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Need-Blind Information

Michael Debraggio
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Summary

The Hamilton College Board of Trustees voted unanimously on March 6, 2010, to adopt a need-blind policy in admission, effective with the first-year class that enrolled the following fall. Colleges that are need-blind pledge to make admission decisions without considering an applicant's ability to pay. It is believed that there are only between three and four dozen U.S. colleges and universities that are need-blind and that meet the full demonstrated need of each admitted student. Hamilton will continue its long-standing policy of meeting the full demonstrated need of every student it admits.
 

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News Release: Hamilton College Adopts Need-Blind Policy for Admission

At a time when parents are beginning to question whether they can afford a college education for their children, Hamilton College has announced that it will make admission decisions without considering an applicant's ability to pay. More ...


President Stewart's January 2010 Letter to Alumni, Parents and Friends

In her semiannual letter to the Hamilton community, President Stewart described the College's desire to become need-blind in admission. More ...


Hamilton College Strategic Plan

Adopted just one year ago, the College's Strategic Plan identified four priorities, including "Financial aid that meets the demonstrated need of every student, and a long-term goal of being need-blind in admission." More ...

News Release: Moody's Affirms Hamilton's Aa2 Rating With Stable Outlook

Despite the pressure of continued economic turmoil, Moody's Investors Service has assigned Hamilton College an Aa2 rating and said the college's financial outlook is stable. More ...


Financial Statement

KPMG conducted an independent audit of the College's financial statements. More ...


Colleges and Universities that Currently Practice Need-Blind Admission

There are believed to be between three and four dozen U.S. colleges and universities that make admission decisions without considering an applicant's ability to pay and that meet the full demonstrated need of each accepted student. They include all of the colleges in the Ivy League, Duke, Georgetown and the University of Chicago, and liberal arts colleges such as Amherst, Bowdoin, Middlebury, Wesleyan, Williams, Grinnell, Haverford, Pomona, the University of Richmond and Swarthmore, among others.

Reflections

"I am very proud to be a Hamilton alum! [The College was] very generous to me when it was not a need-blind admissions. This just carries forth an inherent spirit of generosity. Well-done College Hill!"
— Noelle Short '05 (posted on The New York Times blog)

"What great news. I'm a former scholarship student and I'm going to increase my annual donation because of this!"
— Stew Stryker '81 (posted on Facebook)


"Could the Hamilton Board of Trustees have done anything more wonderful, especially at this moment of history? I am thrilled!"
— Associate Professor of Philosophy Katheryn Doran

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