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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, and education, among other spheres. Graduates of this upstate New York school enter the "real world" on steady financial footing, with early career earnings of $61,300 -- around 5% higher than alumni of similar schools, Money calculates. Graduates have lower than average levels of student debt, too. 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.
CORONAVIRUS UPDATE
FALL 2020 PLAN: Colgate's campus is open for the fall semester, but courses are designed in a hybrid format, so some classes will be primarily online.
costs
Est. Full Price 2020-2021
$74,100
% of students who get any grants
47%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$24,100
Average price for low-income students
$5,500
admissions
Acceptance rate
25%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1420/33
SAT/ACT Required for Fall 2021?
no
Enrollment
2,930
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
100%
% of need met
100%
% of students who get merit* grants
N/A
Average merit grant
N/A
student success
Graduation rate
89%
Average time to a degree
4.1 years
Average student debt
$16,130
Average salary within 5 years
$61,300
% earning more than $28,000
87%
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.

* Full price of attendance includes on-campus room & board fees, which may not be applicable to all colleges' reopening plans this year.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, Money/American Institutes for Research calculations, Opportunity Insights.

coronavirus update

FALL 2020 PLAN: Colgate's campus is open for the fall semester, but courses are designed in a hybrid format, so some classes will be primarily online.

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

* Full price of attendance includes on-campus room & board fees, which may not be applicable to all colleges' reopening plans this year.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, Money/American Institutes for Research calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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