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Reviews 539 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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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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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Hamilton is super secure; there is no violence among the students and during the weekends where trouble would start due to alcohol campus safety is always around. There is never any violence on campus.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: To get anywhere off-campus, you need a ride, especially in the winter. Hamilton offers a van service into Clinton and some surrounding towns but it's unreliable. If the weather is nice, it's possible to walk down the hill to the two restaurants in town: Nola's, a fantastic but expensive Italian place (have your parents take you) or the Indian Restaurant. Some places nearby now accept the Hillcard, Hamilton's form of identification and payment, instead of cash or a credit card.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Hamilton doesn't have a lot of ethnic diversity, and some view this as a problem. However, there is a lot of diversity of thought on campus, which I think is a lot more important than how we look.

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Very Safe – Hamilton is in a pretty isolated environment, so there are rarely strangers on campus. People will leave their laptops and bags unattended in the library and KJ and come back without having to worry about things being stolen.

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5 College Sophomore

Computers: There's Always a Computer Somewhere – Although there may not always be room in the writing lab or library computer lab, there are plenty of computers scattered around campus. Try the Q-Lit center or Language Lab if you are having trouble finding an available computer, and there will definitely be one available.

3 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: Not Sure. I wasn't in a sorority. The sororities and fraternities threw some great parties though.

5 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: Nothing to say really other than that. The renovations the college has completed in recent years are impressive.

5 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Challenging but Engaging – Great professors and classes. My communication skills in particular are above and beyond my coworkers due to what I learned at Hamilton.

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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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