Engineering and Hamilton

Some thoughts on your academic plans

The most frequently attended affiliated engineering school for those going on from Hamilton has been Columbia's Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science. Below, you'll find in italics a summary of their requirements; you can also find them at ). For the most complete and accurate information, it is a good idea to go to the Columbia website. On the page you reach with this link, find a link to the "Pre-Combined Plan Curriculum Guide" on the right. There is also a viewbook for the school and a bulletin/catalog.

A summary of admissions requirements from the Columbia website is instructive:

You can download a pdf file showing the relationship between Hamilton courses and the ones prescribed by Columbia.

The following lists the basic required classes for guaranteed admission. Please see your Combined Plan liaison for specifics.

Although the above courses are required for guaranteed admission, an applicant who has not met the requirements is still considered for admission, at the discretion of the Combined Plan admissions committee.

When choosing the 3-2 sequence, note that all of Hamilton's requirements have to be satisfied before the student leaves at the end of the junior year. 

How to start your program (sample schedules)

Prerequisites for the Dartmouth 2-1-1-1 Program

The Dartmouth program currently lists the following courses (their course numbers) as prerequisites. Thus, they should be completed in the first two years at Hamilton.


General remarks

We want to make sure the student has a viable, interesting plan of study that will leave him or her with a sound education should the engineering option fall by the wayside (it is common for students to change their career goals as they progress through college).  Assuming that a student who is willing to commit to becoming an engineer has strong interests in technology/science/math, a curriculum at Hamilton that is rich (but not monotone) in those subjects should be suitable.

Students opting for 4-2 (means applying to Columbia to do undergraduate work in engineering after having finished a normal 4 year program at Hamilton) will have an easier time of organizing their Hamilton course work because of the extra time available to complete required courses.

In general financial aid has been strong for those going on in engineering. However, our experience has been that, although Hamilton may provide them with excellent support, students who are neither permanent residents nor citizens of the U.S. or Canada are not guaranteed good financial packages at the coordinate engineering schools.  Without generous financial aid these schools may be unaffordable.

Engineering Advisors: Professor Gordon Jones, and Professor Ann Silversmith, Department of Physics.


updated July 2015

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