Need-Blind Decision Attracts National Media Attention

The Hamilton Board of Trustees’ unanimous vote to adopt a need-blind policy in admission received broad national and local media coverage. Beginning with The New York Times in its print edition and on its education blog "The Choice," news of the policy change spread quickly on Monday, March 8. Both Inside Higher Ed and The Chronicle of Higher Education also released online articles on the decision.

“At a time when some colleges are favoring applicants who do not require financial aid, Hamilton College in upstate New York has decided to swim against that tide,” wrote Jacques Steinberg of the Times. Inside Higher Ed reported that the notable aspect of Hamilton’s decision was that “it is not in the multi-billion-dollar endowment stratosphere of most of the institutions that are both need blind and meet full need.”

The Washington Post
reported on the decision on its education blog as did the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The Huffington Post wrote that Hamilton was “bucking trends.”

Locally the story was covered by Utica’s Observer-Dispatch, the NBC affiliate WKTV, local public radio station WRVO and news/talk radio station WIBX.

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