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International Students

Prepared by interdisciplinary studies focused around universally marketable skills, Colgate students take impressive strides after their four years. The Brookings Institution ranks Colgate #2 among four-year schools for “value-added” with respect to mid-career earnings.
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We strive for a diverse community with outlets that are representative of not only our nation, but of the world. Colgate is an environment where students can appreciate and explore their own cultures as well as those of the people around them.

Applying to Colgate

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.

Optional InitialView Interview
    Colgate offers a dynamic learning environment which requires strong communication and writing skills. For those students for whom English is not their first language, we offer another way to demonstrate English language proficiency: Students may participate in an interview/writing sample conducted by InitialView. InitialView will provide a recording of the interview and a copy of the writing sample to us for our review.

    InitialView does not rate or grade the interview/writing sample. Evaluation is done by our admission office. Please arrange to have your interview/writing sample completed as early as possible. The deadline for completing the interview is January 15. Please note that this is only a recommended option; it is not a required part of your application.

    An InitialView interview does not replace the English proficiency examination (TOEFL or IELTS) requirement.


  • 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 no later than March 1
  • Regular Decision: January 15

Application Checklist

All required materials for first-year applicants are detailed on this application checklist.

Financial Aid

Colgate meets 100 percent of demonstrated financial need for all admitted students.

Post-graduation Success

Through the Colgate alumni network and the Center for Career Services, students are supported in pursuing their post graduation plans. Six months after graduation, 96.8 percent of the Class of 2014 was enrolled in a graduate program, employed, or in an internship or fellowship.

Top Graduate Schools

Our alumni are accepted into these prestigious institutions:
  • Boston University
  • Columbia University
  • Cornell University
  • George Washington University
  • Harvard University
  • New York University
  • Northwestern University
  • Syracuse University
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Rochester

Top Career Fields

Recent graduates choose these fields most often:
  • Financial Services
  • Communications/Media
  • Consulting
  • Education
  • Technology/Computing
  • Health/Medicine
  • Business/Management
  • Social Change
  • Sales/Marketing
  • Law/Legal Services

Success stories

Florence Wang
Florence Wang '13
At Colgate, Florence was the president of the Chinese Interest association, a member of the equestrian team, a residential life adviser, admission fellow, and a member of the Delta Delta Delta sorority.

Home country: China
Majors: Mathematical economics, Psychology
After graduation: Analyst at Deloitte, New York City
Tinofara Majoni
Tinofara Majoni '13
While a student, Tinofara traveled with the Colgate Debate Society to Washington, D.C., to participate in a National Model U.N. conference. Out of all the participants, he was elected to lead as secretary general.

Home country: Zimbabwe
Majors: Economics
After graduation: Analyst at Prudential Insurance, New York City

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