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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 Jack Fitch, Assistant Dean of Admission, by phone at 1-800-843-2655 or email at jfitch@hamilton.edu.

Jan Stories

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.

Arcadia London Program Megan Grip

Megan Grip ’19

When I applied Early Decision to Hamilton, January acceptance was not even on my radar. As I opened my acceptance letter in mid-December and read “Congratulations on being accepted to Hamilton for January 2015!” I immediately burst into tears. I didn't know if my emotions were because I was thrilled to simply be accepted or unsure about not arriving on campus in the fall.

Andrew Sinclair

Andrew Sinclair ’18

I was ecstatic when I received my Hamilton acceptance letter. The school felt like the perfect fit. However, I was initially concerned about the Jan program. Despite my initial doubts, I began to research the various options for the first semester. Immediately, I started to understand the extensive possibilities, and the idea grew on me significantly.

Josh Rothstein '19

Josh Rothstein ’19

I can vividly remember the pit in my stomach as I opened my Early Decision notification from Hamilton. For months, I had been waiting for this day. I knew that I wanted to attend Hamilton, and finally the moment of truth had arrived. With my family nervously watching, I began to read my letter. I was so excited once I saw that I got into Hamilton and, after hugging my family, I re-read my letter to confirm that I wasn’t dreaming and that this was actually happening.

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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