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Hamilton College Admissions

If you want to apply to Hamilton College, the deadline for Fall 2022 admissions is January 1 and the fee for the application costs $60. Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students with financial need may qualify for for an application fee waiver.

Students who submit their applications for Fall should receive an admissions decision no later than April 1.

Considering Applying Early to Hamilton College?

Hamilton College offers early decision but not early action Early decision is binding, meaning you must attend if you are admitted, while early action allows you to apply early without committing. Early Decision 2 applications are due 1/1.

The early decision acceptance rate at Hamilton College is 46%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 18%. In 2021, Hamilton College admitted 253 of the 552 students who applied early decison.

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.

See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

Is Hamilton College Hard To Get Into?

Getting into Hamilton College is very difficult. Hamilton College evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny or waitlist.

In 2021, Hamilton College **accepted 18% of students, around 1,370 of the 7,443 students who applied.

Schools that are very difficult to get into, like Hamilton College, accept fewer than 60% of all applicants. At least 50% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1230 on the SAT and over 26 on the ACT. Admissions to international students needing financial aid is program extremely difficult.

Transfer student admissions is extremely difficult. In 2021, Hamilton College waitlisted 1,875 students. Of those, 1060 eventually got in.

What's Most Important to Get In to Hamilton College?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are are most important when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengthsand any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that prioritize the areas where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at Hamilton College

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Important
Geographical Residence Considered
Class Rank Very Important
Work Experience Considered
Extracurricular Activities Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
Application Essay Important
First Generation Considered
Interview Important
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Recommendation(s) Important
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
State Residency Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered
Volunteer Work Considered

Hamilton College Application Requirements

To apply, all applicants to Hamilton College must submit the following items. Double check with Hamilton College's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for some Details (if any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Interview
Letter(s) of Recommendation 1
Transcript of High School Record

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Hamilton College?

Out of all students that were admitted, 20% submitted a class rank. At Hamilton College 86% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 99% were in the top 25% and 100% were in the top 50%.

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.

At Hamilton College, students GPAs fall in the following ranges
4.0 GPA 20%

Hamilton College does not have a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2021, 43% of Hamilton College's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 40% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What's a Good SAT Score for Hamilton College?

To be competitive with other Hamilton College applicants, you should strive to earn between 1410 and 1500 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Hamilton College 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1500 and 25% of scored lower than 1410, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Hamilton College students scored 760 or higher and 75% of students scored 680 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Hamilton College students scored 750 or higher, and 75% scored a 680 or higher.

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What's a Good ACT Score for Hamilton College?

To be most competitive at Hamilton College, you should strive to earn between 32 and 34 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 34 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Hamilton College's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 34, and three out of four students scored lower than 34 on the ACT.

A 32 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Hamilton College students. Only one out of every four students scored below 32.

Want To Bring Up Your ACT Score? Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates.

Transferring to Hamilton College

For transfer students, it is extremely difficult to get admitted to Hamilton College.

For transfer students wishing to start in the Fall, the deadline to apply is April 1. Applicants should hear back by May 15.

Transfer students can enroll in Hamilton College during the following terms: Fall Term Spring Term

Hamilton College Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Hamilton College?

Students who are admitted to Hamilton College must attend in the term they start. Deferring admissions is not encouraged. If you have a unusual circumstance, contact the admissions department..

Does Hamilton College accept transfer credits?

Hamilton College accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions.

Does Hamilton College accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

Hamilton College accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) creditsand Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Hamilton College?

Hamilton College. is not test optional. You must submit test scores as part of the application.

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Hamilton College Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Very Selective

18%

How hard is it to get into Hamilton College? Hamilton College is a very selective institution. The Hamilton College acceptance rate is 18%. This means that the institution accepts 18 out of every 100 applicants.

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Hamilton College Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Apr 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Hamilton College is Jan 1.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Hamilton College is Apr 1.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Hamilton College ACT Scores

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ACT Range

32 - 34

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

34 and Above

Good

32 to 34

Avg

32 and Less

Low

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Hamilton College SAT Scores

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Composite SAT Range

1410 - 1500

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Math SAT Range

700 - 760

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Reading SAT Range

680 - 750

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Hamilton College GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)

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Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

1,900

Campus Setting

Small Town

Acceptance Rate

18%

Tuition and Fees

In State

$59,970

Out-of-State

$59,970

Fall Freshmen
Application Deadline

Jan 1
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