by Alex Perman
A representative from Colgate University, Mr. Jamiere Abney, held a question and answer session for Northsiders on Oct. 3. The purpose of this session was to discuss the various unique opportunities that Colgate University offers to incoming and current students.
Although Colgate is quite small, with a student body of only 3000 students, it still has Division I athletics and 21 varsity sports, including hockey, lacrosse, and football. The university has a wide variety of mentor and internship opportunities for students looking to gain work experience. The school also partners with the National Institutes for Health and offers 20-30 hours of biomedical research work for undergraduates.
The university’s atmosphere is compact, and about 90 percent of the students who attend Colgate live on campus. Mr. Abney described the students as active members in their community and that each class has an average of 18 students. Despite having fewer students in each classroom, he said that the students are very academically motivated and willing to help one another. Located in Hamilton, New York, about a four and a half hour drive from New York City, the university’s rural environment may not be for everyone, but someone who enjoys taking on the role of a leader within a smaller community will surely fit in.
The university’s primary majors include, but are not limited to, political science, biology, history, economics, chemistry, and geology. Colgate has more than 200 diverse clubs for students to join and participate in. Mr. Abney mentioned one of the popular activities was something called Dancefest--a festival where groups of students perform dances of all different styles. In addition, he talked about the Spanish debate team, who travel internationally to attend tournaments, and the study abroad opportunities.
Scholarships are available for many applicants. One option is the Bitters Scholarship, which is just one of many undergraduate studies scholarships available to every student applying. Colgate is one of the few schools that can meet 100 percent of demonstrative need. There are also many university grants, and most of the students take out very few student loans.
In addition, Mr. Abney talked about the application process. Colgate accepts applications from the Common and the Coalition App. The school requires you to submit your ACT or SAT scores, two letters of recommendation, and write a supplemental essay. The Colgate admissions office performs holistic review for all applicants, meaning they take into account everything the student has been involved in during their time in high school.
If you are looking for a college that not only shines in its academic and extracurricular offerings, but also embraces and takes pride in the active student body, Colgate University may be what you are looking for. Colgate costs around $69,860 per year, which includes tuition, housing, meals, and other student activities. Be sure to consider Colgate University as an option when visiting and applying to colleges. For more information on pricing, visit:
http://www.colgate.edu/admission-financial-aid/tuition-and-fees. For general information, visit their website here: www.colgate.edu.