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Hamilton College


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Maria
What is the stereotype of students at your school? Is this stereotype accurate?

The stereotypical Hamilton student is a rich, preppy white kid who went to private boarding schools their whole life. While t...

What is the stereotype of students at your school? Is this stereotype accurate?

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.

What are the academics like at your school?

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.

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

overall, hamilton is the epitome of work hard play hard. classes arent easy, but theyre enlightening. our motto is "know thyself" because hamilton is a place to go if you want to discover and/or embrace who are truly are. we have a strong alumni network because the four years that are spent here are unforgettable. hamilton is a school that fosters self-discovery and overall knowledge as well as effective communication. it's a school that sets you up for the life you want after graduation without focusing solely on the time after graduation and not the time leading up to it.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

we're definitely not known for our sports (but mens soccer and womens field hockey do pretty well) and several of our students do fall into the preppy stereotype but no where near all of the students on campus fit that description

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

-everyone is an upperclass rich preppy student who attended boarding school -suck at most sports

Jennifer
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Hamilton is a small school with a great community and an amazing education.

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Hamilton is a small school with a great community and an amazing education.

Describe the students at your school.

Hamilton students are friendly and eager to get active while also being incredibly hard working and talented.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Relax about the application process anddon't stress too much because although it's an incredibly hard decision to make, everything will work out for the best and no matter where you are, you will find your way and make the best of it.

Katrina
What is your overall opinion of this school?

I love Hamilton, and so do most of the students. It's so small that it really feels like a strong community. Hamilton profess...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I love Hamilton, and so do most of the students. It's so small that it really feels like a strong community. Hamilton professors really care about the students and will make themselves available to meet, and I have friends at Ivy League schools who can't say the same. Yes, living in the village of Clinton can make you a little stir-crazy, but you will make some amazing friends because everyone stays on campus. Hamilton is a school of incredible tradition. We just had our bicentennial, so yeah, we've been around for awhile. Class & Charter day is probably every student's favorite tradition, and it is the highlight of the year. On this day, the last day of class in the spring semester, afternoon classes are cancelled and the entire campus celebrates. Other fun student traditions include the Silent Disco every semester. I'll always remember this one time during freshman year, when I was walking to the dining hall behind some football players, and one started excitedly speaking about how excited he was about a paper. That's Hamilton for you...

What are the most popular classes offered?

I feel like everyone takes Intro to Psych. A lot of people take the intro econ classes as well

What's the dating scene like?

There are definitely couples, but most people remain unattached, especially in the first years. There is dating, if that's what you're looking for, but the hookup scene dominates

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Class & Charter Day is the most loved and anticipated tradition. It's a day of partying together with your friends one last time before finals Silent Disco is also a more recent addition. Every semester, we have a silent dance party on one of the athletic fields while everyone listens to the same playlist on their iPods. It's a lot of fun!

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

The outdoors club is very popular. Our close proximity to the Adirondack Mountains draws people who love to participate in outdoor activities. The glen (wilderness area with trails) on campus provides outdoor recreation. Parties are big here. As a freshman, the all-campus parties were the place to go, but as you get older, your friends start having parties in their dorm rooms and suites. There are some places to party off-campus, but they're a little sketchy. Hamilton draws some good speakers, including but not limited to the Great Names series we have (almost) every year. Go to hear speakers; it's a shame to waste that resource.

Describe the students at your school.

The students are pretty awesome. People are friendly at Hamilton, and most will find a good friend group.If you come here, you will recognize most people after a while. You won't feel out of place unless you are anti-social, and then I'd imagine your experience would be pretty isolating. Most students are from the northeast, from wealthier families, but there is more diversity in backgrounds thanks to programs like HEOP and POSSE. I've also heard that Hamilton is one of the most conservative NESCAC schools, but we're still pretty liberal.

What are the academics like at your school?

If you want to be anonymous in class, this is not the school for you. Professors will know your name. They will expect you to participate in class. They will encourage you to do your best, and they will set high standards. It's not uncommon to hear Hamilton students complaining about the amount of work we have. However, the workload creates a feeling of solidarity, as everyone is going through the same stress. Students at Hamilton do study a lot compared to students at other schools, and generally people can't come to Hamilton, slack off, and do well. Students here don't want to slack off, though. Kids at Hamilton love to party, but they know how to work, too.

What is the stereotype of students at your school? Is this stereotype accurate?

We stick to the light side/dark side stereotypes... Generally true, but not always. Also, there is a prevailing idea that everyone drinks a lot, which is true for most people

Sarah
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Hamilton is fantastic; I love it here. I think the size is perfect, and we have a really great community feel. Although peopl...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Hamilton is fantastic; I love it here. I think the size is perfect, and we have a really great community feel. Although people often complain about the weather, it is by no means a deal breaker.

What's the dating scene like?

You will have a lot of people in very serious, committed relationships, people who just want to casually date, and people who are just looking for a hook-up. Whatever you are looking for, you can find here.

Why did you decide to go to this school?

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.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

The stereotype is somewhat accurate. You will definitely get kids who are really preppy and shop exclusively at J Crew, but that is not true of everyone. I don't think there is one typical Hamilton student; there is a huge variety of interests, backgrounds, and personalities.

What do students complain about most?

Most students probably complain most about the weather. It can get pretty cold and we do get a lot of snow and rain. But I really don't think the weather is bad enough to be a deal breaker--it doesn't overshadow all of the wonderful things about Hamilton.

What are your classes like?

Classes are really great. Hamilton offers lecture, lab, and discussion based classes, so you can create a schedule that works best for your learning style. Hamilton really values small class size--we have a 9:1 student-to-faculty ratio; 1/3 of classes have 18 or fewer students and 1/3 have 9 or fewer. You will definitely not be just another number at Hamilton.

Describe your school to someone who's never heard of it.

Hamilton is a small liberal arts college in central New York. We have a large emphasis on writing and offer an open curriculum--you won't have to deal with any distribution requirements or "gen ed" courses. Although we are best known for our strong writing program, all of our academic departments are stellar. We have a great community feel on campus and we highly value inclusion. Hamilton is a wonderful place to spend 4 yrs.

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

My favorite campus tradition is Feb Fest, a week of events every February designed to distract you from the fact that it is the middle of the winter. This past year we had cheese and chocolate tastings, a big carnival, a Mr. Hamilton competition, and more! The week is always fun and there is something to look forward to every day!

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

There are so many different popular groups on campus. Sports are very popular, as many people like to play varsity, club, and/or intramural sports here. Music is also very popular on campus--we have a bunch of performance groups and a great a cappella scene. No matter your interest, you can definitely find a group and meet a bunch of like-minded people.

Describe the students at your school.

Hamilton has a reputation for being full of preps and jocks, but there really is no cookie cutter Hamilton student. We have preps, jocks, hipsters, hippies--the whole spectrum. Honestly, I don't think you can put most students cleanly into one category. We have a great community feel at Hamilton, and it is a terrific group of people.

What are the academics like at your school?

We really value discussion-based, small classes. Professors will get to know you personally, and you certainly won't be just another number. Professors will often invite students over for dinner and they really care about Hamilton students. Academics can be challenging, but if you put in the work and go to office hours, you will be successful.

What is the stereotype of students at your school? Is this stereotype accurate?

A lot of preppy kids and hipsters, but there really isn't one typical Hamilton student. There are all kinds of different kids here. You will see people in J Crew polos and others with mohawks--it really runs the full spectrum.

Maggie
What do students complain about most?

I hear a lot of students complaining about how our smaller dining hall (McEwen) is closed on the weekends. The larger dining ...

What do students complain about most?

I hear a lot of students complaining about how our smaller dining hall (McEwen) is closed on the weekends. The larger dining hall and our Diner are open on the weekends, but students who prefer the smaller atmosphere and selection of more local foods at McEwen often wish that it stays open as well.

Describe a day on campus you'll never forget.

One of my favorite days on campus was last fall when we brought Janelle Monae to campus for a concert. I signed up with Campus Activities Board to help organize and set up for the concert. We woke up early to help move in all of her equipment and to help set up the dressing rooms. Some of us went to the grocery to buy snacks and drinks that Janelle and her band requested. So many people came to see the concert--it was an awesome time and felt super rewarding to have helped out. At the end, the students who helped all day got to stick around to meet Janelle Monae and we took a group picture. It's really cool how collaborative all the events on campus us, whether it be planning, booking artists, or setting up for events. All students are involved and have a say in what happens up on the hill.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

The stereotype of Hamilton students tends to be that everyone is white, preppy, rich, and jocks. While there certainly are students who fit into this category, it's not overwhelming. Our campus offers a lot more diversity--we place a great emphasis on the Fine Arts (theater, music, studio art), so many students are involved with those activities as well. We have an awesome Outdoors Club that brings students on trips all the time to camp or ski or, you name it! What's particularly great about Hamilton students is just how involved students are across the board. We may have people who fit perfectly into the "stereotype" but are also involved with community service, or a capella groups, not just sports and greek life.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

I wouldn't say there are any "most popular" student activities on campus. At Hamilton we have over 100 different student groups to be a part of--anything from student publications, to student government, to music groups, to community service organizations (I could go on for a while!). Students tend to be involved in a variety of different clubs all across the board. It's not uncommon to find someone who plays lacrosse but is also a member of the jazz ensemble.

Tell us about your professors.

Professors at Hamilton are invested in getting to know students on a personal level. Every teacher I had so far was friendly, helpful, passionate about his/her field of study, available, and easily approachable. Teachers at Hamilton definitely inspire us to love learning and to become curious about different areas of academics that we had no idea existed! Within the first week or two of classes, all of my professors know my name and make an effort to get to know me (a lot of teachers will ask students to come to open office hours within the first weeks of classes just to introduce themselves in a more intimate setting than in the classroom). Professors are always inviting students over for dinner, or offering to drive us to the grocery store downtown, if we don't have cars on campus. I think, overall, that the professors at Hamilton are a huge part of the success of students--not just academically, but also at building strong relationships and making connections with others.

Why did you decide to go to this school?

I choose Hamilton for two reasons. One: because of the open curriculum. We don't have any required classes or freshman seminar type classes that every student has to take. This is very unique to Hamilton and awesome! I'm excited about all of my classes, and enthusiastic to learn about topics that I have picked myself. We never feel like we just have to sit through a class to cross it off some kind of required list. Two: I grew up in Clinton and around Hamilton my entire life--the strong sense of community was always something that I admired, and it definitely stuck with me when I was looking at other schools. Hamilton has a great environment whether for academics, social life, or just relaxing.

What are the academics like at your school?

Academics at Hamilton are challenging, but definitely not impossible. If students put the time and effort into doing readings for classes, participating in the classroom, and studying for exams, everything is fine. Strong writing and communication skills are very important for students at Hamilton, so we expect to write a lot of papers and to prepare for a lot of oral presentations. We have many great resources on campus that should be taken advantage of: a Writing Center, an Oral Communications center, several tutoring services, and of course the availability and approachability of all professors. Obviously the workload and difficulty of material will depend on the class and professor, but for the most part students are always able to manage. Academics come first, but there will also always be time to relax or be involved with other things on campus.

What is the stereotype of students at your school? Is this stereotype accurate?

The stereotype of Hamilton students tends to be that everyone is white, preppy, rich, and jocks. While there certainly are students who fit into this category, it's not overwhelming. Our campus offers a lot more diversity--we place a great emphasis on the Fine Arts (theater, music, studio art), so many students are involved with those activities as well. We have an awesome Outdoors Club that brings students on trips all the time to camp or ski or, you name it! What's particularly great about Hamilton students is just how involved students are across the board. We may have people who fit perfectly into the "stereotype" but are also involved with community service, or a capella groups, not just sports and greek life.

Anthony
What is your overall opinion of this school?

I absolutely love Hamilton College. Prior to actually coming to Hamilton, I'd speak with alumni or student and they'd all go ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I absolutely love Hamilton College. Prior to actually coming to Hamilton, I'd speak with alumni or student and they'd all go on about how great the school was, and how it would be the best 4 years of my life. Initially I took it all as them trying to "Sell" the school, but after being here for a year I see exactly what they meant. It's provides a great sense of community; both an intellectual and social community.

What are the academics like at your school?

Rigorous. The selectivity of Hamilton is a great indicator of its academics. There are no "Easy" courses at Hamilton. They all challenge you, and require attention and dedication. But they aren't boring--at least not the courses I've taken. But that's probably because here at Hamilton, we take the courses we want to take. The absence of a core curriculum--no distribution requirements--allows for genuine interest to be the driving motive for course enrollment.

What is the stereotype of students at your school? Is this stereotype accurate?

The stereotype is that Hamilton students are all rich, preppy, and lead a uniform lifestyle. But the truth is: There is no cookie cutter Hamilton student.

Kendall
What is your overall opinion of this school?

I have one semester remaining at Hamilton and I have absolutely loved my time there. Even before I got there, I knew I was go...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I have one semester remaining at Hamilton and I have absolutely loved my time there. Even before I got there, I knew I was going to love it when I interviewed. My interviewer had been away from Hamilton for decades, yet she remembered so many details of her experience and spoke very highly of it. I think the best thing about the school is simply the people- students, faculty and staff. Every student gets along if you give them the chance, and professors are extremely helpful if you see them outside of class (something I definitely recommend doing). And believe it or not, the custodial staff are probably the kindest people you will meet on campus. I like the open curriculum with a stress on writing and oral communication, as it lets students truly explore the liberal arts (which I have done) while building a solid writing and speaking base. However, one thing I would change would be to strengthen the writing requirements because there are no actual course requirements. It seems like students can sneak through the writing requirement without actually improving (if they choose to) over their time at Hamilton. Coming from a graduating high school class of 70, Hamilton is the perfect size for me. It seemed huge when I got there, starts to seem smaller over time but I still meet new people every semester and even every week. Hamilton has an excellent reputation, so people usually seem to be very impressed when I say I go to Hamilton. Coming from Pittsburgh some people haven't heard of it, so I am also used to explaining "it's a small liberal arts school in upstate New York." I spend most of my time in KJ, which is the academic building housing economics, government, sociology and anthropology. It also doubles as a social student center with comfy chairs and tables and a friendly atmosphere, so it is a great place to spend time. Hamilton is located in Clinton, NY and I couldn't ask for a better college town. It is small, has just a few restaurants, grocery store, liquor store, etc... and the rest is residential. Some people have asked me about safety at Hamilton and in Clinton, and I paused because I have never even had to think about it, which is one great aspect of Hamilton. Having dealt with the administration personally, I think less highly of them than most. I feel like Hamilton preaches a tight-knit community all around, and I do not feel that the administration offers that in some circumstances. In terms of controversies, there was a student who used racial slurs at a recent sporting event against a visiting player. I think the school has taken appropriate action in notifying the campus multiple times the potential ramifications of such an action, and they certainly are doing everything they can to prevent anything like that from happening again. Regardless, tons of school pride from most, if not all, of the campus. Sporting events are usually littered with students and it's great to see professors at them too. I often see students painting faces and chests buff and blue (even in our cold winter), which speaks a lot about how much we support each other. I think the fact that there are no strict course requirements is pretty unique, but I have found it to be one of the best aspects of Hamilton. One experience I will always remember was painting chests with friends to attend a swim meet. The team loved it, and the coach even sent us personal thank yous and we have continued to support the swim team since. They might not get as big of a crowd as other sports, so we find it a really fun thing to do. I have heard students complaining about the workload, but it is certainly manageable, especially if your high school has prepared you well for it. It is incredible to look back and see how much progress I made year to year, and I really think the key is to develop relationships with professors. It benefits both student and professor, during class and down the road, and their main purpose is to help students.

Why did you decide to go to this school?

Because of how welcoming and accepting the entire community is, and because of how highly alums speak of their time here.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

About half of Hamilton's students do Greek like, but the best thing about it is that there are no fraternity houses, so it's much more non-exclusive than Greek life at most other schools. There are also numerous concerts and Late Nite events for the non drinking crowd.

Describe the students at your school.

The Hamilton campus fosters a true sense of community in which literally every single person will be open and accepting in every aspect of college.

What are the academics like at your school?

They're unbelievable--all professors want to truly develop a relationship with you while simultaneously teaching you.

What is the stereotype of students at your school? Is this stereotype accurate?

Probably a split between fraternity guys and hipsters. I wouldn't say it's necessarily accurate though, as the hipster population is actually tiny and the school is less than 50% Greek. Even more so, the "frat" guys are very open and easy to get along with.

Steven
What are the academics like at your school?

Every Professor knows your name. Class sizes are maxed out at 40, and those are the intros. The median class size is less tha...

What are the academics like at your school?

Every Professor knows your name. Class sizes are maxed out at 40, and those are the intros. The median class size is less than 20. My Russian class was six, and it was just a russian discussion mixed with grammar every day. Similarly, my 425 econ class had 8 people, and we just discussed theories and models in financial markets with our professor (who wrote the textbook). Professors know who you are, and they are teachers, not researchers. They are always available and eager to talk to you about whatever you want. That it includes tangential topics to their courses, extracurricular advice, and just about anything else. Usually, you need to take the initiative to engage your professor, but that is to be expected. Class discussion is normally tame, but students are always happy to discuss extremely controversial subjects. Furthermore, the fact that everyone is so smart as well as extremely relaxed means that you're in a learning environment 24/7. It's common to be downtown at the bars or a house, trashed, and you'll bump into a friend and end up discussing whether pareto efficiency is a good definition for efficient markets, and then probably not remember it the next day. I have never seen anyone criticized for being into their schoolwork. It's admired. People are only criticized for not being socially active. Students are not competitive with one another at all. The school is very small, so you will know just about everyone, and by your senior year you will have taken a lot of classes with other people in your major. They will help you and teach you as much as your professor, and you will help them. Students do care deeply about their grades, but it's not a competitive environment. As an economics major, I am incredibly impressed with the department. The courses are difficult, and I've become an economic encyclopedia. The professors are extremely friendly, brilliant, helpful, and approachable. My advisor is chair of the department, and a borderline savant. Yet I can drop into his office and chit chat about just about whatever, and he is happy to take time out of his work. The best part is that there are no lectures anywhere, including economics. Professors will teach a lesson, but every class is discussion-based, and much of the education comes from the discourse of questions being raised and answered in concert with the lesson. Finally, the educational environment of the school is excellent. As an economics major, I've only taken theory courses. We are a liberal arts school, and we are being taught to train for jobs and industries that don't exist yet to answer questions that won't even arise for 20 years. We're all smart enough that we don't need to learn information, we learn conceptual framework to digest whatever information we want. The only quasi-vocational class I've seen at school is accounting, which is not included in the economics department precisely because the department does not believe it should be encouraging vocational education. Of course, all the students joke that we will never take accounting, because then we might end up being an accountant.

Alexander
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Make the campus your oyster. There are countless opportunities made available to you but you need to take the initiative to d...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Make the campus your oyster. There are countless opportunities made available to you but you need to take the initiative to do something, really, anything.

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

Greek life is important. Go greek. Just do it. Currently there are eleven frats, and as far as I am concerned two sororities (ATX and PBX). It's not too difficult to get a bid to a frat so long as you show interest. Most of the frats revolve around a particular sports team, and I believe that every guy ends up in the right society with out giving much effort to rush. It's more competitive and different for girls.. all I have to add for them is there is an A in ATX and a B in PBX for a reason.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

Depending on whether you are living on the light side or dark side, yes.

What are the academics like at your school?

It's tough if you decide to make it so. If you were accepted to Hamilton then you should have developed the right study skills to survive the academic workload. Yet that doesn't necessarily mean that you'll always demonstrate great study skills, but it does mean that you capable of doing so.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

There is a great amount of clubs, organizations, etc. available at Hamilton. If something does not exist that you would like to start, go for it! So long as you have like three people willing to commit to it, then you have got yourself a club. It gets tricky when it's just two members.. then let's be real, it's just you and a friend with a common interest.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

Straight out of a JCREW catalogue or a crunchy-granola eating hipster

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