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Clinton, New York

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Your chances of getting into Hamilton College

Admission Rate & Difficulty

Percent Admitted 

14.1%
Admission Difficulty for Hamilton College
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Elite 
Applicant Competition Very High 

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Hamilton College is 14.1%.  Its admission rate is the 7th lowest in New York and the 44th lowest the nation.

Admission Selectivity

How hard is it to get into Hamilton College and can you get accepted?

Hamilton College is a very highly competitive school to get into. You have a low chance of acceptance even if you meet the admission criteria. It's important that you meet their GPA requirements to get through the first round of consideration. Last year, only 1,320 out of the 9,380 who applied were admitted.

The school has exceptionally high admission requirements, generally admitting students who can score in the top 3 percent on standardized admission tests. 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 or better. 40% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Can you get into Hamilton College?

14% are accepted, can you get in? Use the admission calculator to see if you have the grades and test scores needed to get in. See your admission chances based on your extracurriculars, intended major, background, and more.

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Admission Requirements in Brief

To have the best chance of getting into to Hamilton College you should:

  • Have a high school GPA of 3.87 or better
  • Earn A- grades in high school
  • Score 1480 on the SAT
  • Score 34 on the ACT
  • Graduate in the top 10% of your high school class
  • Submit letters of recommendation from your teachers

Hamilton College GPA

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?

GPA Requirements

The GPA requirements for getting into Hamilton College are to have around a 3.87 high school GPA. You are required to have exceptionally good grades and you should be graduating near the top of your class.

Meeting these GPA requirements alone is not enough for you to gain admission as Hamilton College is a very selective school.

Average GPA

The average unweighted GPA at Hamilton College is 3.87 on the 4.0 scale. To achieve the average GPA for admission, you need to earn A- letter grades and regularly score around 90-92 percent on tests and assignments in high school.  The school ranks #7 in New York for highest average GPA.

Importance of GPA

Since Hamilton College is a test optional college, extra focus will be placed on your GPA when the school considers your application. As a result, it is very important that you meet the GPA requirements.

See additional colleges accepting applicants in the 3.9 GPA range.

*This school has not published high school GPA data for its incoming freshman class. In these cases, CollegeSimply uses an algorithm to predict GPA based on this school's test scores and a large sample of college GPA data. 3.87 is a prediction of the school's average incoming freshman GPA.

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Hamilton College SAT Scores

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. 32% of students submitted SAT scores and 20% submitted ACT scores for admission for the most recent academic year..

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 

1410-1540

Applicants Submitting SAT 

32%
SAT Scores for Hamilton College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 700
Math 25th Percentile 710
Composite 25th Percentile 1410
SAT Scores for Hamilton College
SAT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 760
Math 75th Percentile 780
Composite 75th Percentile 1540
Average SAT Score 1480

SAT Scores you need to get in

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

Average Score & Range

The average SAT score at Hamilton College is 1480 out of 1600 and the range for the middle 50% of accepted students is 1410-1540. Students who get into Hamilton College score in the top 4 percent of all SAT test takers..  Hamilton College ranks #6 in the state of New York and #37 in the nation for highest average SAT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

You should target scoring 1480 or above to be most competitive with other applicants. Hamilton College regularly admits students with SAT scores down to 1410 on a 1600 scale. However, three quarter of admitted students score higher. If you score below a 1410, admission should be considered a reach. Some students may be accepted with minimum SAT's as low as 1340, but scores this low are outside the normal range.

Score Submission Requirements

Hamilton College is a test optional school meaning do not have to submit SAT scores with your application. The position on SAT scores from the college is "considered but not required".

View other colleges which accept students in the 1480 SAT score range.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

The table below outlines your predicted admission chances based on SAT score alone. If you are an average applicant with a score of 1475, you have around a 14% chance of being admitted. A 1540 places you well ahead of most other applicants and gives you about a 24% chance of getting in.

Hamilton College admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1540 and Above Good >24%
1475 to 1540 Avg + 14%-24%
1410 to 1475 Avg - 8%-14%
1345 to 1410 Reach 4%-8%
Less than 1345 Low <4%
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Hamilton College ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 

33-35 

Applicants Submitting ACT 

20%
ACT Scores for Hamilton College
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile N/A
Math 25th Percentile N/A
Composite 25th Percentile 33
ACT Scores for Hamilton College
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile N/A
Math 75th Percentile N/A
Composite 75th Percentile 35
Average ACT Score 34

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

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

Score Range

The average ACT score for admitted students to Hamilton College is 34, while the middle 50% of students (25th to 75th percentile) score between a 33 and 35.  The school ranks #3 in New York and #17 in the U.S. for highest average ACT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

For the best chance of admission, you should have an ACT of 34. This will place you in solid competition against other applicants. At a minimum, you should aim for a 33 and score in the score in the top 2 percent nationally.

20 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Hamilton College.

Score Submission Requirements

You do not have to to submit ACT scores with your application as Hamilton College is test optional. The policy from the school on ACT scores is "considered but not required".

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Here are your predicted chances of getting into Hamilton College for different ACT score ranges. A typical applicant with a 34 score has around 14% chance of getting in. Your odds increase to about 24% with a 35 ACT score.

Hamilton College admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
35 and Above Good >24%
34 to 35 Avg + 14%-24%
33 to 34 Avg - 8%-14%
32 to 33 Reach 4%-8%
Less than 32 Low <4%
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High School Class Rank

80% of Hamilton College freshman are in the top ten percent of their high school graduating class. For your application to be competitive, you need to graduate at the top of your class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Hamilton College students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 80%
Top 25% of class 99%
Top 50% of class 100%
Data Source, Peterson's Data

Applying

Admission Statistics

Admission and enrollment rates by gender are detailed the the table below.

Hamilton College admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 5,404 3,976 9,380
Accepted 735 585 1,320
Acceptance Rate 14% 15% 14%
Enrolled 295 238 533
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 40% 41% 40%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Fall 2024 Application Deadline

Applications Due

Jan 5, 2024

Days left to Apply

None

The application deadline for Fall 2024 has passed. Applications were due on Jan 5, 2024.

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

Admission Requirements Summary

Because Hamilton College is very highly competitive, you have a low likelihood of acceptance. It is important that you earn at least a 3.87 GPA to have a good shot at getting in. Additionally, you need to score a 1480 on the SAT and optimally 1540 to place yourself in a strong position. For ACT scores, you need a 34 to have a competitive chance of getting in.

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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?

32% of students submit their SAT scores to Hamilton College. 20% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Hamilton College?

14% 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 1410 and 1540. The average SAT score is 1475. 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 33 and 35. The average ACT score is 34. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.