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So right here we have Love Auditorium, which is actually the largest classroom space on campus. It seats about three hundred people, though no class really, ever fills love. The largest class you can possibly find your Colgate is about a hundred people every semester. But after that, all the classes are really small. We do have an average class size of about seventeen and a student faculty ratio of nine to one. So any class here and you're gonna have really individualized attention from the professor's, which is a pretty great, great way to learn. And it's really great how accessible and eager to work with the students they all are. Everyone. Thanks so much for checking out Colgate University on campus. Real. My name's. Emily. I'm gonna show you around my campus here. I'm a senior here at Colgate with a psychology major sociology miner, and I'm actually from Houston, Texas. So I'm a pretty long ways from home here in upstate New York, but it's so beautiful out here, and I think Colgate is probably one of most beautiful campuses in the entire country. Right here. I'm actually standing on one of my favorite places in the entire campus. Ah, this is Willow Path. Just a beautiful walkway. Frames with trees in the wintertime. They actually wrap the caries with Christmas lights, so stays really lit in festive. Right behind me over here is Taylor like Terry likes actually are man made lake. We don't use this for swimming and boating. We have a boat house that's about a five minute drive from campus for students get engaged and those fun outdoor activities all for free. But I think this game this is absolutely amazing. And the school is incredible. And I can't wait to show you around, so stay Everybody. It's me again. And I am here and Curtis Hall in my room with my roommate Haley alone. Um, and worry. So we live in Curtis Hall. We live in a double, and we're going to give you a quick room tour and tell you some dormant essentials in just a disclaimer. Curtis Hall has the smallest or campus. That's true, but we make it work. Yeah, we make your so before we do that, Hayley, where you from? I'm from Cleveland, Ohio, so let's not too bad. No, A six hour drive is really good. It's good to get trains. It's fine. Were you able to tour campus before you came? Yeah. Twice. White. When? Yeah. Are you happy with your decision? I'm so happy with so little gained. Great. Agreed. Okay. Part of it's probably because she's really was roommates with me. Oh, no. One hundred percent. Yeah. So let's see. Await. Wait. She's logging. My name is Hayley. Hi. Come on in for the room. Toward. So here it is. We have a mirror right here. First of all, I should probably tell you what the school provides for us, So we each get a wardrobe that looks like this. And this is pretty specific to Curtis Hall. Like they're a little different in the other halls. So you get one of these wardrobes. We each get a desk, and I'm a little salty about these desks. Not gonna lie, because the on ly sort of drawer they have is this which is annoying, like there are no shelves. There are no drawers. But this is specifically, like Curtis Hall. Like the other halls have much better discs. And we get a bed that you can change the hide off. And this is about right now. Mine's at the highest. And it's about I don't know, like waist height, Like right of here. Those target George spin underneath it. Yeah, you have. Yeah. So when you have it high, you can fit like I brought these drawers. And the lighting is pretty bad. Let me see if I can. I brought those drawers, and then these drawers are provided, So that's everything they give you, and everything else is up to you on what to bring. So, Haley, what was your most important thing? Like? What's your dorm essential? That speaker. That speaker right there. It's so much fun when we were, like, all hanging out in here and we can just blast our music. Oh, yeah, like you, everyone has their tastes so nice. But not after quiet hours, right? Are quite hours are eleven on week days in one on weekends. Yeah, yeah, my daughter essential personally is this big fan. And even though it's really cold here most of time, the first few weeks were so hot Fester and it was so nice. And sometimes it's nice to just get the air circulating because Curtis doesn't have air conditioning and all dorms on campus don't have air conditioning except gatehouse. So just so you know, Joey and this is the temperature. Yeah, we'll have a thermostat. It's like hot heating. Yeah, Luke, what's your dorm essential for breeze? So that's true for breathe. Sometimes it can get thinking, but it happens. So this is dorm life. This is your life. And Curtis Hall. It's really Curtis had the most people in it, so we have really good common rooms. So we take advantage of those lot because kind of hard to be in this space. But that's about it. And hopefully you have such a good roommate assignment that I got us, so I'll get you guys somewhere else by now. Everyone. I'm currently standing in heels in New York, in downtown New York, to be more specific, and him to New York is a village, so it's very small, but it is very beautiful. If you look behind me, you can see all the pretty buildings and that big clock tower looking one that is the Colgate bookstore and their two rows on each side. It's to be completely honest. I think this town is incredible. I love being down here, but I don't get to just come down here that much. Living up the hill. I kind of have everything I need there, so I'm not really done here all that much. But I know that's not true for supper. Lived out until I know they're done here live and getting food and going shopping and everything, but sometimes come down here on Saturdays for the farmers, which really thing. It's really fun. And people from the village of Hamilton come and sell all this stuff they made, and it's a really cute and really only has about four. Yeah, that it is really small in a lot of places over the summer, our kind of day. So I'll get you some miles. Hey, everybody, Welcome to Colgate. My name's Sophie. And I'm gonna be showing you guys around virtually through my campus, and I am super excited. So I'm a first year here. Colgate and I'm from Noblesville, Indiana, which is just north of Indianapolis, which is about eleven hours away. So I know what it's like to be pretty far from campus. And I wasn't really able to pour cool gate before I came. But luckily I came here and I ended up loving it. And so I can't wait to give you guys. The resource is so you know, if Colgate is the place for you. So at Colgate, I haven't declared a major yet because we don't do that here until the end of your sophomore year. But I am hoping to study political science and or Spanish. I don't know. It's kind of up in the air, but I am super excited. There is everything. And as you can see behind me, this is the chapel and I'm currently sitting in the academic quad and I'll show you guys a little bit. Those air, some academic buildings. And then over here we have some residents halls and then the chapel behind me, which is picture perfect, so I can't wait to get started. So hopefully I'll see you guys around campus. Hey, guys, it's me again. And I'm just Hey, um, of floor of my dorm with Haley and Luke again, I can't escape these guys, But we wanted to talk about culture and traditions. That cold game, so the biggest thing will probably hear about is the number thirteen. And I remember being really confused before I came to campus. Like, what does? Why are we so obsessed with thirteen? And it turns out it's kind of complex. So it's hers out. The school was founded by thirteen men who each gave thirteen dollars in thirteen prayers. And I think that's it. And our addresses. Thirteen Oak Drive. And there are thirteen letters in our motto Day Ock Vera Toddy, which means something about truth but gods. Yeah. So we're pretty obsessed with the number thirteen here. Uh, I think that's about it with it. I don't know. Every Friday, Friday, the thirteenth, you will see alum Colgate wearing there. Oh, yeah. Cold day. Yeah. Every Friday, the thirteenth is Colgate Date. Doesn't matter. The month doesn't matter. It does matter the day. It's got to be Friday, but they all wear their core gate gear all across the country. All across the world is really cool and on campus, I know there's a lot of celebrations. We haven't been here for one yet, but it is the bicentennial this year. So we have been kind of partying and like not so Earth, Wind and fire came to campus, which was pretty fun on the twenty second. I second that it sometimes almost perfect, but more generally with cultural Colgate, I would like the phrase people use to sum it up. Is work hard. Play hard like that is so true. Like one immigrants like Yeah, yeah. One weekend I was in the library for eight hours and like I was still able to, like, go out. You know, God has a friend. I won't get into those details. But there are a lot of for such a small school. I was really surprised at how much you could do, how much night life there is, a lot of it, like centers around Greek life. But there's also a bunch of other places you can go, and a lot of it doesn't involve drinking either, So it's a pretty inclusive campus when it comes to activities you could do at night, which it is pretty nice, because sometimes I don't feel like going out and you know, So what? We saw Rocky horror. Yeah, that was really fun. But likes offer free. They had pizza. So, yeah, the other night they had like a midnight screening of Rocky Horror Picture show, which was really cools for Halloween. So overall culture is, although it's very heavy on academics, there still a lot of emphasis on having fun and building community. So it's a pretty cool place to be. I think so. That's all with culture and traditions. Hopefully, if you guys come next year, you could be a part of making our culture. That was you. But I'll see you guys somewhere else. So right now, I'm actually showing you around campus in middle of summer. It's about mid July S O. It was pretty hot appear. That's absolutely beautiful in upstate New York in the summer time, Uh, there are typically a lot fewer students on campus and the summer times that you'd normally find during the school year right now and a typical summer, we'll actually find about two hundred students will stay on campus to do research either a self initiated project or working with the professor on that professor's research. Um, students could also working on campus offices during the school year. Or if you're an athlete or on an athletic team, a lot of them will come back as well for pre season is summer training, So it is a lot smaller group on campus, and you normally fine during the school year. During the school year, there typically be about three thousand students on campus, but it's a smaller group in the summer, but we all get to know each other really well and have a lot of fun. I spend a lot of time outdoors enjoying the beautiful surroundings on the beautiful upstate New York weather and just having a lot of fun. So if you come to Colgate out absolute, recommend spending at least one of your summers working on campus somehow because it's a really unique, We're watching. Hey, guys, it is me, Haley, and look again. And we are sitting in first floor Curtis Common room. I'll show you it's just this nice open area. Sometimes we have like bagel brunch is on there and up there, there's kind of like a balcony that's second for common room. So each floor has a cool common room like this, and that's the door to leave. But Way wanted to talk about that sentence. So F. Sem means first year seminar and basically it's like a normal class, except it's a except it's like close. They're people going out, but it's it's closer, and it's kind of like a support system. And one of the important thing about it is your professor of your SM is your academic advisor. Until you declare your major at the end of your sophomore year, it's like ill. He or she will help you schedule on everything. My academic advisor is great. I love him. He's super helpful. He's super invested in our success. So if I'm not mistaken, Haley and Luke actually met. And then we bonded because we're Ruiz and she introduced me to live. So it's there. Somebody different communities like make for you, OK? And you just get connected with so many people. But yeah, that's the main thing with the F ence. Really a normal class. But it's just more conscious that you are new to college. So they, like, make sure they help. And, yeah, other than that, it's just a normal class. So that's it with Epsom and I'll catch you guys somewhere else talking about something else, so I'll Hey, guys, it's me again and I am all alone in this Curtis isolation room. It's really just a study room, but this is kind of the room we use me and my friends. If we ever need to study or if we ever need a good cry and we talk to our parents about something, we come here because, no, it'll bother you in here. So I decided to make my fake video in here. So I have a list of some questions that are that I had definitely when I was coming into Colgate. And that, I think, are some pretty common questions about Colgate overall that you can't really find on the Web site. So the first, the biggest one for me, was Don't call, get students feel isolated. So this is a really rural campus, and we're pretty far from things. And I thought I would want an urban campus, so there's always something going on. I could always be a concert that was really nervous about feeling stranded and isolated in the middle of Tornado Valley in central New York. But the truth is, I don't feel isolated at all like I have found with my time at Colgate, we have a supermarket, We have a pharmacy, we have different places to eat. And honestly, I stay on the hill a lot of the times, and this is where all my friends are in. A couple of my friends have cars, so if we ever want to go off campus, we can just happen one of their cars and go. So it's really not too bad when it comes to the isolation. Unlikely what I was afraid of. Another big question people have is, Isn't everyone Colgate, white and rich. There is the stereotype that all poisons are very rich and very white, and I'm going to be pretty honest. There is some truth in a stereotype, but there's also a very strong sense of diversity on campus, and we do have a lot of representation from other groups, and we have a big support system for those other groups. We have a cultural center. We also have a Jewish center, and we have all sorts of just different communities on campus, different clubs, different ways to get connected in ways to promote diversity. So really, it's even if the demographics do say is mostly white rich. The experience on campus is very different than what the demographics might tell you. Another thing really kind of a weird question I get is Koki and Ivy League School. I got the question of I and no. First of all, it's not an Ivy League school, because Ivy League is like what kind of like a conference that those typical Ivy League schools are in, like Harvard, Yale, Columbia. Meanwhile, I would argue Colgate competes with them when it comes to prestige. We are officially in that category, and our acceptance rate is a lot higher, but a lot of them misty, too much less people. Why? Because it's not quite a well known. So technically, no, we're not in Ivy League. But I would argue that we do have the same prestige as he looks for. Another big question is, do you get to pick your roommates freshman year? You do not get to pick your roommates three years after that. Yes, you can so like is randomly assigned a freshman year. And I looked out getting Haley. She's super nice. I've loved her so much, and I've heard a couple a variation of stories about roommate, so we really depends. And another big question is class size. Typical class size is about eighteen. You won't have any classes with more than thirty people in, mostly unless if you're in a big intro class. But it's nothing like lecture halls of big universities. And then the other big question I think students have, or what sort of re sources are there on campus for support. And we have a really strong counseling center that always has someone available has an emergency line, and all sorts of resource is to help students out with anything. We also have a haven center, which is actually located in the bottom of Curtis and that is to support sexual assault victims. We have a lot of support system there. Can we also have Office of the chaplain? So we have that big chapel that brings the big pretty chapel off campus. But there's a whole office behind that. There's a whole group of religious leaders from all sorts of religions and all sorts of different denominations to support students like spiritually. And we also this isn't related to well being, but we do have a really strong career services program and career services like office, and they're super willing to help. They have so many connections of Colgate, only nine or so willing to get us out in the world. So that's another really cool resource that we have campus. So overall, if you have many other f ake us, there are a lot of block posts and everything and that you could probably find it there or you can find it on the website. So I hope this was helpful to you. And I will see you guys later, hopefully in a more exciting spot in the isolation room in part is Everybody. I'm here, Frank Dining Hall, which is the main dining hall on campus. And I could see there a bunch of flags on feeling in those lines represent all the nationalities of all the cold pizza, which is pretty cool. And this is what makes this so you can eat to my right. There's all the eating area. And then to the left, there's all the seating. And so, yeah, I'm gonna go get breakfast in the second, so I just got something eat. This is my friend, Dean. We're having breakfast between classes and Dean. How do you like the food here? The food is aggressively mediocre. To say that's a really good way to go like it's OK, But eggs, it's never really great, isn't it? Yeah. You know, they have really nice Sunday brunches. It's true, which is nice, and they have good ice cream, which could be dangerous. But you're from pretty far away, right? Yeah, from from Egypt. So there's a little a little bit of distance between here, but you were able to tour here before you. Yeah. So I I play on the team. Go. Yeah. And I came for my visit. You see the flag different flag up on top of the top frank ceiling. And so I was pretty pretty happy about that. The the flying for every nationality. So it's pretty cool walking soon. Diversity student body. Thanks, Dean. And so overall, I think foods Not bad. Especially here, Frank. And it's nice. That is twenty four hours. Yes. Clutch. Yeah, fine. So that's all for Frank, So