Colgate University, Hamilton, NY

– Rural, Upstate NY town
– Beautiful, sprawling campus
– 3,000 undergrads
– 26% admit rate
– Looking for ambitious students
– Rigorous course load
– Students interested in study abroad, connecting to the world
– Every application is read 2 or 3 times
– Looking for grades and performance in the classroom
– Looking at the whole picture, impact on community
– Look at student in the context of the school they are in
– If school offers AP classes students should take them, looking for a rigorous course load
– Crossover schools – Middlebury, Wesleyan, Lehigh, Lafayette, Colby
– Have Early Decision option
– 47% of the incoming class apply early Decision
– Early Decision is just as competitive as regular decision
– Athletes come in Early Decision
– Wide variety of clubs and organizations on campus
– A lot of opportunity for community service
– Student’s stay on campus
– 33% are involved in Greek life (can only join sophomore year or later)
– NCAA D1, Patriot league
– Big global focus in the classroom
– Meet 100% of need. Documents need to be in by 1/15
– CSS Profile required for financial aid
– Give aid To International students
– Economics most popular major, also English and Psychology
– Bio Chem major, Astro Geo Physics, Environmental Economics and Mathematics majors available
– Campus promotes environmental sustainability
– Top post grad career is business and communications, which aren’t defined majors
– Interviews not evaluative/considered in admissions decision
– Apply to school as a whole, not to a specific major
– Demonstrated interest doesn’t play into admissions decision but can play with students on the waiting list

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