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It's a pretty small school in a very rural area, but there's always a lot going on. They do a good job bringing entertainment...
It's a pretty small school in a very rural area, but there's always a lot going on. They do a good job bringing entertainment to campus - there's rarely a week that goes by without a speaker or performer on campus who's been on TV. There are also a lot of opportunities - as a freshman, I can be the co-president of a major club and conduct research. Professors are approachable and most classes succeed in being more discussion-based than lecture based.
I associate with many politically active groups of students, so I encounter a lot of people with very strong interests and opinions. I am aware, however, that there are many apathetic students here. This is sometimes associated with our rather high population of students with high socioecomic backgroups. While Hamiton does make good efforts to create economic diversity with opportunity programs, having a lot of upper-middle class students from New England may be inevitable with Hamilton's location, cost, and liberal arts.
There are definitely epople who fit into those categories, but there are a lot of others as well. Hamilton is more diverse than we get credit for in terms of personalities and interests.
Professors make an effort to get to know students, which is helpful. I haven't been in a class with more than 40 students, and I don't think there are many here. The workload is at times a struggle for people without strong time management skills. There is a clear difference in the workload of science/math classes (more) and humanities classes (less), and because of the lack of distribution requirements, some students have comparatively little work outside of class.
I think it's good that Hamilton's Greek organizations do not have housing, and I think they should be phased out entirely. Parties are open anyway, and the presence of Greek organizations encourages students to settle into a group of friends instead of being open to new ones. That said, there is a place for everyone on a Friday or Saturday night. I have never encountered anyone who would judge another person for their decision to drink or not. As I stated before, Hamilton does a good job bringing in outside entertainment as evening activities. I look forward to Acoustic Coffeehouses and comedians.
rich, white, big drinkers
I love the size of the school. It allows for intimate class sizes, you never feel alone when you walk into a dining hall, you...
I love the size of the school. It allows for intimate class sizes, you never feel alone when you walk into a dining hall, you know people when you walk around. and yet there are tons of people you don't know. People are really REALLY friendly at Hamilton. I would totally do something about the privacy issue. there isn't much here. Its also quite a bubble, isolated from the world on an international level. It would be nice to have the news again in my life.
A student from very poor urban areas might feel out of place. The overall affluence of the student body is very real and sometimes in your face, but people in general are very accepting and open to meeting new people. Whether the students are politically/socially/environmentally/etc aware depends greatly on the student. Some kids live deeply in the bubble, others are much more street smart and aware.
It is a wonderful school with LOTS of really interesting people from different walks of life. If you know who to talk to, you'll learn so much about yourself and life in general. I love Hamilton!
yeah... but i think for what the institution is, it does a decent job at diversifying the campus, at least on an international scale (more internationals than american minorities, i think). there is a lot of money here, but there are also a great deal of kids on Financial aid, like myself. The dark side allows for other types of diversity as well, a different mind set than WASP america to a point.
Prof's know your name, some come to events, very supportive the ones that are. Hamilton is HARD, but good and the resources are totally available to you. All the time. Lots of intellectual discussion outside class, open curriculum the best thing ever!
Work Hard, party hard lots of alcohol, pot, but SO SO SO SO much else to do! mostly a hook up culture, greek not super important, mostly hold parties
Work Hard, Party Hard Rich, white, pretty, preppy kids
The best thing about Hamilton is the strong interpersonal relationships students form with both faculty and other students. T...
The best thing about Hamilton is the strong interpersonal relationships students form with both faculty and other students. The community is supportive and the faculty is wonderful at cultivating young minds.
Hamilton students are open minded, welcoming and accepting of others views. It is a true community of learners and thinkers. Though, students here are still able to have some fun.
Choosing Hamilton was the best decision I ever made.
With the exception of north-eastern, not really. Hamilton works hard to ensure that the community is as representative (as a school of 1780 can be) of the wider world social, ethnically, and economically.
Do professors know your name? Yes, including many who never taught me. Is class participation common? Yes, it is expected and is integral to the teaching process. Do Hamilton students have intellectual conversations outside of class? Yes, I often feel we do this too often. There may be too many intelligent people for the world to handle. What's the most unique class you've taken? Geology and Development of Modern Africa Do you spend time with professors outside of class? Yes, in many cases i know their families. I have also gone to the pub with some after hours (I'm 22 years old for the record). How do you feel about Hamilton 's academic requirements? I LOVE the open curriculum.
Anything you want we got it or you can start it (for example, I started the 4 Square club) and have it funded by the school. We do have greeks, they dont have houses, they are not as relevant as their members think they are. I think they only still exist to appease the rich old alums who were members years ago.
Rich, north-eastern, and preppy
The size of the school is great. In my last year here I am still meeting new people. The campus is also a nice size--it takes...
The size of the school is great. In my last year here I am still meeting new people. The campus is also a nice size--it takes only about 10 minutes to walk from one size of campus to the other. The winters can be brutal, but once the temperature hits above freezing, we nearly forget the cold at once. The ability and flexibility for study abroad opportunities is great.
The student body, at first glance, is primarily white, with a few minorities thrown into the mix. After spending more time here, I realize that we really are not very diverse. In general, the students look the same, dress the same, etc.
The absence of core requirements is awesome. The professors almost always know the names of the students in the class, and many remember the names and faces even when you're no longer in the class. In general, the time I spend with professors outside of class is during their office hours. It would be nice to have more interaction with them beyond the academic circle.
People, at least the ones I know and spend time with, party/go out 2 to 3 times per week. The dating scene is pretty much a lack thereof--the majority of 'dating' is based on hooking-up (which really does pose a problem, in my opinion). If i am awake late on a weeknight i am either doing work for my classes or watching a movie with my roommates.
White, rich kids. A lot of money. Party a lot.
The school always allows students to pursue their passions or interests - especially if they are even partially academically ...
The school always allows students to pursue their passions or interests - especially if they are even partially academically based. Great atmosphere and highly encouraged to push yourself as a college student to succeed in many facets of life during your time on campus. Still a student, but it seems that the school greatly supports alumni and has a solid alumni network that is only growing in size, success, and power. Additionally, amazing overall facilities, the food is pretty good, and the athletic facility is state-of-the-art.
OK, often pretentious and overall very wealthy. If not from upper class may feel slightly out of place. Huge emphasis on frats/sororities, partying, drinking, and promiscuous sexual relations.
Yes. Yes. Not really to the athletics stereottype
The academics at Hamilton are superb. Small class sizes, intimate class settings, the highest level of technology in the classes. The best and most commonly over-looked component of Hamilton is the amazing faculty. Well established within their respective fields, easily accessible, always willing to provide additional (outside of class time) help to students; the faculty is unbelievable.
That the school is relatively all white and has many racist tensions. That the school itself as well as its student constituents are extremely wealthy. The varsity athletics are miserable.
The size of Hamilton is fantastic to me, as our the students I have met. The professors are phenominal, and Clinton is a fin...
The size of Hamilton is fantastic to me, as our the students I have met. The professors are phenominal, and Clinton is a fine town. I'd say most people love it here, but it certianly isn't for everyone. It is isolated, and it is small, and you have to want those things to succed here.
There are a lot of different kinds of students at Hamilton, but ethincally there is very little diversity.
It's a cliche, but work hard, play hard
There are plenty of people here who are neither preppy nor rich, though pretty much everyone is short. In fact, the diversity of students' ideologies is quite imporessive.
My classes are great, overall. Professors here care much more than I've heard of those at other schools, and they're a lot smarter, too. Of course, this varies from department to depatment, and if you're in a good one, you will work your ass off. THE NO CORE REQUIREMENTS IS THE BEST THING E V E R.
The night life here is better than any campus I've been to otherwise, cause you can drink where ever you want.
People think everyone here is preppy and rich. They also think everyone is short.
The schools is the perfect size and should make sure that it does not get any bigger. If I could change one thing I would fo...
The schools is the perfect size and should make sure that it does not get any bigger. If I could change one thing I would focus on really educating the upper class and privilaged part of the population (which is a huge chunk of the population) on understand what their backgrounds do for them and those who don't come from their backgrounds what troubles they run into. I spend most of my time on campus in friends dorms (suites) and the library and random other places to study around campus. Hamilton's open curriculum is amazing and hamilton should make sure to never get rid of that. I couldn't imagine going to a school with requirements and its amazing being able to pick ever classes you would like, its a great freedom.
for the general population i would say hamilton kids are upper class white kids from the New England area. most came from amazingly well known prep and private schools. the problem with this however is that they don't realize how well off, privilaged, and advantaged they are from these backgrounds, they don't realize what kid of advantages they have over students who do not come from these backgrounds
Academics are great. Teachers make the classes, and the smaller classes are great, and work HAS to be done otherwise the other 8 people in the class will know as well as the professor that you did not keep up with your work.
Snobby upper class white kids from generallly private and new england prep schools. ellitist - jcrew catalogue kids
Hamilton is an amazing school for students that know that they want a small liberal arts college. I think we could work on c...
Hamilton is an amazing school for students that know that they want a small liberal arts college. I think we could work on creating more informal diverse interactions among students. I love the faculty student relationship at Hamilton and the fact that Hamilton has resources available to students. The scholarships, grants, prizes, writing center, career help, and other services available to students are amazing. I think diversity should be a top priority for Hamilton. Hamilton's unique curriculum is a huge benefit and this should be kept and should be highly valued. I think Hamilton could improve its study abroad counseling and options for students. Students complain about the lack of school spirit and I think if Hamilton moved to a NESCAC schedule and created a centralized store on campus and better apparel this could be remedied.
Hamilton has good diversity but need to promote interaction between groups. The financial backgrounds of students are well off for the most part but there are tons of people from diverse backgrounds. Students are not as politically aware as they should be and it would be cool if activism could increase. For the most part students are center, leaning left yet there is a great balance of liberal and conservative. If there were four tables in the dining hall one would be a sports team, one a sorority/frat, one a group of students doing work for a class together, and the other just a random group of friends.
Hamilton is an amazing school if you have the courage to take a risk and take advantage of the opportunities it offers.
I think the fact that you hear both the liberal and conservative stereotypes is evidence that Hamilton does a good job of balancing the different sides of the political spectrum. I think Hamilton has diversity but groups of similar races or backgrounds tend to group together and therefore students to experience a lot of diversity in their informal interactions. All schools drink a lot. And yes Hamilton is very academically challenges
Class participation gets better as you get old. I spend times with my professors outside of class but students often need to take the initiative. Its hard at first and beneficial in the end. I think Hamilton students really value and cherish the academic freedom. The career center is helpful and has a lot of resources but people sometimes complain that the counselors are not knowledgable or helpful. Most students do have intellectual conversations outside class but for the most part students spend a large portion of their time working and enjoy social and non academic things for their down time. This could mean drinking and partying and could mean a movie, group discussion, or other similar events. The drinking culture becomes less important as you get older and people do more diverse things on weekends.
Hamilton's social life is greek in many ways, but it is not as greek as people think it is in actuality. There are lots of things to do if you are not in greek life and no greek events are closed. Greek life seems important freshman year but in actuality is not really that big of a deal and by the end there is a lot of bridging between social groups. You just need to take the initiative to meet people. People party hard 2-3 nights a week and rarely any more than that. The issue with the drinking culture is not that there is a drinking culture but instead that it is a culture of binge drinking. Often students go have just one drink and then go to a movie or then go to another concert or event. They drink, yet in a different way. If I am up late on a week night I am working. Working is a huge part of the weekday lifestyle for students and it occupies the vast majority of students time.
As a tour guide I have heard a lot and they include ~To liberal, ward churchill, hippie school ~To conservative, to rich, to preppy ~No diversity ~Drinks a lot ~Hard ~Exclusive greek life scene
Hamilton is dank. End of story.
Hamilton is dank. End of story.
Light sider: preppy. Dark sider: artsy.
The communications department at Hamilton is outstanding. Professors are all incredibly approachable and are all noteworthy scholars in their fields.
Last weekend, Aretha Franklin visited campus and preformed as part of the "Great Name Series." Even my grandma was excited to come all the way to the hill and watch the queen of soul.
Hamilton stupids piss excellence.
One thing everybody would change: put it in a city- and Utica doesn't count as a city.
One thing everybody would change: put it in a city- and Utica doesn't count as a city.
If you're white, you can surround yourself with a pretty uniform group of strait, white people because they outnumber everybody else. But if you want to have a diverse experience it is more than possible. There are people of every race, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic background and anything else you can think of, and they are often nicer than the strait white folks.
If you're the kind of person who likes to control where they eat, where they live, all those little things that go into controlling your life, Hamilton can make you feel claustrophobic. It's hard to get off campus, it's impossible to get off the meal plan, most people live on campus... you can't escape.
For a select group yes, but the vast majority of people are average individuals with a variety of personalities and styles.
It's really easy to form great relationships with professors. Classes are small and all the professors seem to actually care about teaching.
People drink a lot, but you don't have to drink to have a good time. There are a ton of activities brought to campus by the school and all the organizations.
Light Siders are rich white assholes. Sporty types who go into finance, working for a friend of their parents. Dark Siders are pretentious indie kids who lord their art/music/whatever knowledge over everyone who doesn't look cool enough.
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