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Clinton, NY
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$44,350
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Hard
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Reviews 539 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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1 College Freshman

Overall Experience: It is so cold and the people are shallow and self-involved. It is a suffocating environment.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Facilities: Some of the buildings are pretty, too cold to notice.

3 College Freshman

Facilities: Students are more interested in drinking than anything. I hate it.

2 people found this useful Report
1 College Freshman

Nightlife: It's boring, monotonous, and dominated by Greek organizations who think they are cool. It bores me.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: I don't go off campus much for my food because I do not have a car on campus. I would like if there were more options for coffee, that would be nice.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: There are a significant number of international students as well as a very public LGBT community. Overall, people here are generally accepting of racial diversity on campus, with the exception of a handful of individuals.

11 people found this useful Report
5 Recent Alumnus

Nightlife: The campus is generally open to whatever evening activities you might plan up, but it can take a little bit of effort to not a party broken up every two hours. The bars downtown are homey and fantastic for getting bombed. Underage kids have a relatively easy time getting in. Some large dorms are known for having parties, people are known to have bonfires at around the glen, and access to illicit substances is essentially unrestricted. The administration periodically feigns an effort to restrict the nightlife, but Hamilton has traditionally had a very strong group of socially active students.

The administration is eliminating off campus housing, which will have an uncertain impact on the dynamic.

5 people found this useful Report
5 Recent Alumnus

Weather: Hamilton has 4 fantastic seasons. The summers are great if you happen to be there or catch the warm days on the tail ends of the year. People go swimming in the local river and the golf course is always open. There is also a skeet and rifle range ~1 mile away open to the public. Winters are often very strong, and the area gets lake effect snow totaling about 140" per year. Lots of people go hiking in the school's glen and the campus generally embraces the weather.

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Academics: Hamilton's Open Curriculum is one of my favorite things about the college. I have the freedom to choose my own classes and curriculum and I don't have to worry about taking a certain number of math/science/english courses. I am definitely not a math person and haven't taken a math class since high school! Since I'm not worrying about requirements all the time, I can take liberal arts classes like painting, classics, and comparative literature just for fun.

10 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Transportation: It's very easy to get around Hamilton and the surrounding areas. Our free jitney service takes students to the mall, grocery store, downtown, and pretty much anyplace else they need to go. As well as the jitney, we also have shuttles and buses. For vacations, Hamilton coordinates car pools, shuttles, and buses to take students where they need to go.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Hamilton has really been building up our athletic community these past couple years. We have a surprising amount of school spirit for such a small school, but I wouldn't say the whole campus revolves around sports. We are a very active campus, though, and students are VERY involved in club and intramural sports. Almost everyone I know is involved in some sort of athletic activity, whether it be club, intramural, or varsity.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: No campus is truly isolated and safe but Hamilton takes security very seriously. They respond quickly to things and the staff is all very cordial and understanding of students

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Facilities: Facilities are fantastic. Hamilton has spent upward of $150 million in the past decade. Makes for a pretty eclectic mix of the old buildings and newer ones but the contrast is nice and in general the facilities are outstanding

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Hamilton adopts the student athlete mentality. Each sport is taken seriously by it's athletes but there is not much in the way of school spirit or support for all the teams. The facilities are quite nice though

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Facilities: The science center is absolutely amazing. The new arts center will be even better. The facilities are fantastic

4 College Junior

Weather: Snow is beautiful here, but the hills can get treacherous when icy.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Computers: All computer labs are always open. However, such labs are in high demand during finals week, so students have to plan accordingly. Printing on campus is easy and while there's no real need for a personal printer, having one doesn't hurt. On several occasions the printers in the computer labs were broken, out of paper, out of toner, you name it.

1 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The college recently unveiled sweeping housing changes which they described as non-negotiable after extremely limited input from students. These changes include a plan to completely eliminate downtown housing as well as transferring many of the most widely sought after dorms to exclusively freshmen housing. Rather than having the opportunity to live in spacious quads as upperclassmen, many will be relegated to isolated singles as well as cramped triples and quads that were originally reserved for freshmen

5 people found this useful Report
1 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: Alcohol is everywhere and anywhere on campus. It does not take much for those under 21 to find where the dorm parties are. 99% of the time, upperclass purchase liquor for underclassmen. As far as drugs like Adderall, cocaine, and weed, students can easily get them as there are multiple sellers on campus.

1 person found this useful Report
4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Hamilton is very academically challenging. Hamilton expects a lot from their students. If you want to be challenged mentally its the place to go. Students leave Hamilton with strong writing and critical thinking skills.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: I would say nightlife at Hamilton is for everyone. If you are 21 or older, there are plenty of parties you can go to/hold in people's dorms, including some all-campus parties. If you are not 21 or just don't drink, there are a ton of fun and exciting events held each weekend for students like movie nights, dances, or just game nights.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Computers: They have a huge number of Macs and PCs readily available in almost every academic building on campus, including in buildings with nice study spaces. The computers are up-to-date and fairly fast.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are a variety of restaurants in the surrounding areas ranging from India to Asian to pizza places that are nice if you want to go out with friends and/or order in. The food is not terrible, not New York City quality, but still good and affordable.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: Its alright. Kind of homogenous, but everyone gets along well. Definately a lot of white, rich, athletes around here. And there ares some diversity from the HEOP program, who are mostly minorities and from Bronx and such.

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: No one really feels dangerous here. Being a rural campus there is no outsie threat, and being a small, homey college no one gets violent. The campo patrols often, and even they are never out to get students. The EMPs are well organized and prompt.

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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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