Funding Priorities

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.


The Colgate Fund

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    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. 

    Make a gift to the Colgate Fund

Attracting and Supporting Outstanding Students, Faculty, and Staff

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    Financial Aid: Colgate Commitment

    Contribute to our efforts to make a Colgate education accessible to talented, high-achieving students regardless of socioeconomic background.

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    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.

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    OUS Scholars

    Promote access to educational opportunities and academic support for students of outstanding promise and achievement.

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    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

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    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.

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    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

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    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.

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    Lower Campus

    Revitalize the Lower Campus and reshape student life, as upper-level students study and socialize together in an intentional community of scholars.

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    Reid Renovation

    Foster school spirit and build world-class facilities worthy of our nationally competitive Division I athletics programs.

Improving the Campus and Its Environs

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    Oak Drive

    Restore Colgate’s iconic entrance to its original design and heighten its beauty.

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    Bicentennial Trees

    Restore the upper campus tree canopy to its former glory.

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    The Ravine

    Shape a striking natural feature while creating connections to the Middle Campus and addressing key landscaping needs.