Forty-four members of the Class of 2023 and 10 transfer students arrived on a cold but sunny campus on Jan. 17 to officially begin their Hamilton experience and take part in new student orientation. The College offers January admission to roughly 45 students each year to fill vacancies created by students on leave and studying abroad.

After moving into their residence halls, students and their families will attend a luncheon with a welcome and remarks by President David Wippman, Dean of Admission Peaches Valdes, Dean of Faculty Suzanne Keen, and Dean of Students Terry Martinez. Later on Friday, they will take part in matriculation and sign the official College Register in this annual and historic Hamilton tradition.

During the fall semester, the “Jans” engaged in everything from community service and travel, to outdoor adventures and full-time work. Many students pursued credit-bearing opportunities at an accredited institution for purposes of earning transfer credit.

Over the next four days, the Jans and transfers will meet with residence hall advisors, learn about the curriculum, and consult with their academic advisors. They’ll also have dinner with orientation leaders, explore the local community, and take part in Trivia Night. Spring semester classes begin for all students on Jan. 21.


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