Transfer & Other Applicants

Transfer, Visiting, Special Exemption, and Readmission Student Admission

Transfer Application Dates

Fall Semester Enrollment Spring Semester Enrollment
Application Deadline: March 15
Decision Notification: March
Application Deadline: November 1
Decision Notification: December

Determining your category at Colgate

When applying as a transfer student at Colgate you should meet one of the following requirements:

  • You have matriculated in a college-level degree program and now wish to attend Colgate.
  • You possess an associate degree

When applying as a visiting student, both of the following are true:

  • You want to spend one-term at Colgate after spending a minimum of one term at your home college (requires home college approval).
  • Your degree is still awarded from your home college.

When applying as a special exemption student, the following are typically true:

  • You are typically an area resident who cannot enroll for a full course load.
  • This status is an exemption for special circumstances.

When applying for readmission, the following are true:

  • You previously withdrew or were withdrawn from Colgate.
  • Readmission is not guaranteed.
  • Academic requirements are based on your time of readmission.

Students who have supplemented their high school curriculum with college-level classes in a non–degree-seeking program and students who have enrolled in a high school enrichment program associated with a college may have the option of applying to Colgate as either a first-year student or a transfer student.

The benefits and limitations for these options are outlined below:

Admission as a first-year student

  • Permitted a total of six course credits of transfer/pre-matriculation work.
  • Participate in first-year orientation.
  • Enroll in a first-year seminar during your first semester; faculty member becomes adviser.
  • Participate in first-year residential experience.
  • Complete all four components of the core curriculum.
  • Complete Global Engagements requirement.
  • Fulfill Areas of Inquiry requirements.
  • Apply using a first year-application.
  • Admission available for fall term.
     

Apply as first-year student

Admission as a transfer student

  • Permitted up to 16 course credits of transfer/pre-matriculation work.
  • Participate in transfer orientation.
  • Register for classes with appropriate class year.
  • The number of required core classes is determined by class year.
  • Complete Global Engagements requirement.
  • May be able to fulfill Areas of Inquiry requirements with transfer credits.
  • Obtain on-campus housing based on entering class year.
  • Apply using a transfer application.
  • May be admitted for fall or spring terms.

Application Checklist

  • Complete the Common Application or the Coalition Application.
  • $60 application fee or fee waiver. Fee is required for domestic students. The application fee is waived for non-U.S. citizens. If you qualify for a fee waiver through the Common Application or Coalition Application, we do not require an official fee waiver form.
  • Official high school transcript(s). Must be sent by the student’s high school and must include date of graduation.
  • Official college transcript(s). Must be sent by the institution(s) attended.
  • College Official’s Report. Must be sent by the person completing the form (Common Application College Report or Coalition Application Transfer Report).
  • Mid-Year Report (Common Application Mid-Term Report or Coalition Application Curriculum Report). Hand deliver this form to instructors whose courses you are enrolled in at the time you file your application and ask them to provide a general indication of your performance, including your current grade and (if they wish) additional comments, and to sign and date the form. You may mail or scan and email the completed form to admission@colgate.edu.
  • Faculty recommendation. Colgate requires one recommendation from a college professor. It must be sent by the person completing the form. For the Common Application, provide your faculty member's email within the transfer application. For the Coalition Application, use this form.
  • Essay on application.
  • Test scores from SAT or ACT. New for 2017-18, Colgate will accept self-reported test scores from the application or through an emailed score report. Official testing will be verified for students who are admitted and choose to enroll. Writing sections are not evaluated.
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Only required for international applicants.
  • Application
  • $60 application fee or fee waiver. Fee is required for domestic students. The application fee is waived for non-U.S. citizens.
  • Official high school transcript(s). Must be sent by the student’s high school and must include date of graduation.
  • Official college transcript(s). Must be sent by the institution(s) attended.
  • Faculty recommendation. Must be sent by the person completing the form.
  • Test scores from SAT or ACT. Colgate will accept self-reported test scores from the application or through an emailed score report. Official testing will be verified for students who are admitted and choose to enroll. Writing sections are not evaluated.
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Only required for international applicants.
  • Application form
  • $60 application fee or fee waiver. Fee is required for domestic students. The application fee is waived for non-U.S. citizens.
  • Official high school transcript(s). Must be sent by the student’s high school and must include date of graduation.
  • Official college transcript(s). Must be sent by the institution(s) attended.
  • Test scores from SAT or ACT. Colgate will accept self-reported test scores from the application or through an emailed score report. Official testing will be verified for students who are admitted and choose to enroll. Writing sections are not evaluated.
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Only required for international applicants.
  • Readmission form
  • $60 application fee or fee waiver. Fee is required for domestic students. The application fee is waived for non-U.S. citizens.
  • College Official’s Report. Must be sent by the person completing the form.
  • Faculty recommendation. Must be sent by the person completing the form.
  • Official college transcript(s). Must be sent by the institution(s) attended since withdrawal from Colgate.
  • Mid-Term Report.
  • Other information may be required based on a review of the student’s record. The Colgate Office of Admission will work with the Dean of the College division to determine if additional documentation is required.
  • Letter from student to Office of Admission indicating student wishes to apply for financial aid.

Coming to Colgate was one of the best decisions I've made. From the start I never felt like a transfer, I felt like a Colgate student. The people you meet and opportunities you have during your time here are special and meaningful.

Katelyn Thuss ’19

Additional Resources

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.