Students can apply to Colgate in a variety of ways. In addition to the traditional regular decision option, we offer Early Decision I and II, both of which are binding agreements. This means that if a student is admitted to the university, the student must enroll and withdraw all applications to other institutions. We do give slight preference to Early Decision applicants, however applying through the Early Decision process will not make an inadmissible student admissible.
It is also important to note that Early Decision is a viable option for students applying for financial aid. An admitted student who applies for aid will receive the same financial aid package regardless of whether they apply Early Decision or regular decision.
Early Decision I
Applications must be submitted by November 15.
Decisions are mailed mid-December.
Early Decision II
Applications must be submitted by January 15.
Decisions are made within four weeks of completion of the application.
Regular decision candidates may convert to ED II by submitting an Early Decision Agreement prior to March 1.
Application must be submitted by January 15.
Decisions are mailed by late March.
Fee waiver policy
The application fee is waived for non-U.S. citizens; these students may select "other fee waiver request" when submitting the Common Application. Additionally, Colgate accepts official fee waivers from the College Board, the National Association for College Admission Counseling, and Expanding College Opportunities.
How to send application materials
Students must submit all application materials online through the Common Application or Coalition Application.
Common Application and Coalition Application Materials, including the transcript, school report, guidance counselor recommendation, and teacher recommendations can be sent online through the Common Application or Coalition Application, or via postal mail.
Official Standardized Testing must be on an official high school transcript sent from a guidance counselor or sent directly from a testing agency.
Mid-Year Grades (including first quarter grades in the Early Decision process) can be submitted online through the Common Application, via e-mail, faxed (315-228-7544), or taken over the phone.
Colgate superscores the ACT and the SAT, meaning we combine a student’s best subscores, even if they are from different test dates. We evaluate each application using the highest combination of the ACT or SAT.
Colgate does not require SAT subject tests, nor do we require the ACT writing section. We do not consider the SAT writing section in our evaluation.
Many students ask us for advice about what courses they should be taking throughout their high school career. While we would never advise a student to take one class over another, we do have some suggestions of what the typical coursework of a successful candidate may look like.
English = 4 years
Mathematics = 4 years
Natural & physical sciences = at least 3 years of lab sciences
Social sciences = at least 3 years
Foreign language = at least 3 years
While each student’s record is evaluated individually, the strongest applicants will have completed five major academic courses per year whenever possible. The senior year program is most important as it is the final preparation for college-level work.