Orchestra practice (pictured) Concerts Academic ceremonies DanceFest Martin Luther King Jr. Day opening ceremony Religious services The annual “Mr. Colgate� pageant



“ Firefighting introduces you to a totally different look at the Hamilton community. It’s real firefighting, and there is a serious sense of brotherhood in the department.” – Charlie Hartwick ’12



The Caribbean Students Association and Delta Upsilon fraternity team up to host a DJ battle for charity.


Eboo Patel, member of President Barack Obama’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, 2009–2010, and author of first-year summer reading selection, Acts of Faith, talks with students.





For 30 years, Living Writers has been bringing acclaimed authors to campus for readings, discussions and book signings. (Greg Ames, pictured here)

Winter here is like being inside a snow globe. 32



FRI Sunrise over Persson Hall



Members of the Colgate Christian Fellowship celebrate the year’s first snow by serving hot chocolate on the Quad.

Students in Professor Jun Yoshino’s Laboratory Practical for Neuroanatomy use their own brains to answer questions about specific areas of the brain and their function.

The Hawaii Club holds a cookout.





Seven Oaks Golf Course is one of Golfweek’s Best College Courses; when it’s covered with snow, it’s a great place to learn to cross-country ski!



What you can find in downtown Hamilton: A nanobrewery An art gallery The best pizza in the region A Colgate sweatshirt A vegan burrito Village Green farmers market A haircut



Professors dress in full regalia to honor students at the Fall Academic Awards Ceremony.


Mike Michonski ’12 of the Colgate Thirteen men’s a cappella group checks a boutonniere.



The Barge Canal Coffee Co. hosts caffeine-thirsty students studying on comfy couches by day, open mic shows and concerts by night.

Dinner at La Iguana, in downtown Hamilton 43

Game time






“ Charred Goosebeak [student improv group]... not only helps us push our talents to new levels, but also shows us something like comedy improv can be a great lifelong skill.” – Ryan Diehl ’12 47





Some of the trees on Willow Path date back to 1905.


Frank Dining Hall supplements its offerings with fresh produce from the student-run Colgate Community Garden, where students learn and practice organic farming. (right)

State-champ rugby club grapples with RPI.




Have you ever seen a Teletubby roll? Well, here’s a little Halloween-style bowling.



The climbing wall is open every night of the week — plenty of time to practice for the annual Climbing Competition. 53

The Colgate Curling Club practices in Whitesboro, N.Y. “Right now, we have 15 people on the team, which is a pretty rapid expansion from only about five members two years ago. And we’re good. Last year, our two teams of newbies came in first and second in our division at our first-ever bonspiel (that’s what you call a curling tournament).” – Rich Grey ’14




Ending the week with ice cream sundaes at the Coop. Ready to start all over again? Tomorrow is Monday!



Founded: 1819 Location: Hamilton, N.Y. (population 2,500) Acreage of campus: 515 acres Undergraduate students: 2,969 Graduate students: 8 (Colgate offers a Master of Arts in Teaching) Faculty: 286 Professors with PhD or highest degree in their field: 99% Eighty percent of Colgate professors live in the Hamilton area. Student/faculty ratio: 9:1 Courses taught by faculty members: 100% Courses taught by teaching assistants: 0% Ninety-one percent of classes have fewer than 30 students. Retention rate: 95% (students returning as sophomores) Graduation rate: 89.7% (among the highest in the nation)

Colgate’s student body 1,586 female 1,383 male 229 international students

75% from outside New York state

Students who live in Colgate housing: 91.9% Housing is guaranteed for all four years.

24% multicultural students

Students who study off campus: 62% Colgate regularly offers 23 semesterlong, faculty-led off-campus study programs. Additionally, several shortterm extended study programs are offered each year, tying a semesterlong course with a travel component. Colgate students and faculty study all over the world: International destinations Wollongong, Australia Beijing, China London and Manchester, England Dijon, France Freiburg, Germany Jaipur, India Venice, Italy Kingston, Jamaica Kyoto, Japan St. Andrews, Scotland Seoul, South Korea Madrid, Spain Geneva, Switzerland Cardiff, Wales Domestic destinations Bethesda, Maryland Santa Fe, New Mexico Washington, D.C. The Institute for International Education ranks Colgate #3 among liberal arts schools for the number of students who participate in semesterlong study-abroad programs.

52 Majors Africana and Latin



American studies



Art and art history


Russian and Eurasian studies

Asian studies


Social sciences



Sociology and anthropology








International relations

Women’s studies





9 Minors

Classical studies

Mathematical economics



Computer science

Molecular biology

Computer science/



Native American studies


Natural sciences

Educational studies



Peace and conflict studies

Environmental biology


Environmental economics

Philosophy and religion

Environmental g ​ eography

Physical science

Environmental geology


Middle Eastern studies and Islamic civilization

Environmental studies

Political science

Writing and Rhetoric

Minors are offered in most majors, plus the following:

Applied mathematics Creative writing Film and media studies Jewish studies Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer studies Linguistics Medieval and Renaissance studies



Division I, Patriot League, and ECAC

Colgate ranks third in the nation with a 99 percent graduation rate for student-athletes.

Division I varsity teams Basketball (m/w), Crew (m/w) Cross country (m/w), Field hockey (w) Football (m), Golf (m), Ice hockey (m/w) Indoor track (m/w), Lacrosse (m/w) Outdoor track (m/w), Soccer (m/w) Softball (w), Swimming and diving (m/w) Tennis (m/w), Volleyball (w)

Some club sports Baseball, Cricket, Equestrian, Fencing, Figure skating, Fly-fishing, Golf, Ice hockey, Juggling, Lacrosse, Martial arts, Rugby, Sailing, Skiing/snowboarding, Soccer, Table tennis, Tennis, Ultimate Frisbee, Volleyball


Some clubs Advocates

CUTV (Channel 13)

African Student Union

Democracy Matters

Amnesty International

Economics and Business Club

Anime Society

Newman Community (Catholic) Panhellenic Council Peer Health Educators

Asian Awareness Coalition

Global Citizens for Peace

Pep Band

Association for Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting

Green Thumbs

Poetically Minded

Inter-Fraternity Council

Pre-Health Student Association

Aviation Club

International Relations Council

Breast Cancer Awareness Coalition Broad Street Records Brothers Buddhist Students Association Caribbean Student Association

International Community

Robotics/Engineering Club

Korean-American Student Association

Sexual Health Awareness Group

Kuumba Dance Troupe

Ski and Snowboard Club

Latin American Student Organization

Sojourners Gospel Choir

Chamber Players Chess Club

Mock Trial

Chinese Interest Association

Model United Nations

College Democrats College Republicans Compost Initiative

Quidditch Club

Jewish Union

Maroon-News (weekly newspaper)

Christian Fellowship

Project PEACE

Student Musical Theater Company Students for a Free Tibet Students for Environmental Awareness

Muslim Student Association

Swing Dance Club

National Society of Black Engineers

Vietnamese Culture Club

Native American Student Association

University Orchestra WRCU (90.1 FM) Yoga Club 59

Apply to Colgate Colgate uses only the Common Application ( The required Colgate supplement gives students an additional opportunity to articulate their readiness to contribute to a diverse campus community and thoughtfully engage with a variety of perspectives. The best responses will also offer insight about how a student anticipates taking advantage of a liberal arts education. Colgate offers two binding Early Decision programs (deadlines are November 15 and January 15) and regular decision (deadline January 15). Find requirements at

The best candidates demonstrate: • Academic achievement • Joy for learning and intellectual curiosity • Well-developed special interests, talents, and skills of all kinds • Commitment to sharing ideas with others in the community • An appreciation of diverse perspectives

Top graduate schools of Colgate alumni 1. Columbia University 2. New York University 3. Harvard University 4. Cornell University 5. University of Pennsylvania 6. Syracuse University 7. Boston University 8. George Washington University 9. University of Rochester 10. Northwestern University 11. Georgetown University 12. University of Virginia 13. Yale University 14. University of Michigan 15. Duke University

2012–2013 cost of attendance

Most popular career fields (Class of 2011) 1. Communications/media 2. Financial services 3. Education 4. Consulting 5. Nonprofit/social change 6. Health and medicine 7. Business/management 8. Law/legal services 9. Technology/computing

Average financial aid award: $40,943

Class of 2011, one year after graduation 72.3% employed 18% attending graduate school 5% in transition 2.6% fellowships and internships 1.2% volunteering <1% other 60

Tuition Student activity fee Room Meals Combined student charges (Est. personal expenses/books

$ 44,330 $ 310 $ 5,345 $ 5,730 $ 55,715 $ 2,030 )

Financial aid Through a generous need-based financial aid program, Colgate meets 100 percent of the demonstrated need of admitted students.

Colgate grant Student loan Campus job Total award

$ 35,718 $ 2,625 $ 2,600 $ 40,943

Average debt for aided students after four years: Less than $16,000

THURSDAY “I stumbled upon the guys playing Frisbee right under this fall’s very first snow while walking up the hill for another photo shoot. Such a scene was not only beautiful in an aesthetic sense (two dark dots in a sea of white) but also very heartwarming. That random shot totally made my day.” – Duy Trinh ’14, one of three student photographers on the 24/7 project

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Cover: Genesis Cedeño ’14 hosts Ritmo Latino on Colgate’s own radio station, WRCU.


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