Regular Decision

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First-year Applicant Checklist

Required Application Materials

Apply using the Common Application or Coalition Application, which include the personal statement.


Students may respond to optional supplementary prompts in their applicant portal after submitting their application. Supplementary prompts will be available in late-summer. 


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Common ApplicationCoalition Application

  • Colgate's application fee is $60
  • Colgate will waive the application fee for any student who is applying for financial aid and qualifies for any fee waiver guidelines set by either the Common Application or Coalition Application without requiring further verification.
  • The application fee is waived for non-U.S. citizens (does not apply to U.S. dual citizens or permanent residents).
  • The application fee is waived for all U.S. military veterans.
  • Colgate accepts official fee waivers from the College Board, the National Association for College Admission Counseling, and Expanding College Opportunities. All other fee waiver verifications must be submitted on school/organization letterhead and signed by a counselor.

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. Applicants should indicate whether or not they would like their scores considered on their application.

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 Colgate'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 an 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.


Recommendations must be from core academic teachers who worked with a student in 10th, 11th, or 12th grade.

The guidance counselor recommendation should detail academic and personal preparedness for post-secondary education.

An official high school transcript will display courses and grades for all years of high school attended. If your high school does not provide a transcript in English, we require an official original transcript and an official English translation.

This should include at least first quarter or first trimester senior grades.

  • ED I applicants: due December 1
  • ED II and regular decision applicants: due February 15

Supplementary Materials

Students wishing to document specific extracurricular achievements in high school may submit supplementary materials for review with their applications.

Applicants are welcome to submit art and music materials if they are interested in sharing their work with the art and music faculty and admission staff members. In order to be considered as part of the application, materials must be submitted by the appropriate application deadline.

Submitting material for review does not require a commitment to major in the field, nor will it impact academic placement; we encourage any applicant with ample art or music experience to submit a portfolio regardless of your intended major or focus of study.

Art and music submissions must be uploaded through the SlideRoom portal.


To document athletic achievement, please follow the guidelines in the application and send tapes and talent resumes directly to a coach.  

c/o (Coach for your sport)
Department of Athletics
Colgate University
Hamilton, NY 13346

We often receive other samples of students' achievements in fields such as journalism, student government, community service, etc. Such information is most helpful when it is a concisely presented sample of your best work or accomplishment. Such supplements should complement, but not replace, the effort to complete the application questions with regard to activities and involvement.

Application Deadlines

Early Decision I Early Decision II Regular Decision
Deadline: November 15
Decision Release: Mid December
Deadline: January 15
Decision Release: Mid March
Deadline: January 15
Decision Release: Mid March


*Regular decision applicants may change their application to ED II by submitting the Early Decision Agreement (PDF) no later than March 1.

Financial Aid Deadlines

All applicants must submit required documents by these dates:

  • Early Decision I: November 15
  • Early Decision II: January 15
  • Regular Decision: January 15

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