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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.
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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 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.


  • 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.

Post-graduation Success

Through the Colgate alumni network and the Center for Career Services, students are supported in pursuing their post graduation plans. Six months after graduation, 96.8 percent of the Class of 2014 was enrolled in a graduate program, employed, or in an internship or fellowship.

Top Graduate Schools

Our alumni are accepted into these prestigious institutions:
  • Boston University
  • Columbia University
  • Cornell University
  • George Washington University
  • Harvard University
  • New York University
  • Northwestern University
  • Syracuse University
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Rochester

Top Career Fields

Recent graduates choose these fields most often:
  • Financial Services
  • Communications/Media
  • Consulting
  • Education
  • Technology/Computing
  • Health/Medicine
  • Business/Management
  • Social Change
  • Sales/Marketing
  • Law/Legal Services

Success stories

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
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

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