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Founded in 1812, Hamilton College. is a Private college. Located in New York, which is a city setting in New York, the campus itself is Suburban. The campus is home to 1,883 full time undergraduate students, and 0 full time graduate students.
The Hamilton College Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 9:1. There are 196 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at Hamilton College include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.
Admissions at are considered More Selective, with ,25% of all applicants being admitted.
In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 9 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.
99% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 93% were in the top quarter, and 74% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.
We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at Hamilton College.
52 Students rated on-campus housing 4.1 stars. 37 % gave the school a 5.0.
26 Students rated off-campus housing 2.4 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.
52 Students rated campus food 3.9 stars. 29 % gave the school a 5.0.
52 Students rated campus facilities 4.5 stars. 58 % gave the school a 5.0.
52 Students rated class size 4.6 stars. 67 % gave the school a 5.0.
52 Students rated school activities 4.2 stars. 48 % gave the school a 5.0.
52 Students rated local services 3.7 stars. 29 % gave the school a 5.0.
52 Students rated academics 4.3 stars. 50 % gave the school a 5.0.
11 Students rated Hamilton College
The motto that Hamilton has is to know thyself. I can guarantee you that a common thread that everyone has at Hamilton is that they truly feel the freedom to explore what they are passionate about. There is much flexibility in the open curriculum to explore what you want to delve into academically. There is also community like no other place I have been to. It is common to see friends helping you when you're sick, professors just emailing you to see how you are doing, and group dinners being very frequent. You can definitely find a home here no matter where you come from. I am so grateful I have found this place.
Hamilton is a real small school in a real small village that most students have very little contact with. Because of that people tend to know everyone even if its just on sight. There is usually something going on and a group for everyone. The coolest thing is that most of these groups overlap, like theatre can be your life but you can also be in the frattiest frat on campus.
The U.S. has an obsession with colleges. Every detail is important, from the waffles served on Sunday mornings to the number of treadmills. On tours I could hardly differentiate between the small liberal arts colleges I was touring for how similar they were. I ended up in Hamilton because it was the most academically rigorous school I was accepted to, and the class sizes were small. Now that I am here, I most appreciate the intense focus on writing.
But all these things, from waffles to writing, I am beginning to feel are only secondary to who I myself am. The “college experience” is really not the college, but the student. The campus is just an environment, and not the real agent of growth in a person. I have changed, undoubtedly, but for different reasons. Interacting with people in college is wholly different from high school; you may start living with roommates, and whether you like it or not you must establish who you are to a wholly new set of people. Thinking of the end of the next four short years has also pressured me to become more proactive, whether it be doing extra credit in class or talking to teachers outside of class, and making the most of my guaranteed remaining time in a school. Most importantly, there is a new level of emotional investment that comes with my parents paying such a huge sum; I want to make it worth it for them as well as myself, and I am reminded everyday the give and take between the services I am given in college and the money that is coming out of my parents’ hard-earned bank savings. Knowing this investment from my parents has made me grow up in ways I did not imagine before college.
And all these things would have happened at any college: new people, the urgency of having to figure out my life in four years, the enormous price. What matters most in college is not which one you choose, but the attitude you go in with. So don’t stress over which college you go to. Your college is not your identity, and the growth you’ll experience as a person is not correlated with the ranking of your college. You will find intelligent conversation anywhere, avoid sports or Greek Life if you choose, and though I assume Hamilton must have parties and drugs, I simply do not know because my type of person so naturally excludes herself from that type of culture, just like how I naturally gravitate towards anyone discussing politics or history. In college you are allowed to delve so deep into what you’re interested in, it is hard to stereotype how the entire school operates.
Hamilton is a good school, and I am doing well, but those things are not as inextricably linked as many believe, because it is up to you to shape your college experience.
The worst thing about Hamilton would have to be the food. It's either a hit or miss. One day, the dining halls serve mac and cheese and fantastic pasta. Another day, they serve overcooked eggs or charred meat. Perhaps I'm just a picky eater but when I'm starving, I want delicious food that makes my mouth water. On the bright side, Hamilton has an excellent vegetarian and gluten-free scene. This positive aspect, however, doesn't help those of us who are carnivores or who just generally love to eat.
The fall 2020 acceptance rate for Hamilton College is 26%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.
Though there have been several recent controversies at the school, mostly stemming from the political climate amidst the faculty and administration, the trustees are beginning to be aware and take action. At this point, the administration needs to have greater responsibility and transparency, which would solve many existing problems over allocation of funds (for example). I am, however, optimistic about the school's future progress. The redeeming quality in all this is the sincere interest of faculty members in getting to know their students. The size of the school is obviously conducive to familiarity and comfort, which in turn enriches the learning environment. The involvement of professors on campus-- as well as their willingness to offer their knowledge, time, and even their homes-- attests to the sense of community that we have here.
Hamilton students are known to be preppy, nyc-trust fund, private school children who take advantage of the college experience by drinking as much as possible before they have to go onto the real world to hold jobs on wall street provided by their family connections.
Largely, yes. Hamilton is also proud to surpass the Ivy League and the Little Ivies in terms of the sheer attractiveness of the student body.
Classes are generally small once you get past the 40-person intro-level courses. There's a stover emphasis on critical writing and discussion than fact retention, which is evident in how classes are run and grades are determined. Most courses involve writing a few formal papers, generally between 4 and 10 pages long, as well as some blog entries or other informal writing assignments. Class presentations are not uncommon. The bulk of classes involve discussion of reading assignments, though depending on the professor, you might get more lecture based lessons. Tests are usually short-answer and essay heavy, though, again, it depends on the professor. There are a few blow-off classes, but ultimately you're going to have to work hard for most classes. This is a school where most students had straight As and tons of APs in high school, but Bs and Cs are not uncommon or even frowned upon - in most classes, if you get a B, you worked HARD and learned a lot. Professors are tough, but because they want to give you the best education possible. They will go out of their way to meet with you and give you advice if you reach out to them. Hamilton is the school that Ivy League professors go when they want to really teach students, not just send in a grad student TA while they do research. Bottom line: you will work hard here, but you will also learn a ton in terms of information AND ways of thinking and writing which will stick with you throughout your life.
Most students are athletic, friendly, very intelligent, partiers, and from upper-middle class families.
Athletics are very popular as well as Greek organizations. However, there is no necessity to join any of these groups in order to fit in. As I said before, any type of person would be able to make friends with similar people to themselves.
Interestingly enough, there is no such thing as dating at Hamilton College. This may be due to the fact that the school is so small. Or maybe because this is the norm at all colleges nowadays, but most students treat exclusive relationships like the plague-- they avoid them AT ALL COSTS. To most (especially guys) there is nothing worse than a hookup becoming too attached or emotionally involved. These types of situations usually end badly because one party will invariably ignore the other until that person gets the hint.
very community oriented
Find the college that fits. I applied to Hamilton on a whim and when I got in, I looked at it further. On the internet it seemed great and once I visited, I was thrilled, but it wasn't that way for all colleges though. There was one college I won't name that just made me feel uncomfortable. Also, look for paid visits. Several schools will give a small travel stipend to accepted students. For example, one school paid for airfare, rental car, and hotel room for both my mother and I while I was there. Good luck!
Hamilton is a small school with a great community and an amazing education.
Outgoing, not afraid to get involved or meet people different than themselves. Self-motivated, you will have a lot of work and need to learn how to budget your time so you can still have fun.
The best things about Hamilton is probably the opportunities and learning environment the school provides. There are numerous opportunities for reseach positions and fellowships. Class discussion, critical reading, and learning to write are key aspects of the Hamilton academic experience. Teachers are engaging, and students are friendly. Hamilton is great!
The worst thing about Hamilton is the overreliance on alumni opinion. Because we have such a large endowment, often times older, conservative alumni make decisions because they give money. They are great people and do great things for the campus and students, but at times they are a little out of touch with the current campus climate.
Research Writing and Public Speaking. For having a strong Alumni support system
The stereotypical Hamilton student is a rich, preppy white kid who went to private boarding schools their whole life. While there are some of these, there are also a fair number of non-boarding school kids. There is an exorbitant number of North Face jackets and LL Bean boots on campus, but getting into Hamilton requires a high enough level of academic achievement that most students are well versed in reflection and seeking out alternative perspectives to their own. The artsy, geeky dark-siders especially tend to scorn this stereotype and emphasize individual self-expression and non-mainstream tastes.
This isn't a school for people who don't want to work for their success. The work you put in will correlate to the success you attain. Also, the school is not very handicap accessible. Most of the historic buildings don't have elevators. Oh, and no air conditioning either, but that's not really an issue since it doesn't normally require it.
that there are crepes for brunch
That we don't have a grad school here.
The greatest thing about Hamilton, which made me decide to come here, is the great community feel on campus. It is a wonderful group of people, and we have a very open, inclusive student body. We have a very tight knit community here--it is a great place to spend four years.
Hamilton's last three seasons of fun and general pandemonium
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All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA.
Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.
61% of students
attending Hamilton College receive some sort of financial aid.
15% were awarded federal grants.
While 38% received federal loans.
Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.
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