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Rank: 54

Colgate University

Colgate combines a small-campus liberal arts education with the kind of serious athletic teams and active Greek life often found at much larger schools. Student athletes can play on one of about two dozen Division I teams at Colgate. Students can't rush one of the school's three sororities or five fraternities until sophomore year, but after that, about a third of the student body is active in Greek life. As far as academics go, students tend to gravitate toward careers in business, media, consulting, education, among other spheres. Graduates of this upstate New York school enter the "real world" on steady financial footing, with early career earnings of $65,000 -- nearly 7% higher than alumni of similar schools. Colgate encourages its roughly 3,000 students to use their liberal arts education in hands-on, proactive ways. The Thought Into Action Entrepreneurship Institute, for example, promotes entrepreneurial activities on campus, with a student incubator program, speakers, events, and clubs for budding business owners. The school also has the Colgate Speaking Union, which hosts debates, mock trials and speaking contests on campus, and travels to tournaments elsewhere. Colgate is currently celebrating its 200th anniversary; festivities are being chronicled by the hashtag #Colgate200 on social media.
costs
Est. Full Price 2019-2020
$73,000
% of students who get any grants
48%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$23,700
Average price for low-income students
$5,640
admissions
Acceptance rate
28%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1410/32
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
2,854
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
99%
% of need met
100%
% of students who get merit* grants
N/A
Average merit grant
N/A
student success
Graduation rate
91%
Average time to a degree
4 years
Average student debt
$16,130
Average salary within 3 years
$65,000
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
37%
key deadlines
Early decision application
Nov 15
Regular application
Jan 15

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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