With the world adapting to the challenges presented by COVID-19, the Office of Admission felt it was important to share details with you and your family about the ways in which Colgate is keeping its community safe, strong, and focused on its mission.

Our staff members are committed to providing you and your family with the most comprehensive look into life at Colgate. We invite you to take advantage of our virtual tour and virtual information sessions, explore our academic offerings, and most importantly, connect with your regional Admission Officer, who can answer questions you have about the Colgate experience and connect you with other campus resources.

For Admitted Students

Your offer of admission at Colgate will not be impacted by circumstances beyond your control. We know that the world is a very different place than it was when you applied to Colgate, or even just a few weeks ago. Yet, our commitment to you and the belief that you will make tremendous contributions to our campus has not changed.

We want you at Colgate.

We will work with you and your family to make that happen. Should you have specific questions or concerns about enrolling you would like to discuss, please contact your regional admission officer.

Your senior year undoubtedly looks very different than we all hoped it would. Your school has had to make incredibly difficult decisions on very short notice with regard to schedule, remote learning, pass/fail grading, and more. We understand, and most importantly, trust that your school has taken the course of action best suited to support its students.

We are committed to being flexible and understanding of these changes. 

Your ability to enroll at Colgate will not be affected by school-wide changes beyond your control.

Just as we remain committed to your offer of admission, Colgate will not reduce your offer of financial aid. Should your family’s financial circumstances be impacted by COVID-19, our financial aid staff will work with you on an individual basis through our already established financial aid appeals process to explore every option in planning the financing of your Colgate education. 

Additionally, should the $500 enrollment deposit present a hardship, please contact your regional admission officer, who can work with you to offer a significant reduction of our deposit.

Colgate will continue to offer transfer and pre-matriculation (includes AP/IB/A-level) credits consistent with the practices of previous years. Department chairs may request equivalence modifications and award general institutional credit in some cases. The decision to pursue testing remains the individual choice of each student.

For Prospective Applicants

We know that your school coursework is undergoing significant disruption, and that your school has had to make incredibly difficult decisions on very short notice with regard to schedule, remote learning, pass/fail grading, and more. We understand, and most importantly, trust that your school has taken the course of action best suited to support its students. Colgate has long committed to a holistic review of all applicants, and we consider each applicant within the context of their own educational environment.

While we encourage you to continue to pursue a rigorous schedule and remain focused on your academic preparation, your application will not be negatively impacted by school-wide changes beyond your control.

Please feel free to contact your regional admission officer should you have specific questions you would like to discuss.

Due to the disruption of teaching and standardized testing worldwide caused by COVID-19, Colgate has adopted a test-optional policy for all fall 2021 applicants. Transfer admission also remains test-optional.

Students who, at their own discretion, wish to submit SAT or ACT scores are welcome to do so, and these scores will be considered as part of the holistic review of the applicant.

Students who do not submit SAT or ACT scores will not be negatively impacted.

SAT subject tests are not considered as part of the application process at Colgate.

Colgate will continue to offer transfer and pre-matriculation (includes AP/IB/A-level) credits consistent with the practices of previous years. Department chairs may request equivalence modifications and award general institutional credit in some cases.The decision to pursue testing remains the individual choice of each student. We encourage all prospective applicants to pursue a course of rigorous academic preparation.

Colgate continues its longstanding commitment to make a Colgate education accessible to all admitted students, regardless of their financial means:

  • Financial aid awards meet 100% of the demonstrated financial need of admitted students.
  • Colgate’s no-loan policy removes student debt from financial aid offers for students with family incomes up to $125,000.
  • The University will continue to waive application fees for qualified students for whom such fees present a significant financial burden.

Though our on-campus visit programming is temporarily suspended, we encourage you to participate in the many virtual visit options we offer. Consider:


Colgate does not consider demonstrated interest in our review process. Your application will not be negatively impacted by your inability to visit campus.