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Rank: 55

Colgate University

Hamilton, NYwww.colgate.edu
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. Graduates of this small upstate New York school enter the "real world" on sturdy financial footing, with very low student debt -- an average of about $16,000 -- and high earnings compared to alumni of similar schools. Colgate encourages students to use their liberal arts education in hands-on, proactive ways. Its 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. This year, the school is observing its bicentennial birthday, a celebration that will include an all-class reunion as well as a kickoff weekend featuring lectures and concerts.
costs
Est. Full Price 2018-2019
$71,500
% of students who get any grants
47%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$24,100
Average price for low-income students
$6,900
admissions
Acceptance rate
29%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1380/32
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
3,025
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
99%
% of need met
100%
% of students who get merit* grants
0%
Average merit grant
$0
student success
Graduation rate
90%
Average time to a degree
4.1 years
Average student debt
$16,100
Average salary within 3 years
$61,400
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
37%
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.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

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

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

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