Clinton, NY
Hamilton College


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Brett
What is your overall opinion of this school?

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...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

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.

Describe the students at your school.

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.

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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!

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

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.

What are the academics like at your school?

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!

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

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

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

Work Hard, Party Hard Rich, white, pretty, preppy kids

Hunter
What is your overall opinion of this school?

The best thing about Hamilton is the strong interpersonal relationships students form with both faculty and other students. T...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

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.

Describe the students at your school.

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.

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Choosing Hamilton was the best decision I ever made.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

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.

What are the academics like at your school?

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.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

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.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

Rich, north-eastern, and preppy

Chantal
What is your overall opinion of this school?

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...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

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.

Describe the students at your school.

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.

What are the academics like at your school?

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.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

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.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

White, rich kids. A lot of money. Party a lot.

Michael
What is your overall opinion of this school?

The school always allows students to pursue their passions or interests - especially if they are even partially academically ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

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.

Describe the students at your school.

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.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

Yes. Yes. Not really to the athletics stereottype

What are the academics like at your school?

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.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

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.

Tate
What is your overall opinion of this school?

The size of Hamilton is fantastic to me, as our the students I have met. The professors are phenominal, and Clinton is a fin...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

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.

Describe the students at your school.

There are a lot of different kinds of students at Hamilton, but ethincally there is very little diversity.

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It's a cliche, but work hard, play hard

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

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.

What are the academics like at your school?

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.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

The night life here is better than any campus I've been to otherwise, cause you can drink where ever you want.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

People think everyone here is preppy and rich. They also think everyone is short.

Megan
What is your overall opinion of this school?

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...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

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.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

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

What are the academics like at your school?

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.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

Snobby upper class white kids from generallly private and new england prep schools. ellitist - jcrew catalogue kids

Madison
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Hamilton is an amazing school for students that know that they want a small liberal arts college. I think we could work on c...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

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.

Describe the students at your school.

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.

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Hamilton is an amazing school if you have the courage to take a risk and take advantage of the opportunities it offers.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

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

What are the academics like at your school?

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.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

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.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

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

Jack
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Hamilton is dank. End of story.

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Hamilton is dank. End of story.

Describe the students at your school.

Light sider: preppy. Dark sider: artsy.

What are the academics like at your school?

The communications department at Hamilton is outstanding. Professors are all incredibly approachable and are all noteworthy scholars in their fields.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

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.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

Hamilton stupids piss excellence.

Laura
What is your overall opinion of this school?

One thing everybody would change: put it in a city- and Utica doesn't count as a city.

What is your overall opinion of this school?

One thing everybody would change: put it in a city- and Utica doesn't count as a city.

Describe the students at your school.

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.

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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.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

For a select group yes, but the vast majority of people are average individuals with a variety of personalities and styles.

What are the academics like at your school?

It's really easy to form great relationships with professors. Classes are small and all the professors seem to actually care about teaching.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

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.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

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.

Regina
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Hamilton is pretty much in the middle of nowhere, and while the town is quaint, there's not a lot to do. Utica isn't exactly ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Hamilton is pretty much in the middle of nowhere, and while the town is quaint, there's not a lot to do. Utica isn't exactly the greatest city for activities either -- in fact one Saturday afternoon trying to find something to do we noticed that every single store and restaurant was closed. In the middle of a Saturday afternoon. The most recent controversy was over someone writing "N*gger Lover" on the car of a white girl who was dating a black boy. Not much was done by the administration. This occurance however, I believe is fairly rare, and everyone who heard about it was shocked and disgusted, but not much was done to do something about it.

Describe the students at your school.

The student body is primarily white, upper class, suburban. Hamilton is working towards diversity and each year has brought in more students of color. There are several programs that help bring in lower income students that would not be able to attend schools like Hamilton, including HEOP (High Education Opportunity Program) and POSSE. There are definite subgoups within Hamilton -- Admissions doesn't like to say it but the campus is definitely divided between the "Dark Side" and the "Light Side," the Light Side being more preppy and uppity and the Dark Side being more... everything else. Students are politcally aware.. all the people I know are pretty left of center, but it is still a fairly conservative school. Not as bad as some others though, but definitely not radical.

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Campus Safety is pretty useless and takes forever to get on a scene. I feel safe on this campus not because of them, just because I don't really think there's a threat of anything serious happening to me.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

Greek life is prevalent but not overwhelming, and it is pretty preppy and conservative.

What are the academics like at your school?

I love the professors here - almost all of my classes the professors have known my name, and enjoy getting to know the students, even classes that are not within my major. Hamilton focuses on writing and public speaking, but mostly writing -- 3 writing intensive courses are required but that's about it. It's an open curriculum besides that and fulfilling the Q-Lit requirement. Intellectual conversations are held outside the classroom - there are plenty of lectures avialable to attend all the time for various departments. As an Art major in a liberal arts college I feel like I'm getting a well rounded education with the opportunity to explore several areas of study.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

Students leave their doors open all the time, and many leave them unlocked as well. It's a pretty trusting community, although I would never leave my door unlocked. There is some, like anywhere theivery, but it's pretty rare. I met my closest freind through the HEOP program's 5 week summer intensive, and most of my other friends through the dorm I lived in my freshman year. There are always parties going on somewhere, especially Bundy, Milbank, Dunham, and South. Many students participate in "Thirsty Thursday" which is pretty much drinking in the middle of the week because you can. A fewer number of people do "Wasted Wednesday." There isn't a hell of a lot to do off campus since Hamilton is in a nowhere town, but if you have a good group of friends you make due.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

Has a reputation for being conservative, preppy, a lot of drinking and greek life.

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