When I first opened my "Jan" acceptance letter I didn’t know what to expect from the opportunity or realize the privilege I was given. From the beginning I knew I wanted to spend the semester exploring new places and cultures. I chose to spend my fall in Cambodia through the School for Field Studies. During my time in Cambodia I had the opportunity to conduct research work with a small cohort of students and faculty.
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.
Please direct any questions to Niki Barron, associate dean of admission, by phone at 1-800-843-2655 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I was unfamiliar with the concept of being a Hamilton "Jan" before becoming one myself. I visited Hamilton the summer before my senior year of high school and immediately saw myself as a student there. Upon opening my acceptance letter, I was intrigued at the idea of coming to Hamilton in January, but I had so many questions. Once committed as a "Jan," I chose to participate in the Hamilton Sea Education Association program, SEA Semester.
After I started reviewing my "Jan" options, I decided that the opportunity to go to Hamilton by starting with the Arcadia program in London would be a good fit for me – and I have never looked back. I wanted to get to know other Hamilton students before coming to campus, and being able to study abroad early was a truly enlightening experience.