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Hamilton College


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Reese
What is your overall opinion of this school?

On the East Coast, especially in academic circles, Hamilton has a very positive reputation as a college. Outside New England,...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

On the East Coast, especially in academic circles, Hamilton has a very positive reputation as a college. Outside New England, the recognition factor gets a little spotty, but you don't go to Hamilton for the name. You go because it's one of the best schools for writing in the country, with an intellectual, tightly-knit student body.

Describe the students at your school.

As Hamilton students, no matter how diverse our backgrounds are, there is one common thread: we all expect to make a bunch of money someday. Since a majority of the students come from money, (how else could people pay $50,000 dollars a year at a school that doesn't offer scholarships?), many feel it's their birthright to graduate, become investment bankers or advertising executives, and make enough money buy a place on Nantucket. It sounds bad, but when everyone around you is driven to succeed, you can't help but want to succeed yourself.

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Hamilton College is a place where dreams come true, as long as those dreams involve Keystone, all-nighters, and making eighty to a hundred grand a year within two years of graduation.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

The stereotypes are so common because those types of people are the easiest to spot. People wearing green pants from Vineyard Vines stick out in your head more than the average kid in a pair of cords.

What are the academics like at your school?

Grade inflation may be huge at other schools, but at Hamilton, you may be working your ass off for a B+ in a course. There are no easily aced classes here. From physics to art history, you're going to be challenged, and professors don't accept anything but the best.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

We drink. A lot. Some people whine about it, fewer people abstain from it, but on a Saturday night, you're either pregaming in your dorm room, slipping on gallons of spilled beer in one of the social spaces, or having your friend hold your hair while you vomit. Such is college. I guess the best thing you can say about the drinking scene here is that nobody's died. So we're a bunch of drunks, but we're responsible drunks.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

The most prevalent stereotype at Hamilton is that the majority of the students went to elite private boarding/day schools, come from well established families in Fairfield, Manhattan, or the nicer parts of New Jersey, and drink like there's no tomorrow.

Harper
What is your overall opinion of this school?

If you wan to go to a school were you'll not only know your teachers well, but were you also won't feel like just another fac...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

If you wan to go to a school were you'll not only know your teachers well, but were you also won't feel like just another face in the crowd amongst your classmates this is the place. If your a big fish, you can work wonders in this small pond.

Describe the students at your school.

The students here come from all over the socio-economic spectrum and once here those boundaries are broken quickly. I have friends who own their own planes, and other friends who grew up in rough inner city neighborhoods.

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

We work here, then we party here, and the only downside is the financial cost that we do both of those at.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

It is true that there aren't always the best looking girls on campus, but the ones that are here like to have fun. The difference's that exist between the "light" and "dark" side are also usually exaggerated and generally while the majority of your friends will come from a particular one you will know quite a few from the other well.

What are the academics like at your school?

The professors here don't skimp when it comes to school work. You will get big papers and you will be expected to speak in class on the material assigned, cruise control just simply doesn't cut it at a school as small as this.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

The night scene can get a little bit monotonous here, but with the right attitude and creativity you can keep yourself occupied every weekend. During the week you'll simply have work, that is until Thursday night when the weekend has officially begun.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

Most Hamilton men are better looking than average, while the female ratings can fall anywhere from decent to "what was that". There is also a sharp divide in the mind frames the j.crew and sandal wearing "light side" and that of the crunchy birkenstock totting "dark side".

Sarah
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Overall hamilton is a great place to be minus the fact that it is in the middle of nowhere, noone knows what/where it is, and...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Overall hamilton is a great place to be minus the fact that it is in the middle of nowhere, noone knows what/where it is, and that there is far too much snow in the winter. Clinton is cute, but I have not actually ever gone and walked through town. Many weekends require a trip into New Hartford, and rarely Utica. The location is nice though, and being near Utica there are many community service opprotunities. Being from Maine, most people haven't heard of Hamilton and I have to tell them it is just like Bowdoin, only in New York.

Describe the students at your school.

Most of the girls are kind of dumb and have little personality, but there are some out there who are really good kids. Minorities keep to themselves a lot, and gays are proud. I lived with a lesbian this year, and she was not afraid to show it. I love that about Hamilton. theres a suprising mix of right and lefters.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

no. there is a very outdoorsy population at hamilton that outsiders fail to recognize.

What are the academics like at your school?

very good. excellent even. great professors who really care about the students. one of my professors asks me about my team and how things are looking for next year every time he sees me. they really seem to care about the students. I took a great class in the geoscience department that focused on the current events in africa and how they were effected by geology. It was the reason i became a major.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

I was walking to my dorm one night and overheard people standing outside a party debating politics. How many places can you have that happen? there are major parties and parties with academic themes which is fun. there was a man who is a key contributer in NASA's mars program that came and talked several times, three of which I went to just because it was so interesting.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

drink a lot of beer. rich kids. all really preppy

Sarah
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Hamilton's great; it's pretty easy to get along and make friends here because most of the general groups are represented (hip...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Hamilton's great; it's pretty easy to get along and make friends here because most of the general groups are represented (hippies, athletes, artists, etc.) It's small, which can sometimes get a little tired but generally it's nice because you know all the people you take classes with and you have a lot of options on weekends since the chances of you knowing someone at a given party are pretty high. There isn't much of a town to speak of, but basically every single student lives on campus so it isn't a big deal; there are plenty of things to do on the weekend. The one downfall is the weather: if you can't deal with the cold, forget about coming here. I found that you acclimate pretty quickly, and the campus looks beautiful in the snow so it doesn't really bother me.

Describe the students at your school.

Although we don't have the most diverse campus, there are a lot of different groups represented here. There are a lot of athletes, but there are also a ton of other interests represented (music, art, etc.) Most people are really into academics and are politically aware, so it makes for great discussions in and out of class. Although we're known for being a very liberal campus, there are also a fair share of republican/conservative students.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

To a degree, but not as much as its played up.

What are the academics like at your school?

This is one area of Hamilton that really lives up to everything tour guides say. The classes are small, and most of the time professors get to know you really quickly. It's pretty common to sit down and eat with professors at lunch, or have a professor recommend a class/job/book to you based on interests you've expressed in class. If you want to get an A in a class here, you really have to work; this isn't the type of school where you have time to party all throughout the week and still maintain a good GPA. Most classes give a ton of homework, so you have to really be prepared for that.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

There are a ton of sports teams and IM teams on campus, so most students are involved in athletics somehow. There are also a ton of student groups, whether it be a language/cultural club or clubs for students interested in pursuing certain careers after graduation. A lot of the weekend activities revolve around fraternities, but there are also a fair amount of activities for students who don't drink--movie nights, comedians, etc. and a lot of the parties on campus are dance parties so you can have fun regardless of whether or not you're drinking. But drinking on campus is mainly reserved for Thurs., Fri., and Sat.; if you're awake at 2 a.m. on a Tuesday it's because you're in the library.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

That Hamilton students are wealthy and snobby

Madison
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Though there have been several recent controversies at the school, mostly stemming from the political climate amidst the facu...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

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.

Describe the students at your school.

Most Hamilton students are from the northeast, with an inordinate percentage from Westchester County. As such, their socioeconomic class is generally high, and I can attest to definite culture shock coming from a lower middle class family. That being said, the students here are generally not snobby about their prep-school backgrounds, and it is not difficult to become assimilated. (If you happen to dislike Ugg boots, however, you will very quickly tire of seeing them.) Conflict on the basis of race, religion, or sexuality is-- in my experience-- extraordinarily rare. The community is very accepting of these differences, and everyone is willing to take a joke. If you are politically conservative or a particularly devout Christian, there is rather less tolerance; but there are numerous outlets on campus and places to meet like-minded people. The Alexander Hamilton Institute, for example, offers some organizations embracing and encouraging political, intellectual, and religious diversity. Similarly, the Christian Fellowship and InterVarsity will make the religious feel more at ease.

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I love the Dark Side and plan to live on it for all four years, but damn is it ugly.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

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.

What are the academics like at your school?

I have had very few negative experiences with professors at Hamilton, and there are several professors here who are simply wonderful. As a history major, I particularly recommend Professors Ambrose, Kelly, and Paquette. I know some students (and faculty) dislike Paquette due to his forceful personality, but for intelligence, professionalism, and sheer volume, he is unmatched. It is simply impossible to fall asleep in his class and, resultantly, impossible not to learn something. Professor Kelly is one of the funniest and most entertaining professors I've had here-- and it's no small feat to be funny in a class about the Nazis. His dry sense of humor and absolute lack of political correctness is incredibly endearing. Professor Ambrose needs no introduction; auditing a class with him is what prompted me to come to Hamilton, and the classes I've taken with him (every semester) have kept me here. I sincerely doubt that any college in the nation can offer a professor to far surpass Ambrose in energy, knowledgeability, and human concern for his students. Maybe that accounts for his extreme popularity despite his less-than-generous grading policies. But engaged and engaging professors are a hallmark of a Hamilton education, and every department offers a wide array. Every professor I've had in the math department (Bedient, Boutin, and Knop) has been unnervingly kind and amiable. Professor Knop especially is one of the sweetest, jolliest men you could ever hope to meet. I would also recommend Professor Bartle (whom a friend likes to describe as a "chain-smoking Winnie-the-Pooh") from the Russian Studies department.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

Drinking is definitely an important part of the weekend activities that take place on campus. I have several friends who do not drink, but I imagine that it's quite difficult for them. Beirut is a party staple here, which is not uncommon for a college campus. Most groups on campus tend to form around activities people are involved in; for example, sports teams tend to hang out together, particularly in-season, and though fraternities and sororities are not residential, members definitely spend a great deal of time with each other. The best way to meet a group of friends is just to get involved in extracurricular activities. The campus is also extremely safe. My dorm room is absolutely never locked, and I have not had a single problem in two years. This is fantastic for someone as chronically disorganized and forgetful as I am; I accidentally left my laptop in the Diner for two days, and it was still there when I went back to get it. I would not necessarily recommend this to anyone, but I think it demonstrates something about Hamilton students.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

Hamilton is a collection of relatively wealthy, vaguely liberal, mostly preppy individuals with a fondness for fitness and alcohol.

Bessie
What is your overall opinion of this school?

A big controversy currently going on is the ongoing debate about the proposed Cultural Center. The Social Justice Initiative ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

A big controversy currently going on is the ongoing debate about the proposed Cultural Center. The Social Justice Initiative group has proposed a "Cultural Center" for the cultural organizations as well as SJI itself and a few of the other activists clubs. They want to honor our tradition of social justice, give a place for multicultural students to feel comfortable, and have a place for these clubs to meet. Many believe that it will become a recluse and the name itself is uninviting to those who are white. Many argue that we are pointing out our differences, not our similarities, by creating this building. Some believe the building should just be a student union, which I think is a good compromise.

Describe the students at your school.

I think kids that don't have alot of money could potentially feel awkward, depending on their crowd. I think minority students could, and probably do, feel uncomfortable in a classroom setting because they will frequently be one of the few or the only one in the class. Most Hamilton students are from the Northeast, especially Boston and Westchester County. Students are generally passively liberal, but pretty apathetic. At the STAND Against Genocide Meetings, we are lucky to have 5 kids. Most students are fairly wealthy, but in certain social groups it's cooler to pretend like they don't have money.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

For a sizable portion of the campus body they are accurate, but not comprehensively.

What are the academics like at your school?

My professors all know my name. Class participation is very common, and I feel as though I'm really learning how to think and write more clearly. Some students study all the time, others not at all. My favorite professor is my current Comparative Literature professor, who is amazing. Everything he says in class is very impressive, but the way that he responds to every comment made in class is equally impressive and demanding. For example, he will respond to a comment by saying, "I agree with that statement except for one word. What word was it? Why did I disagree?" He pushes everyone and doesn't hesitate to ask very personal questions to keep the class engaged and make the texts seem relevant and accessible, such as "If the males in the class could have one night with one character in the texts we've read, who would it be? Would it be Lol Stein?" I am never bored in his class.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

If I'm awake at 2am on a Tuesday, I'm either doing work or hanging out. If you don't want to drink on a Saturday night, you can hang out with your sober friends (if you have them). Drinking is very prevalent. Students are frequently EMTed. I met my closest friends freshman year in classes and around my dorm. People party Thursdays through Saturdays, normally. The dating scene doesn't really involve "dates," more often than not two people that are "hooking up," generally with alcohol, may end up in a relationship after hooking up over a long period of time. Frats and sororities are pretty popular on campus; they are important because they usually throw the all campus parties. Events on campus are generally not well attended.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

We are white, rich, preppy kids who only care about ourselves. We are elitist and apathetic.

Kate
What is your overall opinion of this school?

i love the glen - its a gorgeous place to walk (and smoke). the campus has a quaint, intimate feeling. there is no college to...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

i love the glen - its a gorgeous place to walk (and smoke). the campus has a quaint, intimate feeling. there is no college town to speak of - clinton, ny is no cultural mecca, but it does have its perks. the students have a reputation for being liberal, but i'd say they're more apathetic than anything.

Describe the students at your school.

not a lot of racial diversity given the amount of students who attend hamilton, but it seems to have gotten better recently. i know it sounds harsh, but those from a lower income bracket would be most likely to feel out of place at hamilton because everybody and their mother is descended from corporate execs and old money. the campus has a noticeable division between the old Hamilton campus and the more recent Kirkland campus: pop-collared jocks flock to the light side, liberal pot-smoking hippies tend to prefer the dark side.

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hamilton is a great campus. the students are a litte clique-y, for sure.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

an accurate stereotype? thats not really an applicable term. are there plenty of heirs/heiresses at hamilton? yes. did a great portion of the students attend wealthy schools? yes. do we drink a lot? YES. but nothing applies to everybody.

What are the academics like at your school?

the professors are incredible (for the most part.) i took Cicero, Hamilton, and Jefferson with Professor Rubino sophomore year and it was fantastic. my favorite courses are on the smaller side (which usually indicates that those enrolled actually want to be there and aren't just looking for a classroom they can hide in and still get an A) and place a great deal of emphasis on class discussion. students aren't very competitive, which isn't to say they aren't motivated, but that they understand the benefits of synergy rather than competition. the mathematics and classical studies departments are rife with fun, thought-provoking professors. i love hamilton's chill attitude toward the selection of courses, but seniors are closed out of a lot of electives because of their class year.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

hamilton students drink. a lot. frats have a pretty strong presence on campus, sororities not so much. athletic events depend upon the sport and the amount of friends the players have. i've only lived on the dark side, and students always leave their doors open when they're in their rooms. theres more of a 'hook-up' scene than a dating one... i go off campus to replenish my supplies of food and toiletries because the campus store is too damn expensive.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

Rich white alcoholics, rank with the stench of entitlement. don't let the independents fool you - they all went to posh new england boarding schools.

Andrew
What is your overall opinion of this school?

One thing I would change about Hamilton is the weather, it is cold for a lot of the year.

What is your overall opinion of this school?

One thing I would change about Hamilton is the weather, it is cold for a lot of the year.

Describe the students at your school.

I think Hamilton's student body is majority white, yet there is a mix from geographical, religious, political and economic backgrounds in that one predominant group. There are also other racial groups on campus that are very prominent and active.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

Every stereotype has some basis, yet it is not a hard fast rule for every or a majority of the students.

What are the academics like at your school?

All the Professors know your name by the first or second day because of the small class sizes.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

There are more activities on campus than anyone could ever possibly do and everyone is very involved. Even if there is not a group that you find interesting, it is very easy to jump-start your own group.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

Rich Preppy White kids who drink a lot.

Harper
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Hamilton is a great fit for a lot of people because you can find so many different groups of students here, as well as many d...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Hamilton is a great fit for a lot of people because you can find so many different groups of students here, as well as many different interest groups, subjects, etc. Also, the open curriculum is awesome.

Describe the students at your school.

Hamilton's students tend to self-segregate into clumps, but if you can break free from that tendency, there's a lot of potential to meet students from all walks of life.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

Hamilton students come from a variety of economic backgrounds, and the outward appearance of wealth may be deceiving. Get to know people before you judge. Hamilton students do drink a lot, but probably not more than the average north eastern liberal arts college. And yes, Hamilton alum do marry each other... a lot.

What are the academics like at your school?

Professors at Hamilton are great -- you're not just a number to them, but rather they really get to know you. They may invite you over for dinner or meet your senior seminar group at the Pub, but regardless of how you're getting to know them, they really care.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

Well, half the school goes Greek, and every weekend that means free campus parties. So if Greek life isn't for you, make some friends with Greek society members. Unless you don't want to drink. In which case there's Late Nite, the Samuel Kirkland Films, different presentations and lectures, and always a good night out at the Diner with friends.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

Hamilton students are wealthy. Hamilton students drink a lot. Hamilton students marry other Hamilton students.

Jen
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Hamilton feels like it's too small sometimes. As a senior who is involved in a lot of activities, I can honestly say that I ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Hamilton feels like it's too small sometimes. As a senior who is involved in a lot of activities, I can honestly say that I know too many people here. Many people feel like they have no privacy because everyone knows things about everyone. Gossip is terrible here because there is no such thing as anonymity, and there are very distinct social cliques and groups. As many students near graduation, they tend to get fed up with all the crap that goes on socially. Therefore, a divide is created between the people who don't want to leave and the people who can't wait to graduate. All in all, despite all the high school b.s. that we can't seem to get away from for some reason, I can honestly say that my college experience here was pretty close to the best that it could have been.

Describe the students at your school.

The Hamilton student body is very strange because it is diverse without being diverse. What I mean is that despite the schools efforts to achieve diversity in a racial and socio-economic sense, the school is for the most part comprised of upper middle class white students. However, there is a ton of diversity in terms of personality, style, and types of people. I can honestly say that any type of person would be able to fit in here because of this huge spectrum.

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

Hmmm. Despite all my gripes and complaints about insignificant things that go on here, I love Hamilton and I wouldn't have changed a thing about my college experience.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

Just like most stereotypes, there is definitely some truth in the stereotypes about Hamilton and Hamilton students. There is an abundance of partying, drugs, alcohol, and a de-emphasis on school work. There are a lot of students from the northeast. Many students are rolling in money. But most people don't know the other side of these stereotypes, because they are not all-encompassing. A significant percentage of students are on need-based financial aid, and many students choose to spend their free time in the library or the science center.

What are the academics like at your school?

One thing I love about Hamilton academically is that you get to know the professors in your department so well that it doesn't even seem like they are professors anymore. I have been on a first name basis with all of my psychology professors since my freshman year. Everyone in the department is so friendly and the school is small enough that you can get a ton of individual attention from the professors and ask them for help whenever you need it. The genuineness, love for teaching, and compassion that these professors show their students is unprecedented. I could not be happier with the opportunities I received academically during my four years here.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

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.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

-everyone has a ton of money, expensive clothes, and nice cars -everyone drinks all the time -everyone is from New England -everyone is preppy -the school has more money than it knows what to do with

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