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FAQs — Fall 2021 Semester


Will there be an opportunity for Hamilton students to study remotely this fall?

One of the hallmarks of the Hamilton experience is residential liberal arts living and learning. The opportunity to study remotely was a temporary offering that was part of the College’s pandemic response to keep students on track to complete their degrees. For Fall 2021, the College will go back to requiring all enrolled students to study in person and on campus.

Will all classes be taught in person this fall?

Hamilton expects almost all classes to be taught in person again beginning Fall 2021.

When is orientation, move-in day, and the first day of classes for Fall 2021?

Tuesday, Aug. 17 to Wednesday, Aug. 25 — New Student Orientation

Tuesday, Aug. 24 — Residence halls open for upperclass students

Thursday, Aug. 26 — Fall semester classes begin

Refer to the 2021-22 Academic Calendar for more details.

Will there be varsity athletics this fall?

There will, in all likelihood, be a full athletics schedule in the fall, although any final decision about league play will be made by NESCAC. As the only member of NESCAC located in New York State, Hamilton also will be bound by any NYS restrictions and protocols. 

Will there be orientation trips and activities for first-year students this fall?

Yes, we expect to run all orientation trips and activities this fall.

Will students, faculty, and staff be required to participate in regular COVID-19 testing this fall?

The College does expect to have some COVID-19 testing in place for the fall, and we will notify the Hamilton community as soon as testing plans have been finalized.

What kinds of safety protocols will be in place for the fall semester? ?

It is likely that we will still have to observe some rules around physical distancing and use of face coverings, but it is too early to know what national, state, and local public health experts will recommend.

Will the College require students, faculty, and staff to be vaccinated when the 2021–22 academic year begins in the fall?

All enrolled students are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, and exemptions will only be granted for medical and religious reasons. Faculty and staff members who work on campus are strongly encouraged to receive the vaccine. Unvaccinated employees may be unable to participate in certain campus activities that are to be determined.

What if a student, particularly an international student, is unable to receive the vaccine?

We understand that some students may have difficulty getting vaccinated. We will work individually with students in those situations.

Will the summer program for Opportunity students be held remotely or on campus?

We are planning for a traditional, in-person program for Opportunity students this summer. Details will be announced in the coming weeks.

It is essential to recognize that studying on campus during this pandemic creates an unavoidable risk of exposure to COVID-19. To mitigate risk of contracting the coronavirus, everyone must cooperate and follow public health guidance and related College rules and communications. Honoring them is a condition of Hamilton’s COVID-19 Community Standards; failure to do so may result in disciplinary action.
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