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The senior year is a time to demonstrate mastery of your major and to take on more responsibility for your educational and professional goals at Hamilton and beyond.


Assume more responsibility and independence in your planning

Seniors are expected to take on more responsibility for their current and future academic planning. You are familiar with the registration process and graduation requirements so you will not need your advisor's signature to make changes to your schedule. 

Review degree and concentration requirements

In your senior year it is critical to check that you do not have any outstanding graduation requirements such as physical education courses, quantitative and symbolic reasoning classes (QSR) and writing intensive classes, and that you fulfill any remaining concentration or minor requirements. You can click the program evaluation link in WebAdvisor to check your progress.

Complete your senior project

The senior project represents a significant capstone experience in your undergraduate education. Each concentration has different requirements for the senior project. Some students write a thesis based on independent research, others complete a senior seminar in their major department. Speak with your concentration advisor to learn about the expectations in your department and to ensure you have a plan of action to complete this piece of your academic experience.

Connect with faculty members from whom you’d like letters of recommendation

Many students apply for jobs during their senior year. Some apply to graduate school. Regardless of your future plans you likely will need letters of recommendation from faculty members who are familiar with your work and who you are. Make sure you contact your professors, concentration advisor and other faculty members if you need recommendations. Inform faculty members as soon as you know you will need a letter of recommendation. To help them prepare a more comprehensive recommendation, provide them with the job description, your resume, a summary of your experiences with the recommender that highlights particular work that would be relevant for the job, and any deadlines.

Attend a Career Center workshop to learn how to present yourself with confidence

The Career Center can help you refine your professional goals, network, and search for post-graduate opportunities. In addition to offering individual appointments, they host a series of workshops, panel discussions and special events that can help you gain knowledge and make connections in a variety of career fields.

Visit Handshake to view upcoming programs and on- and off-campus jobs.

Discuss professional goals and timelines with preprofessional advisors

If you decide to pursue professional school (business, engineering, law, health professions, etc.) directly after Hamilton, you will be spending time in your senior year applying for these programs. Meet with an experienced preprofessional advisor about making a plan of action to ensure you are on track for meeting deadlines. Discuss possible opportunities for post-graduation jobs and keep your options open.

Make preparations for graduate study

If you plan to pursue graduate study after Hamilton, discuss your plans with your academic advisor and meet with the Career Center early on for help with the application process, testing, and materials to ensure that you complete any qualifying tests in time to meet application deadlines. You will also want to prepare materials to share with faculty members who will be writing letters of recommendation for you. Many programs have deadlines as early as December for the following academic year.

Apply for post-graduate scholarships and fellowships

If you have a unique passion that you would like to pursue in your post-graduate years, there are a number of national scholarship and fellowship opportunities to help you realize your dreams. Some can be applied to graduate study, others allow for international travel. Contact Student Fellowships Coordinator Ginny Dosch to learn more.

Forms & Deadlines

Key Dates for Seniors

Thurs., Aug. 26: Fall semester begins
Fri., Sept. 3: Last day to add a course
Wed., Oct. 6: Last day to drop a course
Early Nov.: Meet to discuss registration for spring 2022
Fri., Dec. 10: Fall semester classes end
Dec. 13-17: Final examinations

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