International Applicants

Colgate’s diverse community is representative of not only our nation, but of the world. Here, students can appreciate and explore their own cultures as well as those of the people around them.

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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 or IELTS 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 an official testing agency.

In addition, our most successful applicants from China submit interviews via the online platform InitialView. Please ensure your InitialView 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 or IELTS score requirement for non-native English speaking students or the InitialView interview submission recommendation for applicants from China.

Application Questions

Colgate requires either the SAT (old or new version) or ACT. 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 does not require the SAT Essay section, the ACT Writing Test, or SAT Subject Tests.

Please note, we require all documents to be in English. Certified translations of official transcripts must be accompanied by the original transcript.

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.

Colgate can waive the TOEFL if you study at a secondary school where English is the primary language of instruction. Please note the request for a TOEFL waiver on the application, or e-mail your request to

Colgate cannot accept a transcript via e-mail. We can accept a transcript sent by your secondary school in the mail, or a transcript sent by your guidance counselor online through the Common Application or Coalition Application websites.

Please do not send copies of each certificate and award received. You can summarize your accomplishments in the appropriate sections of the Common Application or Coalition Application. You may send an additional resume if you wish.

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

International students (including dual citizens) represent 79 countries.

We do not place limits or have quotas on the number of students we accept from a single country or secondary school. Our admission decisions are based on the overall quality of the applicant pool and we admit the most competitive applicants regardless of their citizenship or school.

Financial Aid Questions

While the financial aid process is competitive because of a limited budget, the actual amount of an international financial aid applicant's contribution does not affect our admission decision.

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

Resources for International Students

Students are supported throughout their time on campus. The Office of International Student Services provides exceptional immigration services and support to international students, and enhances the Colgate student experience by promoting understanding and awareness of cultural issues.

The Dean of the College division encompasses a number of additional offices that can assist international students, including:

Students also are able to work with the Center for Career Services for internships and job opportunities (both in the U.S. and abroad).