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Reviews 539 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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2 College Sophomore

Transportation: Jitney and...Jitney. Hamilton has a Jitney service that a decent amount of students take advantage of, especially freshman because they aren't allowed to have cars on campus. The jitney randomly cancels, and I don't have much experience with it, but it's there. A lot of people have cars after the first year, and that's the main form of transportation. Remember: you're in central New York. There aren't many places to go that you'd need transportation.

3 College Sophomore

Computers: Not too shabby. The library has a good number of Macs and PCs, there's more over at the writing center, and a few in the student center (ELS) if you need one. You have your laptop, so it's not like you're dependent on the computers, but they're there if you need them. Printing has a quota, but it's pretty hard to go over on it (I print a lot, trust me.) Occasional downtime with the wireless network, but if you reset your connection, you're usually back up and running in ten minutes max.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: You Will Get What You Need, but Not Much More – Since everyone at Hamilton would be worthy of acedemic scholarship, they don't offer any to incoming freshmen. However, there are ways to get scholarship money once you are on campus. The alumni association is very generous about giving grants and scholarships to students who make a name for themselves on campus, and grants are easy to get within departments once you start working with professors. As far as financial aid to start your acedemic carreer with, Hamilton will meet 100% of your need, but won't give you a penny more than you prove you need.

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3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: The dating scene at Hamilton is not really one of committed relationships. You are more likely to find people hooking up with their friends or strangers, and shrugging it off the next morning. Of course there are the exceptions, but casual sex is the opposite of taboo on this campus, and hookups are much more common than dates. There is a good range in types of boys and girls so far as personalities go, but people tend to clump based on their preppy-ness, hippy-ness, grunge-iness, and other such qualities. So, if you are looking for a "type" in particular, you will know where to find a whole clump of that type of person, as each group kind of has their typical friday night haunts.

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5 College Freshman

Facilities: Student Center Is Used by Everyone, for Everything! Our brand new Student Center is a great place to study or stock up on Hamilton gear, and it has amazing resources. In the upper levels, there are computer labs, our radio station, and a club room where clubs make posters to advertise campus events. In our sun porch, you often find students doing work, or watching football or The Jersey Shore, along with other events that are all catered by the campus activities board. In our basement, different organizations hire DJ's and decorate for great all-inclusive parties each weekend.

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3 College Sophomore

Weather: People Over React – It's really not a big deal. Yes, is snows and yes, it gets cold but there's lot's of things to do int he winter and all the buildings are heated well allowing one to keep the winter at bay.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Good but Room for Improvement – Hamilton has enough of diversity to be able to publish statistics that aren't embarrassing however it would be nice to see more. There is a good number of international students, a pretty wide range of economic students. Racial diversity is a bit limited. Apathy is more of a problem than diversity for politics and religion. There s also a small but strong LGBT community within the student body

Hamilton's strength is that what diversity it does have is met by high levels of acceptance

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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Lot of Parties – I seldom participate in the Greek life,but a lot of people enjoy it.As our college is a bit far away from a prosperous city,it's natural for students here to hold some big parties on campus for fun.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: The Chinese Restaurant Is Not Good – Dong Hai,, a Chinese restaurant, is awful. The food there is actually not Chinese food at all!

5 College Junior

Facilities: The DL – Of course I will give my inside scoop an A+... If you don't know people who do drugs you are basically a loser. There is a ton of work, people get super messed up on the weekends and there is no place to go. The school is trying to crack down on everything so it gets a little hairy on the weekends. There are not enough courses that interest me. They also cycle through professors, but those who stay are usually pretty good. live on the dark side, and yes there is a division (physical, and social) on this campus.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: I Have No Idea – I'm assuming many people do not get aid, but those who do get a ton. The administration has been advertising this need blind perspective, I don't know how effective it is.

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: Great People – Getting to know what you want at college is a process and that being said I would come back and stick out four years. But I would like to say I would not come back because Hamilton: is too small and isolated, repetitive social scene that is too self aware (people here don't let too loose), not enough classes. Yet I would not give up this tumultuous experience. I found a group of friends and stuck with them through my time here. I was not restricted socially, but I found like-minded folk; Friends for life. I feel like my relationships with certain professors are just as good. I have been lucky in that respect. You can't live life with regrets, but what if I had gone to Stanford...

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3 College Junior

Athletics: What School Spirit? Many people play sports but no one really cares to attend. The administration has been trying to build support for teams with "Hamilton Super Fan" shirts (oxymoron) but its not really the Hamilton way. People are aware of athletic contests and will go to support friends, but not because its the thing to do. Sure you can go to a football game (probably drunk) but they haven't had a record better than 2-6 in something like 15 years.

3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: There is not much to do around Hamilton without a car. But just down the hill there are a few coffee shops that are particularly friendly to college students. The restaurant scene is lacking, but there is always Indian food and Nolas, the local bistro. Also the liquor store was just renovated and let me tell you it is fantastic. There literally are literally no 'attractions' in the area aside from Turning Stone. Basically if you go off campus it is not for an evening.

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Very Safe – Campus is really safe. Town is quiet and quaint. Very small campus. I am familiar with nearly the entire student body. Campus safety is around to keep things going, but do not interfere too much to destroy a party.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: Greeks Are Greeks – They are in their own little incestuous social world. They just are stereotypical of "light side" bro/preppy mentality which most non Greeks see as off putting. But Greeks are a huge part of the campus social life, and usually throw the biggest parties. Be cautious when joining a society because they all have their stereotypes, which are very accurate.

1 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Don't Expect to Live Off Campus – You actually have to get residential life approval before even looking at the few available places. Off campus housing is also too far removed from everything, it is not easy to trudge up the hill every morning.

5 College Junior

Athletics: There are tons of ways to get involved in athletics at Hamilton. In generally the student body is very active and students take part in all sorts of activities ranging from very competitive varsity to sports, to more relaxed club sports, to goofing around on the rock-climbing wall.

5 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Work Hard, Play Hard. There is really no way to describe a "typically" Hamilton student because there is no such thing; however, I do believe that most Hamilton students share a generally mentaility. We like to let lose and have fun on the weekends, but are very focused and motivated during the week.

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5 College Junior

Health & Safety: Campus Safety – Hamilton's campus is very safe. There are emergency calling stations located all throughout campus, but to my knowledge they have never been used. I always feel perfectly safe walking across campus at night!

3 College Sophomore

Weather: 4 Seasons: You Love It or Hate It – Being in the Northeast, Hamilton gets all four seasons a year, and I'm used to it. Fall is absolutely gorgeous when all the trees change color. The Glen is the best place to walk in the Autumn air. Winter in the Northeast is obviously cold and snowy, but students make the most of it. Great ski places, snow days, huge snow forts, and epic snowball fights are just some of the ways Hamilton students enjoy Winter. When Spring finally rolls around, we all appreciate it that much more, and everyone is outside enjoying the warmth and sun.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Places Importance on Ethnicity – Hamilton is the most ethnically diverse school among the NESCAC's, but it's still predominantly Caucasian. However, everyone is very accepting of other cultures and backgrounds. The school goes above and beyond in expanding and improving its activities and programs for students of all backgrounds both ethnic and socioeconomic. The result is a nurturing environment where students become very cultured.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Excellent Condition and Easily Accessible – Everything from the Olympic-sized swimming pool to the observatory is top-of-the-line, in great condition, and is well-maintained. The college certainly does not spare any expense when it comes to facilities and equipment for its students. The really nice study rooms go fast and operate on a first come first served basis, but such is life. The gym has lots of great equipment and plenty of it, not to mention membership is included in the tuition. Many schools charge extra for things like that. My only gripe is that the dorms on the Dark Side of campus look rather ugly, but they are very spacious and nice inside.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: Honestly, It's No Worse Than Anywhere Else – There are a lot of schools where freshmen aren't even allowed to bring cars, but Hamilton has an entire lot for freshmen. The vast majority of students live on campus and don't even drive to class. Cars are mostly used for going into town. You will only get a ticket for parking in the clearly-marked faculty lot, which is perfectly reasonable.

Bottom line: If you want to bring your car, there will always be space to park somewhere. Not every school can say that, especially large universities. As to how convenient that space is depends on your year and when you're parking, which is perfectly fair.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Passionate Professors – At Hamilton, you're not just a number. If you reach out to your professors, they will do whatever they can to help you succeed. At Hamilton, the faculty knows its first priority is teaching, not research. The professors here all love what they teach, and it becomes readily apparent in the passion and energy they put into lectures and discussions. Professors see the potential in every one of their students and constantly push them to open their minds and use it. Professors at Hamilton do not treat you as mere students, but as colleagues.

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Sophie Vershbow
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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