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Clinton, NY
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1,868
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$44,350
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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Transportation: The Jitney is pretty useful. I wish it ran during finals, though. I've never used public transportation, but it seems convenient since the bus comes right on campus.

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Transportation: The campus runs a bus downtown, but it is difficult to get downtown without a car.

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Transportation: The Jitney is great for late-night runs to the bars, and good for the mall for those without a car, but otherwise, there's not much transportation.

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Transportation: It's not too hard to catch the Jitney or the bus, except when it snows.

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Transportation: Public transportation is very convenient. A Jitney drives us to a number of different locations immediately downtown and in neighboring towns to all the major locations such as Wal-Mart and the local mall. A car is not necessary on campus, if only for a matter of convenience.

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Transportation: It doesn't matter what the public transit is like. There's nowhere to go.

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Transportation: The school has a small bus running every day of the week.

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Transportation: You definitely need a car.

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Transportation: The Jitney is great for getting to popular places around town. It goes to the movie theater, the mall, and to the bars. Everything most students would need or want off campus is accessible through the Jitney service.

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Transportation: We have the free Jitney and a town bus with a cheap fare.

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Transportation: You can use the Jitney to get around and do your errands, but it's crowded, dirty, and always late. If you want to get anywhere on time, just bring a car.

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Transportation: Forget the Jitney and take a public bus. The bus goes everywhere the Jitney goes, and the bus actually shows up on a somewhat predictable schedule.

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Off-Campus Housing: You can only live off campus during your senior year, but I wouldn't recommend it. Everything happens on campus, and it would be lonely being away from it all.

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Off-Campus Housing: You have to live on campus for your first three years. Your senior year, you could move off campus, but you have to get permission from the school.

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Off-Campus Housing: If you have a car, living off campus shouldn't be a problem. I don't know about the cost, though.

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Off-Campus Housing: Never tried, don't think it's worth it.

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Off-Campus Housing: I've lived on campus for the past three years and love it. It is so nice to have everything accessible all of the time. I've never had a problem with the dorms on campus and can't think of a good reason to move off.

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Off-Campus Housing: I don't think that it is worth it because of the commute. The purpose to going to school here is to get the college experience. You miss that when you live off campus. Also, living off campus would make going to classes cumbersome because you have to find one of the rare parking spaces on campus.

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Off-Campus Housing: Only seniors can live off campus, and few do.

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Off-Campus Housing: It's not worth it to move off campus. The rent is cheap but the areas surrounding Clinton have a really high crime rate.

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Off-Campus Housing: As far as I know, off-campus housing is only an option for seniors, and for those who decide to live off campus, they love it. They love the freedom, the independence, and the fact that it is a senior privilege-a right they have earned over the past four years that is specific to their class year.

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Off-Campus Housing: You can apply for permission to move off campus your senior year, but I wouldn't bother. The local people highly dislike the students, and one wrong move could have you evicted. Forget freedom. There's more freedom on campus.

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Off-Campus Housing: I only knew one person who moved off campus their senior year. They moved back to campus after just six weeks.

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Athletics: Varsity sports are popular, and IM sports are also. It is easy to get involved with anything.

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Athletics: Varsity sports are fairly big here. We have a good deal of athletes, but from the administration's point of view, football is by far the largest-and incidentally the largest embarrassment. IM sports are definitely big here. Although we are a school that focuses on academics, our students like to kick loose and get a little taste of competition. With all of the IM programs we have, there's something for everyone.

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Sophie Vershbow
Hometown
New York City
Major
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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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