Preparing for arrival, helpful tips, events and programs, and more
Parents and Family Newsletter
Students in West Hall.

We look forward to welcoming our students back to campus!

If you have any questions, please refer to the Parent & Family Resource Guide. If you don’t find what you are looking for there, feel free to contact us at


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Campus Updates

Colgate Guardian app

Colgate’s safety network now includes the Colgate Guardian app, a cell phone app where students can communicate with campus safety and access emergency resources.


Dining Services News

For juniors and seniors, Dining Services is offering, for a limited time, membership bonuses for the new purchase of a 2022–23 dining membership:

  • With purchase of the Premier Plan: $100 in Bonus Dollars that can be used at any dining locations on campus, including sushi and grab-and-go.
  • With purchase of a Maroon Plan (8-meal plan): a ’Gate Plan (10-meal plan).
  • With purchase of the Raider Plan (70 block): an additional 10 meal swipes.

Juniors and seniors living in traditional residences are required to purchase the Premier Plan. Those living in suites and apartments, or off campus, may opt to purchase a meal plan. 

The deadline to opt in to a meal plan for a membership bonus is on or before Thursday, August 25. The bonus is automatically applied with purchase of the relevant plan. 

Note: These are one-time promotions. 

Membership plans can be purchased through the Dine on Campus website. Payment will be assessed to the Colgate student account and due per the Office of Student Accounts’ billing processes.


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Be sure to follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date with all things Colgate.

Thank you for your support!



Maroon News

Ethan Cherry ’23 and Josie Rozzelle ’23
Editors-in-Chief 2022–2023

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Important To-Dos and Dates

August 1, 2022

August 23, 2022

  • Residence halls open to returning students

August 25, 2022

  • First day of classes
  • Dining services membership bonus deadline

2022–23 Academic Calendar

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Students in West Hall.

Family Weekend 2022, October 21–23

Save the Date! We look forward to welcoming families to campus October 21–23, 2022, for Family Weekend. Details will be released early in the fall semester.  Until then, you can research lodging options on the Hotels & Accommodations page.


Living Writers

Parents and family members are welcome to take part in Colgate’s Living Writers community reading series: talking about remarkable books, then meeting the authors when they come to campus — join in person or online! This year’s books include works by Colgate faculty members (Kyle Bass’s Possessing Harriet and CJ Hauser’s The Crane Wife, which Time calls one of the hottest releases of summer) as well as your student’s summer reading assignment, Imbolo Mbue’s How Beautiful We Were.


The Mbue book is also the Community Summer Read, a daily Twitter read (10-20 pages per day) that started on Thursday, July 21. On Monday, Aug. 8, join in for a faculty-led Zoom book discussion from 7-8 p.m.

These programs are free and open to all.


Your Input

Returning Parent Wisdom Survey

Think back to your student’s first days at Colgate. What was your number 1 concern for your student as they started college? What do you wish you had known then? Your insight will help us communicate better with incoming families.


Parent & Family Resources

Students in West Hall.

Summer Prep for Fall Semester

The summer before year two, three, or four of college is less stressful than the first year, but there are still things to do to prepare for the return to campus. Vicki Nelson’s Collegiate Parent article “Summer Prep for Fall Semester” shares 10 summer action items and game-changing conversations for family members to have with their returning students.


Books for Families With College Students

This list of books was recommended by the parent program professionals of AHEPPP: Family Engagement in Higher Education; while some are geared towards incoming families, several cover important topics through the college experience.


Glossary of Colgate Terms

Confused about co-curricular? Flummoxed by Flex Dollars? Our Glossary of Colgate Terms is here to help.


How to reach us
Rebecca Downing
Senior Director, Communications and Parent Initiatives

Parent and family resources

For urgent concerns
→ Concern about a student’s well-being
→ Campus safety Emergency: 1-315-228-7333

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