You're going to need good grades and standardized test scores to get into Hamilton College. This highly selective liberal arts college accepts less than a third of all applicants. In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students. You can see that the majority of successful applicants had high school averages in the "A" range, combined SAT scores of 1900 or higher, and ACT composite scores of 27 or better. Many applicants had impressive 4.0 GPAs and SAT scores over 2100.
Good grades and test scores, however, are just one part of a successful Hamilton application. You'll notice quite a few red dots (rejected students) and yellow dots (waitlisted students) interspersed with the green and blue in all but the very upper right corner of the graph. Many applicants had grades and test scores that were on target for Hamilton College yet were not admitted. The opposite is also true -- some students were accepted with test scores and grades below the norm. This is because Hamilton's admissions process is based on more than quantitative information. The college uses the Common Application and has holistic admissions. Hamilton will be looking at the rigor of your high school courses, not just your grades. They want to see that you have taken challenging college preparatory classes. Also, the admissions folks will be looking for a winning essay, interesting extracurricular activities, an engaging short answer, and strong letters of recommendation. You can further strengthen your application by doing an optional interview and by putting time and care into your supplemental essay.
To learn more about Hamilton College, high school GPAs, SAT scores and ACT scores, these articles can help:
- Hamilton College Admissions Profile
- What's a Good SAT Score?
- What's a Good ACT Score?
- What's Considered a Good Academic Record?
- What is a Weighted GPA?