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Clinton, NY
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$44,350
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Nightlife: The parties are awesome. The Heaven and Hell themed party was so much fun. Third party catering is making them less awesome, though.

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Nightlife: Parties are lots of fun. The social spaces are so amazing; it's such a great idea. There are so many colleges where parties are only in people's rooms. There are always places to dance and have a good time without being cramped into a dorm.

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Campus Housing: Some dorms are nice, some aren't. The light side is more athletic, and the dark side is more artsy.

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Campus Housing: You should try to live in South and Carnegie. The rooms are huge, but you miss out on the social aspect. It's a trade off, but you get your own bathroom, too!

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Campus Housing: Carnegie is in a nice location. Bundy is a lot of fun, and it's great to have a single. The suites in Milbank are great for living with friends.

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Campus Housing: I can't complain about the dorms. Kirkland isn't the best. Living in Eells, Ferguson, or Rogers is nice since the rooms are incredible.

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Campus Housing: Babbitt is my favorite. Milbank is its sister dorm. Both are full of suites. Babbitt is quieter with a much lower damage bill. Dunham can't be beat for location. It is in the middle of campus and a great place to meet people as a freshman. The G-Road apartments are definitely worth it for an off-campus feel.

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Campus Housing: It's totally up to you. Some people hate Bundy and Dunham because people get drunk too often. Some people love them.

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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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Drug Safety: Some kids will buy Ritalin or Adderall pills for five dollars a piece. Concerta is time-release Ritalin. Hardcore Ritalin junkies will spend a lot of time crushing up Concerta and snorting it.

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Drug Safety: Scene? Try `way of life' for a Hamilton student.

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Drug Safety: Always a bag of weed to be had.

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Drug Safety: Drug use is fairly moderate compared to other schools that I have heard about. I would not say that it is a problem. It goes along with the drinking and smoking, for the most part, as a nuisance.

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Drug Safety: I have heard things, but know little to nothing about it myself. If you are not interested or looking for it, it is not something that is in your face.

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Drug Safety: There is a fair amount of cocaine use at Hamilton. Researchers have found that the average price of a gram of cocaine at Hamilton is equivalent to the national average of $60. An eightball doesn't carry any bulk buyer's discount, either. At Hamilton, cocaine is more expensive than marijuana, and generally thought to be more shady. Kids who blow coke at Hamilton generally do so behind locked doors.

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Drug Safety: Hamilton is an alcoholic campus. Alcoholic tendencies are not frowned upon by peers. I'd say most of the students have a drinking problem.

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Drug Safety: Hamilton is a hard-drinking school. I don't know anything about the drug scene personally, except that drug use seems widespread.

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Drug Safety: When mushrooms happen to be available on campus, it's a jackpot for kids who think tripping is both an art and a science.

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Drug Safety: Alcohol is the center of the weekends. Weed is prevalent, and so is cocaine to a lesser extent.

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Sophie Vershbow
Hometown
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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