Your Stories

The Colgate experience creates bonds that transcend generations. Celebrate Colgate at 200 Years by sharing your experiences via the prompts below. Then, let your love for alma mater swell.

I try my best to emulate Professor Balakian's philosophy of teaching with my own students, especially my senior AP Literature students who thrive when they are challenged to think for themselves.”

Frederick W. H. Rudofsky, Class of 1989

Colgate’s diversity challenged my small world to expand. The breadth of our Core courses was the blueprint of a liberal arts education.”

James Fox, Class of 1962

The singular teaching influence was ‘inquiry’: the openness to ask questions, encouragement to engage in respectful dialogue across differences, and ample space given for ‘not knowing’ but sharing the journey of self-reflection and self-knowledge acquisition.”

Michael A. Koplinka-Loehr, Class of 1979

Tell us about a project, an experiment, research, or any assignment that you found particularly stimulating or formative.

What song brings you back to your time at Colgate? What would you add to a playlist of Colgate essentials?

James B. Colgate Hall was originally built as the university's first library, though today it houses offices for admission and the administration. What is or was your favorite study spot on campus?


3,464 this year
0 this month
Top 13 Participating Classes
3,438 Class of ’01
10 Class of ’11
10 Class of ’09
6 Class of ’79
6 Class of ’10
6 Class of ’85
6 Class of ’70
5 Class of ’84
5 Class of ’92
5 Class of ’77
5 Class of ’59
4 Class of ’23
4 Class of ’75

More stories from the celebration

Over the summer, Colgate opened its newest facility, Benton Hall, as a home for programs to aid students in preparing for their futures. What influence has your academic experience at Colgate had on your career trajectory, or career plans?

The Clifford Gallery exhibition The Hill Envisioned: What Might Have Been — What Might Yet Be by Professor Bob McVaugh and his students explores the history of Colgate's physical campus. Tell us about a location on campus that has significant meaning to you, and why.

The 2017–2018 season in Colgate athletics was one of historic success. What is your favorite athletic tradition or event, past or present? Share a related personal memory.