About Colgate

Colgate University is a highly selective residential liberal arts institution that offers 56 majors to a diverse student body of approximately 2,900 undergraduate students.

Colgate is distinguished by its commitment to global engagement, student-faculty research, off-campus study, sustainable practices, and utilizing technology to enhance learning. Its 575-acre campus in rural central New York is renowned for its beauty and for the important role it plays in the student experience.

Global Perspective

Think big. Be a part of faculty-led extended and off-campus study programs, field research, humanitarian projects, and lectures by leaders from around the world. Learn globally.

Intellectual Engagement

We support your curiosity with a strong liberal arts foundation and a 9:1 student-faculty ratio. Grow your mind.


Colgate has an ambitious plan to be carbon-neutral by 2019, our bicentennial year. Join us in studying environmental issues, embracing sustainable initiatives, and creating a better world to live in. Live responsibly.


The Thought Into Action Entrepreneurship Institute supports, promotes, and advances entrepreneurial activity across the Colgate community. Change the world by doing.

Success After Colgate

A dynamic education and true-to-life experiences open doors to careers in any industry. Colgate’s Career Services has a 10-year plan for supporting your success long after graduation, and our highly engaged alumni provide valuable mentoring, internship, and networking opportunities. Find your path.

Student Life

Colgate promotes healthy, safe, and inclusive communities where individual members are valued and respected. Personal growth and success are fostered through a purposeful residential experience that ties living and learning together in meaningful ways. Learn more about Colgate's housing options at colgate.edu/reslife.

Home to more than 190 student clubs and volunteer organizations, there is likely already a place here to embrace your extracurricular interests. Whether you want to try curling or rock climbing, Spanish debate or Model UN, we have it covered. Students are also always welcome to start their own organizations. Visit colgate.edu/clubs to learn more.

Division 1 Athletics

With 25 Division I sports teams, athletics are serious business at Colgate. Incredible facilities support student-athletes who are champions both in the classroom and in the Patriot League. Compete everywhere.

Visiting Colgate 

Experience a campus alive with academic excellence, ground-breaking research, and a student body in perpetual motion. View our visiting options here.

Want to visit Colgate but aren't sure you can afford to? Learn more about Colgate: In Focus.

Application Requirements 

Head to our website to review what you need to complete your Colgate application. After your application is submitted, we encourage you to check your Colgate portal or contact our Office of Admission at 315-228-7401 or admission@colgate.edu with any questions about your application status.

Important Deadlines

Early Decision I: November 15
Early Decision II*: January 15
Regular Decision: January 15

*Regular Decision applicants can convert their application to ED II by submitting the Early Decision Agreement form no later than February 15.

Financial Aid

Colgate is dedicated to always meeting 100 percent of a student's demonstrated need. That means a student will not be asked to borrow beyond what is reasonable. In fact, the average total debt incurred by Colgate students on financial aid is about $14,900, and the average aid award for the Class of 2022 was $53,861. Learn more about how Colgate calculates aid at colgate.edu/financialaid.

When applying for financial aid, United States citizens and eligible non-citizens must submit both the CSS Financial Aid Profile and the FAFSA online. International applicants must submit the CSS Financial Aid Profile. All applicants must submit required financial aid documents by November 15 for Early Decision I or January 15 for Early Decision II and Regular Decision.

Questions? Contact our Office of Financial Aid at finaid@colgate.edu or 315-228-7431.

The Coalition Application Fee Waiver 

Colgate University accepts the Coalition fee waiver, which you can obtain as outlined by the Coalition below:
As you create your MyCoalition profile, you’ll answer a few simple questions to determine your eligibility. For instance, if you answer “yes” to any of the following questions, then you qualify:

   -Do you receive free or reduced lunch in school?
   -Do you participate in a TRIO program?
   -Do you qualify for fee waivers from the ACT, College Board, and/or        NACAC?

We don’t require any additional documentation or verification from you. Once you qualify, you’ll automatically bypass the payment screen each time you submit your Coalition application.

Colgate also accepts official fee waivers from the College Board, NACAC, and Expanding College Opportunities. 

Do you have any additional questions about Colgate or the application process? Reach out to your regional admission officer or a current Colgate student. We're here to help.