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Date Posted: 08/14/15 9:50:39am Fri
Author: 'gate80
Subject: Re: college life at Colgate
In reply to: Fordham alum 's message, "college life at Colgate" on 08/13/15 3:57:57pm Thu

Fordham alum, I was a shy math major when I came to Colgate (from Fordham Prep). I think Colgate's size and isolation/community does foster friendships and inclusion. As does Greek life IMO if your daughter is interested in that. I have lifelong friends from my fraternity. Despite Colgate's lack of grad programs, I got a great science background that benefited me in later years. (Plus Colgate's only grad program is what your daughter is interested in.) The only potential negative is obvious - being in a rural, isolated location wouldn't be for everyone. I grew up in NYC and commuted between boroughs going to Fordham Prep, so Colgate's atmosphere was perfect for me and added to my college experience. Good luck to your daughter.

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[> Re: college life at Colgate -- gate, 08/14/15 8:17:42pm Fri

Fordham Alum,

Sorry to bore some, but I smiled at your daughter's interests. I am a teacher and earned my BA and MAT from Colgate. Every interview at every school in every department knew of Colgate. Not just because of its reputation, but because they had hired Colgate graduates and said they were some of the best in education and in their fields. I was deciding between Brown and Colgate for grad school (having been accepted to both). The Dean at Brown phoned me for a personal interview. In the end, she herself acknowledged Colgate's small but nationally recognized program and inferred that I would be crazy not to go there. I turned down an Ivy for the second time (undergrad being the other) and never regretted the choice. I am a legacy at Colgate, however, with several siblings, uncles, and a grandfather having attended.

The MAT program at Colgate was only 1 year, full time (which I recommend, get it over with), with an incredible internship in my field. I also received full financial aid, even as a grad student. In that regard, Colgate treated me just like any other student, irregardless of my graduate status.

Thank you for sharing the other schools. I can't speak for everyone, but Hamilton College, while a terrific school, is a bitter pill to swallow for most Colgate students, much like Cornell! IMO, Hamilton fits the mold that USNews&WR rankings and high school counselors admire more than say, Colgate's rah, rah, preppy, Greek, jock-school mentality. I never thought I would see the day it would surpass Colgate in selectivity. Never. (FWIW, I have half of my second masters in higher ed admin.)

On a personal level, I was not into the Greek scene but found a great niche just the same. I am a die-hard Red Raider but believe there is apathy among students. I am very proud that Colgate has been ranked as having the second-highest D-I graduation rate for student athletes, behind only Notre Dame. Not only are our athletes intelligent, but we have winning traditions and many athletes play in the pros.

As much as I appreciated Colgate as a student, I appreciate it even more as a graduate. And yes, having NYS certification is golden and offers reciprocity with most states that do not even require a master's degree.

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