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10 Things to Know About Colgate That You Won’t Hear on a Tour

By Darian Nicholson '19 on April 14, 2016

The college search process can be overwhelming to say the least, and whether you’re looking at two schools or twenty, remembering everything from the tours, information sessions, and interviews is essentially impossible. It is also impossible to learn all the great things there are to know about Colgate within these parameters. While I believe tours can be incredibly informational, the following are 10 things that might not be covered in a tour that I think are important to know about the Colgate experience.


Ed Burgers

You can get the best burger of your life at 11 PM in Frank Dining Hall, made by the famous Ed. And there are more food hacks where that came from.



You’ll probably see at least 10 Instagram posts of the campus in a week, and you’ll participate too. You might lose one or two followers because they’re sick of your constant pics of the Chapel, but it’s all worth it when you get to revel in one of America’s most beautiful campuses.


Bumpin’ on a Tuesday

Case-Geyer Library is frequently referred to as Club Case. Believe it or not, Case is one of the most social places on campus. You’ll see people who live up the hill, down the hill, first-years all the way to seniors getting their work done in the library.


History in Hamilton, NY

You probably know we have a dinosaur egg, but did you know we also have part of the Berlin Wall? A piece of the famed wall can be found by 94 Broad St, one of the student residence halls.


Here, There, Everywhere

You see familiar faces literally everywhere. Especially living up the hill, it’s a rare occasion that you don’t see someone for over a week. But this means that you’ll easily be able to stay in great touch with all of your new friends!


First One On the Story

Colgate’s Maroon News is actually the oldest college weekly newspaper in the United States! The paper originated in 1846 as the Hamilton Student.


Breeding Creativity

Ever heard of Smartwater, Trivial Pursuit, or Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream? The founders went here.


Tougher Than the Rest

Our women’s rugby team was second place in the nation in the NSCRO tournament in 2015.


You May Never Have to See the Snow

There are tunnels that connect McGregory, Olin, and Lathrop Halls, so if you really don’t want to face the surface on a freezing winter day, you might not have to.



About half an hour away is Chittenango Falls State Park in Cazenovia, which features a 167 foot waterfall. Most students stay on campus most of the time because it’s so great here, but this is a great short trip to take if you’re looking for a mini-adventure.

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