Colgate University Requirements for Admission

What are Colgate University's admission requirements? While there are a lot of pieces that go into a college application, you should focus on only a few critical things:

  • GPA requirements
  • Testing requirements, including SAT and ACT requirements
  • Application requirements

In this guide we'll cover what you need to get into Colgate University and build a strong application.

School location: Hamilton, NY


Admissions Rate: 28.1%

If you want to get in, the first thing to look at is the acceptance rate. This tells you how competitive the school is and how serious their requirements are.

The acceptance rate at Colgate University is 28.1%. For every 100 applicants, 28 are admitted.

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This means the school is very selective. If you meet Colgate University's requirements for GPA, SAT/ACT scores, and other components of the application, you have a great shot at getting in. But if you fall short on GPA or your SAT/ACT scores, you'll have a very low chance of being admitted, even if you meet the other admissions requirements.


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Colgate University GPA Requirements

Many schools specify a minimum GPA requirement, but this is often just the bare minimum to submit an application without immediately getting rejected.

The GPA requirement that really matters is the GPA you need for a real chance of getting in. For this, we look at the school's average GPA for its current students.

Average GPA: 3.7

The average GPA at Colgate University is 3.7.

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(Most schools use a weighted GPA out of 4.0, though some report an unweighted GPA.

With a GPA of 3.7, Colgate University requires you to be above average in your high school class. You'll need at least a mix of A's and B's, with more A's than B's. You can compensate for a lower GPA with harder classes, like AP or IB classes. This will show that you're able to handle more difficult academics than the average high school student.

If you're currently a junior or senior, your GPA is hard to change in time for college applications. If your GPA is at or below the school average of 3.7, you'll need a higher SAT or ACT score to compensate. This will help you compete effectively against other applicants who have higher GPAs than you.


SAT and ACT Requirements

Each school has different requirements for standardized testing. Most schools require the SAT or ACT, and many also require SAT subject tests.

You must take either the SAT or ACT to submit an application to Colgate University. More importantly, you need to do well to have a strong application.

Colgate University SAT Requirements

Many schools say they have no SAT score cutoff, but the truth is that there is a hidden SAT requirement. This is based on the school's average score.

Average SAT: 1405

The average SAT score composite at Colgate University is a 1405 on the 1600 SAT scale.

This score makes Colgate University Strongly Competitive for SAT test scores.

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Colgate University SAT Score Analysis (New 1600 SAT)

The 25th percentile New SAT score is 1310, and the 75th percentile New SAT score is 1500. In other words, a 1310 on the New SAT places you below average, while a 1500 will move you up to above average.

Here's the breakdown of new SAT scores by section:

SectionAverage25th Percentile75th Percentile
Math710650770
Reading + Writing695660730
Composite140513101500

SAT Score Choice Policy

The Score Choice policy at your school is an important part of your testing strategy.

Colgate University has the Score Choice policy of "All Scores."

This means that Colgate University requires you to send all SAT scores you've ever taken to their office.

This sounds daunting, but most schools don't actually consider all your scores equally. For example, if you scored an 1300 on one test and a 1500 on another, they won't actually average the two tests.

More commonly, the school will take your highest score on a single test date. Even better, some schools form a Superscore - that is, they take your highest section score across all your test dates and combine them.

Some students are still worried about submitting too many test scores. They're afraid that Colgate University will look down on too many attempts to raise your score. But how many is too many?

From our research and talking to admissions officers, we've learned that 4-6 tests is a safe number to submit. The college understands that you want to have the best chance of admission, and retaking the test is a good way to do this. Within a reasonable number of tests, they honestly don't care how many times you've taken it. They'll just focus on your score.

If you take it more than 6 times, colleges start wondering why you're not improving with each test. They'll question your study skills and ability to improve.

But below 6 tests, we strongly encourage retaking the test to maximize your chances. If your SAT score is currently below a 1500, we strongly recommend that you consider prepping for the SAT and retaking it. You don't have much to lose, and you can potentially raise your score and significantly boost your chances of getting in.


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Colgate University ACT Requirements

Just like for the SAT, Colgate University likely doesn't have a hard ACT cutoff, but if you score too low, your application will get tossed in the trash.

Average ACT: 32

The average ACT score at Colgate University is 32. This score makes Colgate University Strongly Competitive for ACT scores.

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The 25th percentile ACT score is 31, and the 75th percentile ACT score is 33.

Even though Colgate University likely says they have no minimum ACT requirement, if you apply with a 31 or below, you'll have a very hard time getting in, unless you have something else very impressive in your application. There are so many applicants scoring 32 and above that a 31 will look academically weak.

ACT Score Sending Policy

If you're taking the ACT as opposed to the SAT, you have a huge advantage in how you send scores, and this dramatically affects your testing strategy.

Here it is: when you send ACT scores to colleges, you have absolute control over which tests you send. You could take 10 tests, and only send your highest one. This is unlike the SAT, where many schools require you to send all your tests ever taken.

This means that you have more chances than you think to improve your ACT score. To try to aim for the school's ACT requirement of 33 and above, you should try to take the ACT as many times as you can. When you have the final score that you're happy with, you can then send only that score to all your schools.

ACT Superscore Policy

By and large, most colleges do not superscore the ACT. (Superscore means that the school takes your best section scores from all the test dates you submit, and then combines them into the best possible composite score). Thus, most schools will just take your highest ACT score from a single sitting.

We weren't able to find the school's exact ACT policy, which most likely means that it does not Superscore. Regardless, you can choose your single best ACT score to send in to Colgate University, so you should prep until you reach our recommended target ACT score of 33.


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SAT/ACT Writing Section Requirements

Both the SAT and ACT have an optional essay section.

Colgate University considers the SAT Essay/ACT Writing section optional and may not include it as part of their admissions consideration. You don't need to worry too much about Writing for this school, but other schools you're applying to may require it.


SAT Subject Test Requirements

Schools vary in their SAT subject test requirements. Typically, selective schools tend to require them, while most schools in the country do not.

We did not find information that Colgate University requires SAT subject tests, and so most likely it does not. At least 6 months before applying, you should still doublecheck just to make sure, so you have enough time to take the test.



Final Admissions Verdict

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Because this school is very selective, strong academic scores are critical to improving your chances of admission. If you're able to score a 1500 SAT or a 33 ACT or above, you'll have a very strong chance at getting in.

For a school as selective as Colgate University, rounding out the rest of your application will also help. We'll cover those details next.

But if you apply with a score below a 1500 SAT or a 33 ACT, you unfortunately have a low chance of getting in. There are just too many other applicants with high SAT/ACT scores and strong applications, and you need to compete against them.


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Application Requirements

Every school requires an application with the bare essentials - high school transcript and GPA, application form, and other core information. Many schools, as explained above, also require SAT and ACT scores, as well as letters of recommendation, application essays, and interviews. We'll cover the exact requirements of Colgate University here.

Application Requirements Overview

  • Common Application Accepted, supplemental forms required
  • Universal Application Not accepted
  • Electronic Application Available
  • Essay or Personal Statement Required for all freshmen
  • Letters of Recommendation 3
  • Interview Not required
  • Application Fee $60
  • Fee Waiver Available? Available
  • Other Notes Colgate supplement required for freshmen

Testing Requirements

  • SAT or ACT Required
  • SAT Essay or ACT Writing Optional
  • SAT Subject Tests
  • Scores Due in Office January 15

Coursework Requirements

  • Subject Required Years
  • English 4
  • Math 3
  • Science 3
  • Foreign Language 3
  • Social Studies 3
  • History
  • Electives

Deadlines and Early Admissions

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    • Offered? Deadline Notification
  • Regular Admission
    • Yes January 15 April 1
  • Early Action
    • No
  • Early Decision
    • Yes November 15, January 15 December 15, Rolling

Admissions Office Information


Other Schools For You

If you're interested in Colgate University, you'll probably be interested in these schools as well. We've divided them into 3 categories depending on how hard they are to get into, relative to Colgate University.


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Reach Schools: Harder to Get Into

These schools are have higher average SAT scores than Colgate University. If you improve your SAT score, you'll be competitive for these schools.

School Name Location SAT Avg ACT Avg
Yale University New Haven, CT 1505 34
University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA 1490 33
Brown University Providence, RI 1488 32
Tufts University Medford, MA 1475 33
Cornell University Ithaca, NY 1470 33
Stanford University Stanford, CA 1465 33
Northeastern University Boston, MA 1445 33

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Same Level: Equally Hard to Get Into

If you're competitive for Colgate University, these schools will offer you a similar chance of admission.

School Name Location SAT Avg ACT Avg
University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI 1415 31
Tulane University New Orleans, LA 1410 32
Boston College Chestnut Hill, MA 1405 32
University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA 1400 32
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Troy, NY 1399 30
Southern Methodist University Dallas, TX 1390 29
University of California, Santa Barbara Santa Barbara, CA 1385 28

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Safety Schools: Easier to Get Into

If you're currently competitive for Colgate University, you should have no problem getting into these schools. If Colgate University is currently out of your reach, you might already be competitive for these schools.

School Name Location SAT Avg ACT Avg
Binghamton University Vestal, NY 1361 29
Villanova University Villanova, PA 1345 32
University of Texas at Dallas Richardson, TX 1315 29
Stony Brook University Stony Brook, NY 1304 28
United States Military Academy West Point, NY 1300 25
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo San Luis Obispo, CA 1293 28
University of Connecticut Storrs, CT 1250 28

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