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International Admission

Your education will be shaped and enhanced by the presence of many different perspectives. At Hamilton, we welcome students from more than 49 states and 46 countries. International students comprise 6% of our student body, and an additional 27% identify as students of color from the U.S.

Our professors work closely with students to help them find their focus and passion while developing skills and relationships that last a lifetime. Our open curriculum emphasizes critical reasoning, analysis and, most importantly, communication skills, so that upon graduation Hamilton students are prepared for careers ranging from health care and law to business and government service. We are proud of the contributions that our international students add to Hamilton’s vibrant community.

Hamilton prides itself on our safe, supportive, and opportunity-rich community. From chatting with professors over coffee, participating in the microfinance club and/or student run trips, to exploring local nature and urban landscapes, Hamilton students are actively engaged in and out of the classroom.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply as an international student?

There is no separate application for international students. International students follow essentially the same procedures as all students applying to Hamilton. We use the Common Application or Coalition Application. Please note that all official documents must be translated, preferably by an official agency, if the originals are not in English.

Who is required to submit an English-proficiency exam?

Please visit this page where you will find information about Hamilton’s English language proficiency requirement.

Can I apply Early Decision as an international student?

Yes. If Hamilton is your first choice, you should apply under one of our Early Decision plans. The admission deadlines for Early Decision are November 15 (Early Decision Plan I) or January 1 (Early Decision Plan II). Students who apply Regular Decision may also convert their application to Early Decision Plan II any time before February 1.

Please note that Early Decision is a binding agreement. If accepted under one of our Early Decision plans, a student must withdraw all other applications and make a commitment to enroll at Hamilton College. Failure to do so may jeopardize your admission to Hamilton as well as other colleges.

Does Hamilton admit international transfer students?

Absolutely. Hamilton typically admits transfers for both fall and spring admission, provided we have space on campus, and international students almost always are included in those cohorts. More information about transfer admission can be found here.

Will Hamilton waive my application fee?

Pleased visit our Fee Waiver page to see if you are eligible.

What financial forms do I need to submit?

Hamilton requires the Certification of Finances, available in your applicant portal, for all international applicants, regardless of whether or not you are applying for financial aid. Students applying for financial aid will also need to submit the CSS Profile.

What standardized tests does Hamilton require?

Hamilton has suspended our standardized testing requirement.  However, all international students are still required to demonstrate their English language proficiency.

Are interviews available for international students who cannot visit campus?

Hamilton offers virtual interviews to international applicants. While not required, these interviews provide you with the opportunity to learn more about Hamilton and for Hamilton to learn more about you. If we are unable to accommodate your virtual interview request, you are welcome to submit a video interview through one of our third-party partners (Initialview or Vericant). 

If this option is a financial burden for you and your family, please contact Anna Wise, our Director of International Recruitment, who will work with you to receive accommodations.

How important are extracurricular activities in the admission decision?

Each case is different. Although Hamilton seeks to enroll well-rounded students, we realize that in many countries extracurricular activities are not a priority. If you have been an active member of a club or organization, participated in community service projects, held a job, played sports, etc., please mention these in your application. If you are interested in pursuing the visual or performing arts at Hamilton, we welcome supplementary materials that follow our guidelines.

How do I contact the admission staff member who is responsible for my area?

All international applicants should contact Anna Wise, Associate Dean of Admission and Director of International Recruitment.

Does Hamilton offer support for multilingual students?

Hamilton does offer individualized tutoring for multilingual students through the Writing Center and Oral Communication Center. All Hamilton students are required to demonstrate English proficiency during the application process, but many need additional support when adjusting to Hamilton's communication-intensive environment. Multilingual students who have specific questions may contact Alex Hanson, Multilingual Student Support Coordinator, at ahanson@hamilton.edu.

What is your policy for awarding advanced credit for Advanced Placement, IB, Cambridge A-Levels, Abitur, etc.?

In order to receive AP credit, a student must take a departmentally approved Hamilton course and pass with the minimum grade stipulated by the department. Students must take one of the courses listed on the Advanced Placement Policies webpage as their first course in the department, unless otherwise designated. A student may not receive credit toward a degree solely on the basis of a score on an Advanced Placement test.

IB credit is awarded only to students who complete the full IB program and receive the IB diploma. Students who only receive a certificate for completing one or several IB courses are not eligible to receive Hamilton credit for their IB work.

Credit may be awarded for A-Level courses. A-Levels follow the policies for AP Credit. A grade of A on an A-Level is usually equated to a score of 4 or 5 on an AP Exam. Departmental approval is required to transfer A-Level credits. Students should have an official certificate sent directly to the Registrar's Office.

If you have more specific questions regarding transfer credit, please visit the website of the College Registrar.

How do students choose majors (concentrations) at Hamilton?

At Hamilton, we encourage students to study what they love and, at the same time, discover new passions in academic areas they might not have considered. For this reason, every student starts at Hamilton with an undeclared major. Students may declare their major in their second year. Students will choose from over 50 subject areas, including pre-professional and pre-engineering tracks. Students also have the option to create their own major through the interdisciplinary concentration. Many students have a major and a minor, and some even complete two majors.

As an international student, will I be able to participate in all Hamilton programs, including study abroad, research and internships?

Hamilton does not restrict participation in programs to students based on nationality or geographic origin. International students are frequent and enthusiastic participants in research opportunities, internships and study abroad. For certain internship programs, Curricular Practical Training is available.

What type of career services does Hamilton provide?

Every student who enrolls at Hamilton College is paired with a career advisor who will work with you throughout your four years, helping you identify skills and interests, explore career options, and connect with alumni for job or internship opportunities. Though Hamilton is a liberal arts college, many of our students pursue pre-professional programs (business, medical, engineering) and we have advisors and programs to support students who want to pursue those paths. Hamilton has a specific international career mentorship program which pairs Hamilton international alumni with current Hamilton students for guidance, networking and career preparation.

Does Hamilton offer virtual engagement opportunities for international students?

Hamilton offers multiple opportunities for virtual engagement. We encourage you to review our Visit and Engage web page to learn about virtual programming, interviews, and information sessions.

My country has a different educational system than the U.S. Can I still apply?

Of course. Hamilton welcomes applications from students from around the world. Our admission committee will evaluate your application and accomplishment within the context of your education system and school. Please note that external foreign credential evaluations are not required, but students may need to provide certified translations if their original documents are not in English.

How safe is Hamilton’s campus?

Hamilton is located in rural New York state, in the picturesque town of Clinton. We are four hours from the cities of Boston, New York City and Toronto. Our community is very safe and our Campus Safety officers provide unmatched service and care for our students. Safety measures include personal escorts, security texting services, shuttle services to the local area (we call these Jitneys). We also have our own Health and Counseling Center on campus, and an EMT program.  Hamilton provides an annual report of campus safety and fire safety statistics.

How will I arrive to campus?

Hamilton will pick you up from the Syracuse International Airport or the train or bus stations in Utica, New York, at the beginning of each semester. To be able to participate in this service, international students should fly to a U.S. airport, and transition on to either Utica or Syracuse on the date that will be provided from the Dean of Students’ Office. Uber, Lyft, and other shuttle services and companies are also available for you to arrange transportation on your own.

Zhaosen Guo '21 and Wei-Jen Chang
Zhaosen Guo ’21 and Professor Chang

The First Chinese Student on the Hill

With an Emerson Foundation grant, Zhaosen Guo ’21 researched the first Chinese student who enrolled at Hamilton in collaboration with Associate Professor of Biology Wei-Jen Chang.

Contact Information

Office of Admission

Siuda House
Campus Road
Clinton, NY 13323
800-843-2655 315-859-4457 admission@hamilton.edu
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