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13 Frequently Asked Questions

We receive many questions from international students interested in applying to Colgate. Here are 13 of the most common questions and our answers to help you in your college search!
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1) Can I send January test results?
All admission materials are due by our application submission deadline of January 15, 2013. There is no guarantee we will be able to consider January test results in the admission process. You are welcome to note in your application that you will be taking January testing, and have the scores rushed to our office once they are available.
2) My TOEFL iBT is below 100. Can I still apply?
Students are welcome to apply to Colgate regardless of standardized test results and we have no minimum score requirements. We do not, however, offer any English as a Second Language courses on campus, and our most successful applicants generally score above 100 on the TOEFL iBT.
3) Can you waive the TOEFL based on SAT scores?
We do not waive the TOEFL requirement based on SAT reasoning test results.
4) Can you waive the TOEFL if I study at an English-speaking secondary school?
We can waive the TOEFL if you study at a secondary school where English is the primary language of instruction. Please note the request for a TOEFL waiver on the application, or e-mail your request to
5) How many SAT subject tests do you require?
Results from the SAT Subject Tests are not required for the application. If you choose to submit them we will consider them as supplementary information.
6) Is Colgate a dental school?
Colgate is not a school of dentistry. Members of the Colgate family were long-time benefactors of the original educational institution, Madison University, renamed Colgate University in 1890 to honor that relationship. Learn more about Colgate's rich history and traditions.
7) My family cannot contribute much toward my college education. Will that affect my application?
While the financial aid process is competitive because of a limited budget, the actual amount of an international financial aid applicant's contribution does not affect our admission decision. READ MORE.
8) Do I need to send the International Certification of Finances with my application?
The International Certification of Finances is not required at the time of application. If you will be applying for financial aid, please see this page for the requirements.
9) What is a transcript?
A transcript is a record of courses taken and grades received. A transcript includes internal grades granted by a student's secondary school, and may also include national exam results depending on the country. Colgate requires a complete secondary school transcript, which in many countries includes the last four years of secondary school, or the equivalent of U.S. grades 9-12.
10) Can I e-mail my transcript?
We cannot accept a transcript via e-mail. We can accept a transcript sent by your secondary school in the mail, or a transcript sent by your guidance counselor online through the Common Application website.
11) Do I need to send official copies of certificates and awards?
Please do not send copies of each certificate and award received. You can summarize your accomplishments in the appropriate sections of the Common Application or send an additional resume if you wish.
12) If I have already graduated, do I need to send the mid-year grade report form?
The mid-year report is for students who are currently in their final year of secondary school. Students who have already graduated can simply send the secondary school report form with their final transcript.
13) Do you have a maximum number of students you accept from a single country?
We do not place limits or have quotas on the number of students we accept from a single country or secondary school. Our admission decisions are based on the overall quality of the applicant pool and we admit the most competitive applicants regardless of their citizenship or school.