Local Atmosphere

Hamilton, NY
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4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: I love the small town setting, plus the campus is gorgeous.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Students and the town of Hamilton coexist in harmony.

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Hamilton is a nice, small town. There isn't much shopping or anything to do though.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: We are located in a beautiful part of the country in the wilderness. There are plenty of outdoor activities and we have an amazing golf course.

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4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: The town is very pretty and is not too large.


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David Esber
New Franklin, Ohio
Peace and Conflict Studies
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The Village of Hamilton really couldn’t be more of a college town if it tried. This sleepy community has a tight-knit population of about 3,500 and features a number of restaurants, bars, and locally-run stores and lunch eateries. The town and the University pride themselves in strong relations, and Colgate houses its bookstore, a coffee shop, and the Palace Theater downtown; students often get to know the members of the community through daily interaction in the Village. The Village Green plays host to the weekly farmers' market each Saturday, and during the summer, the town hosts a weekly concert series as well as a massive Fourth of July celebration culminating in a large block party outside of the Colgate Inn. While the closest big-box chains are about 30 minutes away and there are no chains inside the Village limits, students find practically everything they need within walking distance or a short ride by car or on the Colgate Cruiser.

Colgate is definitely not a suitcase school, and the vast majority of students sticks around campus on the weekends to take part in the thriving night scene downtown, whether at one of the local bars or the Barge Canal Coffee Co., which hosts musical performances, Colgate’s improv group, and open mic nights nearly every week. This small town packs a big punch, and for the most part, students really grow to love Hamilton for its beauty and entertainment.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
The town holds a Great Chocolate Train Festival commemorating the day in 1955 when a train derailed spilling its cargo: chocolate bars.
Notable Natives
  • John Vincent Atanasoff - physicist, inventor
  • William L. Greenly - sixth governor of Michigan
Points of Interest
  • Adirondack State Park
  • Erie Canal sites
  • Finger Lakes
  • Harriet Tubman's house in nearby Auburn
  • National Baseball Hall of Fame
  • Seven Oaks Golf Course
Shopping Centers
  • Carousel Center
  • Sangertown Square
Movie Theaters
Hamilton Movie Theater
7 Lebanon St.
(315) 824-2724
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • New York City: : 4 hours, 30 minutes
  • Syracuse, N.Y.: : 1 hour
Did You Know?
  • The Seven Oaks Golf Course is consistently ranked among the top campus golf courses in the nation, receiving honors from Golfweek and the Golf Channel, among others.
  • The Village of Hamilton's population nearly doubles when students return to campus each year for classes.
  • Colgate's improv troupe, founded by Broken Lizard-the creators of "Beerfest," "Super Troopers," and "Club Dread"-performs at the Barge Canal Coffee Co. each month.

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 56 responses

Very poor
  • Cost of living
  • Dining
  • Friendliness of locals toward students
  • Museums/cultural attractions
  • Nightlife
  • Parking
  • Parks and recreation
  • Professional sports
  • Safety
  • Scenery
  • Shopping
  • Transportation

What is the local atmosphere like at your school?    Based on 66 responses

  • 18% Painfully remote.
  • 0% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 77% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 3% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 2% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 65 responses

  • 31% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 62% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 8% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 66 responses

  • 89% No way.
  • 11% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 0% Totally.



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