Hamilton College offers January admission to about 35 students per year to fill vacancies created by students on leave and studying abroad. Each year, after we have filled the places in our fall class, there are students who, because of their academic potential, strength of character, and personal qualities, we are still eager to admit. From this group, we identify those applicants whose demonstrated independence and intellectual curiosity lead us to believe that they will make good use of the fall semester, and offer them a place in the January class. These "Jans" are selected from the regular and early decision applicant pools and are notified of admission at the same time as students admitted for the fall term. Receiving admission as a "Jan" is an offer of full admission to the college community.
Jans have chosen to do virtually anything and everything from community service and travel, to outdoor adventures and full-time work. Many students have chosen to pursue credit-bearing opportunities at an accredited institution for purposes of earning transfer credit that will allow them to graduate after three-and-a-half years at Hamilton. Other students have used AP credit and/or summer coursework to make on-time graduation possible.
Students who are interested or already admitted should refer to our January Admission Explained, January Admission FAQ, and January Admission Courses and Credit webpages for additional information. Please direct any questions to James Walsh, Assistant Dean of Admission, by phone at 1-800-843-2655 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.