Colgate University


Match Requirements for:

Finalists who rank Colgate

If you are a Finalist who ranked Colgate, your National College Match application will be sent to Colgate, and you will need to submit the following requirements to the school by November 1. If you have questions after reviewing the information below, please reach out to the school directly.

Match Requirements

Colgate University Applicant Portal Activation: QuestBridge will send Finalists’ applications to Colgate on October 18, and Colgate may need a couple days to import them into their system. Once processed, Colgate will then email you instructions to log in and activate your Colgate applicant portal, where you can track the status of the materials you submit to Colgate.


Colgate QuestBridge Supplement

Upon processing the Questbridge application, Colgate will make the Questbridge Supplement available on your Colgate applicant portal. 


Official Transcript(s)

School counselors should mail or email a copy of your official transcript(s) to the Office of Admission (see Contact Information below).

Please also have your school counselors mail or email a copy of your first quarter or trimester senior year grades to the Office of Admission (see Contact Information below), if available. Colgate only requires mid-year grades. Colgate defines mid-year grades as the first semester or first trimester grades from your final year of high school. If these grades are not available by the QuestBridge Match deadline, that does not impact your application status; Colgate requires this item to be submitted by February 15.


(Optional) Test Scores 
Self-Reported or Official Reports

SAT code: 2086
ACT code: 2702

Colgate University will offer applicants for Fall 2024 entry the option to apply without consideration of their SAT or ACT scores. Learn more about Colgate’s test-optional policy. Students who rank Colgate University can indicate on the QuestBridge supplement if they would like test scores considered in the review of their application.

For students who would like to submit test scores, Colgate accepts self-reported test scores, scores reported on official transcripts, or scores verified through counselors. Official scores will be required for students who enroll at Colgate and requested that their scores be considered for admission.


(Optional) Writing Prompts

Colgate offers applicants the opportunity to lend depth to their application through optional supplemental writing prompts. These prompts are not meant to feel like essays; they are simply an added perspective. Responses to these prompts provide the Office of Admission greater insight into who the applicants are and the many ways they may flourish at Colgate. These questions will be available and can be submitted through the applicant portal after Colgate has processed a student’s application. Students can choose to respond to any or all of the supplemental prompts.


2024-2025 CSS Profile 

CSS code: 2086
Available: Oct. 1

Please select "Early Decision" as your admission application type. 

If your parents are divorced or separated:

  • Both of your biological/adoptive parent(s) will complete their own CSS Profile with different log-in credentials. It is highly recommended that the student and custodial parent start the CSS Profile first, as the non-custodial parent cannot submit information until the student selects a school that requires the submission of non-custodial parent information.
  • Your noncustodial parent must submit the online Noncustodial Profile after creating a separate College Board account.
  • If you do not have any contact with your noncustodial parent, then you may submit a request to waive the requirement of their financial information. Download the Noncustodial Parent Waiver Petition.

SUBMIT AS SOON AS AVAILABLE (likely by late December)


2024-2025 FAFSA

FAFSA code: 002701

The FAFSA will not be available until at least December 2023. Please complete the FAFSA as soon as it is available and submit it directly to Colgate.

US Citizens and Eligible Noncitizens only. Canadian and other international students do not complete the FAFSA. 

Create a Federal Student Aid ID (FSA ID) before completing the FAFSA.

If your biological or adoptive parents live apart and are divorced, separated, or were never married to each other, only your custodial parent needs to complete the FAFSA, reflecting only his/her household and financial situation.


Options following the Match

Early Decision

Finalists who rank Colgate but are not matched to a binding school may be considered during the binding Early Decision II process. If interested in Early Decision II, please notify Colgate of your intentions and complete an Early Decision Agreement (see Contact Information below).

QuestBridge Finalists who did not rank any colleges may apply to Colgate through Early Decision or Regular Decision. 

All applications for first-year admission are due January 15. A student may convert a Regular Decision application to Early Decision II until February 1. 


Regular Decision

All Finalists who rank Colgate for the Match, but did not match to a binding college will automatically have their applications moved into the Regular Decision process.

If you no longer wish to be considered, you must contact the Admissions Office to withdraw your application (see Contact Information below). 

Regular Decision Requirements:

Step 1: Select Colgate on the QuestBridge Regular Decision Form on your Application Management page between November 3 - December 10. Only check the box if you fully intend to submit a complete application to Colgate (including all of the materials detailed in the table below).

Step 2: In mid-December, activate your Colgate Applicant Portal. QuestBridge will send Finalists’ applications to Colgate on December 13 and Colgate may need a couple days to import them into their system. Use the Colgate applicant portal, sent to you via email, to track the status of your materials you submit to Colgate. 

Step 3: Submit all additional required application and financial materials directly to Colgate by the applicable deadlines as detailed in the table below.

Information for Non-Finalists

indicates a required material

Regular Decision Requirements: Admission Materials


Finalists who ranked Colgate and submitted all materials (but did not match to a binding college)

Finalists who did not rank Colgate 

Colgate QuestBridge Supplement 


QuestBridge Midyear Report

Official Transcript(s)

Update including recent grades

(Optional) Test Scores 
Only if opting to submit testing

SAT code: 2086
ACT code: 2702


Only if new scores to report

Regular Decision Requirements: Financial Aid Materials


Finalists who ranked Colgate and submitted all materials (but did not match to a binding college)

Finalists who did not rank Colgate 

2024-2025 FAFSA

FAFSA code: 002701
Available: Anticipated December 2023


2024-2025 CSS Profile 

CSS code: 2086
Available: Oct. 1


Contact Information 

Contact Information (for sending admission and financial aid materials and general questions):

Colgate University Office of Admission and Financial Aid
13 Oak Drive
Hamilton, NY 13346
Phone: (315) 228-7401
Fax: (315) 228-7544
Admissions email:
Financial Aid email: