Colgate University: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

View of Colgate University campus across Taylor Lake

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Colgate University is a private liberal arts college with an acceptance rate of 22.6%. Located in Hamilton, in Upstate New York, Colgate frequently ranks among the top 25 liberal arts colleges in the country. Colgate offers 56 majors and has earned a chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. Colgate also has an impressive 90% 6-year graduation rate, and roughly two-thirds 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 for most sports.

Considering applying to Colgate? Here are the admissions statistics you should know, including average SAT/ACT scores and GPAs of admitted students.

Acceptance Rate

During the 2018-19 admissions cycle, Colgate University had an acceptance rate of 22.6%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 23 students were admitted, making Colgate's admissions process highly competitive.

Admissions Statistics (2018-19)
Number of Applicants 9,951
Percent Admitted 22.6%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 35%

SAT Scores and Requirements

Colgate University requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2018-19 admissions cycle, 56% of admitted students submitted SAT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 660 730
Math 670 770
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

This admissions data tells us that most of Colgate's admitted students fall within the top 20% nationally on the SAT. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, 50% of students admitted to Colgate scored between 660 and 730, while 25% scored below 660 and 25% scored above 730. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 670 and 770, while 25% scored below 670 and 25% scored above 770. Applicants with a composite SAT score of 1500 or higher will have particularly competitive chances at Colgate.

Requirements

Colgate does not require the optional SAT essay section or SAT Subject tests. Note that Colgate requires applicants to submit all SAT scores.

ACT Scores and Requirements

Colgate University requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2018-19 admissions cycle, 44% of admitted students submitted ACT scores.

ACT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
English 31 35
Math 28 32
Composite 31 34

This admissions data tells us that most of Colgate's admitted students fall within the top 5% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to Colgate received a composite ACT score between 31 and 34, while 25% scored above 34 and 25% scored below 31.

Requirements

Note that Colgate requires applicants to submit all ACT scores. Colgate does not require the optional ACT writing section.

GPA

In 2019, the average high school GPA of Colgate's incoming freshmen class was 3.72, and over 50% of incoming students had average GPAs of 3.75 and above. These results suggest that most successful applicants to Colgate University have primarily A grades.

Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph

Colgate University Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph.
Colgate University Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph. Data courtesy of Cappex.

The admissions data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to Colgate University. GPAs are unweighted. Find out how you compare to accepted students, see the real-time graph, and calculate your chances of getting in with a free Cappex account.

Admissions Chances

Colgate University has a highly competitive admissions pool with a low acceptance rate and high average GPAs and SAT/ACT scores. However, Colgate has a holistic admissions process involving other factors beyond your grades and test scores. A strong application essay and glowing letters of recommendation can strengthen your application, as can participation in meaningful extracurricular activities and a rigorous course schedule. Note that Colgate offers non-evaluative optional interviews to interested applicants. Students with particularly compelling stories or achievements can still receive serious consideration even if their test scores are outside of Colgate's average range.

In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students. You can see that the majority of successful applicants had high school grades in the "A" range, ACT composite scores of 28 or higher, and combined SAT scores of 1300 or better (ERW+M). The higher those grades and test scores, the better your chances are of receiving an acceptance from Colgate.

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All admissions data has been sourced from the National Center for Education Statistics and Colgate University Undergraduate Admissions Office.