Colgate is a distinctive university known for its intellectual rigor, world-class professors, campus of stunning beauty, and loyal alumni. At the core of Colgate University is one of the most ambitious and relevant learning experiences in the country. Regardless of major, all students are taught to think critically, communicate powerfully, analyze other perspectives, and solve complex problems.
Colgate competes in Division I athletics, the highest level of collegiate sports, and residential living ensures that students feel connected. In the center of New York State, in one of the friendliest towns in America, Colgate offers the best of college life.

Academic Programs

  • Art & Design
  • Business
  • Communication
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Government/Political Science
  • Health Science
  • Liberal Arts
  • Music
  • Performing Arts
  • Research
  • Science
  • Social Science
  • Technology
  • Visual Arts

Student experience

  • Athletics
  • Co-op/Internship Opportunities
  • Disability Services
  • Greek Life
  • Intramural/Club Sports
  • LGBTQIA Services
  • On-Campus Housing
  • Study Abroad
  • Undergraduate Research

Application information

Find out about requirements, fees, and deadlines


Colgate’s admission process is designed to identify individuals of academic skill, intellectual and cultural diversity, and wide-ranging interests and backgrounds. First year students have not yet matriculated in a college-level degree program. Applicants can choose between Regular Decision and Early Decision Option I or Option II application plans.


Colgate offers transfer admission for both the fall and spring semesters. To qualify as a transfer student, you meet one of the following criteria: You have matriculated in a college-level degree program and now wish to attend Colgate University or you possess an associates degree.

Additional Information

Colgate University, now in its third century, is a distinctive and strong undergraduate liberal arts institution of national reach and reputation. By making a Colgate education more accessible, we can increase the academic quality of our entering classes and enroll students who have a strong affinity for the University. The Colgate Commitment marks a milestone in the University’s progress to make a Colgate education affordable to as many talented, high-achieving students as possible, regardless of their socioeconomic background. For eligible domestic students, this comprehensive financial aid initiative will: eliminate the cost of tuition, significantly reduce average student debt, and reduce the net cost of tuition based on the family income level. To learn more about our need-based financial aid, please visit
Colgate is also committed to fostering an inclusive application experience for all students. Students can apply for admission under an ACT and SAT test-optional policy through 2026. For each applicant, Colgate conducts a holistic review process that appreciates the value of all pieces of information included in an application. When students choose to submit standardized test scores this information provides additional information to aid the holistic review. When students choose not to submit standardized test scores, the Office of Admission evaluates the applicant through the components of the application. This includes the high school transcript, essays, extra-curricular involvement, and recommendations. Students will be at no disadvantage if they choose not to submit the optional materials. Please visit for more information.


Visit us

Prospective students and their guests are invited to explore Colgate's beautiful campus alive with academic excellence, ground-breaking research, and a student body in perpetual motion. We offer several visit options throughout the year, and would love to show you around. Visit to learn more.

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13 Oak Dr
Hamilton, NY 13346, United States of America

Phone number

(315) 228-7401