Academics

Location
Clinton, NY
Undergrads
1,868
Tuition
$44,350
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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5 College Sophomore

Academics: The open curriculum allows you to study what you are interested and focused in as well as explore completely different fields

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: The workload is intense, you are busy 5 days a week for sure. But the faculty are amazing and you really get a great education. There could be more internship opportunities, but its good for a small liberal arts college.

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: Professors are great and always have time for you. Registration has been smooth for me. People are always taking biology and economics classes, so those are usually full.

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 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
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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 18th
    Most Flexible Curriculums
  • 55th
    Best Course Variety
  • 95th
    Best Technology in the Classroom
  • 159th
    Smartest Professors
  • 195th
    Professors Most Interested in Classes

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Sophie Vershbow
Hometown
New York City
Major
Government
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One word: fantastic. It might sound overenthusiastic, but it's true. The professors might be the number one reason students love this school. Professors will go out of their way to help a student with schoolwork, as long as they aren't afraid to ask. Classes are hard, and the greatest professors are often the most demanding. They challenge students to think independently in the classroom, and it is very rare for a professor to only lecture. Discussions carry a lot of weight, even in math and science classes. Professors are accessible outside of the classroom as well, and happily talk to their students about what is happening in their lives beyond academics. Advisors call their students to talk about everything: majors, campus construction, and snow. Professors take interest in students' lives and are exceedingly helpful for a multitude of worries.

Don't misunderstand-there are a handful of professors that can make academic life horrid. Ones who grade your papers based on personal opinion, others who would rather be publishing their work, some refuse to give grades above a B, and the requisite few who never should have become a teacher. Yet it's fairly easy to avoid those professors. Freshmen learn to listen to upperclassmen talk about their favorite and hated professors-and there are ways to get around a class with an undesirable professor. Our faculty is also renowned across the country, especially the government and economics departments. Major media sources look to our professors for an expert position on topics ranging from American history to Chinese paintings. We have access to a very learned group of people who have chosen to teach at a small school in the middle of New York for the contact they can have with their students.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
9:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
197
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
30
Total FT Faculty
199
Faculty with Terminal Degree
97%
Average Faculty Salary
$96,296
Full-Time Retention Rate
96%
Transfer-Out Rate
8%
Graduation Rate
91%
Programs/Majors Offered
41
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
No
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 Students: 75%
  • 20 to 49 Students: 24%
  • 50 or More Students: 1%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: No
Life Experience Credits: No
Degrees Awarded
Bachelor's degree
Most Popular Majors
  • Biology and Biological Sciences: 3%
  • Economics and Econometrics: 6%
  • Mathematics, Algebra, and Geometry: 4%
  • Political Science and Government, General: 3%
Special Study Options
Study abroad
Best Places to Study
  • Burke Library
  • CafĂ© Opus
  • Science Building lounges
  • South fourth-floor study lounge
Tips to Succeed
  • Don't be afraid to work and keep a positive attitude.
  • Don't get caught studying abroad in a nation where an international epidemic forces your semester to encounter an emergency ending and forces you to lose two valuable credits due to the cancellation of the summer semester.
  • If you have a car, bring it! You'll want one, especially if you live close enough to go home every once in a while. You'll need a break because semesters get pretty intense.
  • If you're a guy, join a fraternity. Your life will be easier.
  • Invest some serious money in buying clothes at J.Crew.
  • Keep your drinking contained to the weekends-well, and Thursday, of course. Study during the week.
  • Meet as many people as possible, Hamilton is a lonely place without good friends.
  • Study, but relax.
  • Take classes because the professor has a good reputation, not because they sound interesting.
  • The professors have heard every excuse in the book. If you don't do the work, you will fail.
  • The teachers all know you, so go to class!
  • You just have to get the idea that college is supposed to be the best time of your life out of your head. Try some studying.
Did You Know?
  • Hamilton College is the third oldest college in the state of New York.
  • Legend has it, if you walk across the bronze map on Martin's Way, you will never walk across the stage to receive your diploma.
  • Hamilton has an online system called BlackBoard that allows students to check test scores, send mass e-mails to classmates, participate in discussion boards for credit, and download electronic readings assigned for homework.

Student Polls

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  • Academic advisers
  • Class availability
  • Consistency in grading
  • Course subject variety
  • Curriculum flexibility
  • Gen-Ed requirements
  • Manageability of workload
  • Online course options
  • Quality of teaching assistants (TAs)
  • Scheduling/registration process
  • Technology in the classroom

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  • General knowledge
  • Interest in class subjects
  • Interest in students
  • Time spent in classroom
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