Hamilton College offers January admission to several dozen students each year, and seeks to annually enroll 35-40 students in the spring semester. The January admission option allows us to extend more offers of admission to strong and talented students while also filling vacancies created by Hamilton students who are studying abroad during the spring semester. Our January class is selected from the regular and early decision applicant pool and will be notified of their admission offer at the same time as students admitted for fall. "Jans" are admitted because of their academic potential and strong personal qualities, as well as a demonstrated independence and intellectual curiosity that lead us to believe that they will make good use of the fall semester. While all applicants are automatically considered for both fall and January admission, many students express interest in being considered for either semester and some indicate a preference for the "Jan" option when applying to Hamilton. Receiving admission as a "Jan" is an offer of full admission to the college community.
Jans have chosen to do virtually anything and everything from community service and travel, to outdoor adventures and full-time work. Many students have chosen to pursue credit-bearing opportunities at an accredited institution for purposes of earning transfer credit that will allow them to graduate after three-and-a-half years at Hamilton. Other students have used AP credit and/or summer coursework to make on-time graduation possible.
Students who are interested or already admitted should refer to our January Admission Explained, January Admission FAQ, and January Admission Courses and Credit webpages for additional information. Please direct any questions to James Walsh, Assistant Dean of Admission, by phone at 1-800-843-2655 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.