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Hamilton College

Clinton, NY 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate12%

Hamilton College Admissions

Hamilton College is very difficult to get into. Hamilton College admitted 12% of all applicants in 2022. Out of 9,899 applications received in 2023, 1,166 students were offered admission.

If you are thinking about applying to Hamilton College, the regular decision application deadline is January 4 and the fee for the application costs $60.

Students who submit their applications to Hamilton College for fall should receive an admissions decision no later than April 1.

Hamilton College Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here is an overiew of some of Hamilton College's admissions stats.

Hamilton College 2023 Admissions Statistics
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 85.57%
Admissions Test Policy Not optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 36.6%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 18.4%
Waitlist Yes

Hamilton College Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Hamilton College.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I Yes November 15 December 15
Early Decision II Yes January 4 February 15
Early Action No – –
Regular Decision Yes 1 4 April 1

Applying Early to Hamilton College?

Hamilton College offers early decision but not early action. Early decision is binding, which means you must attend if you are admitted, while early action allows you to apply early without committing.

πŸ—“οΈ Early Decision I applications are due by November 15 EDI applicants should receive a decision by December 15.

πŸ—“οΈ Early Decision II applications are due January 4. ED II Applicants will recieve their decision before February 15.

The early decision acceptance rate at Hamilton College is 32%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 12%. Last year, Hamilton College admitted 241 of the 743 students who applied early decision.

Some students apply early to help their chances of being offering admission. When you apply early, your application is considered before all the regular decision applicants apply. Applying early may increase the chance of admission, since it demonstrates that you are very interested in a school.

➑️ Find a list of some competetive colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Hamilton College Admissions

Transferring to Hamilton College

It is extremely difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.

For Students Waitlisted to Hamilton College

In 2022, Hamilton College waitlisted 3,054 students and 1,586 accepted a place on the waitlist.

What's Most Important for Getting Into Hamilton College?

Colleges consider a range of factors when determining who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college has a different way of determining which factors are are most important when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When assembling your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that prioritize the admissions factors where you're strong.

Admissions Factors at Hamilton College

What does Hamilton College consider during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Class Rank Very Important
Academic GPA Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Character/Personal Qualities Important
Application Essay Important
Recommendation(s) Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Extracurricular Activities Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Interview Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered
State Residency Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Volunteer Work Considered
Work Experience Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
First Generation Considered

Make sure to check with Hamilton College for more information on admission factors.

Hamilton College Application Requirements

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

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Interview – √ – –
Transcript(S) of College Record – – – –
Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S) – – – –
Written Essay or Personal Statement √ – – –
Transcript of High School Record √ – – –

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Hamilton College?

Hamilton College has not provided an information about GPAs of accepted students. Any questions regarding applicant expectations should be addressed directly with the school.

Out of all students that were admitted, 20.29% submitted a class rank. At Hamilton College 85.57% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 97.93% were in the top 25% and 100% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At Hamilton College, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA –
3.75 and 3.99 –
3.50 and 3.74 –
3.25 and 3.49 –
3.00 and 3.24 –
2.50 and 2.9 –
2.00 and 2.49 –

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to Hamilton College directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that highlights your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

Hamilton College is not test optional. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2022, 36.6% of Hamilton College's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 18.4% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Hamilton College?

To be competitive with other Hamilton College applicants, you should aim to earn between 1440 and 1520 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Hamilton College 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1520 and 25% of scored lower than 1440, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Hamilton College students scored 780 or higher and 75% of students scored 700 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Hamilton College students scored 760 or higher, and 75% scored a 700 or higher.

To be most competitive at Hamilton College, you should strive to earn between 33 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 33 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Hamilton College students. Only one out of every four students scored below 33.

More Information on 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:

β€’ Fall Term

β€’ Winter Term

β€’ Spring Term

β€’ Winter Term

β€’ Summer Term

Hamilton College Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Hamilton College?

βœ… Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Hamilton College.

Does Hamilton College accept transfer credits?

βœ… Hamilton College accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions.

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

βœ… Hamilton College accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Hamilton College?

βœ… Hamilton College is not test optional.

What is Hamilton College's acceptance rate?

βœ… The acceptance rate for Hamilton College is 12%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Hamilton College?

βœ… Hamilton College's early decision acceptance rate was 32% in 2021.

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Admission Difficulty

Very Selective


How hard is it to get into Hamilton College? Hamilton College is a very selective institution. The Hamilton College acceptance rate is 12%. This means that the institution accepts 11 out of every 100 applicants.


Hamilton College Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 4

Transfer Applications are Due

Apr 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Hamilton College is Jan 4.

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 SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1440 - 1520


Math SAT Range

720 - 780


Reading SAT Range

700 - 760

Hamilton College GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)

Not available

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