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Colgate - Parents' Impressions


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  • danasdanas 1770 replies11 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 1,781 Senior Member
    MomofWildChild, we are fellow travelers. I always imagined in my heart that my kids would end up at Williams. O for two so far. One more on the way.
    As an aside, I can't imagine the drinking is less at Princeton and Dartmouth than at Penn and Colgate. Bottoms up!
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  • livesinnewjerseylivesinnewjersey 567 replies56 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 623 Member
    Visited Colgate & have many acquaintances w/ kids there. When we arrived there, at night, in the snow, after a stressful ride, I went through the stop light and made a U turn and basically rode through a stop sign (I was looking for a soritety house to see a young family member) the local policeman pulled me over. He was so sweet (thought I was DWI, on a Sunday night) and let me go and wished us a good visit. You gotto to love that!

    Ditto on Colgate reminds me of Bucknell. Great post grad recruiting for jobs.
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  • LergnomLergnom 7737 replies189 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 7,926 Senior Member
    Don't forget that Colgate's form of fluoride turned out to be better than Crest's so Crest switched.
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  • jrparjrpar 2117 replies18 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 2,135 Senior Member
    I'm a Williams alum and parent of a 2009 Colgate grad. I actually think there are a lot of similarities between these two schools - great liberal arts education, rural location (with the pros/cons of that, but one key pro is a tight campus community) and intensely loyal alumni.

    I don't see the "pre-professional" label applying to Colgate uniquely - in my personal experience, Williams could also be labeled "pre-professional" (economics is the most popular major at Williams) and I see many Williams students each year come through the interview process at my employer. I don't think the "pre-professional" label is at all helpful or relevant to a student looking at either of these schools, however - you can major in just about anything you want at either of these schools and pursue a career on Wall Street or as an attorney or whatever else would make you "pre-professional".

    I do think one big difference between the schools is a commitment to the arts - Williams' music, theatre and art are much stronger. Colgate does, however, have a very good art and art history major. There are several really excellent professors in this department.

    The recent Princeton Review rankings put Colgate on 5 "top 20" lists - I'm paraphrasing but they were: happiest students, most beautiful campus, best classroom experience, close relationships with professors and lots of beer. I think those are pretty darn accurate! My son agrees.

    My son absolutely loved Colgate. He'd go there all over again if he could. As parents we were really pleased with his experience. Graduation was a nice celebration of his 4 years - it was great spending time with his friends and their families, all of whom we came to know well over the last 4 years. One of my favorite parts of the weekend was attending a reception at which I met and chatted with several of his professors; what struck me was how well each of them knew my son. I'm happy to answer any questions you might have about the school. I definitely recommend visiting - as others above have noted, Colgate admissions does a great job and its director of admissions, Gary Ross, is the best.
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  • ModadunnModadunn 6178 replies85 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 6,263 Senior Member
    Kudo's to Gary Ross. Truly a man who does his job extremely well.
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  • tonerangertoneranger 3671 replies52 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 3,723 Senior Member
    hey, i grew up around there...not much happening. The campus itself though is quite beautiful. A friends son goes there and he's happy...but was fine with small and fine with rural. And I mean rural. Folks say that a place like PSU is rural...yeah but there's a very active college town around it with lots of stores, bars, restaurants. Cornell is similar. Colgate doesn't offer much there...and Utica and Syracuse...well, I guess I'm biased...but these are not fun places for college students.
    So you have to be fine with living in a small (and very cold!) cocoon.
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  • jackiefjackief 3059 replies26 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 3,085 Senior Member
    I'm glad to see all the fond thoughts of parents re. Colgate. On our visits, my D really loved Colgate which surprised me as I didn't think she would like the Greek scene. She even hung up their poster in her room. She is outdoorsy and does play a sport, but not super competitive and isn't into rah-rah that much. We stayed at the Colgate Inn and ate in the dining hall and really enjoyed the campus. Our tour guide was disappointing.
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  • mythmommythmom 8292 replies13 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 8,305 Senior Member
    jrpar: I certainly bow to your superior information. I should probably not be posting on this board.

    However, I will add that kids who applied to Colgate from my kids highs school were not the ones who applied to Williams.

    That does not discredit either institution.

    I have heard from many that Colgate has the friendliest students. I would say that was true from the kids who applied and were accepted.

    I still think the Williams segment is a bit quirkier. Kids applied to Vassar, Amherst and Williams.

    Others applied to Dartmouth, Hamilton and Colgate.

    Note the same kids.

    All great kids, and even siblings!!
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  • MADadMADad 1969 replies81 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 2,050 Senior Member
    Colgate, which does not offer ANY merit aid (outside of the AMS), offered by daughter the MOST financial aid, even beating out schools that did offer merit aid.

    I've heard it said that Colgate will be very generous if they really want you to attend.

    She did not enroll, as her top choice's offer came close enough.
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  • Papa ChickenPapa Chicken 2622 replies219 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 2,841 Senior Member
    My S goes to Colgate....& as a parent, I really like the place. Warm/friendly student body, gorgeous campus, profs that interact, great academics & ECs. Yes, it does have a wild side, but it seems to be a place where the kids get through that phase of life, with an appropriately stern but caring administration.

    Let me add my perspective as a hirer of college kids as well. Coincident with my S beginning his college shopping a few years back, I started a college recruiting program at my consulting firm. Over the last few years we have hired entry-levels from perhaps 20 or 25 different schools across the US, including many LACs....and, the Colgate grads have been a real hit. They are generally very smart, but unlike kids from some other high-end institutions, they are also - consistently - very street savvy. They relate well with other people, and are normal not quirky. Having now seen & met kids from many LACs and other schools as an employer, I am now thinking that Colgate admissions selects on this quality. Its not that other schools don't have these types also, its just that Colgate seems to have them in spades, and I suppose the Colgate environment must somehow promote this type of behavior/growth, which I obviously favor. As a Colgate parent with the added perspective of an employer, I am even more happy!
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  • oldfortoldfort 22726 replies288 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 23,014 Senior Member
    I think that's why people say Colgate is more "pre-professional."
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