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Clinton, NY
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$44,350
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5 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Pleanty to Do – Whats great about Hamilton's night life is that there is something for everyone. If you are interested in going out, having a good time, and meeting new people there is always something going on. Themed parties are a popular event here on the Hill. One is called the Farm Party which is put on by a fraternity but open for everyone to attend. They bring goats to the party, cover the floor with hay and have a country band playing the entire night. Its quite a sight and always a blast. Another option is to attend Late Nights on Friday and Saturday nights. These parties run from 10 at night to 2 in the morning and are hosted by a different club or organization every week. They are non-alcoholic events which change from movie nights to DJ competitions. Very well attended and a popular spot to see your friends on a weekend night

5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: We have a fair number of sororities and fraternities on campus, but they don't dominate the social scene at Hamilton. We don't have any greek housing, and the greek societies throw all campus parties in our social spaces which are open to the entire campus community. Greek life at Hamilton is very inclusive.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: Hamilton is a perfect place if you want to see all four seasons. Students arrive on campus at the end of August still with a good month of warm, summer weather. Autumn is always very pretty with the leaves changing into all different colors. Yes, winters are snowy and cold, but also beautiful (and fun to be outside too!). Spring is always nice and gets everyone excited to be back outside. No matter what type of weather is your favorite, you will experience everything at Hamilton!

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3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Our Little Town – The town closest to Hamilton is Clinton which offers many spots to grab lunch or hang out. Popular lunch spots vary from Nola's, a small sandwhich shop, to the Indian Cafe. Other great spots to visit in Clinton include the village green and Kirkland town park.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: Hamilton is an academically rigorous school with great professors. One of the best things about our academics is our open curriculum--there are no distribution requirements, so you are free to take the classes that are interesting to you. The workload can be heavy at times, but if you put in the work you can be successful.

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4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: There are always plenty of options on the weekend. Most students like to stay on campus during the weekend because there is so much going on, but there are 2 local bars that some students will choose to go to. The parties are always really fun and really well attended.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: not necessary – The places for students to live off-campus (down in the village of Clinton) are very limited. However, student housing on campus is guaranteed for all four years, so why live off campus to begin with? Every dorm on campus is a great place to live, and actually about 98% of students will live on campus for all four years.

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4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: students involved in the community, the community involved on campus – Students support local businesses and restaurants as well as vendors at the Clinton Farmers Market that lasts until October. There are many volunteer options for students to tutor at the elementary school in Clinton, as well as many opportunities to help out in the surrounding area of Utica. Whenever a concert, speaker, or event comes to campus, it is always advertized to the local community so people can come up to the hill and have access to the same great resources the students have.

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: great food, great variety, great atmosphere – All of the food at Hamilton is really great. We have four different places to eat under our meal plan, as well as two cafés and a smoothie bar that serve lunch, snacks, and drinks everyday. In addition to food that is always fresh and tasty, Hamilton offers a wide variety of foods to choose from. At Commons you can find more traditional dining hall foods--pizza, a salad bar, food made on the grill, etc. At McEwen there will be more vegan and vegetarian options as well as different ethnic dishes that they serve every night. The Diner is always a fun spot to get typical diner-type foods as well as to enjoy music from the jukebox. Anywhere on campus is great to eat as well as to sit and socialize with friends.

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3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Could Be Better – Hamilton works every year to increase the statistics in its diversity. As of now, the campus does tend to be predominantly white upper-middle class students, but there is a good mix of students of diversity whether racial, religious, sexual orientation, or nationality. While Hamilton may not boast the highest diversity numbers, it does have an atmosphere where everyone comes together in an environment that is accepting and inclusive of everyone.

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4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Fun Fun Fun, but Gets a Little Old After a While – Students will go out on (sometimes) Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. We have parties in dorms, in larger social spaces, and even occasionally outside (large concerts, Silent Disco, Class and Charter Day). These events are always very social, very fun with music and dancing! However, unless students think of some creative ideas, such as clever themes, the nightlife scene can become a little monotonous.

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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Here If You're Interested, Not Too Noticable If You're Not Interested – Hamilton has several fraternities and sororities, but since greek housing no longer exists, it is a lot more low-key of an atmosphere than at those larger schools with huge frat houses. About 20% of girls are involved in a sorority and about 30% of guys are involved in a fraternity. If greek life is something you are interested in, it's definitely here on campus. If you're not interested, it is a small enough percentage that it won't affect you at all.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: The academics are challenging but rewarding. The psychology is pretty great and there are some wonderful professors. Some of the psych professors are less than stellar, but if you talk to upperclassmen and figure out which ones to avoid, you will have a great experience. The workload can be a bit heavy, as psych is treated as a lab science, so all of you upper level classes will have labs in addition to the lecture classes. There are amazing internship and research opportunities in addition to the comprehensive curriculum. You will learn a lot!

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I absolutely love Hamilton and could not be happier here. We have an amazing sense of community on campus; it is a fantastic group of people. Academics can be challenging, but rewarding, and if you put in the work, you will be successful. There are so many different things to get involved in, so we have an extremely active student body. You will get to know people from all walks of Hamilton life.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Ridiculously Nice Housing Available – When I first found out that I would be living in the "dark side" of the campus freshman year, I was relatively confused as I felt I did not fit into the "social norm" of the dark side consisting of being: hipster, humanities focus and artistically/musically inclined. It turned out that not everyone fit into the social scheme either and I found it really attractive that my dorm was relatively close to the rest of the dark side dorms. In other words, I had easy access to all my closest friends who lived near me. I fell in love with the waffle ceilings that carried messages from students who lived in our rooms in the years before and enjoyed the COMFORTABLE (as in they are really large and spacious) walk in closets. The dorm only had about 60 students so I knew most of the students living there and the majority of them became my best friends.
I'm going to miss my freshman housing although this upcoming year, I will be living in Roger's Estates... A.k.a, my roommates and I will be living with 27 others in an old mansion and have our own private chef. Luxury living at its best at Hamilton College. Most rooms are spacious and the only unfortunate aspect of living down there will be that it's far from central campus.
Students have the option to live in a single, double, triple, or quad and either way you'll have plenty of space. Cost is about $10,000, but thankfully I have Florida Prepaid that pays for that. Cable is provided with room and board and students do have access to plenty of channels and it's really easy to have small gatherings in rooms, suites, apartments, or in common rooms.

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4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Clinton Is Great – Sure Clinton is small, but it is really a very cute town. There are a bunch of restaurants and shops. New Hartford and Utica are each about 10 minutes away, and they have more of a suburb/city feel. There you can find Target, a big mall, movie theaters, museums, etc. You can easily get off campus to get a change of scenery and have a good time. Although Clinton is small, it is not in the middle of nowhere like some other NESCAC schools--you aren't far at all from some pretty bustling areas.

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The dorms at Hamilton are pretty great. We have 27 residence halls, so there is a huge variety and there is something for everyone. We have singles, doubles, triples, quads, 6-person living units, apartment style housing, and suite style housing. The rooms are spacious and clean and you can definitely make them feel like home.

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4 College Sophomore

Computers: Plenty of Choices – We have a bunch of computer labs on campus and it is easy to print papers without buying a personal printer to have in your room. The whole campus is wireless and the network has good speed. Sometimes when you first open your laptop it will take a minute or so to connect to the wireless, but it is never a problem and once it connects, the internet runs quickly.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There Is More Than You Expect – It is no secret that Clinton is not a booming metropolis; however, there are many great off-campus dining options. There are many great options in the village, including Nola's, Alteri's, and Cafe J. These restaurants are reasonably priced and offer a great selection of delicious food. New Hartford and Clinton have a ton of great options, from Panera and Applebee's to Vietnamese and Indian cuisine.

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3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Typical Small Town – Clinton is a tiny college town. While there are some fun attractions like the Cider Mill or Nola's, the town itself does not have a lot to do. The nearby town of New Hartford has a mall, movie theater, and lots of chains stores like Wal-Mart and Target. Everything you could possibly need at school can be found there, if not in Clinton itself. So, while not ideal for someone looking for a fast-paced town, Clinton has its charms and is a very picturesque place.

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2 College Student

Drug Safety: Not Very Strict – they obvioulsy care about drug use but they are not very strict about it.

3 College Freshman

Parking: Dunham Lot – Campus Security is located in Dunham Lot, and on several occasions I have received mixed signals about who is allowed to park there and when. But overall, as long as you get a pass for overnight visitors, parking is not a big issue.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Open Curriculum – I was attracted to Hamilton for its open curriculum, and I am not disappointed at all. Students are allowed to explore several different avenues of the liberal arts education, without worrying about taking required intro level courses in areas that do not interest them. It is exciting and interesting to select courses that you want to take, and be surrounded by people who actually want to be there.

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2 College Freshman

Weather: Extremely Cold – Winter months are extremely long and may be a bit depressing. The weather reaches the negatives, so snow boots and puffer jackets are a must.

1 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Clinton Isn't a Town – Outside of Hamilton the town is dead, it can't be even described as a town since there are only about five local shops. Really nothing fun or interesting going on outside life on the hill.

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Sophie Vershbow
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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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