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A+
Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Value
    A+
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    B+
  5. Athletics
    B
  6. Party Scene
    B+
  7. Professors
    A+
  8. Location
    C+
  9. Dorms
    A-
  10. Campus Food
    B+
  11. Student Life
    A
  12. Safety
    B+
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
New England Small College Athletic Conference
Address
198 College Hill Road
Clinton, NY 13323
From Hamilton College

Long before Alexander Hamilton shot to fame (no pun intended) thanks to the hit Broadway musical, we claimed him as our favorite founding father.

Hamilton College’s roots date to 1793, when Hamilton agreed to serve as our first trustee. As you might know, Hamilton was more than an orphan and an immigrant who achieved prominence as a member of the Continental Army and as the first secretary of the treasury; he was a visionary, a persuasive writer and a critical thinker who helped shape the country we have today.

Those are the same skills we value and teach our students at Hamilton, one of the most highly-regarded liberal arts institutions in the world.

There is no one Hamilton student just as there is no one Hamilton experience. The promise we make to all our students is the same. At Hamilton, you can: Study What You Love, Be Who You Are, Find Your Future, and Ensure Your Education is Affordable.

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Hamilton College Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Application Deadline
January 1
Acceptance Rate
24%
SAT Range
1360-1510
ACT Range
31-33
Application Fee
$60
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Accepts Common App
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$22,139/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$43,611/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
60%

Academics

Professors
A+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
9:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
100%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.26 responses
65%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.31 responses
52%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.31 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,886Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
15
Undergrads Over 25
0%
Pell Grant
18%
Varsity Athletes
32%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 20 responses
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  • Interesting
    45%
  • Eclectic
    25%
  • Over-committed
    10%
  • Sophisticated
    10%
  • Determined
    5%
  • Stressed
    5%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
100%
Poll
64%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.36 responses
Poll
79%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.42 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 20 responses
Report
  • Community
    70%
  • Home away from home
    10%
  • Sophisticated
    10%
  • Erratic
    5%
  • Irresponsible
    5%

    After College

    Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
    $60,200/ year
    National
    $33,028
    Graduation Rate
    94%
    National
    49%
    Employed 2 Years After Graduation
    91%
    National
    83%
    73%
    of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.15 responses
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    Hamilton College Reviews

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    Hamilton College places a heavy emphasis on developing writing and communication skills, which definitely helps prepare us for applications/ careers in the future. There are very friendly and pleasant interactions on campus amongst the student body and staff. Theft isn't really an issue on campus; most people leave their belongings unattended and return to them later with nothing missing. Great school and beautiful campus!
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    Few institutions will give you a true liberal arts education like Hamilton. Academic rigor is Hamilton's strong suit. With the open curriculum, students are encouraged to study outside of their comfort zones, and for the most part, they do. Classes are small and professors are real people. Not a cut-throat academic culture - office hours are everything here. There are great student resource centers, especially the writing center and oral communications center, both of which are staffed by students. Hamilton is fully residential for students, but luckily most housing is quite good, providing plenty of options.

    On the other hand, student life is just... fine. Plenty of clubs, organizations, and events, but parties and nightlife are average. Clinton is a sleepy little town, so don't expect much down the hill. Food is getting better at Hamilton, but the vegetarian and vegan options still disappoint. The staff barely knows what vegan means, to be honest.
    I applied here early decision and I couldn't be happier with my choice. The emphasis on communication has really helped my writing and public speaking skills. The professors are really caring and especially if you go to office hours, they'll be very generous with helping you understand the class's content. The academics are definitely demanding, but your professors care about quality, not quantity. Usually assignments are more about showing a thorough understanding rather than just throwing busy work at us. The community here is really welcoming, its a great place to find new hobbies and meet a wide range of people. It can get a little chilly, but the snow is beautiful and it stays quite warm throughout the fall. Clinton is a cute town and there's much more to do in New Hartford, which is only 15 minutes away. Plus there's lots to do on campus as well.