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With an acceptance rate of 29%, admission to Colgate University is very competitive. Based on our analysis, to have a good chance of being admitted, you need to be at the top of your class and have an SAT score of close to 1400, or an ACT score of around 31.
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So, you’re thinking about applying to Colgate University, and you’re curious about your chances of admission. Well, we’re here to help! Of course, there are a lot of factors in the admissions process, and it’s impossible to accurately predict whether you’ll be admitted or not. However, the most important factors in the admissions game are your GPA and test scores. So, using those as a measure, we can give you an estimate of your chances.

With an acceptance rate of 29%, admission to Colgate University is very competitive. Based on our analysis, to have a good chance of being admitted, you need to be at the top of your class and have an SAT score of close to 1400, or an ACT score of around 31.

Not quite there? Try taking our SAT prep course and you'll still have a chance of getting in, but it’s in the single digits. Let’s take a closer look at Colgate admission statistics.

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Colgate Admissions Statistics

Colgate’s acceptance rate in 2017 was 29%. For students applying to the class of 2021, out of 8,394 applicants, Colgate admitted about 2,416. The average GPA of admitted applicants was 3.69, the average ACT score was 31, and the average SAT score was 1400.

For students who took the ACT, the 25th percentile score of successful applicants was 30, and the 75th percentile score was 33.

For students who took the SAT, the 25th percentile score was 1310. The 75th percentile score was 1520.

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If you’re somewhere in the middle of these numbers, remember that a high test score can compensate for a slightly lower GPA, and vice versa. If you’re at the lower end, it helps if you’re a diverse applicant, the child of an alum, or have incredible personal achievements. Still, at the 25th percentile, your chances of getting in are in the low single digits.

Other aspects of your application, such as athletics, extracurricular and recommendations, are important, but will likely only make a difference for admission if you’re in the 75th percentile range for your GPA and SAT/ACT scores.

As we said, admission to Colgate is very competitive. Even if Colgate is your dream school, and even if you’re in the 75th percentile, you’ll still want to make sure you apply to a wide variety of schools to ensure you’ll gain admission somewhere.

Generally, you should have at least three safety schools (where you are in the 75th percentile of GPA/test scores), three reach schools (where you are in the 25th percentile of GPA/test scores) and three target schools (where you are near the average for GPA/test scores) on your list.

OK, so you’ve decided to apply. We took a look at Colgate’s admissions requirements to help you get everything in order.

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Colgate Application Requirements

To apply to Colgate, you’ll need to fill out the Common Application or Coalition Application, submit an ACT or SAT score, submit the Colgate University supplement, pay the $60 application fee, submit two academic teacher recommendations, submit a guidance counselor recommendation, submit an official high school transcript, and finally submit your high school senior grades, including at least first quarter or first trimester senior grades. Everything should be submitted by November 15th for Early Action, and January 15th for Regular Decision.

Here’s a full list of application requirements:

  • Fill out the Common Application or Coalition Application, submit the Colgate University supplement, and pay an application fee of $60
  • Submit an ACT score or SAT score
  • Submit two academic teacher recommendations
  • Submit your high school transcript
  • Submit a guidance counselor recommendation
  • Submit your high school senior grades, including at least first quarter or first-trimester senior grades

The application deadline is November 15th for Early Action and January 15th for Regular Decision.

Have you been admitted to Colgate? Congratulations! Below is a glimpse of what your classmates will be like.

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Colgate Admitted Students Profile

If you matriculate at Colgate, you’ll be joining a diverse class, with students from all over the U.S. and the world, and have a chance to study in dozens of fields.

Here are some interesting facts about the recently admitted class:

  • Roughly 45% are male and 55% are female
  • 8.7% of students are international

Colgate has a diverse class, as well, with a large number of people of color. The ethnicities of admitted applicants are:

  • International: 8.7%
  • Underrepresented minority: 4.1%
  • Two or more races: 3.8%
  • White: 73%

What do these admitted students plan to study? Colgate offers dozens of majors, and students matriculating there pursue a wide number of subjects. Here is a list of some of the top programs:

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  • Economics
  • Political Science and Government
  • Psychology

Now, how are you going to pay for this?

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Colgate Tuition Figures

At $67,290, Colgate’s cost of attendance is astronomical. But, don’t panic! Most incoming students receive some form of financial aid, and the average award is $45,724.

Here’s a fuller look at Colgate tuition and financial aid in 2017:

  • Total budget: $67,290
  • Average financial aid package: $45,724
  • The average student debt of a Colgate graduate is $21,427

Now, what is life like at Colgate? Let’s take a look.

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Colgate Location

Colgate University's main campus is located in Hamilton, New York.

Most of the campus' heat is generated by a wood boiler, which produces zero net carbon emissions. The school prides itself on its environmental responsibility.

Remember, you’re going to Colgate for its excellent academics! Below is a look at what academic life will be like.

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Colgate Academics

Colgate has dozens of majors. Some of the school’s more interesting majors are:

  • Astrophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Chinese Language and Literature
  • Drama
  • Economics
  • French Language and Literature
  • Geography
  • Humanities
  • International Relations and Affairs
  • Latin American Studies
  • Molecular Biology
  • Natural Sciences
  • Political Science and Government
  • Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
  • Social Sciences
  • Women's Studies

Now, let’s take a look at life outside the classroom at Colgate.

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Student Life at Colgate

Colgate has hundreds of student organizations, covering academic interests, creative and performing arts, cultural and racial initiatives, gender and sexuality affinity groups, government and politics interests, and various media and publications.

Here’s a sampling of Colgate’s student activities:

  • Advocates
  • Colgate Archery Club
  • Bellydancing Club
  • BRITE
  • Broad Street Records
  • Charred Goosebeak
  • Colgate Anime Society
  • Do Random Acts of Kindness
  • engAGE
  • Friends of Hamilton Manor
  • The Game's Afoot
  • Grapplers Club
  • History Club
  • Love Your Melon
  • Masque and Triangle
  • Organization of Asian Sisters in Solidarity

Are you an athlete? Colgate’s got plenty of options for you.

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Colgate Athletics

Colgate offers a large number of intercollegiate sports, with extensive varsity, as well as club, offerings, for both men and women. So, if you’re not up to varsity level, remember there are plenty of club and intramural sports to try out for, too.

Colgate’s sports include:

  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Cross-Country
  • Swimming & Diving
  • Soccer
  • Lacrosse
  • Track & Field
  • Tennis

Who might you become with a Colgate degree? Let’s take a look at some well-known and successful alums:

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Notable Alums

Colgate has produced politicians, business tycoons, entertainers, musicians, media figures, and leaders in dozens of other fields.

Here’s a list of some particularly well-known alums:

  • Addams Family creator Charles Addams
  • Filmmaker Joe Berlinger
  • NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke
  • Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream co-founder Ben Cohen
  • New York Times correspondent Chris Hedges
  • Author Kim Edwards
  • NFL coach Bill Parcells

And this is only a partial list!

Remember!

Getting into Colgate is very competitive. Don’t despair if you get a no. If you have a strong GPA and high test scores, you have a great chance of getting into at least one of the more competitive schools. And if you don’t, remember: where you go is NOT who you are. If you work hard, you’ll end up at a school that’s right for you, and still get a great education.

If you need to boost your GPA or test scores before application time rolls around, you should consider signing up for a course with Prep Expert. We offer one-on-one tutoring and classes, both in-person and online, at locations throughout the United States.

Our expert teachers and tutors will not only share with you tried and true methods for improving your score, but also help you correct deficiencies in any subject that you’re having difficulty with—English, Writing, Mathematics or Science.

Additionally, online classes can be watched On Demand, so if you miss a class due to your busy schedule, you can catch it online later. We have helped hundreds of students get the scores they need to attend the school of their dreams.

Best of luck with your applications and go check out Prep Expert!

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