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Reviews 343 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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4 College Freshman

Diversity: They try their best to admit a variety of people. No matter what, people are super accepting of anyone.

5 College Freshman

Academics: The Chinese program is stellar.

5 College Freshman

Academics: Its definitely challenging. I am always pushed outside of my comfort zone, but it is not too overwhelming.

5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: So pretty and a great mixture of old and new buildings.

5 College Freshman

Local Area: Clinton is cute. If you want a city atmosphere obviously this is not your place, but it has everything one would need and is beautiful.

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5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Everyone is seriously so attractive physically, but also interesting in other ways.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I have no regrets about Hamilton. I love the small classes and sense of community on campus. The professors are great and so are the classes. As a freshman, I have had a much easier time adjusting to this school than many of my other friends at other colleges. The people are just very welcoming and friendly.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I am still a freshman, but I already have an internship for the summer. The career office has been very helpful, especially the peer mentors, in helping with resume help and interview tips.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: They will definitely test you for mono if you come in. Guaranteed.

5 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is a great option, but it doesn't dominate the school. People will not judge you for being in one or not. They do throw some good parties on the weekends.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: Athletics are pretty good, but the school does not revolve around them. If you do not play a varsity sport, there are still plenty of options to play at the club or intramural level.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: People usually eat on campus because there are so many options here, but off campus dining can be nice, too. Ordering Asian Bistro or Indian food can be fun.

5 College Freshman

Administration: people like to sh*t on the admin, but they really are not that bad when it comes down to it. They tend to have everyone's best interest in mind and are fairly lenient with rules.

5 College Freshman

Party Scene: Always something going on. Its super easy to find parties, even as a freshman. There are all campus party options, but also smaller things going on in the suites/downtown.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: I don't have many complaints, except for the fact that it can be a little repetitive in commons. Usually the food is high quality and there are enough options to choose from no matter what.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: They just took down off campus housing, which some people may not like. However, this can be a great benefit to the school, as it fosters a sense of community on the campus with everyone living together. There are plenty of options with housing.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: School spirit for varsity sports isn't that high, but what would you expect from a very small liberals arts college that's division III (versus a big division I public university)? Hamilton can be pretty good at sports and athletes take pride. Club and intramural sports are also very popular and provides options for everyone.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The few places in Clinton are delicious (such as Tony's and Nola's), and just 15-20 minutes to New Hartford and Utica has all the "normal/common" places (fast-food to restaurants) you can think of (Chipotle, Applebess, etc.)

3 College Freshman

Administration: Could be a lot worse. They don't seem to take much student input unfortunately.

5 College Freshman

Scholarships: Scholarships are hard to get, but hey scholarships are scholarships - free money is always nice.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: You can't expect a huge rave or anything like that; Hamilton isn't like that. It's not a huge Public University, it's a prestigious private university. With that being said, the party scene is surprisingly good. There's always something going on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights, and everyone is open. Popular big full annex parties are probably the closest you'll get to big, really live parties. Parties in the suites of Milbank and Babbit are good, but can definitely get extremely packed and hard to get in or get out. All in all parties at all locations can be pretty good.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: There is a surprising number of options for food on campus considering how small Hamilton is. The two main dining halls, Commons and McEwen are average and can have a select both really good and really bad options sometimes. The Little Pub for lunch is a great occasional alternative. What really comes in clutch is the ridiculously good Howard Diner. Many students would agree that surviving without the diner is unimaginable.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: For starters, off-campus housing is being eliminated. However, on-campus housing is great, with a surprising amount of variety. You can live in suites, singles, doubles, triples, quads, and special "apartments". Greek housing does not exist but is not necessarily a bad thing. For the most part, all dorms make it easy to get anywhere on campus and are pretty spacious and clean. Of course there are exceptions, but usually are coupled with perks that make sense. For example, Dunham, a big mostly freshman dorm, may not have the nicest, most spacious rooms, but it always acts as a major social hub for freshman. Private bathrooms to rooms and suites do exist but are not as "necessary" as you would think as they are nice to have. Hamilton just switched to "all freshman housing", but most of these dorms actually still have a few upperclassmen. The dark side dorms are mostly made of stone and have the signature "waffle" ceilings and huge windows. The light side dorms have a different feel altogether, with opposites, and wherever you end up it's nice. There are "nicer, more desirable" dorms than others, but if you really get down to it, all of Hamilton housing is pretty nice.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Diner for breakfast, pub for lunch, and mcewen/commons for dinner is a pretty good variety I've found

2 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: On-campus housing is really nice... would've given it 5/5 if not for the administration taking away off-campus housing. When I was applying to the school, they marketed off-campus housing like it would be available to me. This year, they decided to take it away without any kind of grandfathering. This is representative of the interaction between the student body and the administration- they do what they want, when they want with no student input.

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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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