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Hamilton 2018 class!! (ED&RD)

SherYoumeeSherYoumee Registered User Posts: 21 New Member
edited December 2013 in Hamilton College
Hello everyone! I'm a Chinese senior girl who will apply Hamilton as ED winter term... I hope this is the place for us to communicate about application or other related things...

Good luck to everyone!

Here is my scores and EC.... U can post them if u want to

SAT1&2 will be taken in October or November... I think I might get CR 670 WR730 MATH 800 and USH 750 MATH LEVEL2 800 PHYSICS 800
GPA: 4.0 average score for provincial general examination: 94.11
Grade Ranking: 78/1300

Publicity Minister of Student Assembly
CMO of Commercial Simulation Club
Academic Director and Chair of MUN club
Play writer of Original Drama Club
Foreign Minister of Heyday Amine-Manga Club
Founder and Manager of New Youth Club

Merit Student
First Prize for provincial essay competition and mathematics competition
Honorable mentioned for national essay competition
Freelance for one literature magazine and one newspaper
Provincial Outstanding Student Leader

Volunteer as interpreter in provincial museum
Sponsor for a pair of blind twins in disabled children welfare institution

These are some of my experiences... Hope someone can chance me.... Thx~~~
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Replies to: Hamilton 2018 class!! (ED&RD)

  • MrMom62MrMom62 Registered User Posts: 3,488 Senior Member
    Although you've got the test scores and grades to get in, you've left off what is perhaps the most important thing to get into Hamilton (or any selective SLAC) - What courses were available and what did you take? Plus, how do you compare to other students at your school. What do they take and how do you stack up against them? Did you interview (on-campus or alumni)? - Hamilton would really like to talk to you before they let you in.

    If you go to a Hamilton info session, the first thing they tell you is it's all about curriculum, curriculum, curriculum. That is what distinguishes who gets in and who doesn't.
  • SherYoumeeSherYoumee Registered User Posts: 21 New Member
    MrMom62:thx for ur help! But I'm from China, which means I cannot take AP or IB courses or any other advanced courses... Will this background seems not so good to get in??
    I've been to a college fair and met the admission office who take charge of international students... And I'll apply for an online interview... Thx for ur help!
  • MrMom62MrMom62 Registered User Posts: 3,488 Senior Member
    You can't take what's not offered, so I'm sure Hamilton will take that into consideration. I'm not sure what they look for in an international student, but I think you've got a good shot, given what you've written. Definitely do the online interview - since Hamilton is a very writing intense college, I'm sure they're going to make sure your English is strong enough to handle the curriculum.

    Good luck!
  • SherYoumeeSherYoumee Registered User Posts: 21 New Member
    Mrmom62: really thanks for ur help and advices!!! And I really wanna ask about the Greek group in Hamilton... Since in china, there aren't these kinds of organizations that probably will desperate students into different groups... Will these Greek groups and sorority groups effect student life too much? Like have too many parties or alcohol or impede expansion of social network??
    Thx again!
  • nervedoctornervedoctor Registered User Posts: 449 Member
    You list "expected" scores, not actual scores. Hamilton is big on writing so your mastery of the English language will be critical.
  • SherYoumeeSherYoumee Registered User Posts: 21 New Member
    nervedoctor: yes... U r right... I don't know what's the expectation about international students in our English skills... Truly, a high TOEFL score means nothing but testing skills... I hope my SAT will go well and my essays can show my English ability...
    Do u know how to make the WHY ESSAY unique?
  • nervedoctornervedoctor Registered User Posts: 449 Member
    Be specific. Mention aspects of Hamilton College that resonate for you, especially features that are not present at other schools. Mention name of buildings and /or faculty there if appropriate to your essay.
  • juliagooding96juliagooding96 Registered User Posts: 14 New Member
    I am applying ED!

    SAT score-2120
    GPA-87 (unweighted, very competitive Boston, MA area high school)
    4 APs by graduation, school doesn't let you take them sophomore year and makes it hard to take more than 2 for junior and senior year
    4 Honors courses
    Hispanic and White
    Native Spanish speaker and have been studying Chinese in school for 4 years
    ECs- New England Rowing Champion, came in 7th place at USRowing Youth Nationals
    -involved in Church Youth Group and give away toiletries, food, etc once a month to the homeless, also use Spanish skills to talk to non-English speaking homeless
    -Sister has special needs, help with Church program for kids with special needs
    -Founded salsa group at school, meet once a week, dance and talk about culture
    Essay-talking about my name and the amount of culture in my life, why I want to live in a bunch of different places in the world, I think it's really good
    Recommendation letters-should be good
  • dancegirl14dancegirl14 Registered User Posts: 13 New Member
    I'm applying ED also! Hope I get in! Good luck to everyone!
    -White jewish girl from NY
    -2200 SAT (730 m 740 cr 730 w)
    -95 GPA (weighted)
    -Not going to list all my e.c. activities but a lot of art, literary, and dance things, also president of mock trial and service club
    -I will have taken 4 honors and 6 APs
    -I got 4s on APUSH, AP Bio and AP Lang. and Comp
    -I'm in NHS, New York State Math Honor Society, and NHS for Dance Arts(yes thats a legit thing)
    -I was a commended student for the National Merit Scholarship
  • mcmcd416mcmcd416 Registered User Posts: 6 New Member
    ED as well!

    -2020 SATs (690 Math, 640 CR, 690 Writing)
    -3.93 GPA (weighted)
    -6 AP's

    Extra Curriculars:
    -Marching/Concert Band - 1st chair french hornist, french horn section leader
    -Gay/Straight Alliance President
    -Women's Ultimate Frisbee (2 year varsity, captain this year)
    -Women's Ice Hockey (4 year varsity)
    -Environmental Club - Secretary
    -Page at local library
    -Summer job as waitress and receptionist at beach resort
    -Various club ultimate frisbee leagues
    -Summer volunteer at SPCA
    -Auxiliary Member of Democratic Party for volunteering at local elections

    Good luck to everyone! I hope you all get in :)
  • cosmocloudcosmocloud Registered User Posts: 70 Junior Member
    I'm wondering why you guys would target Hamilton and not similar schools such as Vassar and Brown. What are your reasons?
  • MrMom62MrMom62 Registered User Posts: 3,488 Senior Member
    In D's case, it was a matter of Vassar and Brown never looking like a fit on paper. Both have a reputation of being very activist campuses, and D did not want schools with in-your-face politics, which is why she wasn't interested in Wesleyan either. Hamilton just seems a little more laid back about that and a little more balanced.

    Brown was probably a reach as well given D's test scores and our HS Naviance scattergram, though it might have been possible. We never even bothered to visit Brown or Vassar, given that we didn't have time to see everything and we targeted schools that seemed a better match. Once you've got 10 solid possibilities, and some real solid top picks, how many more schools do you need?

    Hamilton also specifically emphasizes writing in all its classes, and that held a particular attraction for D, who is an excellent writer, even though she wants to go into medicine. It's not her top pick, but might become that if ED1 fails.
  • SherYoumeeSherYoumee Registered User Posts: 21 New Member
    I never consider Brown because my best friend will apply there.
    I met with the admission officer of both Vassar and Hamilton on a college fair... But Vassar's AO really made people uncomfortable..
    When I asked whether the dining hall in Vassar is great, and she answered that "If you wanna have a great food supply, you shouldn't even apply US colleges."
    I think her answer is really harsh...so I don't like Vassar anymore..
    And I think Hamilton's math is better than Vassar... Its government major is also really great... Especially the Washington D.C. Program...
  • conflicted88conflicted88 Registered User Posts: 31 Junior Member
    Yes, Vassar admission officers are horrible. They are just incredibly rude.
  • dancegirl14dancegirl14 Registered User Posts: 13 New Member
    Yeah I never considered Brown because I think its a bit out of my reach. I am applying to Vassar regular if I don't get into Hamilton. Hamilton is my first choice for a lot of reasons. They have a really good math program, I liked the sense of community there, and I also liked the open curriculum because I want to double major.
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