I wrote last last week encouraging you not to give up on your college dreams because of the coronavirus pandemic. This week I’m writing to let you know how we are going to help.
Given that COVID-19 will no doubt continue to affect us over the next couple of months in ways we’re all still trying to anticipate, my colleagues and I have been thinking about your application process for next year and want to relay the following important commitments:
High School Transcripts and Academic Programs: We recognize your school year has been altered in significant ways. Whether your school calendar has been truncated or ended abruptly, or if your academic program has been converted to remote learning or a new grading scale, we understand these matters are beyond your control. As always, your high school achievement will remain the most important piece of your application to Hamilton, and we remain committed to evaluating each individual application within the context of your school offerings and home environment.
Standardized Testing: Given the cancellation of spring SAT and ACT exams, the uncertainty of future test dates, and the overall extraordinary circumstances so many of our prospective families face, Hamilton has decided to temporarily change its testing stance from “test flexible” to “test optional” for all first-year and transfer applicants for the 2021-22 academic year. Applicants may still submit standardized testing scores, but they will not be required to apply for admission. (Please note that some applicants for whom English is not their native language will still be required to submit the results of an English-language proficiency exam.)
Campus Visits: For reasons we know you can appreciate, we have extended our suspension of admission visitors through the end of May. We can’t wait until our campus is bustling with students again—both current and future—for your sake and ours. In the meantime, please explore Hamilton’s virtual tour, sit in on a video information session, and follow us on social media.
Access and Affordability: Hamilton has an unwavering commitment to access and affordability, and this seems to be a very good time to remind you of that. In addition to our generous policy for waiving application fees and allowing applicants to self-report test scores (for those who choose to submit them), we are need-blind in admission for U.S. citizens and meet 100% of our students' demonstrated financial need for all four years. We encourage you to use one of Hamilton’s cost estimators to determine your eligibility for financial aid at Hamilton.
We hope this information provides you some clarity and relief during an otherwise stressful time, and reassures you of our commitment to helping you navigate your college search adventure in this unusual year.
Hamilton's admission officers stand ready to assist you in any way possible, and look forward to meeting you at some point in the future, when the time is right. In the meantime, please don’t hesitate to contact us at email@example.com.
Vice President for Enrollment Management