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Upstate New York liberal arts school Hamilton College offers fine academics and an open curriculum that give students "preparation for the future that goes far beyond exam-taking strategies." The focus on writing and speaking, the lack of core requirements, and the small class sizes put a "keen focus on students as unique individuals with different abilities and aspirations." "Hamilton allows you the freedom to be anyone, but gives you the direction to become the best person you can become," says a student. The school's "mix of old-school practices with liberal thinking" allows students to become "true intellectuals beyond the basics of academia." "Hamilton College is all about learning how to think and then conveying those ideas into writing," says a student. The professors at Hamilton are "brilliant but they do not flaunt it and instead defer to class discussions." Professors are also "always available outside of class to discuss anything further." "Their extensive office hours are when you can really connect with them," says one student. In using their "ability to bring classes to life," professors demonstrate their interest in "comprehension of the material beyond grades." The open curriculum allows for classes to be "extremely productive," because "people want to be there learning and talking about what interests them." "I know when I enroll in a class that the people I take that class with are truly interested in the class (just as I am)," says one student. "They aren't there to fulfill a requirement." Though the campus itself is large, the undergraduate population is fewer than 2,000, so class sizes are downright tiny (which is "excellent"), and if you can't get in to a class, "all you have to do is talk to the professors, and they'll usually make room for you." Research opportunities are plentiful, and facilities (such as labs) "are well-equipped." The administration "does what they can to adhere to the needs and wants of the students."

Student Body

The typical student at Hamilton was a top student at his/her high school; is very invested in at least one activity on campus; works hard during the week but makes the most of weekends; is invested in maintaining health and fitness; and has big dreams for his/her future. "'Preppy' seems to be the common connection between a lot of students," but "for a school in the middle of Central New York, [Hamilton has] a remarkably varied student population." Students are often characteristically preppy, athletic "light siders," or artsy "dark siders," "but things aren't really that black and white, and there is typically a place for everyone as long as you look." Everyone is "exceptionally nice," and "people here aren't afraid to be themselves." "Everyone is passionate about their academics as well as their activities outside the classroom."

Campus Life

The "beautiful campus" is located in the middle of relatively nowhere, but students are creative in that they "very successfully compensate for our isolated location with themed parties, clubs, and other eclectic activities." Students are "incredibly devoted" to their school work, but they are also devoted to having a good time. "A typical Hamilton student loves to learn on the weekdays, and drink…on the weekends (but gets to bed early enough to study the following afternoon!)." Still, there are plenty of people on campus who prefer to remain sober, though "whether that is a choice or due to lack of confidence in finding parties, I don't know." More often than not, "Hamiltonians aren't strictly about working themselves to death." People who have cars (a huge plus) can go downtown or into New Hartford in their free time, but "most students spend most of their time on campus." Often, students just catch the van that travels around the area and "go to the movies or the mall and just hang out with friends." Hamilton has "a very intellectually stimulating academic environment," and "it is not at all uncommon to find a whole dorm room debating about an economic theory that only one of them actually learned about in class."

Overview

Applicants
5,230
Acceptance Rate
26%

SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
650 - 740
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
650 - 740
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
650 - 740

Concordant SAT Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
700 - 760
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
670 - 760

ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
31 - 33

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines

Early Decision — November 15

Early Decision II — January 1

Regular — January 1


Other Admission Factors

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Class Rank
Academic GPA

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
9:1
Total Faculty
224
with Terminal Degree
205

115
Men
109
Women
40
Minority
5
International

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
89%
Graduate in 5 years
91%
Graduate in 6 years
92%

Majors

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • African-American/Black Studies
  • American/United States Studies/Civilization
  • Asian Studies/Civilization
  • German Studies
  • Russian Studies
  • Women's Studies

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biochemistry
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Neuroscience

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • Creative Writing
  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Chinese Language and Literature
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Comparative Literature
  • Foreign Languages and Literatures, General
  • French Language and Literature
  • Hispanic and Latin American Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General

  • History

  • History, General

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, General

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Studies

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemical Physics
  • Chemistry, General
  • Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Research and Experimental Psychology

  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions

  • Public Policy Analysis

  • Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Archeology
  • Economics, General
  • International Relations and Affairs
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Dance, General
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Film/Cinema Studies
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General


Degrees

Bachelor's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


Deborah A. Forte
President, Scholastic Media

Paul Greengard
Nobel Prize-winning scientist

Christine Laine
Physician and Editor of the Annals of Internal Medicine

John Rice
Vice Chairman, General Electric

David Solomon
President and Co-COO, Goldman-Sachs

Thomas Tull
Founding Chairman, Legendary Entertainment

Gillian Zucker
President of Business Operations, Los Angeles Clippers

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
89%
Graduate in 5 years
91%
Graduate in 6 years
92%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Starting Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$54,700

Mid-Career Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$94,600

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$55,300

Mid-Career Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$97,200

Percent High Job Meaning
47%

Percent STEM
14%


Students Say

At Hamilton, there is "a real investment in ensuring that every student is successful and happy both here and after graduation." The Career Center suggests that every student have two career-related experiences before they graduate, and the HamNet system helps to link students up with internships or jobs that come via Hamilton alumni or alumni recommendations. There are many workshops, fairs, and employer visits held throughout the year, including the half-day Sophomore Jumpstart! for second-year students beginning their career or internship search. Peer Advisors are students who are available to critique cover letters and resumes, and offer advice on all aspects of finding jobs through events such as the popular How I Got My Internship lunch series. Beginning with the Class of 2020, all incoming students are assigned a dedicated career advisor to work with during their four years at Hamilton. Of the Hamilton graduates who visited PayScale.com, the average starting salary was $57,600.

Dates

Application Deadlines
Feb 15
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

FAFSA
Forms CSSProfile
Forms Divorced Parent
School
State Aid

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$43,936

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$41,825

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,292

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
45%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$21,491

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$43,936

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$52,250
Required Fees
$520
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,000

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

On-Campus Room and Board
$13,400
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
State Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
1,879
Foreign Countries Represented
47

Demographics

6.96%
Asian
4.02%
African-American
7.87%
Hispanic
63.90%
Caucasian
7.34%
Unknown
6.53%
International

52% female
48% male
71% are out of state
99% are full time
1% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
100%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

First-Year Students living on campus
100%

Campus Environment
Rural

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Cooperative
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Other
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions


Director
Allen Harrison, Jr.

College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Documentation Required for LD

A recent psycho-educational and/or neurological evaluation conducted by a specialist in the field.

Documentation Required for ADHD

A recent psycho-educational and/or neurological evaluation conducted by a specialist in the field.

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
No

Computer allowed in exams
No

Spellchecker allowed in exams
No

Extended test time
No

Scribes
No

Proctors
No

Notetakers
No

Distraction-free environment
No

Accommodation for students with ADHD
No

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
210
Number of Honor Societies
8

Number of Social Sororities
6
Number of Religious Organizations
7

26% join a fraternity
18% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

4% participate in intramural sports
2% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Continentals)
15 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Diving
Football
Golf
Ice Hockey
Lacrosse
Soccer
Squash
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Continentals)
16 Sports

Basketball
Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Diving
Field Hockey
Golf
Ice Hockey
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Squash
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Syracuse University
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Syracuse University

Sustainability


Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
66

Average Number of PC's per Lab
12

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
98%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Apple and Dell

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Monica Inzer
VP & Dean of Admission and Financial Aid

Address
Office of Admission
198 College Hill Rd.
Clinton, NY 13323

Phone
800-843-2655

Email
admission@hamilton.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Kennedy Center for Theatre and Studio Arts (2014)
Blood Fitness and Dance Center (2006)
Wellin Museum of Art (2012)
Sadove Student Center (2010)
Root Glen/Outdoor Leadership Center (2006)

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Adirondack Park/Gore Mountain
Clinton Cider Mill
Turning Stone Resort
Sangertown Mall
Chipotle

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday; Saturday
8:30am-4:30pm; 8:30am-12:30pm
800-843-2655

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: No
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
varies

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Coach Directly

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
Tuesdays nights from October - mid November

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
For those who wish to come by rail, Amtrak has daily scheduled service to Utica, where taxi service is available to Clinton. Both Greyhound and Trailways offer bus service to Utica. Air service is available to all major American cities via Syracuse, which is 45 minutes west of campus, or Albany, which is 90 minutes east of campus.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From the NY State Thruway (I-90), take Exit 32 (Westmoreland. After the toll booth, turn right, then turn left onto State Route 233 South. Proceed for 5.2 miles into Clinton (crossing Route 5). At the blinking light at the foot of a steep hill (look for the Hamilton College sign on the right), turn right up the hill onto College Hill Road. Proceed for 0.5 miles and turn right onto Campus Road. The Chet & Joy Suida House will be about 0.2 miles on your left. From the south, Follow Interstate 81 through Binghamton, New York, to New York State Route 12, exit 6 off I-81. Follow Route 12 North through the village of Waterville. After leaving Waterville on Route 12, drive approximately 9 miles to Kellogg Street. Turn left onto Kellogg Street and follow it 2.8 miles to the stop sign in the village of Clinton. Proceed straight onto College Street and continue until you reach the flashing light at the entrance to the campus. Proceed for 0.5 miles and turn right onto Campus Road. The Chet & Joy Suida House will be about 0.2 miles on your left.

Local Accommodations
On campus, the newly renovated 4th floor of the Bristol Campus Center (315-859-4271) has moderately priced rooms available. Bed and breakfasts in Clinton are Amidst The Hedges Inn (180 Sanford Avenue; 800-883-5883), Arbor Inn at Griffin House (3919 Griffin Road; 888-424-3074), The Artful Lodger (7 East Park Row; 888-563-4377), Clinton Carriage House (24 Williams Street; 315-292-0952), Harding Farm (3795 Harding Road; 973-493-0570) and The Welch House (67 College Street; 315-853-2911), all about one mile from campus.


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