Colgate University a liberal arts college of 2,800 students that "thinks big" and succeeds on the highest level. Whether in fields of academic distinction, off-campus study programs, the scope of our student activities program, or the success and tradition of our Division I varsity athletics, Colgate has high expectations. Visitors quickly sense the energy, enthusiasm, and talent that abounds in this community. In this highly personalized setting, individual contribution is essential; every voice makes a difference.

Applying to Colgate

Colgate’s admission process is designed to identify individuals of intellectual and cultural diversity, academic skill, and wide-ranging interests and backgrounds.

Academic achievement and intellectual potential are the primary criteria for admission. Colgate also values demonstrated leadership, curiosity, and substantive involvement in extracurricular and community activities.
In shaping the class, the admission staff seeks applicants representing diverse cultural, economic, racial, and geographic backgrounds whose talents and perspectives enrich the variety of ideas and experiences in the learning community.

Colgate uses the Common Application with a Colgate supplement. The deadline for admission and financial aid is January 15. The $60 application fee is waived for students residing outside the U.S.

Financial aidColgate meets 100% of the demonstrated need of accepted students. Need is determined by information provided in the CSS Profile, which is required. Financial aid is available to domestic and international students.

The total cost (tuition, room, meals, and student activities fee) for 2011/2012 is $53,570. The average financial aid package is $40,400.

Class of 2015
Average award for students receiving financial aid
Colgate Grant $35,175
Student loan $2,625
Campus job $2,600
Total award $40,400   

Admitted students with demonstrated need met in full  100%
Percent of class receiving financial aid  40.0%   
Average contribution for students receiving financial aid
Student $1,400
Parent $13,770
Total family contribution $15,170

Profile of Class of 2015

Applications     7,834 (49 states, D.C., 121 countries)
Accepted          2,304 (29%)
Enrolled           776 (33.7% yield)

Admitted students

SAT middle 50% 650-740 cr; 670-750 m 
ACT middle 50%31-33
average GPA3.75 out of 4.0
percentile in class (available
for 34% of admitted students)
80% in top 10%; 93% in top 20%
public/private high schools59%/41%

Multicultural students
2,784 applications; 661 admitted; 197 enrolled (25% of class)
International students
1,261 applications; 178 admitted; 61 enrolled (8% of class)

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