The Third Century ushers in the largest transformation in Colgate’s history.

Our first century was spent building the foundations of a university. Our second was dedicated to the development of traditions and essential elements of distinction. Success in our third century hinges on our capacity to advance those hallmarks on the national — and even international — stage.

We do this in the same way we have always pursued excellence: as a community.

With your support, the University will build important new strengths in nine key areas as we solidify our place as a leader in higher education.


  • Students working in science lab


    Provide a rigorous, multi-disciplinary liberal education that prepares well-rounded people to shape our world as accomplished, empathetic leaders.

  • Two students in costume performing in front of green screen

    Creativity and Innovation

    Infuse creativity and innovation into life and learning at Colgate and create a Middle Campus that provides a bigger platform for makers, performers, and innovators.

  • Professor Ernie Nolan in front of chalkboard


    Attract and retain more world-class educators and provide more support for their work as teachers and scholars.

  • Professor addressing an outdoor classroom


    Cast a wider admission net to increase the academic quality and diversity of entering classes while continuing to provide significant financial support for current Colgate students.

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    Residential Life

    Complete the Residential Commons system and renew the Lower Campus to provide a strong, cohesive, and coherent four-year residential experience for all students.

  • Men's basketball celebrates with Patriot League Championship Trophy


    Advance Colgate’s ability to compete at the highest level of Division I athletics as part of our efforts to increase the University’s reach and reputation.

  • Scenic of Colgate chapel


    Create a unified, environmentally sustainable, and beautiful setting that connects and uplifts all members of our community as well as our visitors.

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    Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

    Ensure that Colgate reflects the diversity of the nation in our faculty, staff, and student body and cultivate an environment of belonging that allows all members of our community to flourish.

  • Panel during Sophomore Connections event

    Life After Colgate

    Provide support for students to define their professional goals and build connections that will help them unlock the full value of membership in the Colgate community.

Funding Initiatives

The Campaign for the Third Century touches every aspect of the Colgate experience. Explore the initiatives that will help us become the most important undergraduate institution in the country.