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First-year Applicant Checklist

Deadlines

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 Form no later than March 1)
Regular Decision: January 15
Students walking on the Academic Quad

Required Materials From All Applicants

Application
We accept the Common Application or Universal College Application, which include the following items:
  • Personal statement
  • Colgate University writing supplement: "In 150-200 words, please tell us what inspired you to apply for admission to Colgate University."
Colgate University supplement
Applicable for both the Common Application or Universal College Application
  • Colgate University writing supplement: "At Colgate we strive to foster an inclusive community. Please discuss how your life experiences, family background, and/or culture has helped to shape you as a person. It would be especially helpful if you would also reflect on an experience which demonstrated your character and personal values."
Official standardized testing scores: SAT Reasoning Test or ACT Assessment
  • Students must have testing results submitted directly to Colgate from the testing agency. Alternatively, testing results reported on an official transcript will be accepted.
  • All testing must be completed by November for Early Decision I applicants and all testing must be completed by December for Early Decision II and Regular Decision applicants.
  • Colgate superscores the ACT and the SAT, meaning we combine a student’s best subscores, even if they are from different test dates. We evaluate each application using the highest combination of the ACT or SAT.
  • SAT or ACT writing sections are not evaluated.
  • SAT Subject Tests are not required.
  • Students who take both the current SAT and the new SAT (administered for the first time in spring 2016) will be evaluated on their best score. We will continue to superscore the SAT, but will only combine scores from like tests (in other words, we will not combine a student’s best score from the new SAT with the best score from the current SAT).
  • Colgate's school code for the SAT is 2086.
  • Colgate's school code for the ACT is 2702.
Application fee ($60)
  • The application fee is waived for international applicants (students without U.S. citizenship; fee waiver does not apply to U.S. dual citizens or permanent residents).
  • Additionally, Colgate accepts official fee waivers from the College Board, the National Association for College Admission Counseling, and Expanding College Opportunities.

Required Materials from Guidance Counselor or School Official

School report
The school report details academic information pertinent to a student's individual course selection and academic record in the context of the student's high school.
Guidance counselor recommendation
The guidance counselor recommendation should detail academic and personal preparedness for post-secondary education.
Two academic teacher recommendations
Recommendations should be from core academic teachers who worked with a student in 10th, 11th, or 12th grade.
Official high school transcript
An official high school transcript will display courses and grades for 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grades.
Official standardized testing scores: SAT Reasoning Test or ACT Assessment
  • Students must have testing results submitted directly to Colgate from the testing agency. Alternatively, testing results reported on an official transcript will be accepted.
  • All testing must be completed by November for Early Decision I applicants and all testing must be completed by December for Early Decision II and Regular Decision applicants.
  • Colgate superscores the ACT and the SAT, meaning we combine a student’s best subscores, even if they are from different test dates. We evaluate each application using the highest combination of the ACT or SAT.
  • SAT or ACT writing sections are not evaluated.
  • SAT Subject Tests are not required.
  • Students who take both the current SAT and the new SAT (administered for the first time in spring 2016) will be evaluated on their best score. We will continue to superscore the SAT, but will only combine scores from like tests (in other words, we will not combine a student’s best score from the new SAT with the best score from the current SAT).
  • Colgate's school code for the SAT is 2086.
  • Colgate's school code for the ACT is 2702.
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

Supplementary Materials

Art and music
In the arts, submitting material for review does not require a commitment to major in the field. In order to be considered as part of the application, materials must be submitted by the appropriate application deadline.

Art submissions must be uploaded through the Slideroom portal.

Music performance submissions should be mailed to:

Department of Music
c/o Amanda Smith
Colgate University
Hamilton, NY 13346
(315) 228-6688
Athletics
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

ATHLETICS DIRECTORY
Interviews
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? The college is 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, the college encourages students to visit. It makes a tremendous difference in understanding all that Colgate has to offer.
Other materials
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.

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 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 or permanent residents.

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.

Applying for Financial Aid

If applying for financial aid, applicants must submit the CSS / Financial Aid PROFILE online by November 15 for Early Decision I or January 15 for Early Decision II and Regular Decision.

Students with questions or concerns about filing the PROFILE should contact the Office of Financial Aid at finaid@colgate.edu or 315-228-7431.

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