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Reviews 522 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Why go off campus? Most everyone lives on campus. And why not? It's a school that's very campus-oriented, so you might as well be close to the action. Folks in Clinton do rent out houses and apartments to (predominately) seniors who want that. Good trial run as far as having your own place before getting off into the real world.

3 College Junior

Diversity: Geographically Hamilton has students from all over geographically. I think the only state missing is South Dakota. Also I believe 50 percent of students are on financial aid and Hamilton is also need blind so socioeconomically definitely diverse. For a liberal arts college multicultural percentage is surprisingly decent.

3 College Junior

Diversity: What do you expect? The school deserves credit for working hard to improve the diversity of the school. There's a Womyn's Center, a Cultural Education Center, and starting next year the school will operate with a need-blind admissions policy there will be a new Dean of Diversity Affairs. Compared to other NESCAC schools Hamilton is very diverse, but demographics wise the school is still predominately white.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: Good Variety – Singles, doubles, triples, quads, suites, 2 lofts... the list goes on. Dorms are generally well furnished - some are converted fraternity houses, and because of that have all the trimmings. Underclassmen dorms are clean and moderately spacious, unremarkable really. Common rooms in every dorm, with pool tables, TVs, kitchens... etc.

Housing is done through the lottery. Can be frustrating when organizing suites and pulling friends into dorms etc.

3 College Junior

Athletics: On their way up? Our best team, girl's lax, receives a lot of support, and rightly deserved. But in general Hamilton sports teams aren't the strongest. Sports events are decently attended, and it seems with the new facilities that athletics will improve.

4 Recent Alumnus

Computers: As Good as Can Be – Computer labs dotted all around campus - by my senior year my laptop was really just used for a bit of facbeook and youtube before bed. Mac and PC labs available. All computers are maintained well by Lab Consultants, and as a result are in dependable working order. Most Macs on campus are brand new.

Student staff at the Mutimedia Presentation Center helps students with mastering Adobe's software, ITS help desk manned by students available 16 hours a day, along with Vitec hardware specialists in the library basement for more serious hardware problems.

Due to the many computer labs, there isnt much need for personal printers at all. Color printing is avilable at the college print shop, and also at the library.

With the rising popularity of iphones and Blackberries, internet connections can be a little slow once in a while in the late hours. However, signal is always available. Campus is completley wireless.

4 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: Alumni Loyalty, Sincerity of the Administraiton, Streaking Team – The loyalty and affection displayed by alumni - recent and old - is heartwarming to say the least. A large majority of students meet their spouses on campus, or during alumni reunions. One professor represents the third generation from his family to have graduated from the school, with his grandson currently a rising senior.

That loyalty and affection is down to the administration's sincere, and excellent, efforts to nurture the college's environment. Hamilton made it a priority to maintain the financial aid package during the financial crisis of the last few years, and during those years, the package only went down 3% or so. The college is also currently need blind. All campus dialogue on issues and policies are welcomed, and frequent, with all campus forums taking place regularly along with the President's open hours. Work study opportinities are plentiful and are outlets for students to actively give back to the college. Professors are warm and friendly, and most concentrators are on first name terms with their department's professors.

Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: As in Life – As in life, it is not unlikely that a resourceful someone who tries hard enough will be able to get hold of what they are looking for. Definitely not tolerated by the administration - distribution is usually met with automatic suspension and probation (with option to appeal).

Not very visible to students who have no inclination to be part of the scene, in my experience. As a result, peer pressure does not occur to anyone who stays away from those circles. Drugs are present, I guess, but I would disagree quite strongly if someone were to say it were prevalent.

5 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: World Class – Difficult to overstate the facilities on campus. 2 major new academic buildings (social sciences and science) have been constructed in the last 10 years; both are spacious, and carefully designed to provide a good vibe along with cutting edge equipment. The gym provides for both varsity and non varisty students alike, and there are several outdoor fields, as well as a nine hole golf course. Campus is completely wirless (high quality wireless too). Dorms are clean, quite spacious, and many are newly rennovated. All dorms are fitted with common rooms decked out with sofas, pool tables, TVs, and kitchen utilities.

Recent Alumnus

Weather: Basically, it snows a fair bit. Self explanatory really. It starts snowing just after thanksgiving usually, and snow melts just after spring break. Early fall is a great time to be on campus, as it is for summer research residents.

Dorms are all heated well, and class locations are at most 10 minutes away from any dorm. Classes rarely get cancelled. Indoor sport facilities are plentiful, as are outdoor winter sports opporunities (skiing, snowshoeing, and outdoor ice rink, etc).

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Strictness: Firm, With Dialogue Always Welcome and Respected – The administration keeps a good balance between student's wishes and the best interests of the school as an institution. The disciplinary points system is well explained, and effective; it seems to me that students have enough freedom to test the waters, whilst accumulating points serve as a warning that the school is firm on its limits. Hard liquor is the latest issue being debated, with students and faculty engaging in appropriate guidelines for use. Socieites that have been deemed to have crossed a line are known to be put on firm probation.

The college is known to firmly disallow gatherings that have witnessed dangerous incidents, despite student protests. That said, however, dialogue always takes place between faculty, the student body, and the administration. The student newspaper editorials are a reliable way of gauging campus sentiments on issues that arise.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The best part is the diner that is open till 5am on weekends, 12am during the weeks. Red booths, a jukebox, and delicious diner foods. There are lots of options at the 2 dining halls. The cafes on campus have great baked goods and coffee, as well as lunch. The pub on campus is a nice alternative for lunch. For the number of students, there are lots of places to eat.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Upperclassmen can have cars. Everyone can use the free van service that shuttles students to the mall, Clinton, the grocery store, movie theater, etc.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Better than some other liberal arts schools or towns, but not the most diverse place in the world.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: THE BEST – Students love Hamilton. Professors love Hamilton. The administration loves Hamilton. Alumni love Hamilton. People are happy here. Students graduate with wonderful friends, passions, and the ability to communicate effectively.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: Beautiful buildings. A mix of old cottages, brick, and newer modern buildings with big, glass windows. A lot of green buildings!

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Administration is not out to get you. The discipline is appropriate, and often student initiated. (There is an honor code and student honor court).

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: On the Hill – Most activities happen on campus, because Clinton is not a metropolis. There are themed parties, open to everyone in social spaces on campus. There are student performances, musical guests, etc. Off campus, there is a tavern in town (college provides a shuttle) and places to eat.

3 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: Women's lacross in particular attracts much attention from students, faculty, and alum alike, due to their status as one of D3's best teams. The college often watches their games on ESPN together at the pub.

Facilities are world class - great weight room, indoor and outdoor tracks, two astroturf fields, a trainer room for sports injuries... the list goes on. From where I sit athletics comes across as very organized, and regularly attain respectable standings in their respective competitions. Fan support is again, solid, with turnouts of about 2-300 and up at football and soccer games. School spirit is strong.

On a non-varsity level, the intra mural leagues are very well organized and popular amongst the students. Several leagues are divided into A and B league ability levels - A being of a competitive standard, whilst B being relaxed and enjoyable. Club sports are also popular and of a good standard, rugby and ice hocky in particular.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Challenging courses and the professors are very available. Most classes are small and discussion based.

4 College Sophomore

Weather: Honestly, weather should not have much influence on your college selection process. It does snow a lot in Central NY, but it's a beautiful (though long) winter. Fall is lovely, spring is gorgeous, and the summers are perfect. We have 4 seasons, like any Northeast school.

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Normal College Students – Students do drink, but no more than other colleges. In general, safety is a priority, and students are resposible.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Very Fit Students – Most students are involved in some sort of athletics, though about a third of the student body are varsity athletes.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is there for those who want to join, however, since there is no housing for Greek systems, they do not dominate the social scene.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Beautiful Dorms – 27 different residence halls. Many living options and fantastic facilities.


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Sophie Vershbow
New York City
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As long as you don’t ask a Hamilton student about how much they love their school in the dead of winter, you are likely to receive an overwhelmingly positive response. Complaining about the school can sometimes appear to be the new cool thing to do and becomes increasingly more popular as the days grow darker, and homework and snow seem to endlessly pile up. But, if you listen to what students say, it’s more than likely you will find a strong undertone of affection for life at Hamilton College. This school offers its students an incredible opportunity to take advantage of an intellectual faculty and student body through small classrooms, supportive computer networks, and fairly magnificent campus facilities. While attending school, Hamilton students can sleep like royalty—as long as their lottery number is decent enough to score a nice dorm room—eat great food both on and off campus, and have snowball fights for more than half the year. Yet, in order to take advantage of their four years at Hamilton, they must be able to make the best of what can often be a trying and narrow life outside of academics. Not only is the Greek system still going through a certain amount of upheaval due to its lack of housing, but the nightlife available in rural central New York is fairly limited, especially for freshmen. It takes a particular level of creativity to realize that Hamilton College abounds with opportunities all of the time, it just requires a little originality and some time. There are many things to do beyond drinking every night, and it doesn’t take most students very much time to figure out how to make their own fun. Having a car can also make time spent here more agreeable, although even for freshmen, there is hope; most upperclassmen happily take pity on other students who don’t have the means to get off campus.

Change is constant at Hamilton College. Much of the campus has received a facelift in the past few years, and there is more remodeling planned for the future. Soon, Hamilton College will have a new look; dorms are being renovated, older buildings have been torn down and rebuilt, and a new student center is on the way. Current students are generally excited about the future of their college, and happily planning for the days when the entire nation will come to recognize what a great liberal arts experience Hamilton College can be.

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