While most students apply for admission with the intention of entering college the fall after graduation, some accepted students may wish to postpone entrance to Colgate for a year.

Accepted first-year students who do not matriculate at another institution may request to postpone their enrollment for one year by doing the following: 

  • Students must pay a non-refundable $500 deposit and 
  • Submit a signed enrollment certificate by the deposit deadline in their acceptance packet. 
  • A request to postpone enrollment should be made in writing to the Office of Admission by June 1 of the year admission was offered. 

Upon approval to postpone enrollment, an additional $500 deposit and a signed deferred enrollment contract are required within ten days to hold the student’s place in the class. 

Students applying for financial aid must file the Financial Aid PROFILE with the College Scholarship Service (CSS) and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) with the federal processor by January 15 of the year of intended fall enrollment. Candidates may expect notification of financial aid awards by early April of the spring before entrance.