Hamilton College offers January admission to several dozen students each year, and seeks to annually enroll about 40 - 45 new first-year students in 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 Niki Barron, associate dean of admission, by phone at 1-800-843-2655 or email at nbarron@hamilton.edu.

Jan Stories

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.

Maddie Hurtgen ’22

SEA Education Association immediately stood out to me as an opportunity to dive into a single and focused concentration of studying the ocean through the eyes of a scientist and historian. Being able to combine my love for the ocean and passion for environmental studies was an opportunity that I couldn’t pass up.

Ella Gaspar ’22

I decided on Hamilton’s partner program with Arcadia University in London. Not only would I be able to graduate on time, but I would be integrated with many other Hamilton students and it would provide a happy excuse to travel and study abroad. Looking back now, as a senior, I marvel at the independence I gained as a “Jan.”


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