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Deadlines

Early Decision I: November 15
Early Decision II: January 15 (Regular Decision applicants may change their application to ED II by submitting the Early Decision Agreement Form no later than March 1)
Regular Decision: January 15
Colgate Memorial Chapel

Required Materials From All Applicants

Application
We accept the Common Application or Universal College Application, which include the following items:
  • Personal statement
  • Colgate University writing supplement: "In 150-200 words, please tell us what inspired you to apply for admission to Colgate University."
Colgate University supplement
Applicable for both the Common Application or Universal College Application
  • Colgate University writing supplement: "In 150-200 words, please tell us what inspired you to apply for admission to Colgate University."
Official standardized testing scores: SAT Reasoning Test or ACT Assessment
  • Students must have testing results submitted directly to Colgate from the testing agency. Alternatively, testing results reported on an official transcript will be accepted.
  • All testing must be completed by November for Early Decision I applicants and all testing must be completed by December for Early Decision II and Regular Decision applicants.
  • SAT or ACT writing sections are not evaluated.
  • SAT Subject Tests are not required.
Application fee ($60)
  • The application fee is waived for international applicants (students without U.S. citizenship; fee waiver does not apply to U.S. dual citizens or permanent residents).
  • Additionally, Colgate accepts official fee waivers from the College Board, the National Association for College Admission Counseling, and Expanding College Opportunities.

Required Materials from Guidance Counselor or School Official

School report
The school report details academic information pertinent to a student's individual course selection and academic record in the context of the student's high school.
Guidance counselor recommendation
The guidance counselor recommendation should detail academic and personal preparedness for post-secondary education.
Two academic teacher recommendations
Recommendations should be from core academic teachers who worked with a student in 10th, 11th, or 12th grade.
Official high school transcript
An official high school transcript will display courses and grades for 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grades.
Official standardized testing scores: SAT Reasoning Test or ACT Assessment
  • Students must have testing results submitted directly to Colgate from the testing agency. Alternatively, testing results reported on an official transcript will be accepted.
  • All testing must be completed by November for Early Decision I applicants and all testing must be completed by December for Early Decision II and Regular Decision applicants.
  • SAT or ACT writing sections are not evaluated.
  • SAT Subject Tests are not required.
High school senior grades, including at least first quarter or first trimester senior grades
  • ED I applicants: due December 1
  • ED II and Regular Decision applicants: due February 15

Early Decision

Colgate offers Early Decision I and II for candidates who have identified Colgate as their first choice. Both options are binding, which means the student agrees to withdraw all other applications and attend Colgate if admitted.

The Early Decision Agreement form is required and should be submitted with the signatures of the student, a parent/guardian, and a guidance counselor.

International Students

International students are defined as students without U.S. citizenship. This definition does not include U.S. dual citizens or permanent residents.

Please note that all documents must be in English or certified translations of official documents are required.

TOEFL or IELTS scores are required for students who do not study at a secondary school where English is the primary language of instruction. These scores must be sent from an official testing agency.

Applying for Financial Aid

If applying for financial aid, applicants must submit the CSS / Financial Aid PROFILE online by November 15 for Early Decision I or January 15 for Early Decision II and Regular Decision.

Students with questions or concerns about filing the PROFILE should contact the Office of Financial Aid at finaid@colgate.edu or 315-228-7431.

If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Admission at admission@colgate.edu or 315-228-7401.