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Hamilton, New York

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Your chances of getting into Colgate University

Admission Rate & Difficulty

Percent Admitted 

Admission Difficulty for Colgate University
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Exceptional 
Applicant Competition Very High 

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Colgate is 17.2%.  Its admission rate is the 9th lowest in New York and the 51st lowest the nation.

Admission Selectivity

How hard is it to get into Colgate and can you get accepted?

Colgate is a very highly competitive school to get into. You have a low chance of acceptance even if you meet the admission criteria. It's important that you meet their GPA requirements to get through the first round of consideration. Last year, only 3,015 out of the 17,540 who applied were admitted.

The school has extremely high admission requirements, generally admitting students who can score in the top 6 percent on standardized admission tests. Colgate University typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.77. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top ten percent of their high school class or better. 29% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Can you get into Colgate?

17% are accepted, can you get in? Use the admission calculator to see if you have the grades and test scores needed to get in. See your admission chances based on your extracurriculars, intended major, background, and more.

Admission Requirements in Brief

To have the best chance of getting into to Colgate University you should:

  • Have a high school GPA of 3.77 or better
  • Earn A- grades in high school
  • Score 1430 on the SAT
  • Score 33 on the ACT
  • Graduate in the top 10% of your high school class
  • Submit letters of recommendation from your teachers

Colgate GPA

GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 


Typical High School Grades 


What GPA do you need to get into Colgate University?

GPA Requirements

The GPA requirements for getting into Colgate are to have around a 3.77 high school GPA. You are required to have exceptionally good grades and you should be graduating near the top of your class.

Meeting these GPA requirements alone is not enough for you to gain admission as Colgate is a very selective school.

Average GPA

The average unweighted GPA at Colgate is 3.77 on the 4.0 scale. 21% of students who get in have perfect 4.0 GPA's in high school. To achieve the average GPA for admission, you need to earn A- letter grades and regularly score around 90-92 percent on tests and assignments in high school.  The school ranks #13 in New York for highest average GPA.

Importance of GPA

Since Colgate is a test optional college, extra focus will be placed on your GPA when the school considers your application. As a result, it is very important that you meet the GPA requirements.

See additional colleges accepting applicants in the 3.8 GPA range.

Competitiveness by GPA Ranges

The table below outlines the number of admitted freshmen by GPA range as well as how competitive your GPA will be as compared with other applicants.

High School GPA's for admitted Colgate University students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 20.54% Good
3.75 to 3.99 36.91% Avg
3.50 to 3.74 27.65% Reach
3.25 to 3.49 11.4% Reach
3.00 to 3.24 2.94% Reach
2.50 to 2.99 0.56% Low
2.00 to 2.49 0% Low
1.00 to 1.99 0% Low
less than 1.00 0% Low

 What do these chances mean?

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2022

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Colgate SAT Scores

Test Optional

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required for admission to Colgate University. If you submit test scores, they will be considered with your application, but they are not mandatory. 29% of students submitted SAT scores and 21% submitted ACT scores for admission for the most recent academic year..

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 


Applicants Submitting SAT 

SAT Scores for Colgate University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 670
Math 25th Percentile 680
Composite 25th Percentile 1350
SAT Scores for Colgate University
SAT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 740
Math 75th Percentile 760
Composite 75th Percentile 1500
Average SAT Score 1430

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for you to be admitted to Colgate University?

Average Score & Range

The average SAT score at Colgate is 1430 out of 1600 and the range for the middle 50% of accepted students is 1350-1500. Students who get into Colgate University score in the top 8 percent of all SAT test takers..  Colgate ranks #9 in the state of New York and #57 in the nation for highest average SAT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

You should target scoring 1430 or above to be most competitive with other applicants. Colgate regularly admits students with SAT scores down to 1350 on a 1600 scale. However, three quarter of admitted students score higher. If you score below a 1350, admission should be considered a reach. Some students may be accepted with minimum SAT's as low as 1270, but scores this low are outside the normal range.

Score Submission Requirements

Colgate University is a test optional school meaning do not have to submit SAT scores with your application. The position on SAT scores from the college is "considered but not required".

View other colleges which accept students in the 1430 SAT score range.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

The table below outlines your predicted admission chances based on SAT score alone. If you are an average applicant with a score of 1425, you have around a 17% chance of being admitted. A 1500 places you well ahead of most other applicants and gives you about a 28% chance of getting in.

Colgate University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1500 and Above Good >28%
1425 to 1500 Avg + 17%-28%
1350 to 1425 Avg - 10%-17%
1275 to 1350 Reach 5%-10%
Less than 1275 Low <5%
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Colgate ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 


Applicants Submitting ACT 

ACT Scores for Colgate University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 32
Math 25th Percentile 29
Composite 25th Percentile 32
ACT Scores for Colgate University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 35
Math 75th Percentile 33
Composite 75th Percentile 34
Average ACT Score 33

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for students to get into Colgate?

Score Range

The average ACT score for admitted students to Colgate is 33, while the middle 50% of students (25th to 75th percentile) score between a 32 and 34.  The school ranks #5 in New York and #39 in the U.S. for highest average ACT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

For the best chance of admission, you should have an ACT of 33. This will place you in solid competition against other applicants. At a minimum, you should aim for a 32 and score in the score in the top 3 percent nationally.

21 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Colgate University.

Score Submission Requirements

You do not have to to submit ACT scores with your application as Colgate University is test optional. The policy from the school on ACT scores is "considered but not required".

Find other colleges with similar ACT score requirements

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Here are your predicted chances of getting into Colgate for different ACT score ranges. A typical applicant with a 33 score has around 17% chance of getting in. Your odds increase to about 28% with a 34 ACT score.

Colgate University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
34 and Above Good >28%
33 to 34 Avg + 17%-28%
32 to 33 Avg - 10%-17%
31 to 32 Reach 5%-10%
Less than 31 Low <5%
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High School Class Rank

77% of Colgate University freshman are in the top ten percent of their high school graduating class. For your application to be competitive, you need to graduate at the top of your class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Colgate University students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 77%
Top 25% of class 93%
Top 50% of class 100%
Data Source, Peterson's Data


Admission Statistics

Admission and enrollment rates by gender are detailed the the table below.

Colgate University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 9,838 7,702 17,540
Accepted 1,763 1,252 3,015
Acceptance Rate 18% 16% 17%
Enrolled 511 376 887
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 29% 30% 29%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Fall 2024 Application Deadline

Applications Due

Jan 15, 2024

Days left to Apply


Applicants have 113 days left until the Fall 2024 term applications are due on Jan 15, 2024.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Colgate University is $60.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Colgate University and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Colgate University Application Requirements
Test Scores Considered but not required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Considered but not required
Completion of College Preparatory Program Recommended
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Colgate University
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Admission Requirements Summary

Because Colgate is very highly competitive, you have a low likelihood of acceptance. It is important that you earn at least a 3.77 GPA to have a good shot at getting in. Additionally, you need to score a 1430 on the SAT and optimally 1500 to place yourself in a strong position. For ACT scores, you need a 33 to have a competitive chance of getting in.

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=190099 IPEDS survey data for Colgate University.


Does Colgate University prefer SAT or ACT?

29% of students submit their SAT scores to Colgate. 21% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Colgate University?

17% of those who apply are granted admission to Colgate. Admission competition is very high and the college has exceptional admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Colgate University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1350 and 1500. The average SAT score is 1425. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Colgate University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 32 and 34. The average ACT score is 33. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.