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Need-Blind Admission

Colleges that are need-blind pledge to make admission decisions without considering an applicant’s ability to pay.
Monica Inzer, vice president for enrollment management, talks about the transformative impact of Hamilton's decision to become need-blind in its admission policy 10 years ago.

It is believed that there are only between three and four dozen U.S. colleges and universities that are need-blind and that meet the full demonstrated need of each admitted student. The College’s annual financial aid budget has grown from about $25 million when the need-blind decision was announced in 2010 to nearly $50 million in 2020-21.

Hamilton practices need-blind admission for all first-year domestic applicants, meaning an applicant's financial need will not be a factor in the admission decision. Family finances may be considered for all international and transfer applicants, and for students offered admission from our waiting list or January admission. If admitted, students from these groups who are accepted to Hamilton and qualify for financial aid will have their full demonstrated financial need met by the College, provided the student's financial aid file is complete by published deadlines.

I’m impressed beyond words — and moved. I was a financial aid student who never could have afforded to go to Hamilton had it not been for the College’s generosity, and those four years absolutely changed my life. You’re now going to do the same for an unimaginable number of kids.

Evan Smith ’87 — CEO and editor-in-chief of The Texas Tribune

Contact Information

Office of Financial Aid

800-859-4413 315-859-4962 finaid@hamilton.edu
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