a current student here
On the surface, Colgate is really expensive. If you can't afford the sticker price, they will do their best to make it affordable. The Colgate experience gets you a lot - a great alumni network, great professors, great classes, great extracurricular options, interesting lectures from world leaders, and so on - and a Colgate degree is, so I've heard, considered to have high value in the job market. While I have yet to test this theory myself, any of the alumni I've ever talked to are adamant that a Colgate degree is one of the best you can have for any field you are trying to break into.