International Applicants

At Colgate, students can appreciate and explore their own cultures as well as those of the people around them.

It is free for international applicants to apply to Colgate, and Colgate meets 100% of every international student's demonstrated financial need.

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How to Apply

All required materials for first-year applicants are detailed on this application checklist. International students are defined as students without U.S. citizenship. This definition does not include U.S. dual citizens, permanent residents, or U.S. citizens living abroad.

Language Proficiency

TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo English Test (DET) scores are required for non-native English speaking students who do not study at a secondary school where English is the primary language of instruction. These scores must be sent from the official testing agency.

In addition, our most successful applicants from China submit interviews via the online platform InitialView. Please ensure your submission is sent prior to the January 15 deadline, or prior to November 15 for Early Decision.

Financial Aid

Colgate meets 100 percent of demonstrated financial need for all admitted students. Learn more about financial aid.

Virtual Interviews

If you are unable to come to campus or to interview with a local alumni volunteer, please consider signing up for a virtual informational interview. This is not a formal assessment that affects the outcome of an application to Colgate; we want to hear about your interests, goals, and answer your questions about academics and student life. 

Please note that completion of a virtual interview will not replace the TOEFL, IELTS, or DET score requirement for non-native English speaking students or the InitialView or Vericant interview submission recommendation for applicants from China.

Interested in learning more?

Rupika Chakraverti and Sasha Mikus are current seniors at Colgate who are great resources for you. If they don’t know the answer to your question about a specific club, class, and more — they will put you in contact with a friend who does!

Portrait of Rupika Chakraverti '20

Rupika Chakraverti ’20

Hometown: Kolkata, India
High school: La Martiniere for Girls
Major: Computer science
Minors: Economics; Theater
Colgate involvement: Bollywood dance group; Budget Allocation Committee; Community Leader; Student Conduct Board; This is Not a Play About Sex; Speaking consultant, Writing and Speaking Center Off-campus study: Budapest, Hungary; Colgate Hong Kong Extended Study

Portrait of Sasha Mikus '20

Sasha Mikus ’20

Hometown: Moscow, Russia
High school: Aiglon College
Majors: Environmental geography; neuroscience
Colgate involvement: Colgate International Community; Community Leader; Club leader, EngAGE; Research Assistant, Geology Department Off-campus study: Colgate Florida Keys Extended Study; Colgate Siberia Extended Study

Upcoming Webinars

Wednesday, July 29
8:00 a.m. ET

Join a special information session where Alex Tran ’22 and Yang Yang ’23 will speak about their experience as international students at Colgate University. Your questions are welcome and encouraged.


International Student Q&A

Dipesh Khati '22 and Kwabena Owusu Ansah ’23 sat down with Colgate's international coordinator Corianne Deatly '12 to speak about Colgate during this winter break.
Minjoo Kim '20, Rupika Chakraverti '20, and Sasha Mikus '20 sat down to reflect on their experience at Colgate and answered questions from prospective international applicants.

Application Questions

When you are filling out your application, you will check that you are an international student. From there, Colgate will automatically waive your fee when you submit your application.

No, Colgate does not have limits or quotas on the number of students that we accept from a single country or secondary school. Every year our admission decisions are based on a holistic assessment of every applicant and the applicant pool.

Submission of SAT and ACT scores will be optional for all fall 2021 applicants. Recruited athletes must still submit test scores in compliance with Patriot League and NCAA Policy.

For recruited athletes and students who choose to submit their scores, Colgate will accept self-reported ACT or SAT score results. Applicants may list ACT or SAT results in their Common Application or Coalition Application. Do not superscore or recalculate your scores in any way; send your scores exactly as you receive them. Additionally, students may send a copy of their score reports to's school code for the SAT is 2086. Colgate's school code for the ACT is 2702.

Official TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo English Test (DET) scores are required for non-native English speakers who do not study at a secondary school where English is the primary language of instruction. These scores must be sent from the official testing agency. Colgate's school code for the TOEFL is 2086.

Official testing will still be required of all students entering in the fall of 2020. Students who are admitted in Early Decision must submit official testing within 2 weeks of receiving their decision; students who apply under Regular Decision and choose to enroll must submit confirmed testing by May 15 of their senior year. Students must have testing results submitted directly to Colgate from the testing agency. Alternatively, testing results reported on an official transcript will be accepted. Colgate's school code for the SAT is 2086. Colgate's school code for the ACT is 2702.

All admission materials are due by the application submission deadline of January 15. There is no guarantee Colgate will be able to consider January test results in the admission process. If you take a January test, 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.

Students are welcome to apply to Colgate regardless of standardized test results and there are no minimum score requirements. The most successful applicants generally score above 100 on the TOEFL iBT or a seven on the IELTS examination.

We do not waive the TOEFL requirement based on SAT results.

Yes, Colgate can will automatically waive the TOEFL or IELTS requirement if you study at a secondary school where English is the primary language of instruction. If this applies to you and you see the TOEFL/IELTS requirement within your Colgate portal checklist, please contact to get your requirement waived.

Colgate cannot accept transcripts via email. It is preferred for your secondary school to submit your transcript online through the Common Application or Coalition Application. Colgate will also accept transcripts mailed by your secondary school. Students cannot send their own transcripts to Colgate.

The mid-year report is for students who are currently in their final year of secondary school. Students who have already graduated should have their schools submit the secondary school report form with their final transcript.

Yes, predicted grades will be required to complete your application. Your counselor can submit them on your behalf once they become available. Our regional admission officers are happy to help if you have any questions about how to make sure your application is complete.

Contact your regional admission officer and they will assist you. 

Financial Aid Questions

Colgate meets 100% of our international students’ demonstrated need based on the CSS Profile. This does mean that there are some students on Colgate’s campus who are receiving full financial aid packages from our school. Colgate does not offer any academic merit aid scholarships.

International students that are applying for financial aid need to submit the CSS Profile. The deadline for the CSS Profile is November 15 for Early Decision I students and January 15 for Regular Decision and Early Decision II students. Colgate does have a limited number of CSS Profile fee waivers for international applicants. Once your application is submitted, please contact to request a fee waiver code.

Colgate’s financial aid packages for international students will always include grant money (which are not paid back.) It is possible that a work-study job will also be included. Packages may also include grant money for costs associated with travel, books, and yearly personal expenses.

A one-time $50 USD transcript fee occurs only in the first semester of attendance. Colgate also requires all students to have health and accident insurance coverage. Students will be enrolled in and charged for the student health insurance plan automatically unless proof of sufficient coverage is provided annually by August 1. This cost should be estimated to about $2244 yearly. To learn more about total expenses go here.

Colgate is need-aware in the application process for all students - both domestic and international. This is to support Colgate’s commitment to meeting 100% of every student’s demonstrated financial need. While Colgate is need-aware, our most competitive applicants will be admitted to Colgate regardless of the fact that they applied for financial aid.

The International Certification of Finances is not required at the time of application. If you will be applying for financial aid, please view our requirements.

Excelling After Graduation

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

Major: Economics

After graduation: Analyst at Prudential Insurance, New York City

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