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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+
198 College Hill Road
Clinton, NY 13323
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
New England Small College Athletic Conference
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.

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
21%
SAT Range
1350-1510
ACT Range
31-34
Application Fee
$60
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Accepts Common App
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$27,809/ 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
$39,861/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
65%

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
67%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.33 responses
55%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.33 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,991Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
14
Undergrads Over 25
0%
Pell Grant
18%
Varsity Athletes
30%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 21 responses
Report
  • Interesting
    43%
  • Eclectic
    29%
  • Determined
    10%
  • Over-committed
    10%
  • Sophisticated
    10%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
100%
Poll
66%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.38 responses
Poll
80%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.44 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 22 responses
Report
  • Community
    73%
  • Home away from home
    9%
  • Sophisticated
    9%
  • Erratic
    5%
  • Irresponsible
    5%

    After College

    Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
    $60,200/ year
    National
    $33,028
    Graduation Rate
    93%
    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

    Hamilton College Reviews

    461 reviews
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    Hamilton is the best thing that ever happened to me. The cost of attendance ended up being comparable to the highest rated state school I was considering and the quality of education has been incredible. Every class I am amazed by how much professors can accomplish, challenging students to consider questions about their understanding and tailoring work to their learning. There's always parties on the weekend ranging from house concerts to greek life mixers, though if you're looking for a traditional party school Hamilton likely isn't the place for you. I sometimes wish the administration was a bit more responsive to concerns of the student body, especially when it comes to issue of access and race. Unfortunately it's also not easy to be physically handicapped at Hamilton, as few dorms and academic spaces are tailored for disabled students.
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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!
    There are 2 good reasons one would choose to go to Hamilton: the open curriculum and academics, and the community. The open curriculum encourages students to explore different topics that they're interested in rather than waste their time with gen ed classes. Thanks to the open curriculum, and randomly found a second major that I didn't even know existed until I came to Hamilton. Hamilton's emphasis on good writing and communication skills has also proved invaluable when inquiring about jobs or internships.
    As for the community, there is no community like at Hamilton. Yes, there are downsides to being at Hamilton, such as the location, the limited range of food options, and the often crummy weather. However, the people at this school 100% make up for it. The school holds a true "we're all in this together" mentality, and the small class sizes allow you to get to know many of your classmates as well as your professors.