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Date Posted: 08/14/15 9:32:52am Fri
Author: 60'salum
Subject: Re: college life at Colgate
In reply to: Fordham Alum 's message, "Re: college life at Colgate" on 08/13/15 10:19:25pm Thu

Just my 2 cents for what it's worth. Obviously Fordham is a city school and Colgate is very rural. Some students dislike this isolation, but others thrive and find it much easier to devote time to their academic pursuits without the distractions. As others have said, the winters at Colgate can be long and cold, but the beauty of the campus at that time of year comes close to matching the other three seasons. Fall on campus is especially great, and with a Div-I football program, weekends take on a celebratory atmosphere. Athletics are a big part of life on campus but not the sole focus by any means. There are interest groups for everyone's taste and always something to do. Just look at the Colgate calendar on-line for details.

Greek life has tamed down in recent years, and certainly from my day. There are enough other groups to join that the Greek system does not overpower the student body. You mentioned your daughter was "comfortable" during her visit. This may be the #1 thing that caused me to chose Colgate. After interviewing - (yes, we had to have interviews back in the day) - at four other northeastern colleges on a par with Colgate academically, there was no question where I was going attend. The comfort level was so great -- there was no question that Colgate would be my first choice.

I've not talked about the academic and living sides of this equation as others have already done so. But suffice to say Colgate's reputation is solid on all departments as pointed out by previous posters.

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