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 or Vericant. 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.

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 applicants through 2026.

Applicants should indicate on the Colgate questions page of their application whether or not they would like their scores considered on their application.

For 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 Colgate's school code for the SAT is 2086. Colgate's school code for the ACT is 2702.

Official TOEFL or IELTS 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 an official testing agency. Colgate's school code for the TOEFL is 2086.

Students who choose not to submit test scores will be at no disadvantage in the application review process. 

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 or IELTS 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 offers CSS Profile fee waiver codes to international applicants for whom submitting the CSS Profile will be a significant financial burden. After students submit their application to Colgate and it has been processed by the office, they may email to request a fee waiver code for the CSS Profile. The deadline to make this request is January 15. The financial aid office is unable to accept paper or PDF copies of the CSS Profile.

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.

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