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Frequently Asked Questions

We receive many questions from international students interested in applying to Colgate. Here are the most common questions and our answers to help you in your college search!
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Application-related Questions

What testing does Colgate require?
Colgate requires either the SAT (old or new version) or ACT. 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 does not require the SAT Essay section, the ACT Writing Test, or SAT Subject Tests.
Can I send January test results?
All admission materials are due by the application submission deadline of January 15. There is no guarantee Colgate will be able to consider January test results in the admission process. If you take a January test, you are welcome to note in your application that you will be taking January testing and have the scores rushed to our office once they are available.
My TOEFL iBT is below 100 or my IELTS score is below seven. Can I still apply?
Students are welcome to apply to Colgate regardless of standardized test results and there are no minimum score requirements. The most successful applicants generally score above 100 on the TOEFL iBT or a seven on the IELTS examination.
Can you waive the TOEFL based on SAT scores?
We do not waive the TOEFL requirement based on SAT results.
Can you waive the TOEFL if I study at an English-speaking secondary school?
Colgate can waive the TOEFL if you study at a secondary school where English is the primary language of instruction. Please note the request for a TOEFL waiver on the application, or e-mail your request to
Can I e-mail my transcript?
Colgate cannot accept a transcript via e-mail. We can accept a transcript sent by your secondary school in the mail, or a transcript sent by your guidance counselor online through the Common Application or Coalition Application websites.
Do I need to send official copies of certificates and awards?
Please do not send copies of each certificate and award received. You can summarize your accomplishments in the appropriate sections of the Common Application or Coalition Application. You may send an additional resume if you wish.
If I have already graduated, do I need to send the mid-year grade report form?
The mid-year report is for students who are currently in their final year of secondary school. Students who have already graduated can simply send the secondary school report form with their final transcript.
How many countries are represented at Colgate?
International students (including dual citizens) represent 72 countries: Algeria, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Ethiopia, France, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Guatemala, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kosovo, Lithuania, Mauritius, Mexico, Morocco, Myanmar, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Taiwan, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, United Kingdom, United Republic of Tanzania, United States of America, Uruguay, Venezuela, Vietnam, Zimbabwe
Do you have a maximum number of students you accept from a single country?
We do not place limits or have quotas on the number of students we accept from a single country or secondary school. Our admission decisions are based on the overall quality of the applicant pool and we admit the most competitive applicants regardless of their citizenship or school.

Financial aid

My family cannot contribute much toward my college education. Will that affect my application?
While the financial aid process is competitive because of a limited budget, the actual amount of an international financial aid applicant's contribution does not affect our admission decision.
Do I need to send the International Certification of Finances with my application?
The International Certification of Finances is not required at the time of application. If you will be applying for financial aid, please view our requirements.


What type of resources and support does Colgate offer for international students?
Students are supported throughout their entire time on campus. The Office of International Student Services provides exceptional immigration services and support to international students, as well as enhancing the Colgate student experience by promoting understanding and awareness of cultural issues with the goal of cultivating informed global citizenship.

The Dean of the College division offers a number of offices (in addition to International Student Services) that can assist international students, including: Students also are able to work with the Center for Career Services for internships and job opportunities (both in the U.S. and abroad).