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First-year Applicant Checklist


  • Early Decision I: November 15
  • Early Decision II: January 15
  • Regular decision: January 15
*Regular decision applicants may change their application to ED II by submitting the Early Decision Agreement (PDF)
Students walking on the Academic Quad

Required Application Materials

We accept the Common Application or Coalition Application, which include the following items:
  • Personal statement
  • Colgate University Member Page, including two short responses:
    • At Colgate, we believe that a diverse community is a strong community. Reflect on an experience that demonstrates your commitment to inclusion and diversity.
    • With over 500 liberal arts and sciences colleges in the United States, what inspired you to apply to Colgate?
Application fee ($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 US 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.
Official standardized testing scores
    Colgate will accept self-reported ACT or SAT score results to make admission decisions. Applicants may list ACT or SAT results in their Common Application or Coalition Application to be considered during application review. Do not superscore or recalculate your scores in any way; send your scores exactly as you receive themAdditionally, students may send a copy of their score reports to

    Official TOEFL or IELTS 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 who choose to enroll at Colgate. 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.
Two academic teacher recommendations
Recommendations must be from core academic teachers who worked with a student in 10th, 11th, or 12th grade.
Guidance counselor recommendation
The guidance counselor recommendation should detail academic and personal preparedness for post-secondary education.
Official high school transcript
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.
High school senior grades, including at least first quarter or first trimester senior grades
  • ED I applicants: due December 1
  • ED II and regular decision applicants: due February 15

Important Policy Changes

Colgate will accept self-reported ACT or SAT scores for applicants and will not require official fee waiver verification for students who qualify for a fee waiver in the Common Application or Coalition Application. Read more about Colgate's improved application process.

Applying for Financial Aid

If applying for institutional financial aid, United States citizens and eligible non-citizens must submit the CSS / Financial Aid PROFILE and the FAFSA online. Applicants who are non-U.S. citizens must submit the CSS / Financial Aid PROFILE. All applicants must submit required financial aid documents by November 15 for Early Decision I or January 15 for Early Decision II and Regular Decision.

Please visit the Office of Financial Aid website for more information. Students with questions or concerns about filing the PROFILE or FAFSA should contact the Office of Financial Aid at or 315-228-7431.

Supplementary Materials

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


Interviews are not required, and are non-evaluative. We do, however, strongly encourage you to visit campus to meet students and faculty, appreciate the scope of our facilities and the beauty of the campus, and perhaps ask questions of an admission representative. You may do so in an individual meeting, or in a group information session. Both formats enable students to learn more about Colgate without the pressure of an evaluation. Think of it as your time to "interview Colgate." It is the time spent on campus, however, that will be especially helpful in getting a full sense of the Colgate experience.

Why doesn't Colgate require or evaluate interviews? We are interested in emphasizing all that a student has accomplished throughout high school, both in and out of class, and not a 45-minute conversation that may just skim the surface of the story he or she has to tell. Some students interview well, and some do not. Colgate prefers to base its decisions on a record established over time, the input of teachers and counselors who know the student, and the student's own voice as portrayed in the essay and throughout the application.

An interview remains a terrific opportunity to get to know Colgate, and admission staff welcome the opportunity to speak with prospective students. Most of all, however, we encourage students to visit. It makes a tremendous difference in understanding all that Colgate has to offer.

Although separate from our interview opportunities, Colgate does accept InitialView interviews as a method for students to further demonstrate English language proficiency. While an InitialView interview is not a required component of the application, our most successful applicants from China submit interviews through InitialView. Please note that an InitialView interview does not replace the English proficiency examination (TOEFL or IELTS) requirement.

Early Decision

Colgate offers Early Decision I and II for candidates who have identified Colgate as their first choice. Both options are binding, which means the student agrees to withdraw all other applications and attend Colgate if admitted.

The Early Decision Agreement (PDF) form is required and should be submitted with the signatures of the student, a parent/guardian, and a guidance counselor.

International Students

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 that all documents must be in English or certified translations of official documents are required.

TOEFL or IELTS scores are required for 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.
Optional InitialView Interview
Colgate offers a dynamic learning environment which requires strong communication and writing skills. For those students for whom English is not their first language, we offer another way to demonstrate English language proficiency: Students may participate in an interview/writing sample conducted by InitialView. InitialView will provide a recording of the interview and a copy of the writing sample to us for our review.

InitialView does not rate or grade the interview/writing sample. Evaluation is done by our admission office. Please arrange to have your interview/writing sample completed as early as possible. The deadline for completing the interview is January 15. Please note that this is only a recommended option; it is not a required part of your application.

An InitialView interview does not replace the English proficiency examination (TOEFL or IELTS) requirement.

If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Admission at or 315-228-7401.