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Hamilton College Admission Requirements

Clinton, New York

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Chances of getting into Hamilton College

Admissions

Acceptance Rate 
18%
Admission Difficulty for Hamilton College
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Elite 
Applicant Competition Very High 
How hard is it to get into Hamilton College and can I get accepted?

The acceptance rate at Hamilton College is 18%.  It ranks #7 in New York and #46 in the nation for lowest rate of acceptance. Hamilton College is a very highly competitive school to get into with a low chance of acceptance for typical applicants. Last year, 1,370 out of 7,443 applicants were admitted.

The school has exceptionally high admission requirements for SAT and ACT scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 4 percent (SAT 1380/1510 ACT 32/34). Hamilton College typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.87. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top ten percent of their high school class. 32% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Test Optional

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required for admission to Hamilton College. If you submit test scores, they will be considered with your application, but they are not mandatory. 51% of students submitted SAT scores and 43% submitted ACT scores for admission for the 2021/2022 academic year..

Hamilton College SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 
1380-1510
Applicants Submitting SAT 
51%
SAT Scores for Hamilton College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 680
SAT Math 25th 700
SAT Composite 25th 1380
SAT Scores for Hamilton College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 750
SAT Math 75th 760
SAT Composite 75th 1510
Average SAT Score 1450

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Hamilton College?

Hamilton College typically prefers applicants to be in the top 6 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1380 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 1310. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1450 out of 1600. Hamilton College ranks #5 in New York and #34 in the nation for highest average SAT composite score. 51 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Hamilton College admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1510 and Above Good >29%
1445 to 1510 Avg + 18%-29%
1380 to 1445 Avg - 10%-18%
1315 to 1380 Reach 6%-10%
Less than 1315 Low <6%
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Hamilton College ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 
32-34 
Applicants Submitting ACT 
43%
ACT Scores for Hamilton College
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th N/A
ACT Math 25th N/A
ACT Composite 25th 32
ACT Scores for Hamilton College
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th N/A
ACT Math 75th N/A
ACT Composite 75th 34
Average ACT Score 33

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into Hamilton College?

Admission data indicates that Hamilton College regularly accepts students with ACT's of 32 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 3 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 31 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 33 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 34 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #3 in New York and #27 in the U.S. for highest average ACT composite score. 43 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Hamilton College.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Hamilton College admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
34 and Above Good >29%
33 to 34 Avg + 18%-29%
32 to 33 Avg - 10%-18%
31 to 32 Reach 6%-10%
Less than 31 Low <6%
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Hamilton College GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 
3.87*
Typical High School Grades 
A-

What GPA do you need to get into Hamilton College?

Applicants require exceptionally good grades to get into Hamilton College. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Hamilton College was 3.87 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily A- students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #7 in New York for highest average GPA. Meeting these GPA requirements alone is not enough to gain admission as Hamilton College is a very selective school.

 What do these ratings mean?

*This school has not released high school GPA data for its incoming freshmen. In these cases, CollegeSimply employs an artificial intelligence (AI) process to predict GPA based on this school's test scores and a large sample of other colleges' data. 3.87 is an estimate of the school's average incoming freshman GPA.

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High School Class Rank

86% of Hamilton College freshman were in the top ten percent of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Hamilton College students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 86%
Top 25% of class 99%
Top 50% of class 100%
Data Source, Peterson's Data

Applying

Admission Statistics

Hamilton College admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 4,163 3,280 7,443
Accepted 763 607 1,370
Acceptance Rate 18% 19% 18%
Enrolled 249 189 438
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 33% 31% 32%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Hamilton College is $60.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Hamilton College and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Hamilton College Application Requirements
Test Scores Considered but not required
High School GPA Considered but not required
High School Class Rank Considered but not required
Completion of College Preparatory Program Recommended
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Hamilton College
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit No
Credit for Life Experiences No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=191515 IPEDS survey data for Hamilton College.

FAQs

Does Hamilton College prefer SAT or ACT?

51% of students submit their SAT scores to Hamilton College. 43% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Hamilton College?

18% of those who apply are granted admission to Hamilton College. Admission competition is very high and the college has elite admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Hamilton College?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1380 and 1510. 51% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Hamilton College?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 32 and 34. 43% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.