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questions about colgate

getmein07getmein07 Registered User Posts: 41 Junior Member
edited July 2006 in Colgate University
I just started to look into Colgate University and I fell in love with it. It looks gorgeous. I was just wondering what kind of atmosphere is it and what do the students usually do on the weekends? Is the football pretty big and does the campus look as good in person as it does in the pictures online? Can you all also help me evaluate my chances? (I am a rising senior.)

greek female
fairfax, virginia

freshman year- 3.56 (1 honors course)
sophmore- 3.64
junior- 3.78 uw ... 3.85 w (1 honors, 1 AP)
senior- decent schedule (2 APs)

600 m, 530 v, 500 w (retaking in october as well as ACT)

4 years of field hockey (possible captain)
1 year of soccer (sportsmanship award)
1 year of track and field
placed 1st in science fair
3 years of national honor society
2 years in DECA
85 hours+ of community service
received outstanding achievement award from the english department
internship at an elementary school (want to major in education)
played years on a soccer team outside of school (captain)

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Replies to: questions about colgate

  • gellinogellino Registered User Posts: 3,017 Senior Member
    I think that unbiasedly (because I thought this before I applied to any school) that Colgate has the nicest campus of any school as does a guy whose seen 324 of them. http://www.colgate.edu/DesktopDefault1.aspx?tabid=730&pgID=6013&nwID=4077

    What class rank does that GPA translate into? Placing it into context is a lot more telling than just the absolute numbers themselves. Try to get the SAT up as much as possible. You are going to be hard-pressed to get in even ED with the current SAT as that a fair bit below the 25% range. The only person I knew @ Colgate with an SAT that low was an All-American tailback. If you're good enough to play field hockey or soccer that could definitely help immensely, although probably still need to get the M+V SAT into the mid 1200s to have a reasonable chance.
  • stonecold23stonecold23 Registered User Posts: 1,595 Senior Member
    yeah raise your SAT to above a 1300 and your chances are solid
  • MicklerobeMicklerobe Registered User Posts: 64 Junior Member
    eh, I dunno with even a 1300 her chances aren't solid. I got rejected with 1460 SAT's and captain of soccer team plus captain of baseball team, plus a 3.88 weighted GPA and all the AP/Honors classes imaginable. So who the heck knows.
  • MicklerobeMicklerobe Registered User Posts: 64 Junior Member
    that probably came across as just a bitter comment since I got rejected...which it probably was. Sorry
  • xLxJxCxxLxJxCx Registered User Posts: 96 Junior Member
    hey im from fairfax, va, too! id say with if you raised your SAT score/got a good ACT score, ud be in the average part of the applicant pool. you wouldnt be at the lower part, but u wouldnt be at the higher end either...ud probably be just like the majority. colgate students tend to have great GPAs, high SAT scores, a lot of extra-curriculars they've been involved with for a couple of years, and a few impressive awards in sports/languages/sciences/etc. everyone's different though, you could have some amazing essays or something. admissions is always unpredictable. if i had seen micklerobe's stats before he got his decision i would've predicted he got in.
  • stonecold23stonecold23 Registered User Posts: 1,595 Senior Member
    yeah me too, very often people will unexpectedly get in, and unexpectedly get rejected, so just raise ur scores and apply
  • LKADmomLKADmom Registered User Posts: 154 Junior Member
    The reality is that relatively few slots remain during the RD cycle due to a large proportion of the class being accepted ED1 and 2. The result is a lot of qualified students getting waitlisted or rejected RD.
  • collegeparentcollegeparent Registered User Posts: 892 Member
    GPA of 3.8 with 4 APs (A-B+) minimum; 2100 SATs and an exceptional essay will get you there, especially if you go ED -- one bright spot: your major. Go for the 5-year MEd program and it'll help.
  • gellinogellino Registered User Posts: 3,017 Senior Member
    Each hs is so different that I don't think you can look at any specific uniform threshold to break. I had a 3.7 UW, 4.2W GPA with 3 APs (the only three offered), but that translated into a class rank of 3/280, which was more determinant of where you stood compared to other applicants. When 20% of a hs class has at least a 3.8, it doesn't mean much and even less now that many schools are dropping class rank (I think only 36% of Colgate students' schools reported class rank last year). Thus, the need for SATs even more. Colgate's accepted students had an average of ~ 1390 on M+V, so maybe 2100 on the new SAT is a good place to shoot for, but would say Colgate is notorious for looking at the whole package (more similar to Brown) and accepting applicants with much lower (but still adequate) scores, but who are a more interesting addition to the class in some other way. Really, the best approach is just do your best, maybe apply ED, and hope for the best.
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