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International Students

Prepared by interdisciplinary studies focused around universally marketable skills, Colgate students take impressive strides after their four years. The Brookings Institution ranks Colgate #2 among four-year schools for “value-added” with respect to mid-career earnings.
A map showing the home countries of students at Colgate.
We strive for a diverse community with outlets that are representative of not only our nation, but of the world. Colgate is an environment where students can appreciate and explore their own cultures as well as those of the people around them.

Applying to Colgate

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.

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

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.

Non-native English speakers may also submit results from the Duolingo English Test (DET), though these results will not replace the TOEFL or IELTS score requirement.

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.


  • Early Decision I: November 15
  • Early Decision II: January 15
    *Regular Decision applicants may change their application to ED II by submitting the Early Decision Agreement no later than March 1
  • Regular Decision: January 15

Application Checklist

All required materials for first-year applicants are detailed on this application checklist.

Financial Aid

Colgate meets 100 percent of demonstrated financial need for all admitted students.


Virtual Interviews

If you are unable to come to campus or 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.


Post-graduation Success

Through the Colgate alumni network and the Center for Career Services, students are supported in pursuing their post graduation plans. Eight months after graduation, 97.4 percent of the Class of 2015 was enrolled in a graduate program, employed, on a fellowship, or pursuing significant volunteer work.

Top Graduate Schools

Our alumni are accepted into these prestigious institutions:
  • Boston College
  • Boston University
  • Columbia University
  • Duke University
  • Georgetown University
  • Harvard University
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Rochester
  • Yale University

Top Career Fields

Recent graduates choose these fields most often:
  • Art/design
  • Business services
  • Communications/media
  • Consulting
  • Education
  • Financial services
  • Health/medicine
  • Law/legal services
  • Real estate
  • Social change
  • Sports/recreation
  • Technology/computing

Success Stories

Tinofara Majoni
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
Majors: Economics
After graduation: Analyst at Prudential Insurance, New York City
Florence Wang
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

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