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Hamilton Admissions Information

Hamilton College
Clinton, NY (map)


Named for the Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton, Hamilton College was officially chartered in 1812 as the third institution of higher education in New York State. Boasting a picturesque campus and a diverse student body, Hamilton focuses exclusively on its undergraduate students as it only offers a Bachelor’s degree. The school’s challenging curriculum emphasizes teaching students to write effectively, learn from each other, and think independently. Hamilton is committed to the intellectual and personal development of each student, accomplished through academic programs, faculty advising, and self-education.

Hamilton College challenges its students academically, while providing a multitude of academic and professional opportunities, such as study abroad. Of the college’s 170 full-time faculty members, 96% hold the highest degree in their field. In addition to highly qualified professors, at Hamilton nearly three-quarters of all classes have 19 or fewer students. Students regularly benefit from close relationships to faculty members, facilitated by small class sizes. Without any distribution requirements, Hamilton supports its students’ choice of courses, stressing the importance of interest in a subject. With plenty of shops just minutes away from campus, Hamilton stays connected to the region and has a well-developed community.



Basic Info

Main Address: 198 College Hill Road
Clinton, NY 13323
Phone Number: (315) 859-4011  
Website: www.hamilton.edu  


Type of school: Private  
Type of school: Liberal Arts  
Setting: Rural  
Athletics: Division III, Intramural and Club Sports  
Degrees offered: Bachelor's  
Size of undergraduate student body: 1,882  
Percent out-of-state: 65%  
Percent international: 5%  
Female to Male ratio: 53:47  

Academic Life

Student to Professor ratio: 10:1  
Most popular majors: Social Sciences
Foreign Languages and Literature
Visual and Performing Arts
Special study programs: Accelerated Program
Independent Study
New York Semester
ROTC (Air Force, Army)
Study Abroad
Washington Semester

Campus Life

Housing options:
Coed housing
Cooperative housing
Wellness housing (alcohol/drug/smoke-free)
Apartments for married and single students
Special housing for disabled students
Campus Ministries
Concert Band
Jazz Band
Model U.N.
Musical Theater
Student Newspaper
Choral Groups
Film Societies
International Students
Literary Magazine
Music Ensembles
Radio Station
Student Government
Symphony Orchestra

Fun Facts

  • Voted #19 Dorms Like Palaces
  • Voted #17 Best Classroom Experience

Admissions Information

Hamilton College is a highly competitive institution, selecting only 30% of all applicants for admission. The admissions committee seeks out candidates with strong academic records and intellectual potential, as illustrated by class rank and GPA. However, the committee also searches for individuals who will contribute to the Hamilton community, those with a wide range of interests and leadership experience.

The admissions committee at Hamilton assesses the leadership experience and commitment to extracurricular activities amongst other personal qualities of the applicant. All applicants are strongly encouraged to conduct a personal interview, regardless of their academic achievements. While standardized test scores are required, there are a variety options, like the SAT, ACT, various SAT subject tests, or Advanced Placement exams which students may complete and submit.

Admissions address: Office of Admission
198 College Hill Road
Clinton, NY 13323
Phone number: (315) 859-4421  
Fax number: (315) 859-4457  
Admissions Website: www.hamilton.edu/admission  
Email: admission@hamilton.edu  
Contact Person: Monica Inzer, Vice President and Dean of Admission  
Number of first-year applications received: 4,661  
Percent of applicants admitted: 30%  

Application Information

Regular application deadline: January 1  
Early decision/action deadline: November 15 (Early Decision)  
Accepts the Common Application? Yes  
Admission requirements: Personal statement
Guidance counselor evaluation form
Teacher evaluation form
Mid-year report
Official standardized test report

Application Information

Standardized test scores required? Yes  
Policy regarding SAT score-use: Considers highest selection of scores across test dates  
Middle 50% Scores



% Who Submitted Scores
SAT Critical Reading
SAT Math
SAT Writing
ACT Composite

College Board code: 2286  
ACT code: 2754  
Learn more about other Small New York schools:
Skidmore   St. Lawrence   Bard  

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