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First-Year Students

Congratulations on joining the Class of 2021! Here's everything you need to get ready for your college career.

Orientation Schedule

DOWNLOAD SCHEDULEWelcome to Colgate University. You are beginning one of the most important chapters in your life as you join this community and become part of a great university. We are all excited to join you as you begin your studies, engage in new activities, and prepare for lives of promise and purpose as Colgate graduates.

Checklist

Student and parents moving into college dorm room

The first-year checklist will help you hit all of this summer's deadlines. Check out how you are doing (pun intended).

VIEW CHECKLIST ✓

Academic Calendar

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The Academic Calendar lists the key dates for orientation, drop/add, school breaks, and more — years in advance.

ACADEMIC CALENDAR

Pre-Orientation Programs

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Pre-orientation opportunities allow you to start building your Colgate network before regular arrival.

PRE-ORIENTATION

Finances and Payments

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Everything you need to know, from payment options, to tuition refund insurance, to 'Gate cash.

FINANCES AND PAYMENTS

Deposits

Incoming students may make their deposits online through the applicant portal.
 

More Resources

Health Center
Student health insurance
Full-time students must have health insurance. After May 16, 2017 students can activate their Colgate Student Health Insurance or file a waiver by providing proof of sufficient private coverage. The activation or waiver must be filed by August 1, 2017. ENROLL OR WAIVE COVERAGE
Study materials
InfoShare: Access to records
Colgate's InfoShare system allows students to grant access to otherwise protected records for trusted individuals like parents and family members. InfoShare can open up access to resources like academic transcripts (unofficial), financial aid award information, course schedules, financial and academic holds, and more. MORE ABOUT INFOSHARE
Housing
Living on Campus
Incoming students may need a lot of supplies for their rooms. Use these links to make the process easier for you:
Learn more about the housing options at Colgate and the university's innovative living-learning programs.

HOUSING OPTIONS
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International Students
We deeply value our vibrant community of international students. We invite you to campus a little early to meet your peers and to ease your transition to Colgate and the United States. International Class of 2021
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Clubs and organizations
Get Involved is like Colgate's permanent online activities fair. Start finding your favorite clubs now! GET INVOLVED
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Internship and Career Resources
Self-understanding is the foundation on which you will build your future! Complete the CareerBeam "Quick Profile" (log in using your Colgate ID and password) for insight into how your interests, personality, values, skills, and abilities connect to internship, academic, and extracurricular choices. You can access your report immediately, and we’ll help you to unpack the results further during the first few weeks of school.
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Colgate Bookstore
The bookstore is located in the heart of downtown Hamilton, and is your one-stop shop for class and dorm materials.
'Gate Way
A self-paced online resource about transitioning to the Colgate community, including insider tips from students and faculty. LEARN MORE
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Academic Support and Disability Services
Colgate's Office of Academic Support and Disability Services is prepared to assist you with making a smooth transition to college and can continue to serve as a resource throughout your college career, while also respecting your desire to become independent and autonomous. ACADEMIC SUPPORT AND
DISABILITY SERVICES
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Sustainability
We are passionate about the environment, and have committed to carbon neutrality on our campus by 2019. Help us uphold that commitment. Colgate Sustainability.

Join Your Class on Facebook

The Class of 2021 Facebook group is a great place to start meeting your classmates. Also, learn from current students who will be answering questions and offering valuable advice about starting college.

Parents Facebook Group

Join the parents Facebook group to share messages with other Colgate parents and engage in discussion, share photos, events or ideas.

Questions?

For additional questions, please call Lindsay Hadlock, administrative assistant and arrival day coordinator, at 315-228-7368 or e-mail fye@colgate.edu