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This checklist has been prepared to help you navigate the deadlines due before you begin your first semester at Colgate.

Required Items

Set Up Your Accounts

Set Up Colgate Email Account

Deadline: May 28, 2021

Check your Colgate email weekly for updates and deadline reminders. Your Colgate username and instructions for setting up your account were sent to your admission application email when you completed your admission deposit.

Set Up Duo Authentication

Deadline: June 1, 2021

Enabling multi-factor authentication is a critical and proactive step to ensure unauthorized people do not access your account.

Set Up Zoom Account

A Zoom account is available to all students with an active Colgate network account.

Login to Get Involved

Colgate's Get Involved platform is the online focal point for many clubs and organizations. Log in to Get Involved using your Colgate credentials.

Sign Up for Your Colgate Emergency Alert Account

Colgate’s emergency alert is part of the University’s emergency management program that provides responsive communications to all appropriate parties.

Update Your Information in the Colgate Portal

Log into the Colgate Portal to confirm verify and update your personal information. This includes your contact information, emergency contact, preferred pronouns, name recording, and cell phone number.

Your Summer Experience

Housing Preference Form

Deadline: June 15, 2021

More information will be sent to your Colgate email in June.

First Year Course Selection

Deadline: June 30, 2021

More information will be sent to your Colgate email in June. 

Summer Reading Assignment

Deadline: August 9, 2021

All incoming students engage in a shared reading — your first assignment as a Colgate student as part of your First-Year Seminar.

Complete Moodle Modules

Deadline: Multiple Throughout the Summer

Moodle provides you with various engagement opportunities, important deadlines, and informative content to help you be successful at Colgate.

Required Trainings

Deadline: August 13, 2021

These training modules offer new students education about issues around alcohol use and abuse, sexual assault, and hazing.

Required Forms

Student Health Services

Deadline: July 6, 2021

New incoming students must complete medical and immunization forms.

COVID Vaccine

Deadline: July 6, 2021

Proof of vaccination or of documentation of medical or religious exemption must be submitted via the myColgateHealth Patient Portal or as detailed on the Student Health Services website.

Student Health Insurance Decision (domestic students only)

Deadline: August 1, 2021

Domestic students are asked to enroll in or waive out of the Colgate health insurance plan. If you do not waive out of the plan, you will be enrolled automatically and your fall term student account balance will include the annual health insurance premium.

Colgate University Attestation Regarding Prohibition of Hazing

Deadline: August 13, 2021

Colgate University seeks to promote an environment in which students are able to study and participate in clubs, organizations, and activities without compromising their health, safety, and wellbeing. Hazing, in any form, compromises a student’s safety and wellbeing and is contradictory to Colgate’s mission and values. Hazing is prohibited by both Colgate University and New York State.

Authorized Users

Designate a parent or guardian as an authorized user to your student account. This would allow receipt of e-billing notifications, viewing student account information and making payments on your behalf.

Financial Responsibility Form

Deadline: August 1, 2021

The form is required of all students, and serves as acknowledgment and understanding of financial responsibility to the University.

Family Information Contact Form

This link allows parents and guardians to sign up for newsletters, email announcements, and more.


InfoShare allows you to share select records online with trusted individuals like parents or guardians.

Pay Your Bill Online

Deadline: August 1, 2021

TouchNet is the student account and billing system used by Colgate University. Students, and their designated Authorized Users*, use the system to view e-bills and student account activity; establish monthly payment plans; and make electronic payments.

Preparing for your Arrival

Gate Card Information

Your student ID card is your facility access card, meal swipe card, quasi–debit card, and more.

You may provide this photo either:

- Using the GET Mobile app

- Using the GET Online ’Gate Card portal

The University requires a new photo to be taken for these purposes, and this can be done on your smartphone or device. Your photo must be taken against a plain white background. Printed ’Gate Cards will be available for students to pick up upon arrival.

Upload Via the GET Mobile App

  1. Visit the App Store or Google Play Store on a smartphone and download the GET Mobile app.
  2. Scroll through the listed schools and select Colgate University.
  3. Sign in with your Colgate username and password.
  4. Select a PIN, setup biometric login (fingerprint or facial ID depending on device), and complete the updated contact information section (if prompted).
  5. Once signed in, select: Menu icon >> Settings >> Change ID Photo.
  6. Select the camera icon, then tap Select Photo. You will then be prompted to choose either your camera or files — because Colgate requires a new photo to be submitted, please select your camera.
  7. Campus safety will review each image prior to approval. If a photo is rejected for any reason, you will receive an email notification from GET Mobile with a reason for the rejection and a prompt to submit a new photo.
  8. Tap the check mark and adjust the crop settings as desired, then tap Crop to save and submit your photo.

Your photos or digital images must be:

  • In color
  • Taken within the last two months to reflect your current appearance
  • Taken in front of a plain white or off-white background
  • Taken in full-face view directly facing the camera
  • Taken from the shoulders up
  • With a neutral facial expression and both eyes open
  • Taken in clothing that you normally wear on a daily basis
  • Do not wear a hat or head covering that obscures the hair or hairline, unless worn daily for a religious purpose. Your full face must be visible, and the head covering must not cast any shadows on your face.
  • Headphones, wireless hands-free devices, or similar items are not acceptable in your photo.

After completing the photo-upload process, we recommend that you keep GET Mobile on your device, as the app can be used to add funds to your ’Gate Cash account, for contactless payments at select venues on campus, and more.

Upload Via the GET Online ’Gate Card Portal

  1. Go to get.cbord.com/colgate
  2. Click Login and sign in with your Colgate username and password.
  3. In the Quick Links section of the page, click Upload ID Photo.
  4. Under Upload ID Photo, click Choose File.
  5. Take a photo with a phone or camera and transfer it to your computer. The site has a file size limit of 1MB.
  6. Photos should be taken from the shoulders up. Face and head coverings are not allowed unless for religious purposes. Students who regularly wear glasses should have them on in the photo. Please ensure you are against a plain white background. Campus safety will review each image prior to approval. If a photo is rejected for any reason, you will receive an email notification from GET Mobile with a reason for the rejection, and a prompt to submit a new photo.
  7. Drag and center the gray box over your face, then click Crop to save.

If you have any questions or issues, please contact campus safety at cusafety@colgate.edu.

Arrival Day Labels

Print and attach to all of your belongings ahead of your arrival.

The following action items are not required, but may be useful to you as you prepare for your first semester at Colgate.

Academic Support and Disability Services — Identifying your needs

We would like to plan with you for any reasonable accommodations you may need at Colgate. Once you have identified your accommodation needs, please submit your Special Needs Identification Form to Disability Services

Pre-Orientation Programs

Jump start your Colgate experience. Select from seven pre-orientation programs offered in the weeks leading up to your first semester.

Buy Your Textbooks

The Colgate Bookstore offers rent or buy options for academic textbooks and is conveniently located in downtown Hamilton, N.Y. not far from campus and on the Colgate Cruiser shuttle route.

Request Your Parking Permit

Parking permit applications can be submitted online.

Packing List

Refer to our lists of what to bring, what not to bring, and other useful items to consider having this fall.

Download Colgate App

Stay connected by downloading the official app of Colgate University.