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Frequently Asked Questions about Hamilton's Application Process

To apply for admission, Hamilton's candidates must submit The Common Application. Given that The Common Application has made several changes to the application and process this year, we have created this page to answer some of the most frequently asked questions.

If I'm having problems saving my essay or submitting my application through The Common Application, what should I do?

Please visit The Common Application Support Center to search for known issues and fixes, daily updates and/or to submit a ticket for support. The Common Application team is doing their best to be as communicative and responsive as possible in the early months of launch. They (and we) thank you in advance for your patience.

If I have requested assistance from The Common Application and still have an issue in process that is prohibiting me from submitting my application on time, what can I do?

Of course we are sympathetic to your situation and apologize for your troubles. If this is your situation, please contact the Hamilton Admission Office so we can consider granting you an extension to our application deadline.

Does Hamilton require a Writing Supplement in addition to The Common Application Essay?

Yes. When you list Hamilton as one of the Colleges to which you intend to apply, our Hamilton specific questions and writing supplement will appear in your personalized Common Application portal. For those who would like a preview of our question, we have listed it here as well:

While the primary criteria for admission are academic achievement, intellectual promise, and community engagement, Hamilton also seeks to admit candidates who are a good fit with the programs and experiences offered by the College. Please take this opportunity (in 100 - 300 words) to tell us about your interest in Hamilton and, in particular, why you believe it is a place where you can thrive. Be open. Be honest. Be brief.

How do I submit supplemental application materials for fine and performing arts?

Candidates wishing to submit supplemental materials for the fine and performing arts will be directed to Hamilton's SlideRoom web portal when completing the Hamilton specific supplemental questions on The Common Application. Hamilton will absorb the fee for all Slide Room submissions. For more information, please visit our Supplemental Applications Materials page.

I have submitted my application but have not yet heard from Hamilton. Did you receive it?

Hamilton's Admission Office will begin processing applications in early November. Once your application is imported into our database, you will receive an email and letter acknowledging receipt of your application and providing you with a login name and password for our secure My Hamilton portal, where you can manage and monitor your personalized checklist of Hamilton application materials. (In the meantime, if you see a green check in the application column on The Common Application dashboard, you should rest assured that your application has been submitted.)

Please note that during the peak processing times and surrounding application deadlines (particularly the first half of January), we may have a backlog for application processing and it could take us up to two weeks to acknowledge your application. Thank you in advance for your patience.

How and when will I be notified of my decision?

Hamilton's policy is to release all admission decisions online. Follow up packages will be mailed to accepted students only.

In the letter and/or email acknowledging your application, you will be sent a login name and password for our secure My Hamilton portal where you will manage your personalized application checklist and receive your admission decision. Our decision notification dates, also communicated in the letter and in your My Hamilton account, are based on your specific application plan (Early Decision Round I, Early Decision Round II or Regular Decision). Any changes to decision notification dates will be communicated via email to the address you provided in your application, so please check it regularly throughout the application process.

I am a school official and I'm having difficulty submitting my school forms through Naviance or the Common Application system. Can you help?

Please work with The Common Application or Naviance directly to resolve your issues. But if all else fails, you can email or mail your supporting materials to Hamilton's Admission Office at admission@hamilton.edu or Hamilton College, Office of Admission, 198 College Hill Road, Clinton, NY 13323.

Will Hamilton accept any other application besides The Common Application?

At this time, The Common Application is Hamilton's only application.

I have submitted my Regular Decision application through The Common Application, but have decided I'd like to change my application plan to Early Decision.  Is that possible?

First of all, we're pleased to hear that Hamilton is your top choice as expressed by your interest in making an Early Decision commitment.  Provided that the Early Decision deadline (or conversion date in the case of Early Decision Round II) has not passed, we would be happy to convert your application to Early Decision.  Please fill out our Early Decision Agreement Form, collect the required signatures by the appropriate deadline, and submit directly to Hamilton College's Admission Office.

Does Hamilton offer application fee waivers?

Yes.  As a school with generous financial aid that promises to meet 100% demonstrated financial need for all admitted students, Hamilton wants to ensure that application fees do not pose a barrier for any students who wish to apply for admission. 

If you feel that your financial circumstances might qualify you for an application fee waiver, please submit your request (in lieu of application fee payment) on your profile screen in the Common Application under the Fee Waiver tab.  After submitting your application with the fee waiver request, unless you hear otherwise from our admission office, you should assume your waiver has been applied.

To be eligible from the Common Application Fee Waiver, you must meet one of the following indicators of economic need:

  • You have qualified for an SAT or Act testing fee waiver
  • You are enrolled in or are eligible to participate in the Federal Free or Reduced Lunch Program
  • You are enrolled in a federal, state or local program that aids students from low-income families
  • Your family receives public assistance
  • You live in federally subsidized public housing, a foster home or are homeless
  • You are a ward of the state or an orphan
  • You can provide a supporting statement from a school official, college access counselor, financial aid officer or community leader verifying your eligibility for an application fee waiver