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Transfer application information
Each year we seek to enroll about 10-20 transfer students in the fall and another 5-10 transfer students in the spring. Occasionally, we are over or undersubscribed with our first-year class enrollment and will adjust these targets accordingly.
Spring Deadline: November 1
Fall Deadline: April 1
- Transfer Common Application or Coalition Application, including Hamilton's member-specific questions
- $50 application fee or fee waiver
- Official College Transcript
- Transfer Mid-Term Report (Common Application) or College Curriculum Report (Coalition Application)
- Transfer College Report (Common Application) or Transfer Report (Coalition Application)
- Transfer Instructor Evaluation
- Official High School Transcript
- Standardized Test Scores (on official high school transcript or from testing agency)
- Interview (optional, but encouraged)
- Information for Financial Aid Applicants
James Walsh, assistant dean of admission, serves as coordinator of transfer admission. Please contact James with any additional questions.
You can also email the following transfer students to learn more about their experience: Jessica Zhu, Charles Dunst and Jichen Huang.
When can I transfer to Hamilton and what are the application deadlines?
Students may apply for admission for either the fall or spring semester. The application deadline for the fall semester is April 1; the deadline for the spring semester is November 1.
How do I apply?
How do I know if I am a freshman or a transfer applicant?
A transfer applicant is any student who has previously enrolled as a degree-seeking student at another institution. This includes students who attend community college and/or are currently enrolled in an associate degree program.
If I applied to Hamilton before, do I need to reapply?
Students who have applied as a freshman candidate and have since completed at least one full semester of college coursework must complete a transfer application, including the transfers supplement, and submit final high school and new college transcripts, including a mid-term grade report for courses in progress, if applicable.
What happens after I apply?
All applicants should receive email confirmation of their application. This email will also include an applicant's ID number and password. Applicants may use their ID and password to track the receipt of required documents and access their decision, once available.
What is the maximum number of times that I can apply?
The maximum number of times a student can be considered for admission to Hamilton College, including first-year admission, is three.
How will I find out if I'm admitted?
Applicants will receive a decision approximately four weeks after the application deadline. Decisions will be available online and accessible with student ID and password. Only admitted students will receive an acceptance packet by mail.
Is financial aid available?
Limited financial aid is available for transfer students and is dependent upon the college's overall budget and spending on the freshman class. Typically, transfer financial aid is only available to U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Applicants for financial aid must file both the FAFSA and the CSS Profile form.
What kind of grades are you looking for in a transfer applicant?
There is no minimum GPA that a prospective student must have earned to be considered for admission. However, successful applicants have typically earned a college GPA of 3.33 or higher.
How will my credits transfer?
Once admitted, our Registrar will evaluate each of the college classes you have taken and accepted students will receive a credit evaluation as soon as possible after receiving their letter of acceptance.
General guidelines for credit transfer are as follows:
- Credit is granted only for courses in the liberal arts.
- Credit is not awarded for the following:
- Pre-professional courses, e.g. business, engineering, criminal justice, computer application, journalism, etc.
- College-level coursework completed during secondary school or courses in which a substantial portion of the class consists of high school students. [Some departments will allow you advanced placement in an area in which you have already completed college-level coursework.]
- Online courses.
- Credit is awarded only for courses where the grade received is C or higher.
- Hamilton course credit is based on a system where one Hamilton unit is equivalent to four semester hours. Credit from other colleges is transferred proportionately based on this ratio.
- Students who have had more than four semesters of full-time course work must fulfill our two-year residency requirement by completing four full semesters at Hamilton. In other words, no more than two years of credit will be transferred.
- Many disciplines require that students complete at least half of their academic major courses at Hamilton. Students who come in with more may still get general credit for those courses, but may need to take additional courses for their major at Hamilton to fulfill this requirement. In such cases the opportunity to have the wide-ranging distribution of courses that we hope to see in a well-rounded liberal arts graduate is jeopardized, and we encourage students to be mindful of this when considering the possibility of transferring institutions.
As a transfer applicant, do I still need to submit a high school transcript and test scores?
All transfer applicants are required to submit a high school transcript and test scores regardless of the length of time enrolled in college or out of high school.
Can I substitute a recommendation from a high school teacher or guidance counselor for the College Instructor Evaluation or College Official's Report?
Although we realize that at an early stage of your college career, you may feel that your academic dean or college instructor may not know you as well as individuals in your high school, recommendations from high school do not replace recommendations from college officials. However, recommendations from high school may be submitted as additional information, if desired.
How important are my high school transcript and test scores?
The best predictor of success at Hamilton is your most recent academic work in a college setting. However, the secondary school record of every applicant is reviewed and will be considered. The longer a student has been in college, the less important the high school record becomes.
Do I need to schedule an interview?
While a personal interview is not required, it is strongly recommended. The interview is informative for both the student and the admission committee. We encourage transfer students to interview on campus. Students who would like to interview but are unable to make it to campus can arrange a phone interview by contacting James Walsh (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Can transfer students live off-campus?
Hamilton College is a residential campus. It is the policy of Hamilton College that all students live in campus housing. This applies to transfer, returning and first-year students.
Can international students apply to transfer to Hamilton?
Anyone can apply to Hamilton College, but there is very little financial aid available for international students; as a result, international students with financial need may be at a competitive disadvantage.