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About Colgate University

Colgate University is a private, nonprofit school located in the small town setting of Hamilton, NY, less than an hour from Syracuse, Utica.

Founded in 1819, the institution currently enrolls around 3,054 students a year, including 3,042 undergrads. The institution runs on a semester academic calendar.

As of 2021, the total market value of the school endowment was $947,486,000. For each full-time student, Colgate University spends about $26,145.

Admissions Facts About Colgate University

Acceptance rate: 27%

Average GPA: 3.68

Mean ACT score: 31

Mean SAT score: 1376

Offers early decision.

Doesn't offer early action.

Get ready! The 2022 regular decision application deadline for Colgate University is January 15

All regular decision applicants should hear back April 1.

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Colgate University Acceptance Rate

It is extremely difficult to get into Colgate University. Colgate University accepts around 27 percent of applicants each year. Out of 8,583 applications received, 2,358 students received an admissions offer.

Admitted students have an average high school GPA of 3.68 out of 4.0. Admitted students have a mean score of 1376 on the SAT. The mean ACT scores is 31.

In 2021, 1,630 applicants were waitlisted and 97 waitlisted students got accepted.

Is Colgate University a good school?

There is no one way to define a "good" college or university. Acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how selective an institution is, but they don't say much about the quality of the education or the student experience.

Retention and graduation rates

About 94 percent of students who start at Colgate University return the next year. Out of the 767 students who started at Colgate University as first-time freshman, 655 graduate within four years.

Colgate University's six-year graduation for undergrads is 91 percent. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61 percent for public schools and 67 percent for private.

Job outcomes and student debt

Job placement and student debt statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers. Within six months of graduating, 74 percent of graduates receive at least one full-time job offer.

Recent grads have an average starting salary of $56,180 a year. Graduates in the class of 2021 had an average of $22,023 in student loans per borrower. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does Colgate University sound? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may be a terrible fit for another! So the real question to ask yourself: is Colgate University a good school for YOU?

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College Info

13 Oak Drive Hamilton, NY 13346-1386

Campus Setting: Small Town

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 ACT Scores


ACT Range

31 - 34

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Colgate University is 32. Students with an ACT score of 34 and above have a good chance of getting into Colgate University. Students with an ACT score that falls between 31 and 34 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 31 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Colgate University SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1340 - 1480


Math SAT Range

670 - 770


Reading SAT Range

660 - 730

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1480 and Above


1340 to 1480


1340 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Colgate University students is 1408. Applicants with SAT scores of 1480 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Colgate University, while applicants with SAT scores between 1340 to 1480 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1340 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Colgate University.

Colgate University Tuition & Fees

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Cost Breakdown
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Student Life

Wondering what life at Colgate University is like? There are approximately 2,992 students enrolled at Colgate University, including 2,980 undergraduate students and 12 graduate students. 100% percent of students attend school full-time, 26% percent are from NY and 74% percent of students are from other states.


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