The big day for the incoming Class of 2018 is this Saturday, when first-year students arrive on campus to begin their Colgate careers.
Arrival day typically unfolds with juniors and seniors greeting new classmates with a chorus of clanging pots and pans at the entrance to Whitnall Field, where new students and their families unload their possessions and get help moving into the residence halls.
Some first-year students already have been on campus to take part in pre-Orientation programs that allow them to learn about clubs and activities or to participate in the Wilderness Adventure opportunities offered by the Outdoor Education Program. Some student-athletes and international students also have already settled into their campus routines.
All first-year students will join together during Orientation, during which they attend a variety of events and programming designed to prepare them for life at Colgate.
The 769 members of the incoming class already have demonstrated a strong academic background, with an average combined SAT score of 1372, 17 points higher than the Class of 2017. The incoming class also boasts an all-time highest combined average GPA of 3.68.
Nearly a third, 30.1 percent, of the incoming class self identifies as coming from a multicultural background, an increase of 1.4 percent over last year.
This class also stands out for receiving the most financial aid ever from Colgate, as 43.4 percent are receiving institutional grant funding, up from 41.6 percent in the Class of 2017. The university also continues to meet 100 percent of students’ demonstrated financial need.