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Colgate University

Hamilton, NY 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate17%
Acceptance Rate17%

Colgate University Admissions

If you are thinking about applying to Colgate University, the deadline for Fall 2023 admissions is January 15 and the fee for the application is $60.

Students who apply to Colgate University for the fall semester should hear back from Colgate University by April 1.

Colgate University Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here's an overiew of some of Colgate University's admissions stats.

Colgate University 2022 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.8
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 77%
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Waitlist Yes

Colgate University Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Colgate University.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I Yes November 15 December 15
Early Decision II Yes January 15 March 1
Early Action No –– ––
Regular Decision Yes January 15 April 1

Want to Apply Early to Colgate University?

Colgate University offers early decision but not early action. Early decision is binding, meaning you must attend if you are admitted, while early action allows you to apply early without committing.

🗓️ Early Decision I applications are due by November 15 EDI applicants should receive a decision by December 15.

🗓️ Early Decision II applications are due January 15. ED II Applicants will recieve their decision before March 1.

The early decision acceptance rate at Colgate University is 40%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 17%. In 2022, Colgate University admitted 494 of the 1223 students who applied early decision.

Some students apply early to college to boost their chances of being offering admission. When you apply early, your application is considered before all the regular decision applicants apply. Applying early may increase the chance of acceptance, since it is a way to show that you are very interested in a school.

➡️ See a list of some top colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Colgate University Admissions

Transferring to Colgate University

Transfer student admissions is extremely difficult.

For Students Waitlisted to Colgate University

In 2022, Colgate University waitlisted 3,099 students and 1,820 accepted a place on the waitlist.

What Does Colgate University Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when determining who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are are most important when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that put the most emphasis on the areas where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at Colgate University

Curious about the factors that are considered by Colgate University during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Class Rank Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Character/Personal Qualities Important
Extracurricular Activities Important
Application Essay Important
Recommendation(s) Important
Talent/Ability Important
Standardized Test Scores Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Work Experience Considered
First Generation Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Volunteer Work Considered

Make sure to check with Colgate University for more information on admission factors.

Colgate University 2022-2023 Application Requirements

To apply to Colgate University, all applicants must submit the following items. Make sure to check in with Colgate University's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Transcript(S) of College Record
Standardized Test Scores
Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S)
Letter(s) of Recommendation 3
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Colgate University?

Students admitted to Colgate University have an average unweighted GPA of 3.8.

Out of all students that were admitted, 17% submitted a class rank. At Colgate University 77% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 93% were in the top 25% and 100% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At Colgate University, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 20.54%
3.75 and 3.99 36.91%
3.50 and 3.74 27.65%
3.25 and 3.49 11.4%
3.00 and 3.24 2.94%
2.50 and 2.9 0.56%
2.00 and 2.49 ––

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to Colgate University directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that highlights your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

Colgate University looks at standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

Colgate University has a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

What is a Good SAT Score for Colgate University?

What is a Good ACT Score for Colgate University?

Want To Bring Up Your ACT Score? Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates.

More Information on Transferring to Colgate University

For transfer students, it is extremely difficult to get admitted to Colgate University.

For transfer students wishing to start in the fall, the deadline to apply is March 15. Applicants should hear back by May 1.

Transfer students can enroll in Colgate University during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Spring Term

Colgate University Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Colgate University?

✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Colgate University.

Does Colgate University accept transfer credits?

✅ Colgate University accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions.

Does Colgate University accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

✅ Colgate University accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Colgate University?

❌ No, Colgate University is test optional, so it's up to you if you want to submit test scores or not. If your scores are higher than the school's average, you may want to send them. If you scored lower than a school's average, you may want not want to include them in your application.

What is Colgate University's acceptance rate?

✅ The acceptance rate for Colgate University is 17%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Colgate University?

✅ Colgate University's early decision acceptance rate was 40% in 2021.

Want To Learn More About Colgate University?

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How hard is it to get into Colgate University? Colgate University is a selective institution. The Colgate University acceptance rate is 17%. This means that the institution accepts 17 out of every 100 applicants.


Colgate University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 15

Transfer Applications are Due

Mar 15

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Colgate University is Jan 15.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Colgate University is Mar 15.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

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Colgate University GPA

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GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Colgate University, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.77. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

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