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Colgate University

Hamilton, NY 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate12%

Colgate University Admissions

It is extremely difficult to get into Colgate University. The acceptance rate at Colgate University is 12%. In 2023, just 2,624 out of the 21,109 students who applied were accepted.

If you are applying to Colgate University, the deadline for Fall 2024 admissions is 1/15 and the fee for the application is $60.

Students who apply to Colgate University for the fall semester should receive an admissions decision no later than April 1.

Colgate University Admissions Stats at a Glance

The following is an overiew of some of Colgate University's admissions stats.

Colgate University 2023 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.9
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 73%
Mean SAT Score 1477
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 31%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 23%
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 1 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.

πŸ—“οΈ Early Decision I applications are due by November 15 EDI applicants should receive a decision by December 15.

πŸ—“οΈ 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 26%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 12%. Last year, Colgate University admitted 487 of the 1868 students who applied early decision.

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

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

More on Colgate University Admissions

How Difficult Is It To Get Admitted to Colgate University?

Colgate University is an extremely difficult school to get into. Colgate University evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny or waitlist.

In 2022, Colgate University accepted 12% of all applicants, approximately 2,624 from the 21,109 applicants.

Schools that are extremely difficult to get into, like Colgate University, accept fewer than 30% of all applicants. At least 75% of admitted students have GPAs in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1310 on the SAT or over 29 on the ACT.

Transferring to Colgate University

Transfer student admissions is extremely difficult.

For Students Waitlisted to Colgate University

Colgate University has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What Does Colgate University Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when deciding who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college has a different way of determining which factors are are most important in the admissions process. When assembling 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 prioritize the admissions factors where you're strong.

Admissions Factors at Colgate University

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

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

Colgate University Application Requirements

To apply to Colgate University, all applicants must submit the following items. 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 3.9.

Out of all students that were admitted, 20% submitted a class rank. At Colgate University 73% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 94% were in the top 25% and 99% 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 30.54%
3.75 and 3.99 41.63%
3.50 and 3.74 20.81%
3.25 and 3.49 5.05%
3.00 and 3.24 1.6%
2.50 and 2.9 0.37%
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 reflects 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 is a test optional school. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2022, 31% of Colgate University's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 23% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Colgate University?

To be competitive with other Colgate University applicants, you should aim to earn between 1430 and 1520 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Colgate University 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1520 and 25% of scored lower than 1430, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Colgate University student is 1477.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Colgate University students scored 780 or higher and 75% of students scored 700 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Colgate University students scored 750 or higher, and 75% scored a 700 or higher.

To be most competitive at Colgate University, you should strive to earn between 32 and 34 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 34 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Colgate University's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 34, and three out of four students scored lower than 34 on the ACT.

A 32 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Colgate University students. Only one out of every four students scored below 32.

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:

β€’ Fall Term

β€’ Winter Term

β€’ Spring Term

β€’ Winter Term

β€’ Summer Term

Colgate University Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Colgate University?

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

Does Colgate University accept transfer credits?

βœ… Colgate University accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions.

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

βœ… Colgate University accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) 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 you have higher than average scores, you probably want to include them. If you scored lower than a school's average, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application.

What is Colgate University's acceptance rate?

βœ… Colgate University has an acceptance rate of 12%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Colgate University?

βœ… Colgate University's early decision acceptance rate was 26% in 2021.

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Colgate University Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty



How hard is it to get into Colgate University? Colgate University is a selective institution. The Colgate University acceptance rate is 12%. This means that the institution accepts 12 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

Colgate University SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1430 - 1520


Math SAT Range

710 - 780


Reading SAT Range

700 - 750

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1520 and Above


1430 to 1520


1430 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Colgate University students is 1477. Applicants with SAT scores of 1520 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Colgate University, while applicants with SAT scores between 1430 to 1520 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1430 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Colgate University.

Colgate University GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Colgate University, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.86. 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.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases Β© 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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