Hamilton College Admissions Essay Prompt

You are invited to submit materials to document your special talent(s), including solo music performances, theatre performances, dance performances, visual artwork, and creative writing.

Submissions for creative writing must be emailed to the admission office directly at admission@hamilton.edu. All other submissions can only be initiated through Hamilton’s SlideRoom web portal and are expected to be received by the application deadline.

Submission requirements are explained in SlideRoom, but a short summary of the requirements for each type of special talent can also be found below. Candidates wishing to submit a supplement will be directed to SlideRoom when completing Hamilton’s supplemental questions on the Common Application or the Coalition Application.  Hamilton will absorb the fee for all SlideRoom submissions.

Art

  • Students can submit 10-20 images of drawings, paintings, photographs, sculptures or other visual artwork. Videos can be uploaded as a link to YouTube. Each image requires a title, description, date, dimensions, and materials used.
  • Students must describe their plans for artistic involvement in college and provide a short Artist’s Statement.

Dance

  • Students can upload 1-5 videos and/or link to videos on YouTube or Vimeo. Submissions should not exceed five minutes total.
  • Students must describe their plans for dance involvement in college, provide a summary of their training and/or expertise (including instructor names and length of training), and describe their roles in any submitted work. Submitting company work is not recommended unless the student is a featured performer.

Music

  • Students can upload 1-5 videos, audio files, and/or links to videos on YouTube or Vimeo.
  • Students must categorize their submission as either jazz or not jazz and indicate if their submission is composition (to facilitate the assignment of the correct faculty reviewer). They must also select their music type as one of the following:
    • Vocal, String, Keyboard, Percussion, Wind, Brass
  • Students must describe their plans for music involvement in college, provide a summary of their training and experience (including instructor names and length of training), and describe their roles in any submitted work.
  • Do not submit full orchestral, band, or choral recordings unless you are a featured soloist; if so, please specify your solo.

Theatre

  • Students can upload 1-5 videos and/or link to videos on YouTube or Vimeo. Submissions should not exceed five minutes total. Students should include two contrasting monologues.
  • Students must describe their plans for theatre involvement in college, provide a summary of their training and/or expertise (including instructor names and length of training), and describe their roles in any submitted work. Submitting company work is not recommended unless the student is a featured performer.

Creative Writing

  • Creative writing supplements must be emailed directly to admission@hamilton.edu. Applicants should make sure their name and birth date are included in the email and that their name is prominently displayed on every page of their submission.
  • Acceptable submissions include poetry, short stories, selections from longer works, and other writing samples.

 

Hamilton College Application Essay Prompt

 

While the primary criteria for admission are academic achievement, intellectual promise, and community engagement, Hamilton also seeks to admit candidates who are a good fit with the programs and experiences offered by the College. Please take this opportunity (in 100-250 words) to tell us about your interest in Hamilton and, in particular, why you believe it is a place where you can thrive. Be open. Be honest. Be brief.

 

As the prompt itself says, the college already takes into account your academics and ability to engage with the community that have been communicated elsewhere in your application. Therefore, you should use this essay to discuss more in depth how you fit into the Hamilton community.

 

Note that they are looking for candidates that are a good fit with the programs and experiences offered ­– they want you to be specific, and recognize that this is a true “Why this school?” essay. Chances are they will notice you are being generic if you say something along the lines of “this place has great academics and a beautiful campus,” so be specific, do your research, and give candid reasons as to why you are a strong fit for Hamilton.

 










 

Hamilton is a selective liberal arts school, which, among other defining characteristics, is extremely small and very cold throughout the year. This environment might not be for everyone, so recognize the unique environment Hamilton provides and convey how you see yourself fitting in.

 

Although you don’t have too much space to elaborate, and they do specifically request a brief essay, be sure to mention specific programs and classes at Hamilton you would take a part in to show that you have invested time in learning about the school. In addition, address how the campus and area will enrich your student experience, how you might take advantage of the Nesbitt-Johnston Writing Center, how you might join an Off-Campus Study, etc.

 

Finally, address how you will thrive at Hamilton, given the resources you will have at your disposal and the kind of mission the college follows. Like the prompt says, be open and honest, but also be concise, specific, and know why you would like to attend Hamilton College specifically, not why you want to go to a liberal arts school in general.










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