Clinton, NY
Hamilton College


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Recent Reviews

Blake
What is your overall opinion of this school?

The College is small, the academics tend to be challenging, and the community is extremely tightly-knit. Students are busy, o...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

The College is small, the academics tend to be challenging, and the community is extremely tightly-knit. Students are busy, often involved with seven days' worth of extracurricular activities and obligations, and relationships between faculty members and students are quite close.

Describe the students at your school.

I still maintain that there is no typical Hamilton student. A wide variety of students interact with one another, and while there are students who only seek out the same type of people they went to high school with, I don't think this is the norm. Political activity is high on campus, and has grown markedly over the last four years, particularly with the arrival of the 2008 election. Diversity, in contrast to some uninformed stereotypes about the College, is a reality of Hamilton. Some of the less well-represented groups have concerns about the level of attention accorded their concerns, but the College seems to have been very responsive, all things considered.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

Not especially. While there are plenty of wealthy students and students from New England, 49 states and almost as many countries are represented. Scholarship rewards are generous, and less than half the students actually pay the listed tuition. There is also a great deal of socioeconomic diversity just below the surface.

What are the academics like at your school?

While the classwork is generally difficult and time-consuming, professors for the most part furnish a rewarding student experience. They make themselves available in formal office hours outside of class, and often in much more informal settings. Senior student/faculty pub night is a popular activity, and most students have been over to a professor's house on more than one occasion.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

The typical student is extremely busy. The College issues everyone a daily planner with hour-by-hour slots, and most people use them. A wide variety of activities is absolutely the norm, and it's fair to say a work-hard/play-hard mentality continues to prevail. If you're awake at 2AM on a Tuesday, it's to do homework. If it's on a Saturday, it's not. Both events are likely in a given week. Fraternities and sororities have a definite presence on campus, and given their status as among the oldest in the nation, they won't be going anywhere soon. At the same time, they no longer have housing, and the social environment they foster tends to be inclusive and well-appreciated by the vast majority of students.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

Some students worry that Hamilton is primarily composed of yachtsmen from Greenwich, which is understandable given the College's illustrious history educating the northeastern elite for almost two hundred years.

Gurjot
What kind of person should not attend this school?

Negative minded, and sluggish people who can't work hard.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

Negative minded, and sluggish people who can't work hard.

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

Use your own senses also apart from asking for advices from parents and students. Remember, you have to make your own decision,,nobody else. Once you decide,then don't have any second thoughts...just do it in a focussed way and you will get the desired results. Also, don't waste your time and money...they are precious .

Kerry
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

It's a small liberal arts college with an emphasis on writing and public speaking. It has a very well established economics d...

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

It's a small liberal arts college with an emphasis on writing and public speaking. It has a very well established economics department and is known for its close community and strong alumni relations.

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

Make sure you visit and gather as much information about each college as possible. The best way to make a decision is to be completely informed.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

In order to attend this college a student must be well motivated to succeed in the classroom and willing to become involved in campus activities, clubs, and sports teams. The majority of the student body is made up of white kids from strong socio-economic backgrounds.

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

The main thing I'd have to say is to not go overboard worrying about choosing a school that may be ever so slightly better or...

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

The main thing I'd have to say is to not go overboard worrying about choosing a school that may be ever so slightly better or a ever so slightly better fit than another school. As long as you narrow down your choices enough to schools that fit your personal interests and strengths, any one of those schools will probably be just right for you. So don't stress about whether one has "better food" or if another school was one position higher on some random ranking, because chances are, either one of those schools will give you the experience of a lifetime.

What's unique about your campus?

The people--from students to faculty to administration, everyone here is just extremely friendly and helpful.

Sarah
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

There are preppy rich kids as well as liberal "artsy" students. There is a heavy drinking culture on campus, but a lot of fo...

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

There are preppy rich kids as well as liberal "artsy" students. There is a heavy drinking culture on campus, but a lot of focus on schoolwork, especially at the end of the semesters.

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

You have to be honest with yourself about what you want, about what would be ideal for you in terms of both academia and living enviornment. Don't be afraid to be picky, because you are going to be spending 4 (at the least) very crucial years of your life in the place you choose! Intuition is a large part of it also; choosing a school because it "just feels right" is completely legitimate. Be bold. Try new things. Get involved. It's a list of cliches that works. The more involved you become, the more friends you will make and the better your experience will be.

What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

Hogwarts at Hamilton! An annual interactive theater group based on Harry Potter.

Elaine
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Academicly rigorous. Alumni involvement. No core curriculum. Frat boys drinking. Good food. Extra-curricular activities. ...

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Academicly rigorous. Alumni involvement. No core curriculum. Frat boys drinking. Good food. Extra-curricular activities. Career center. Tutoring available for all subjects. caring staff. Well known lecture speakers. Enviromentally friendly science and social science buildings; as well as remodeling buildings with the environment in mind. Honor code. volunteer opportunities.

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

It doesn't have a core curriculum allowing students to experiment and take courses they really enjoy. There are requirements for your major. Students are encouraged to study abroad. Classes are small. There are two dinning halls and a dinner. Their is food for all taste. The staff is extremely friendly. Many professors have an outside relationship with students. Some professors are life long mentors. Alumni have a say in school policy and donate accordingly. The library has many resources including databases and amazing knowledgeable staff.

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

Students need to make the college experience their own. It is normal to feel out of place the first year for some students. Do not transfer because of this as a three year resident advisor I will say that is a normal feeling. I fell in love with my school when I visited as an accepted student. Hamilton was the best place for me. It was small enough to be part of a community, yet large enough to have some privacy. It is normal not to know what major to pick. An overly specialized school is not the best choice because it leaves little space for changing once mind. Parents let your child find their own place yet be there to support and offer advice in a non judgemental way. Students are nervous enough. Both students and parents allow space. Let your child dorm. This will help them prepare for an independent life. Students it is fine to have reservations about leaving but consider it. You do not need to move from the western to the northern united states. Keep in state financial aid in mind. There are ways to be away from home and still be in-state. Goodluck..........

alexandra
What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

small classes, no requirements, great professors, everything is right there on campus.

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

make sure you look at a ton of schools - that is the best chance your child has in finding the right school.

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