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Hamilton Suspends Standardized Testing Requirement


In consideration of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the cancellation of spring SAT and ACT exams, the uncertainty of future test dates, and the overall extraordinary circumstances so many 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 if they wish, but they are not required to do so. Some applicants for whom English is not their native language will still be required to submit the results of an English-language proficiency exam.

“It is the right thing to do for students in this unprecedented time. We hope this decision provides applicants with some clarity and relief during an otherwise stressful period,” said Vice President of Admission and Financial Aid Monica Inzer. President David Wippman referenced the cancellation of the spring SAT/ACT and the major disruption to the school year for next year’s applicants as being significant to this decision when announcing it at a faculty meeting this week.

In her letter to prospective students, Inzer encouraged students not to give up on their college dreams because of the pandemic and outlined ways in which the college is working to help them. Beyond the temporary suspension of standardized testing for applicants, she described the alternatives to campus visits and information sessions, reassured them that admission officers will understand that their junior year is anything but normal, and reminded them of Hamilton’s commitment to access and opportunity as a college with a need-blind admission policy and generous financial aid.  

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