Colgate University


Highest Degree Offered: Masters

College Type: Private

Campus Type:

Academic Calendar: Semester

State: New York


Colgate University frequently ranks among the top 25 liberal arts colleges in the country. Colgate's rural campus is located in Hamilton, a small town in the picturesque rolling hills of central Upstate New York. Colgate has many strengths among its 51 majors, a fact that has earned the school a chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. Colgate also has an impressive 90% 6-year graduation rate, and roughly 2/3 of students eventually go on to do some form of graduate study. On the athletic front, the Colgate Patriots compete in the NCAA Division I Patriot League.

Most Popular Majors

Biology, English, History, International Relations, Molecular Biology, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology

Student/Faculty Numbers

Total Students: 2844
Total Grad Students: Not available
Undergraduate Students: 2884
Faculty: 274

Total Student/Faculty Ratio: 10:1
Undergraduate Student/Faculty Ratio: 11:1

Percent Male: 47%
Percent Female: 53%

Financial Resources


Alumni Giving Rate: %

Graduation and Retention Information

Four-Year Graduation Rate: 83%

Six-Year Graduation Rate: 88%

Transfer-Out Rate

Graduation and Retention Data From: Spring 2010

Contact Information

13 Oak Dr
Hamilton New York 13346


Main Email:

Main Phone: 315-228-1000

Additional Campuses:

Admissions Contact:
Susan Dolly Lathrop
Co-coordinator of Transfer Admission, Office of Admissions

Transfer Services Contact:

International Admissions Contact:

Athletics Contact:
David Roach
Director of Athletics, Athletic Department

Applying to Transfer

Transfer Agreements:

Common App Used?

High School Transcript Required?

Minimum GPA for Applying:
Most successful transfer applicants have achieved a GPA at or above the 3.0 (B) grade level during their previous college experience. The average GPA for admitted transfer students is 3.5.

Minimum Grades for Transfer:
Colgate will consider awarding credit for actual college courses that fit within the scope of a liberal arts curriculum and in which students have earned a grade of "C" or higher.

Credits (Min/Max):
The maximum number of course credits that are accepted for transfer credit is 16 (1 Colgate course credit = 4 semester credit hours). You must earn 16 course credits at Colgate to earn a bachelor's degree.

Test Scores for Applying:
Official results of the College Board's SAT or the American College Testing (ACT) Program must be submitted to Colgate.

Letters of Recommendation Required:
An Instructor Evaluation and College Official's Report are required with your application.

Essay(s) required:
The two required essays should accompany the application.

Application Fee:
There is a $60 non-refundable application fee.

Other Requirements:
Current Semester Grade Report on Colgate Supplement, College Official's Report, and Instructor Evaluation are needed for admission consideration.

Fall Deadline:

Spring Deadline:

Summer Deadline:

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Standardized Testing

ACT 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
Composite 30 32
English 30 34
Math 28 33
SAT 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
Critical Reading 620 720
Math 640 720
Writing 620 730

Standardized Testing Notes:

Transfer Statistics

Transfers Applied: 265

Transfers Accepted: 36

Transfer Percentage Accepted: 14%

Freshmen Percentage Accepted: 29%

Difference Between Transfer and Freshmen Acceptance Rates: -15%

Admissions Data From: Fall 2010


Books: 1110

Other Expenses: 890

Room and Board: 10650

Tuition and Fees: 42920

Total Cost: 55570

Note on Costs:
Please visit our website at for information about tuition and fees.

Costs Data From: 2011-12

Financial Aid

General Financial Aid Information:
It is rare for Colgate to be able to offer need-based financial aid to transfer students.

CSS/Profile Used?

Own Financial Aid Form?

Average Amount of Aid – Grants:

Average Amount of Aid – Loans: 2416

Percent of New Students Receiving Aid: 41%

Percent of New Students Receiving Grants: 40%

Percent of New Students Receiving Loans: 18%

Financial Aid Data From: Fall 2010

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