Transfer application REQUIREMENTS
Each year we seek to enroll about 10-20 transfer students in the fall and another 5-10 transfer students in the spring. Occasionally, we are over or undersubscribed with our first-year class enrollment and will adjust these targets accordingly.
Spring Deadline: November 1
Fall Deadline: April 1
- Transfer Common Application or Coalition Application, including Hamilton’s member-specific questions
- $60 application fee or fee waiver
- Official College Transcript
- Transfer Mid-Term Report (Common Application) or College Curriculum Report (Coalition Application)
- Transfer College Report (Common Application) or Transfer Report (Coalition Application)
- One Transfer Instructor Evaluation
- Official High School Transcript
- Standardized Test Scores: In light of the uneven availability of standardized testing and unprecedented challenges facing our applicants, submission of SAT and ACT scores will be optional for Hamilton applicants applying in 2021, 2022, and 2023. Please note that international applicants will be required to demonstrate English language proficiency, which in most cases requires submitting test results. Please email Jack Nivison with any questions.
- Interview (optional, but encouraged)
- Information for Financial Aid Applicants
Jack Nivison, Senior Assistant Dean of Admission, serves as coordinator of transfer admission. Please contact Jack with any additional questions.
You can also email the following transfer students to learn more about their experience: Samantha Besca '22 and Austin Pineau '23.
When can I transfer to Hamilton and what are the application deadlines?
Students may apply for admission for either the fall or spring semester. The application deadline for the fall semester is April 1; the deadline for the spring semester is November 1.
How do I apply?
How do I know if I am a first-year or a transfer applicant?
A transfer applicant is any student who has previously enrolled as a degree-seeking student at another institution. This includes students who attend community college and/or are currently enrolled in an associate degree program.
Can international students apply to transfer to Hamilton?
Anyone can apply to Hamilton College, but there is very little financial aid available for international students; as a result, international students with financial need may be at a competitive disadvantage.
If I applied to Hamilton before, do I need to reapply?
Yes. Candidates who have previously applied must complete the transfer application and all additional required documents (transfer college report, final high school transcript, college transcript, mid-semester grades for courses in progress, etc.) Transfer candidates who were previously admitted to the College as a first-year applicant are eligible to reapply for spring enrollment during their first year of college (after completion of one semester); those who were unsuccessful in gaining admission as a first-year are not eligible to apply until spring (for fall entry), so that we have at least one set of semester grades to consider (along with those in progress) when re-evaluating your candidacy. Please note that the maximum number of times a student can apply to Hamilton as a first-year or transfer is three.
What is the maximum number of times that I can apply?
The maximum number of times a student can be considered for admission to Hamilton College, including first-year admission, is three (3).
I have submitted my application but have not yet heard from Hamilton. Did you receive it?
Hamilton's Office of Admission begins processing applications in the middle of September. Once your application is imported into our database, you will receive an email acknowledging receipt of your application and providing you with a login name and password for our secure applicant portal, where you can manage and monitor your personalized checklist of Hamilton application materials.
Please note that during the peak processing times and surrounding application deadlines (particularly the first half of January), we may have a backlog for application processing, and it could take us up to two weeks to acknowledge your application or for materials to show up as received on your checklist. Thank you in advance for your patience.
How and when will I be notified of my decision?
Hamilton's policy is to release all admission decisions online. In the letter and/or email acknowledging your application, you will be sent a login name and password for our secure My Hamilton portal where you will manage your personalized application checklist and receive your admission decision. Our decision notification dates, also communicated in the letter and in your My Hamilton account, are based on your specific application plan (Fall Transfer or Spring Transfer). Any changes to decision notification dates will be communicated via email to the address you provided in your application, so please check it regularly throughout the application process.
As a transfer applicant, do I still need to submit a high school transcript and test scores?
All transfer applicants must submit an official high school transcript regardless of the length of time enrolled in college or out of high school. In light of the uneven availability of standardized testing and unprecedented challenges facing our applicants, submission of SAT and ACT scores will be optional for Hamilton applicants applying in 2021, 2022, and 2023. Should you choose to submit them, standardized test scores can be official or self-reported as part of your application. Please note that international applicants will be required to demonstrate English language proficiency, which in most cases requires submitting test results.
How important are my high school transcript and test scores?
The best predictor of success at Hamilton is your most recent academic work in a college setting. However, the secondary school record of every applicant is reviewed and will be considered. The longer a student has been in college, the less important the high school record becomes.
Do I need a Transfer College Report from each institution I have attended?
Yes, we require a Transfer College Report from each institution in which you have enrolled. This includes institutions you may have attended for a short period of time, and/or any institution where you completed an associate’s degree.
Can I substitute a recommendation from a high school teacher or guidance counselor for the College Instructor Evaluation or College Official's Report?
Recommendations from high school do not replace recommendations from college officials. However, recommendations from high school may be submitted as additional information, if desired.
Do I need to schedule an interview?
While a personal interview is not required, it is strongly recommended. The interview is informative for both the student and the admission committee. We encourage transfer students to interview on campus. Students who would like to interview but are unable to make it to campus can arrange a phone or video interview by contacting Jack Nivison.
What kind of grades are you looking for in a transfer applicant?
There is no minimum GPA. However, successful applicants have typically earned a college GPA of 3.33 or higher.
Is financial aid available?
Limited financial aid is available for transfer students and is dependent upon the college's overall budget and spending on the freshman class. Typically, transfer financial aid is only available to U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Applicants for financial aid must file both the FAFSA and the CSS Profile form.
How will my credits transfer?
Once admitted, our Registrar will evaluate each of the college classes you have taken and accepted students will receive a credit evaluation as soon as possible after receiving their letter of acceptance.
General guidelines for credit transfer are as follows:
- Credit is granted only for courses in the liberal arts.
- Credit is not awarded for the following:
- Pre-professional courses, e.g. business, engineering, criminal justice, computer application, journalism, etc.
- College-level coursework completed during secondary school or courses in which a substantial portion of the class consists of high school students. [Some departments will allow you advanced placement in an area in which you have already completed college-level coursework.]
- Online courses. (An exception is likely to be granted for courses taken online in Spring of 2020 or later, due to the pandemic, provided the courses meet our other transfer credit policies.)
- Credit is awarded only for courses where the grade received is C or higher.
- Hamilton course credit is based on a system where one Hamilton unit is equivalent to four semester hours. Credit from other colleges is transferred proportionately based on this ratio.
- Students who have had more than four semesters of full-time course work must fulfill our two-year residency requirement by completing four full semesters at Hamilton. In other words, no more than two years of credit will be transferred.
- Many disciplines require that students complete at least half of their academic major courses at Hamilton. Students who come in with more may still get general credit for those courses, but may need to take additional courses for their major at Hamilton to fulfill this requirement. In such cases the opportunity to have the wide-ranging distribution of courses that we hope to see in a well-rounded liberal arts graduate is jeopardized, and we encourage students to be mindful of this when considering the possibility of transferring institutions.
Can transfer students live off-campus?
Hamilton College is a residential campus. It is the policy of Hamilton College that all students live in campus housing. This applies to transfer, returning and first-year students.