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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.