Hamilton College

422 reviews
  1. Clinton, NY
  2. 4 Year
A+
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Value
    A+
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    B+
  5. Athletics
    B
  6. Party Scene
    A-
  7. Professors
    A+
  8. Location
    C-
  9. Dorms
    A-
  10. Campus Food
    B+
  11. Student Life
    A-
  12. Safety
    B
Hamilton College is ...
Private not-for-profit
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
New England Small College Athletic Conference
Address
198 College Hill Rd
Clinton, NY 13323

Hamilton College Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
26%
SAT Range
1310-1470
ACT Range
30-33
Application Fee
$50
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Application Website

Cost

Net Price
$22,392/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $4,573/ year
  • $30-48k
    $13,038/ year
  • $49-75k
    $15,455/ year
  • $76-110k
    $20,882/ year
  • $110k+
    $39,466/ year

Academics

Professors
A+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
9:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
100%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.26 responses
68%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.25 responses
56%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.25 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,894Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
0%
Pell Grant
15%
Varsity Athletes
31%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 14 responses
Report
  • Interesting
    57%
  • Eclectic
    21%
  • Over-committed
    14%
  • Sophisticated
    7%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
100%
Poll
57%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.30 responses
Poll
81%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.36 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 14 responses
Report
  • Community
    79%
  • Sophisticated
    14%
  • Erratic
    7%

After Hamilton College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$57,300/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
91%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
90%
National
83%
73%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.15 responses

Reviews

422 reviews
  • Excellent
    92
  • Very Good
    144
  • Average
    149
  • Poor
    24
  • Terrible
    13
I love my school. Its a lot of work. The professors demand a lot from you, because they want you to learn and do well. I was a January admit, so me and 30 other January admits had the option to take classes in London out first semester. People who are jans do many different things, from work at home to study abroad. The transition to campus has been a little tough. The academics are much more rigorous here than they were in London. People here are generally welcoming and friendly but coming in mid year is a bit tough socially because many of my classmates had already gone through the making friends and figuring out what do to stage. Commons is generally good. It does get old after awhile, but its not too bad. It is worse having to walk in the next morning and awkwardly dodge your hook up from last night. The community here is great! Everyone is very supportive of one another. Many students go and support their friends in sports, or art shows, or plays, etc. Feb fest is a fun time of the year. For a week in February the school has all sorts of activities going on. They range from Mr. Hamilton (male beauty pageant), to chocolate tasting, to black light sledding, to cheering on the hockey team.
  • College Freshman
  • 10 months ago
Professors are excellent; most are very supportive and fascinating people to get to know. The small class sizes help make your education feel individualized.

Being a double major, I appreciated that I could take both classes I need to fulfill requirements for my majors and also have time to fit in other options and explore what the college had to offer.

Registration is okay for the most part EXCEPT your very first semester, where I had to take all awful introductory classes because nothing else was available. But after that I found I always could get into the classes I wanted.

The workload depends on your major. As a primarily humanities and social sciences student, I found my workload to be fair, but I feel that science and history students would beg to differ.

You definitely have the option to create your own major or independent study, which is cool.

The most popular majors are probably economics and psychology, although it really runs the gamut. Our history department is also pretty much the best so everyone will take a history class at some point.
  • Recent Alumnus
  • 12 months ago
The professors at Hamilton are great, and while they may not necessarily be experts in their field, they are some of the most passionate and interesting people you will meet. The small class sizes are excellent and you really feel like your opinions and education matters. Mostly everyone will have dinner at a professor's house at some point, which speaks to how friendly and supportive the professors here are.

The variety of classes is great, especially because most people here have many interests. It is rare to see someone who is not a double major or a double minor. I also found that outside of your first semester, it's pretty easy to get into the classes you want to take, and the lack of gen-ed requirements means you can really customize your education.

That being said, a word of caution: just because a class sounds interesting does not mean it will be. Although I appreciated the open curriculum, there were a few classes I took that were pretty much useless, both academically and from a practical standpoint. These classes are usually taught by faculty unknowns. So my advice is to take classes based on professors and to only take a class that seems interesting but is taught by an unfamiliar professor if it is related to what you want to do career-wise.
  • Recent Alumnus
  • 12 months ago