Colgate University

Hamilton, New York
4-year Private university


Colgate University is a private institution established in 1819 with rural setting located at Hamilton. It is ranked 21 in National Liberal Arts Colleges in 2024 edition of Best Colleges. It practices semester-based academic calendar. Students are required to live on campus which includes Greek houses and university apartments—for their first three years. Colgate’s academic departments and majors fall into one of four general divisions: humanities, natural sciences and mathematics, social sciences and university studies. Colgate has more than 20 off-campus study programs led by Colgate faculty, and the university also gives credit for programs offered by other universities. Arts programs include studies in theater, visual arts, film and media studies, and music.

#21 in National Liberal Arts Colleges
Location Hamilton, New York
Type 4-year Private
Year Founded 1819
Selectivity Very High
Size Small
3,130 Undergraduates


Student-Faculty Ratio
Social Sciences
Most Popular Major

Majors Available

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, And Group Studies
  • Biological And Biomedical Sciences
  • Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services
  • Education
  • English Language And Literature/Letters
  • Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics
  • History
  • Liberal Arts And Sciences, General Studies And Humanities
  • Mathematics And Statistics
  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Natural Resources And Conservation
  • Philosophy And Religious Studies
  • Physical Sciences
  • Psychology
  • Social Sciences
  • Visual And Performing Arts


Cost of Attendance
Average Student Contribution
Instate Tution Fee $55,870
Outstate Tuition Fee $55,870
Room and Board Fees $16,790
$44,883 Median Salary After 2 years of Graduation


12% (Very High Selectivity) Acceptance Rate
Admission Difficulty: Most Difficult
$60 Application Fee
Application Fee Waiver Available
3.9 Average High School GPA

Application Requirements

SAT/ACT Required
SAT/ACT Writing (essay) Recommended
SAT Subject Test Not Required
Essay or Personal Statement Required
SAT Score Range
Middle 50% (25% - 75%) scores range
ACT Score Range
Middle 50% (25% - 75%) scores range

How to Apply?

Accepts CommonApp
Other Applications Accepted Coalition Application

For International Students

100 Minimum TOEFL Score
TOEFL Requirement: Required
IELTS Other English Language Tests Accepted
(in lieu of TOEFL)
TOEFL Waived if

student study at a secondary school where English is the primary language of instruction

Deadlines for Fall Intake Applications
Early Decision Deadline
Early Decision II Deadline
Regular Decision Deadline
Transfer Applications
Transfer Applications Deadline
For Financial Aid
Financial Aid Priority Application Deadline
Financial Aid Application Deadline

Scholarships and Financial Aid

$64,355 Average Financial Aid
Need-based Aid available for International Students

Need-based Aid

$61,929 Average Need-based Aid
Cost of Attendance for out-of-state students: $83,650
33% Students with need received Financial Aid
95.7% Students had their need fully met
Deadline for need-based financial application Jnauary 15
Forms to be submitted CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE, FAFSA

Merit Scholarships

Not Available

Other Scholarships

Beinecke Scholarship
Total Worth $34,000
Details an undergraduate junior at the time of application
Final deadline: February
must be a US citizen or US national
Boren Scholarship
Total Worth $25,000 to fund undergraduate study abroad programs in Boren-preferred countries and languages.
Details Apply to a study abroad program with a language study component in a Boren-supported country/language, and plan to continue language study after your return, have academic and career goals which resonate with Boren's emphasis on US national security and/or international affairs and must be a US citizen
Campus preliminary deadline: December
Final deadline: February
Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Graduate Fellowship
Total Worth $42,000 annual funding for graduate study in international affairs, plus mentoring and professional development help to prepare Fellows to enter the US Foreign Service.
Details must be a US citizen
Simultaneously be seeking admission to a 2-year, full-time graduate degree program in international affairs or a related field such as economics, history, political science, public administration, communications, public policy, business administration, or foreign languages (this excludes law school)
must have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.2 or higher
Final deadline: mid-September


3,130 Total Undergraduate Enrollment
School Size: Small
94% Freshmen return to Sophomore Year
88% Students graduate within 6 years