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Application Process

Early Decision

The Early Decision program is designed for students who have decided that Hamilton is their first choice. It allows admitted students to conclude their college search early in the senior year. A student may apply for Early Decision under the following: 

Plan I

  • Application Deadline: November 15 
  • Decision Notification: by December 15

Plan II

  • Application Deadline: January 1
  • Regular decision candidates may convert to EDII by filing an Early Decision agreement no later than midnight on Monday, February 1.
  • Decision Notification: by February 15

Note: Both Plan I and Plan II are binding admission programs.
If accepted under one of our Early Decision plans, students must withdraw all other college applications and file no additional ones. An enrollment deposit is required within two weeks of acceptance. Students not admitted under Early Decision may be denied admission or deferred for further consideration during the regular admission process.

In order to be considered for one of our Early Decision Programs, you, your parents, and your guidance counselor must submit the Early Decision agreement through the Common Application or upload it through the Coalition Application. If you already submitted a Regular Decision application and would like to change your application status to Early Decision, please sign and submit this form: Early Decision Agreement Form.

Early Decision candidates applying for financial aid should be assured that if you are admitted to Hamilton under an Early Decision (ED) plan, you will receive a package that is comparable to a Regular Decision admit.  With your family, please consider this Frequently Asked Question/Answer before making an Early Decision commitment.

Early Decision Application Checklist

Frequently Asked Questions about Hamilton's Application Process