Hamilton’s Promise

There is no one Hamilton student, just as there is no one Hamilton experience, but the promise we make to our students is the same: At Hamilton, our open curriculum enables you to study what interests you, our welcoming and unpretentious student body will accept you for who you are and what you believe, and our devoted network of alumni and career center professionals will help you find your future. Our faculty will expect your full attention and participation academically, and you will learn to expect a lot from yourself.

Study What you Love at Hamilton

Hamilton College seeks to nourish a love of learning, a creative spirit, and an informed and responsible engagement with an ever-changing world. As a student you’ll work closely with a faculty advisor to create an individualized plan of study specific to your interests and goals. That plan may include studying abroad, doing independent research or pursuing a multitude of other academic opportunities.

Our open curriculum gives you the freedom to choose courses that reflect your interests, while still fulfilling the faculty’s expectation that you study broadly across the liberal arts. But with freedom comes responsibility to meet the high expectations our faculty will have for you as a critical and creative thinker, writer and speaker. It’s not for everyone, but if you are independent, motivated and committed to the ideals of a liberal arts education, our open curriculum might be a great option for you to consider. Whether you decide, after four years, to pursue a graduate degree or enter the work force, you will be prepared for a lifetime of meaning and purpose.

Campus Life

Hamilton operates like a small city, but has the feel of a close community. The resources are amazing for a student population of 1,850 students, and the options are as varied as the students who call our campus home for four years. Each year, our campus hosts approximately 1,000 concerts, lectures, sporting contests, comedians, blood drives, poetry readings, parties, workshops, debates, worship services, films, gallery openings, coffeehouses, volunteer activities … well, you get the idea. There are more than 200 community service, cultural, musical, athletic, political, social, recreational and religious groups on campus. These include 29 varsity sports, 17 club sports and a multitude of intramural and recreational offerings. This is not a campus of spectators. People here do things … and there’s a lot to do.

“Know Thyself”

That’s our College motto; it’s also the philosophy that guides career planning at Hamilton. After four years on College Hill, you will be well prepared to pursue a graduate degree or enter the work force. Our faculty will make certain that you have the critical thinking skills, the professionals in the Career and Life Outcomes Center will ensure that you have the opportunities to pursue internships and other career-related experiences, and our alumni will help you build effective professional networks.

Admission Website

Want to learn more? Visit Hamilton.edu

Deadline Information

  • Early Decision 1
    • Application Deadline: November 15
    • Decisions Released: By December 15
  • Early Decision 2
    • Application Deadline: January 5
    • Conversion from Regular Decision: January 31
    • Decisions Released:  By February 15
  • Regular Decision
    • Application Deadline: January 5
    • Decisions Released: By April 1
  • Fall Transfer
    • Application Deadline: November 1
    • Decisions Released: By Early December
  • Spring Transfer
    • Application Deadline: April 1
    • Decisions Released: By Early May

Required Application Materials

  • Coalition or Common Application
  • Official High School Transcript
  • Official Senior Grades (as available)
  • Counselor Evaluation
  • Teacher Evaluation from a teacher in a major academic subject
  • Personal Essay
  • Application Fee or Fee Waiver

Depending on your admission status at Hamilton, there may be additional required materials.  Please refer to the application checklists available on our website for more information.

Financial Aid

A Hamilton education is an investment in your future. If you are unable to pay our comprehensive fee, Hamilton has a generous financial aid program. Fewer than 50 U.S. colleges and universities make admission decisions without considering an applicant’s financial circumstances (i.e., need-blind admission) and then meet 100% of students’ demonstrated need for four years; Hamilton is among that select group.

If you would like additional information about financial aid at Hamilton, refer to our website and the following information:

Additional Information

Please review our website for more information on what makes Hamilton distinct, planning a visit to campus, and applying to Hamilton.  You can also sign up for our mailing list, check out our monthly admission enews, and contact a Hamilton student or an Admission & Financial Aid staff member.