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January Admission


Hamilton College offers January admission to several dozen students each year, and seeks to annually enroll about 45 new first-year students in the spring semester. The January admission option allows us to extend more offers of admission to strong and talented students while also filling vacancies created by Hamilton students who are studying abroad during the spring semester.

Our January class is selected from the regular and early decision applicant pool and will be notified of their admission offer at the same time as students admitted for fall. “Jans” are admitted because of their academic potential and strong personal qualities, as well as a demonstrated independence and intellectual curiosity that lead us to believe that they will make good use of the fall semester. While all applicants are automatically considered for both fall and January admission, many students express interest in being considered for either semester and some indicate a preference for the “Jan” option when applying to Hamilton.  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.

Please direct any questions to Martha Redmond, assistant dean of admission, by phone at 1-800-843-2655 or email at mredmond@hamilton.edu.

Jan Stories

Jesse Gross '22

Jesse Gross '22

When I first opened my Jan acceptance letter I didn’t know what to expect from the opportunity or realize the privilege I was given. From the beginning I knew I wanted to spend the semester exploring new places and cultures. I chose to spend my fall in Cambodia through the School for Field Studies. During my time in Cambodia I had the opportunity to conduct research work with a small cohort of students and faculty.

Celine Yam SEA Semester

Celine Yam ’21

I was unfamiliar with the concept of being a Hamilton Jan before becoming one myself. I visited Hamilton the summer before my senior year of high school and immediately saw myself as a student there. Upon opening my acceptance letter, I was intrigued at the idea of coming to Hamilton in January, but I had so many questions. Once committed as a Jan, I chose to participate in the Hamilton Sea Education Association program, SEA Semester.

Zac Ball

Zac Ball '20

Before I even opened my decision letter from the Office of Admission, I knew Hamilton was where I wanted to spend my next four years. When I learned that I was accepted as a Jan, my passion for the College didn’t change in the slightest. After learning more about the Arcadia University in London program, I felt that this opportunity could only enhance my experience when I joined the Hamilton community in January.

Advice from a “Jan”

Advice from a “Jan”


“The best part about living in London was being able to experience the big and little things with people whom you just met, and watch as they turn into some of your closest friends.”
— Olivia Maddox ’20

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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