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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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Reviews 539 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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Campus Housing: Generally, the rooms are spacious, beautiful, and provide a good living environment. The dorms are also a great way to meet people. Places like North are extremely social, and the residents form tight bonds through the year. Be careful when choosing substance-free housing for your freshman year; they are too quiet and mostly anti-social.

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Campus Housing: They need improvement, especially on the Kirkland side.

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Campus Housing: The dorms are decent; some are better than others in terms of renovations, location, and size. There is definitely a variety of options to choose from, which makes the residential experience go smoothly. For instance, some dorms are primarily freshmen, while some house mostly upperclassmen. Some dorms are suites, quads, triples, doubles, or singles. Some dorms are located centrally on campus, some are down the hill, some are on the south side, and some are on the north side. Each section of campus has a slightly different atmosphere, so it is nice to have options of where to live.

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Campus Housing: The dorms are very nice, though some have better architecture than others. However, it is entirely possible to find the dorms where you are happiest, either living with all your friends, in substance-free, in quiet dorms, or other options.

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Campus Housing: The dorms provide enough room, and they are social and fun.

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Campus Housing: Avoid Dunham! It is gross and loud, but it can be fun since it is mostly freshmen. Avoid Major and Minor; they are too far away from everything, but they are quiet.

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Campus Housing: Dorms range from miserable to exquisite. There's a huge range, and God help you if you draw Kirkland as a freshman. By senior year, you can expect to be living in palatial rooms that were once part of fraternity houses, or even pulling half a dozen friends into a suite.

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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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Diversity: There is not much diversity on campus. No matter the student's race, he or she is likely to be from an upper-middle-class background.

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Diversity: The flora and fauna on campus are very diverse, but not the people. We have a good variety of trees and shrubs.

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Diversity: The student body is very snobbish and very closed-minded.

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Diversity: We can always use more!

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Diversity: Diversity at Hamilton is Red Sox versus Yankees.

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Diversity: The school tries, but it's hard. Programs like Access and HEOP attract students from different backgrounds and socioeconomic status, but they can only do so much.

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Diversity: Not diverse enough. Though they are working on it, too much of the campus looks and dresses exactly the same.

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Sophie Vershbow
Hometown
New York City
Major
Government
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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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