Hamilton College offers outstanding opportunities for students interested in preparing for a career in the health professions:
For almost 200 years, Hamilton College alumni have successfully enrolled in professional schools across the country. Medical, dental and veterinary schools are familiar with Hamilton and understand our curriculum and high standards. Although we are justifiable proud of our success in preparing candidates for professional school and our high acceptance rate, we remind you that admission to professional school remains highly competitive. Simply attending a fine college will not open the door for you. Making good use of the extraordinary academic and extracurricular resources available to you at Hamilton will allow you to compile a record of achievement that will bring you success.
At Hamilton, your postgraduate plans need not dominate your college experience. You can choose any major you like, and you can complete your premedical requirements in whatever sequence is most appropriate for you. Although no student should choose a college based on statistics, it might be useful to know that over the past five years:
Although Hamilton College students are talented, they hail from all over the country and from all over the world, arriving at Hamilton with different academic preparations each bringing his/her personal strengths and weaknesses. Hamilton has an excellent support system to help students who encounter a class that is uncomfortably challenging. Not only will your professor be happy to assist you, but tutoring is available though the Quantitative & Symbolic Reasoning Center and Writing Centers; departmental review sessions and study groups are frequently offered. Any student who is willing to work hard will find the academic support necessary to succeed.
Students interested in the health professions are encouraged to gain hands-on clinical experience or to observe in a clinical setting. Students often arrange for summer jobs at hospitals near their homes, plan a shadowing experience with a practitioner they know, or request assistance from the Health Professions Advisor in arranging a placement.