Located in the state of New York, Colgate University is one of the oldest institutions in the North East.
A private liberal arts college, it was founded in 1819. Originally the Baptist Education Society of the State of New York, it was Madison University from 1846 until 1890, when it adopted its current name to thank the Colgate family for their dedication to the institution. William Colgate, one of the institution’s first trustees, founded what went on to become Colgate, the toothpaste manufacturer.
Located in the centre of the state, in the village of Hamilton, Colgate University is 200 miles north west of New York City, where regular buses run to. 575 acres in size, its rural hillside campus has been rated among the nicest in the country, dotted with around 90 buildings, some built as early as the 1820s, and more than 2000 trees.
The institution's undergraduate courses culminate in a Bachelor of Arts.
One of the university’s traditions involves first-years walking up the hill with seniors holding torches when they start their courses, and carrying torches themselves when they walk down at the end of fourth year before throwing them into a bonfire.
Its student newspaper, the Colgate Maroon-News, is the oldest weekly at any US college, with its roots dating back to 1846.
Notable alumni include Bruce Buck, the chairman of Chelsea Football Club, and Chase Carey, the chairman of Formula One.