People don’t join the Hamilton community for just four years; they belong for a lifetime. For many students, membership in that enduring community begins with the personal interview. Furthermore, because the admission committee works hard to ensure “fit” with Hamilton when determining admission decisions, personal interviews are strongly encouraged.

An interview will not only provide us with a strong sense of your personal strengths and interests that may not be obvious in an application, it will also give you a chance to ask questions and learn more about Hamilton in a personal setting.

On-campus interviews

Associate Dean of Admission Tom MarianoPersonal interviews are conducted by admission officers or Hamilton seniors who are carefully selected and trained for this purpose. On-campus interviews are available as follows:

  • Weekdays: 9:15 a.m., 10:15 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 1:15 p.m., 2:15 p.m. and 3:15 p.m.

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On-campus interviews are available to seniors through January 31 and become available to juniors starting on February 1. Because our interviews are often booked weeks in advance, we encourage you to allow adequate lead time in arranging for your visit.

Off-Campus Interviews

Off-campus interviews are only available to students after the submission of their application for admission. Applicants who are unable to visit campus for an interview, may request an off-campus interview with an alumni representative through their applicant portal. If we cannot locate an alumni volunteer in the area, a Skype interview will be assigned. Requests are handled on a first-come, first-serve basis. Deadlines to request an off-campus interview are as follows, Early Decision Plan I: November 18; Early Decision Plan II: January 6; and Regular Decision: January 10.


If you cannot visit campus for an interview, we would be happy to arrange for a Skype interview. Requests are handled on a first-come, first-served basis. 

In order to ensure that your Skype interview will be included with the review of your application, please keep the following deadlines in mind:

Early Decision II: January 6
Regular Decision: January 10

Hamilton College is pleased to accept interviews submitted through our third-party partners, Initialview or Vericant. For students from Southeast Asia, we strongly encourage the Initialview or Vericant options as the most effective method of interview submission. If this option is a financial burden for you and your family, please contact us at admission@hamilton.edu.

Interviews for transfer applicants

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 or Skype interview by contacting Jack Nivison, coordinator of transfer admission, at jnivison@hamilton.edu.


The Admission staff and our senior interviewers have compiled some helpful advice to consider as your prepare for your admission interview.

Contact Information

Office of Admission

Siuda House
Campus Road
Clinton, NY 13323
800-843-2655 315-859-4457 admission@hamilton.edu
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