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Complete Your Transfer Application

To complete your application, ensure that you have submitted all required materials listed below.

Application Process

To make the application process as easy as possible, we have outlined four steps for you to consider and follow:
  1. Determining your category at Colgate
  2. Academic information and credit transfers
  3. Explore the financial numbers
  4. Complete your transfer application

Application Deadlines

Transfer enrollment is open twice per calendar year. The following dates apply to transfer, readmission, visiting, and special exemption students.

All materials must be submitted online, e-mailed (admission@colgate.edu), or postmarked by the following dates:
  • Fall semester – March 15
  • Spring semester – November 1

Application Requirements

Students working together on an assignment in the Ho Science Center
Transfer applicants
  • Complete the Common Application or the Universal College Application.
  • $60 application fee or fee waiver. Fee is required for domestic students. The application fee is waived for non-U.S. citizens.
  • Official high school transcript(s). Must be sent by the student’s high school and must include date of graduation.
  • Official college transcript(s). Must be sent by the institution(s) attended.
  • College Official’s Report.
  • Mid-Term Report.
  • Faculty recommendation.
  • Essay on application.
  • Test scores from SAT or ACT. Must be submitted by the agency. Writing sections are not evaluated.
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Only required for international applicants.
Visiting students
  • Application form.
  • $60 application fee or fee waiver. Fee is required for domestic students. The application fee is waived for non-U.S. citizens.
  • Official high school transcript(s). Must be sent by the student’s high school and must include date of graduation.
  • Official college transcript(s). Must be sent by the institution(s) attended.
  • Faculty recommendation.
  • Test scores from SAT or ACT. Must be submitted by the agency. Writing sections are not evaluated.
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Only required for international applicants.
Special exemption students
  • Application form.
  • $60 application fee or fee waiver. Fee is required for domestic students. The application fee is waived for non-U.S. citizens.
  • Official high school transcript(s). Must be sent by the student’s high school and must include date of graduation.
  • Official college transcript(s). Must be sent by the institution(s) attended.
  • Test scores from SAT or ACT. Must be submitted by the agency. Writing sections are not evaluated.
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Only required for international applicants.
Readmission
  • Readmission form.
  • College Official’s Report. From Common Application or Universal College Application.
  • Faculty recommendation. From Common Application or Universal College Application.
  • College transcript(s). From institutions attended since withdrawal from Colgate.
  • Mid-Year Report. From faculty teaching current classes.
  • Other information may be required based on a review of the student’s record. The Colgate Office of Admission will work with the Dean of the College division to determine if additional documentation is required.
  • Letter from student to Office of Admission indicating student wishes to apply for financial aid.

Financial Aid

All aid applicants must file the CSS PROFILE. For full details about financial aid for transfer students: FINANCIAL AID OFFICE

Supplementary Materials

Art and music
In the arts, submitting material for review does not require a commitment to major in the field. In order to be considered as part of the application, materials must be submitted by the appropriate application deadline.

Art submissions must be uploaded through the Slideroom portal.

Music performance submissions should be mailed to:

Department of Music
c/o Amanda Smith
Colgate University
Hamilton, NY 13346
(315) 228-6688
Athletics
To document athletic achievement, please follow the guidelines in the application and send tapes and talent resumes directly to a coach.

c/o (Coach for your sport)
Department of Athletics
Colgate University
Hamilton, NY 13346

ATHLETICS DIRECTORY
Interviews
Interviews are not required, and are non-evaluative. We do, however, strongly encourage you to visit campus to meet students and faculty, appreciate the scope of our facilities and the beauty of the campus, and perhaps ask questions of an admission representative. You may do so in an individual meeting, or in a group information session. Both formats enable students to learn more about Colgate without the pressure of an evaluation. Think of it as your time to "interview Colgate." It is the time spent on campus, however, that will be especially helpful in getting a full sense of the Colgate experience.

Why doesn't Colgate require or evaluate interviews? The college is interested in emphasizing all that a student has accomplished throughout high school, both in and out of class, and not a 45-minute conversation that may just skim the surface of the story he or she has to tell. Some students interview well, and some do not. Colgate prefers to base its decisions on a record established over time, the input of teachers and counselors who know the student, and the student's own voice as portrayed in the essay and throughout the application.

An interview remains a terrific opportunity to get to know Colgate, and admission staff welcome the opportunity to speak with prospective students. Most of all, however, the college encourages students to visit. It makes a tremendous difference in understanding all that Colgate has to offer.
Other materials
We often receive other samples of students' achievements in fields such as journalism, student government, community service, etc. Such information is most helpful when it is a concisely presented sample of your best work or accomplishment. Such supplements should complement, but not replace, the effort to complete the application questions with regard to activities and involvement.