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January Admission FAQs

If I accept the offer of January admission, will I graduate on time?

The majority of Jans graduate with their class. This can be accomplished by taking classes elsewhere before enrolling at Hamilton, obtaining AP credit from high school, taking summer courses before enrolling or in subsequent summers, taking additional full or partial credit courses some semesters, or some combination of all of these options.

Do I have to take credit-bearing classes during the fall?

No. Jans have explored many alternatives over the years and their experiences have been as varied as their interests. Some engage in internships, volunteer work, outdoor exploration, or paid employment. Please note that you will need regular internet access throughout the fall to receive important communications from Hamilton and register for spring classes. If your preferred fall experience will take you away from internet connectivity for long stretches of time, contact Anne Riffle (ariffle@hamilton.edu) in the Registrar’s Office to discuss how it will impact your pre-arrival process.

How do I earn credit in the fall?

Most Jans earn transfer credit by taking courses at accredited colleges or universities in the US or by participating in a study abroad program such as the Arcadia Fall in London program, SEA semester, or others that earn transferrable credit. Information relating to how credit might transfer (as well as a list of programs past Jans have been involved in) can be found on our Jan Courses and Credit webpage.

A detailed listing of what courses are offered and how their credit would apply at Hamilton is available here. Specific questions can be referred to Anne Riffle (ariffle@hamilton.edu) in our Registrar’s Office.

Can I play a sport or participate in an audition-based musical group as a Jan?

Hamilton Jans have done both. Coaches and directors of musical groups are responsible for determining how students admitted for January are accommodated in their respective programs. Feel free to contact them for additional information.

What transitional support is provided to Jan admits?

Once Jans accept our offer of admission, they are matched with an upperclassman mentor through our Jan-to-Jan Program. We offer a special orientation program for students admitted in January, and they are welcome to join their classmates on orientation trips in the fall.

How do students who start in January fit in with the student body as a whole?

Hamilton’s Jans play integral roles in our college community. Many Jans receive prestigious fellowships or secure competitive internships on Capitol Hill. One recent Jan organized a successful campaign and was elected student assembly president. Our Jans take full advantage of the opportunities and experiences offered on the Hill.

Where will I live once I arrive on campus?

Housing is guaranteed for all students, including Jans. The Office of Residential Life attempts to place January students in close proximity to each other and tries to be responsive to housing requests (such as preferred roommates) from the Jans.

How will I get into classes?

January admits complete an online advising tour in the fall, which asks them to choose 12 priority courses they want to take in the spring. The registrar’s office uses the list of priority courses to assign each student a schedule of four classes. Based on course selection, advisor assignments are made. Students find out their class schedules and their advisor assignment in early January. If necessary, students have an opportunity to make schedule changes.

How will the COVID-19 pandemic impact my ability to pursue study abroad programs in the fall?

Hamilton College and our partner programs are closely watching the COVID-19 pandemic. They (and we) will follow policies and practices recommended by all international, national, state, and local public health officials. There are domestic alternatives to consider, including taking courses at a local college or university, working or interning, volunteering in the community, and participating in non-credit learning opportunities.

Whom can I contact if I have more questions?

Niki Barron, assistant dean of admission, will serve as your liaison as you make your decision about January admission. Please contact her with any additional questions by phone at 1-800-843-2655 or e-mail at nbarron@hamilton.edu. If you would like to connect with a Hamilton Jan or have specific questions regarding a particular aspect of the January Admission program, please refer to the contacts listed below.


Ask a Jan

Thomas Kuhn ’24 (worked on a political campaign and took college classes near his hometown in Maine)

Bess Lawrence ’23 (SEA Semester)

Lena Schneck ’23 (Arcadia Fall in London)

Asa Szegvari ’23 (Where There Be Dragons)

Studying in London Mary Rogers, Program Manager
Arcadia University
SEA Semester Mark Long, Associate Dean for Academic Partnerships
SEA Semester
School for Field Studies Devin Foxall, Institutional Relations
School for Field Studies
Credit Transfer Anne Riffle, Staff Assistant for Advising

Kristin Friedel, Registrar
General Advising Tara McKee, Associate Dean of Students
Housing Jean Burke, Residential Life Staff Assistant
Orientation Tessa Chefalo, Coordinator of Orientation and First Year Programs
January Orientation

Welcome "Jans!"

"Jans" arrive on a cold but sunny campus to officially begin their Hamilton experience and take part in new student orientation.

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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