Hamilton College Profile Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid & More

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Hamilton College is a selective college, admitting one-quarter of applicants in 2016. Students will need high grades and test scores to get accepted to Hamilton, although, with holistic admissions, the school also looks at writing skills, extracurricular activities, and a student's academic history and breadth when making a decision. When applying, prospective students will need to submit an application, standardized test scores, high school transcripts, an essay, letters of recommendation, and an interview (optional, but strongly encouraged).

Note that the school has a test-flexible policy, so applicants have options other than the SAT and ACT (for example, you can submit a combination of AP, IB, or SAT Subject Test results).

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Admissions Data (2016):

Hamilton College Description:

Hamilton College, located in picturesque upstate New York, was ranked as the 20th best liberal arts college in the United States by U.S. News & World Report. For its strengths in the liberal arts and sciences, Hamilton College was awarded a chapter of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa honor society.

The college's curriculum places particular emphasis on individualized instruction and independent research, and the school highly values communication skills such as writing and speaking. Admissions are highly selective, and the college has students from 49 states and 45 countries. Not surprisingly, Hamilton College made my lists of top New York colleges and top Middle Atlantic colleges.

Enrollment (2016):

  • Total Enrollment: 1,883 (all undergraduate)
  • Gender Breakdown: 49% Male / 51% Female
  • 99% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $51,240
  • Books: $1,000 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $13,010
  • Other Expenses: $500
  • Total Cost: $65,750

Hamilton College Financial Aid (2015 - 16):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 61%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 54%
    • Loans: 39%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $39,473
    • Loans: $5,135

Academic Programs:

Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 94%
  • Transfer-out Rate: 6%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 89%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 92%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Men's Sports: Ice Hockey, Baseball, Lacrosse, Football, Track and Field, Squash, Swimming and Diving, Soccer, Golf, Rowing, Basketball
  • Women's Sports: Lacrosse, Track and Field, Volleyball, Field Hockey, Swimming and Diving, Ice Hockey, Rowing, Softball, Squash, Tennis, Basketball, Soccer

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

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