Colgate University by the numbers

  • A Better Colgate continues to grow and has earned the support of more than 6,200 alumni – more than the size of the current student body, more people than attend the annual reunions, about 32% of the 13,723 alumni that donated to Colgate in 2014 and 13% of Colgate’s 32,815 alumni.
    Source: A Better Colgate database; 2014 Colgate Report of Alumni Donor Participation, Voluntary Support of Education, Council for Aid to Education
  • For the 1986-1987 school year, the cost of tuition, room, board and activities was $14,450. In the 2015-2016 school year, tuition, room, board, fees and personal expenses were estimated at $64,800. Source: New York Times April 1, 1986 and
  • Tuition costs at Colgate have increased by 44% in the last 10 years, more than twice the rate of inflation. The Trustees plans to hold tuition increases to about 2.2 percent each year from 2011-2015. Source: Council on Aid to Education;; Colgate Trustee Minutes Treasurers Report 10/2-3/2009
  • Colgate’s 2015 ranking among the Best Liberal Arts Colleges dropped to 22 after being ranked 20th the year before and a high of 15 in 2003. Source: US News & World Report Best Colleges 2015 Edition
  • 2013 Faculty average annual salaries. (Does not include benefits.) Source: Chronicle of Higher Education
    Colgate University
    all 4-year private colleges
    Full professor $137,538 $115,889
    Associate professor   $96,552   $78,243
    Assistant professor
      $76,932   $64,195
  • Colgate’s published alumni giving rate is 39.6 percent, a 27 percent decline from the high of 55 percent in 2005.  This correlates with the Trustees’ policies to take control of the privately owned Greek-letter houses. Source: US News & World Report Best Colleges 2005-2015; Colgate Audited Financials 2006-2013
  • Colgate’s Case Library and Information Center was originally budgeted at $40 million, but cost $60.4 million. The Library opened more than 18 months later than anticipated and cost an additional $20.4 million or 51% more than planned. Source: Colgate Board of Trustee Minutes Jan. 2005 – Nov 2007
  • Amherst, Colby, Cornell, Davidson, Dartmouth, Duke, Hamilton, Haverford, Harvard, Middlebury, Oberlin, Princeton, Tufts, Wesleyan, Williams and Yale are among schools where alumni vote for some of the trustees in open elections. The average number of trustees elected by alumni in open elections is 33%. Source: Review of the several school bylaws and elections policies