Hamilton College, Clinton, NY

– 26% acceptance rate
– 1850 students
– beautiful sprawling campus
– 2/3 of the students come from the Northeast
– CA, NY and Florida are primary feeder states
– Half of the students come from public schools and half from private
– Common Application only
– Supplemental essays to be sure they are serious about applying
– Williams, Amherst, Middlebury, Colby, Bates, Bard are crossover schools
– Want their students to be good, diverse community members, demographically, geographically
– 94% retention rate
– Students need to be academically independent
– Open curriculum – No core distribution requirements
– Emphasis on writing, produces strong writers, novelists, journalists…etc.
– Intense written assignments
– Want their students to have a solid writing background when graduating
– Outgoing, well rounded, active student
– Very cohesive, welcoming community and students are involved
– Friendly culture
– Access to leadership opportunities
– Nice town close by and shopping mall within 10 minutes
– Greek life is non residential, operates as a club
– Interview recommended, considered in the admissions process
– Early Decision 1 – Acceptance rate mid 30’s, 500 applicants
– ED 2 – 220 applicants – 30% admit rate
– Regular Decision – Low 20’s admit rate
– Regular decision pool demonstrated interest considered
– Need blind – Not for international, wait list and transfer students
– Meet full demonstrated need using only subsidized federal student loan
– CSS Profile
– All professors are tenured, full time. No adjunct or part time

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