Colgate University Rugby

Colgate University presents a rare opportunity to combine a world-class college education with elite, highly competitive rugby. CURFC is interested in academically qualified students who also want to help build a nationally recognized rugby program.  CURFC and Colgate Athletics are committed to the development of our players athletically, academically, as citizens, and as alumni who give back. Interested Students, Parents, Coaches, or anyone else, download our brochure and contact us today!

Colgate and Academics

Colgate is a highly selective liberal arts college with challenging academics and a particular strength in sciences.  We offer a rare combination of an elite academic experience in a beautiful small Central NY town, and a growing and thriving rugby club.
Colgate's mission is to provide a demanding, expansive educational experience to a select group of diverse, talented, and intellectually sophisticated students who are capable of challenging themselves, their peers, and their teachers in a setting that brings together living and learning.
- Ranked by NY Times as the top value-add of any college in the U.S. (see article HERE).
- Brookings ranked Colgate 2nd in college outcomes and value (see article HERE). ranks Colgate 4th for highest mid-career salary (see article HERE).
- #8 for most financial aid (see article HERE).
- One of 62 schools that met 100% of demonstrated need (see article HERE).
- #19 National Liberal Arts Colleges by US News World Report (see article HERE).
- Frequently ranked atop lists for a variety of factors including most beautiful campus.
- Strong tradition of preparing students for attending top-tier graduate schools in Law, Business, Medicine (65-80% placement rates), and other areas.
- Actively involved alumni organization and career counselling department to help underclassmen build networks through Colgate’s alumni group and the rugby community.
- Colgate is committed to meeting 100 percent of the demonstrated need of accepted students.
To help you learn more about Colgate, please visit the Admissions site by clicking HERE.


Admissions and Student Demographics

Students: 2,918 students | 242 international  |  29% multicultural  |  7% international

Full-time faculty: 294 faculty  |  99% have a PhD, or highest degree in their field

Majors and Minors: 54 Majors and 63 Minors in Arts, Humanities, Sciences, etc.

Admissions Deadlines: November 15: ED1 Deadline  |  January 15: ED2 and RD Deadline

Financial aid**: Tuition: $49,650  |  Average award: $42,575  |  Demonstrated need met: 100%
** Colgate students may participate in Army ROTC through Syracuse University

Class of 2019 Profile

Applicants: 8,722 (113 countries)  |  Accepted: 26%  |  Public/Private School: 54% / 46%

SAT middle 50%: 660-750 reading; 660-750 math  |  ACT middle 50%:  31-34  |  Avg. GPA: 3.8


Rugby and Athletics

-  Colgate University has a long rugby tradition, dating back to 1966, and the school competes in NCAA Division 1.

-  Our program has a dedicated full-time rugby pitch (Academy Field) prominently placed on Oak Drive, and access to Colgate’s athletics and fitness facilities, plus dedicated professional coaching.

-  We are supported by the Colgate Rugby Alliance (an official booster organization) and several endowments, and the club is well-regarded by the university and enjoys a large fan following – we are the biggest club sport on campus.

-  We compete in Fifteens in Fall, Sevens in Spring, with several sides on each of the men's and women's programs to ensure all players get game time.

-  Our men compete in the D1 Empire Conference (ACRC) and our women compete in the NSCRO, placing 2nd in the nation in 2015.

-  In Spring 2015, our 2nd season in D1AA, our men's 7s program was ranked #14 at the end of the season by ACRC. 

-  Our men's schedule includes a fall pre-season rivalry game against Cornell, challenge 15s matches in spring, playing 7s at the Las Vegas Invitational, and international tours.

-  We have a year-round strength and conditioning program developed by an athletic performance professional, Matt Green '01, through his company Scenic City Strength & Fitness, administered through a dedicated web portal.


Academy Field, Colgate's Iconic Rugby Pitch

Academy Field has been the home of Colgate Men’s and Women’s Rugby since 1970 – a full-size pitch dedicated solely to rugby, situated along iconic Oak Drive near the main entrance to campus.  In recent years, improvements made include permanent goalposts and a scoreboard.  Parents, fans, and friends gather in crowds along the sidelines to watch our teams compete.


Religious Life

-  Colgate has no religious affiliation or mandatory curriculum. However, the college is home to religious communities representing a number of Christian, Catholic, Jewish, and other faiths.

- Hamilton, NY is home to an LDS Branch, associated with the Stake in Utica (30 mins). The Palmyra temple is 2hrs away.


Study Abroad

Colgate is thoroughly committed to being part of the international educational community, both through offering ample study abroad opportunities (for more information click HERE) and attracting a deeply diverse international student contingent.  International students can visit the Office of International Student Services HERE, and should fill out the recruiting form below.

Regional Contacts

Colgate Rugby's men's and women's coaches are happy to talk about our academics, student life, and rugby program with any prospective player, coach, or parent/guardian.  

We also have several alumni serving as regional representatives who would be happy to meet with players or teams in person to answer questions.  

  •  D.C./Baltimore/Virginia/Maryland - Tyler Swiggett '13 and Graham Rieser '13
  •  NY Metro - Matt Ford '13
  •  Seattle/Portland/B.C. - Matthew Hansen '02
  •  Los Angeles - Carl Eckert '14
  •  San Francisco Bay Area - Raman Malik '14
  •  Chicago/Midwest - Justin Sokolowski '03

If you'd like to be contacted, please fill out our form below.



Contact Us

 We encourage all players who are interested in attending Colgate, whether you’ve been admitted, are a senior looking to apply, or are an underclassman learning more about colleges, to contact Colgate Rugby using the form below.