The Colgate Scene
September 1999
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Colgate by the numbers

Case Library (foreground) loans more than 130,000 items each year. Lawrence Hall, Persson Hall and Memorial Chapel in the background are among the 87 buildings on the college's 515-acre campus.
"You should do a summary of Colgate facts," said a West Coast reader who was surprised by the changes in the place when he returned for his 50th reunion.

     The more we thought about the suggestion, the more it appealed. So here's a collection of facts and figures that tell a story all their own.

Students
Undergraduates, fall 1999: 2,811
Class of 2000 -- 675
Class of 2001 -- 662
Class of 2002 -- 724
Class of 2003 -- 750

Geographic distribution of current undergraduates:
New York State 32%
New England 21%
Mid-Atlantic 23%
Southwest 3%
Midwest 10%
West and Southwest 9%

International students: 70 (2.5% of undergraduates) from the following countries
Australia
Bangladesh
Bosnia/Herzogovina
Bulgaria
Canada
China & Hong Kong
Costa Rica
Czech Republic
Finland
Germany
Hungary
India
Jamaica
Korea
Lithuania
Mexico
Nepal
Netherlands
Nigeria
Pakistan
Poland
Singapore
Trinidad
Turkey
United Kingdom
Zambia

Undergraduate students of color: 430 (15.3%)
Asian 146
Black 125
Hispanic 94
Native American 14
Pacific Islander 2
Other 49

Undergraduates by gender:
1452 women
1359 men

Graduate students, fall 1999: 5

Number of employees enrolled in courses, fall 1999: 7

Area high school students enrolled in Colgate courses, fall 1999: 35

Admission statistics, Class of 2003
Inquiries: 40,949
Visitors: 5,031
Applications: 5,589
Acceptances: 2,341
Enrollments: 750

Median test scores:
SAT: 1339
ACT: 30

Number of high schools attended by members of the Class of 2003: 544

Percent of Class of 2003 from public school/private school: 70/30

Financial aid
Requests (Class of 2003): 1339

Percentage of students on aid
First-year students: 39.2%
All students: 41.2%

Average grant award
From all sources: $18,563
From Colgate funds: $16,904

Source of financial aid dollars
Colgate: $17,749,649
Government (state and federal): $4,811,318
Other (outside awards): $680,453

Loan funds
Average loan (annual): $2,903
Number of students with subsidized loans: 920

Campus student jobs
Number of students employed: 1,550
Student payroll: $1,140,300
Average weekly hours per student worker: 10-12

Student charges
Tuition: $24,575
Activity fee: $175
Room: $3,055
Board: $3,275

Half of Colgate's classes have fewer than 20 students; less than two percent have 50 or more.
Faculty
Number of faculty, by rank
Full professor: 79
Associate professor: 62
Assistant professor: 50
Instructor: 2
Distinguished visiting professors: 8
Continuing faculty with reduced loads: 13
Senior lecturers: 15
Lecturers: 27

Percentage tenure track/tenured: 72.8%

Full-time faculty with Ph.D. or terminal degree: 96%

Faculty by gender
Men: 145
Women: 111

Staff
Full-time and part-time continuing staff
Administrative: 173
Support staff/technical: 183
Buildings and grounds: 123

Majors
Major fields of concentration for the Bachelor of Arts
Africana Studies
Art and Art History
Asian Studies
Astrogeophysics
Astronomy/Physics
Biochemistry
Biology
Chemistry
Classics
Computer Science
Computer Science/Mathematics
Economics
Education
English
Environmental Biology
Environmental Economics
Environmental Geography
Environmental Geology
French
Geography
Geology
German
Greek
History
Humanities
International Relations
Latin
Latin American Studies
Mathematical Economics
Mathematics
Molecular Biology
Music
Native American Studies
Natural Science
Neuroscience
Peace Studies
Philosophy
Philosophy/Religion
Physical Science
Physics
Political Science
Psychology
Religion
Russian
Social Sciences
Sociology/Anthropology
Spanish
Theater
Women's Studies

Most popular majors
Economics: 10%
English: 10%
Political Science: 10%
Sociology: 8%
History: 6%

Majors by academic division
Humanities: 25%
Interdisciplinary Fields: 3%
Natural Sciences & Mathematics: 25%
Social Sciences: 47%

Students with double majors: 19%

Minors
Minor concentrations in virtually all major programs, plus:
African Studies
African-American Studies
Caribbean Studies
Cognitive Science
Creative Writing
Environmental Studies
Interdisciplinary Writing
Jewish Studies
Southeast Asian Studies

Independent study
Last year, 22% of undergraduates took advantage of the opportunity to study independently with a faculty member

Graduation rate
(average 1995-99)
Graduate in four years: 83.8%
Graduate in five years: 87.5%

Class of 1998 following graduation
Employed: 84%
Graduate school: 14%

Competitive fellowships and awards for 1999
Post-graduate (Class of 1999)
Churchill Foundation Scholarship (Cambridge)
Fulbright Grants (3)
Rhodes Scholarship (Oxford)
Watson Fellowship (study and travel)

Undergraduate (Class of 2000)
Barry M. Goldwater Scholarships (2)

Financial facts
Operating budget: $89 million (1998/99 fiscal year)

Expenditures on personnel (faculty and staff total): 55%

Major sources of operating income
Student charges (less financial aid awarded): 65%
Income from endowment: 13%
Gifts & grants: 11%
Capital investment in facilities and equipment (fiscal 1998/99): $9,981,724

Credit ratings
Standard & Poor's: AA-
Moody's: A+

Endowment market value: $372 million (May 31, 1999)

Giving to Colgate
Total for 1998/99 fiscal year: $20,687,890
Annual giving: $6,738,647
Capital giving: $13,949,243

By source
Alumni: $17,347,982
Parents: $830,330
Friends: $799,517
Corporations/foundations: $1,094,503
Other: $615,558

Classes with highest giving rates
Class of 1932: 76%
Class of 1938: 73%
Class of 1952: 73%
Class of 1943: 72%

Percentage of solicited alumni who gave a gift: 50%

Alumni
Total living alumni: 26,649
Men: 18,955
Women: 7,694

Oldest living alumnus: Mark Baldridge '19 (born 11/28/1894)

Half of Colgate's living alumni graduated before (and half after) 1979

Distribution
NYC, Westchester, Fairfield, Long Island: 24%
New Jersey: 9%
New England: 17%
Upstate NY: 13%
Middle Atlantic: 16%
Midwest: 8%
Southeast: 6%
Far West: 4%
International: 3%

Active alumni clubs: 63

West Hall, the oldest building on campus, is built of stone quarried on the Hill.
Physical plant
Number of buildings on campus: 86

Value of campus buildings: $274 million

Oldest building on campus: West Hall (1827)

Newest building: Persson Hall (1994)

Under construction: Little Art & Art History Building (opening fall 2000)

Recent acquisition: Schupf Studio Arts Center (1998)

Campus acreage: 515

Elevation above sea level
Andy Kerr Stadium: 1,100 feet
Watson House (President's home): 1,300 feet

Square feet under one roof in Sanford Field House: 67,000

Acres of grass mowed
Campus and athletic fields: 120 acres
Seven Oaks Golf Course: 100 acres

Miles of roads and walkways plowed: 10

Number of beds in campus residence halls and college apartments: 2,075 (98% filled for fall 1999)

Special Interest Residences
Asia Interest House
Ralph Bunche House (Peace Studies)
La Casa Pan-Latina Americana
Creative Arts House
Ecology House
French and Italian House
Harlem Renaissance Center

Three residences are self-governing, with residents choosing their own theme

Cushman House
Class of '34 House
118 Broad Street

Fraternities and sororities
Fraternities
Alpha Tau Omega
Beta Theta Pi
Delta Upsilon
Delta Kappa Epsilon
Kappa Delta Rho
Phi Delta Theta
Phi Tau
Sigma Chi
Theta Chi

Sororities
Delta Delta Delta
Gamma Phi Beta
Kappa Alpha Theta
Kappa Kappa Gamma

Percent membership in fraternities and sororities
Men: 35%
Women: 30%

Once a year the members of the women's rugby team -- one of the more than 30 club teams on campus -- dress up for a "formal practice." [Zoom]
Athletics/recreation
Intercollegiate women's teams
Basketball
Cross Country
Field Hockey
Ice Hockey
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Swimming/Diving
Tennis
Indoor Track
Outdoor Track
Volleyball
(Rowing becomes varsity in 2000)

Intercollegiate men's teams
Basketball
Cross Country
Football
Golf
Hockey
Lacrosse
Soccer
Swimming/Diving
Tennis
Indoor Track
Outdoor Track
(Rowing becomes varsity in 2000)
Club sports
30+ club teams involve 650 students

Intramurals
30+ tournaments involve 900 students

Outdoor Education
900+ students involved in organized O.E. activities annually

Intercollegiate coaches
Full-time: 27
Part-time: 15
Intercollegiate athletic operating budget (excluding salaries): $1,149,505

Revenue from intercollegiate athletics: $1,157,087

Miles of tape used by the training staff annually: 80

Gallons of water transported to athletic fields and courts: 14,300

In addition to university-sponsored groups such as the Colgate Orchestra, more than 80 organizations are run by students.
Clubs and extracurricular activities
Clubs and organizations run by students: 80+

Activities sponsored by student organizations: 300+

Students who volunteer in the community: 1,800 (est.)

Budget of the Colgate Activities Board: $120,000

Activities budget of the Student Government Association: $435,000

Libraries
Volumes in the Case and Cooley Libraries: 618,940

Volumes added to the collection in 1998/99: 18,233 (net)

Newspaper and periodical subscriptions: 2,333

Sound recordings in collection: 7,877

Miles of bookshelves on Case Library's 2nd floor: 5.68

Questions asked of reference librarians 1998/99: 14,354

Items borrowed by Colgate students and faculty through interlibrary loans: 11,013

Items requested from Colgate by other libraries: 16,371

Books returned and shelved during first two weeks of May 1999: 12,000+

Items borrowed from Case and Cooley Libraries in 1998/99: 131,275

Books and journals available electronically: Too many to count

Database searches in 1998/99: 130,000+

Study groups off campus
22 in the following locations:
Wollongong, Australia
Beijing (Hong Kong and Taipei), China
Dijon, France
Santiago, Dominican Republic
Freiburg, Germany
Madras, India
Kyoto, Japan
London, England (3)
Madrid, Spain
Manchester, England
Sante Fe, New Mexico
Bethesda, Maryland
Bradford, England
Moscow, Russia
St. Andrews, Scotland
Venice, Italy
Cardiff, Wales
Washington D.C.
Trinidad, Trinidad & Tobago

Also, extended study to the following locations:
Copenhagen, Denmark
Jerusalem, Israel
Rome, Italy
Johannesburg/Capetown, South Africa
Charleston, South Carolina
Michoacan, Mexico

Students who studied off campus last year: 505

Percent of Colgate students who study off campus as undergraduates: 50%

Computers on campus
Colgate-owned computers on campus: 1,700

Student-owned computers: 2,300

Dial-in services for personally owned computers: 450

Large computers acting as servers: 41

Number of students with home pages: 164

Number of "hits" per month on the Colgate home page (all sites): 1,657,925
On admission pages: 248,688
On the Scene pages: 5,184

Number of first-year seminars
45, with titles such as:
America, Singing
What is Real? What is True?
Life in the Universe: A Cosmic Perspective
Things Fall Apart: Paradoxes of the Free Market in Soviet Russia
Crime and Chemistry
Body Politics in Africa
Handel's Messiah

Visits to the Health Center annually
11,000
X-rays: 650
Throat cultures: 500
Blood tests: 500
Screenings for mononucleosis: 140

Food service facts
Eggs consumed per week: 12,000

Weekly poultry consumption: one ton

Milk poured: 600 gallons

Colgate's Presidents
Nathaniel Kendrick 1836-1848
Stephen William Taylor 1851-1856
George Washington Eaton 1856-1868
Ebenezer Dodge 1868-1890
George William Smith 1895-1897
George Edmands Merrill 1899-1908
Elmer Burritt Bryan 1909-1921
George Barton Cutten 1922-1942
Everett Needham Case 1942-1962
Vincent MacDowell Barnett Jr 1963-1969
Thomas Alva Bartlett 1969-1977
George D. Langdon Jr 1978-1988
Neil R. Grabois 1988-1999
Charles Karelis 1999-
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