Great institutions evolve while retaining the essence of their distinction.
The time has arrived for Colgate to create and implement the structures — both physical and intellectual — to solve the complex issues of today and meet the challenges of tomorrow.
Through the Third-Century Plan, the University has the opportunity to do something of great consequence for future generations of Colgate students. The result will be an unparalleled four-year liberal arts experience that binds people of diverse backgrounds together through a rational and comprehensive residential system, a dynamic academic program, and shared rituals and sense of space.
Learn more about the steps we are taking toward becoming the most important undergraduate institution in the nation.
Attracting and Supporting Outstanding Students, Faculty, and Staff
Financial Aid: Colgate Commitment
Contribute to our efforts to make a Colgate education accessible to talented, high-achieving students regardless of socioeconomic background.
Endowed Faculty Chairs
Help us recruit, retain, and recognize leading scholar-teachers, who will lead us in our third century and share the knowledge they create.
Promote access to educational opportunities and academic support for students of outstanding promise and achievement.
Support an innovative program that helps first-generation students acclimate to life at Colgate, navigate key offices, and build a sense of community.
Strengthening Colgate’s Academic Enterprise
Mind, Brain, and Behavior Initiative
Build an intellectual bridge that will span our liberal arts curriculum and bring our faculty and students together in innovative ways.
Arts, Creativity, & Innovation
Rethink Colgate’s overall educational experience and the campus itself by better integrating the arts and creativity into all aspects of the University.
Enriching the Student Experience
Fifth Residential Commons
Develop a fifth Residential Commons to bring order to an existing array of residence halls and further integrate living and learning at the University.
Revitalize the Lower Campus and reshape student life, as upper-level students study and socialize together in an intentional community of scholars.
Foster school spirit and build world-class facilities worthy of our nationally competitive Division I athletics programs.
Athletic Program Support
Invest in the student-athletes, coaches, and staff who sustain our Division I athletic tradition.
Improving the Campus and Its Environs
Restore Colgate’s iconic entrance to its original design and heighten its beauty.
Restore the upper campus tree canopy to its former glory.
Shape a striking natural feature while creating connections to the Middle Campus and addressing key landscaping needs.
The Colgate Fund
The Colgate Fund benefits 100% of the University’s students. It provides annual resources to implement transformative Third-Century ambitions, like the Colgate Commitment, and to address other immediate operational needs. Most individuals will participate in the Campaign for the Third Century through an annual gift to the Colgate Fund — many more will include an annual gift alongside leadership support, directed to additional funding priorities.