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Reviews 368 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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3 College Freshman

Party Scene: Nightlife can be pretty alive if you want to go out, or if you want to stay in that's always fine too.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: They have some all-campus parties some weekends but I wish they had more.

5 College Freshman

Academics: Great academics for all majors. You can even create your own major. And the professors are mostly very helpful.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: I'd say it's pretty diverse, for an expensive liberal arts school, though. Which means it's still not very diverse racially, but I don't think anyone really minds that. Everyone's very well accepted.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: They have pretty nice housing for freshman, I think. I live in Wertimer and love it. Sophomore housing kind of stinks, and then upperclassmen housing is really nice.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: We're not great with athletics, since we are a D3 school, but I like going to the hockey games, which get nice crowds. People like their sports but they're usually not obnoxiously invested in them.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Not a big part of campus. No living in greek houses, and they're not nationally recognized sororities or frats, but they have nice all-campus parties.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: We have EMT's on campus that are very responsive and make everyone safe. Very little crime and the area is very safe.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Typical amount of drug use for a college, which means a lot. If you don't like it you'll never have to be around it.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Courses are great and they have a good variety, but really only when you get up into higher-level courses, which is normal. I haven't had any "life-changing' professors yet, but they've all been great and love what they do. Class sizes are fairly small, depending on the course. Of course Bio 101 is large, but still smaller than an average school so it's nice. One thing I don't like is that you don't get any extra credit for taking a lab course than a regular course, which I find to be unfair.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I'm only a freshman so I don't know much just yet but from what I've heard we have a great alum network.

4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: 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.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: 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.

2 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: Oh, God. What can I say about this? The career center is useless. They did jack s*** for me in helping me find a job or internship in my field. Although Hamilton has a good online internship database, there is a limited deadline to apply to funding for unpaid internships (I believe it was before April, and many people do not hear back from internships until after then). Every time I'd go to a counselor asking if they had connections in my field, they would just tell me to shadow people or look into something...which I was already doing by myself. Very few employers recruit here, and who can blame them? Being in the middle of nowhere and with a small alumni-base, Hamilton just doesn't have the connections that less prestigious, yet bigger schools have. And when you go out into the real world...most employers are going to have no idea what Hamilton is, so don't assume that your 3.8 GPA liberal arts education actually carries any weight. Because it doesn't. Very few people I know got a job in something they actually wanted to do upon graduating, and many are still trying to figure things out. Luckily my graduate school, although significantly less prestigious than Hamilton, has EXTREMELY good connections in my field, but it's unfortunate that I kind of HAD to go to grad school to get those connections.

4 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: While I personally felt safe while I was at Hamilton, I also was not into the party scene so I was never really in situations where I might be sexually assaulted. That being said, I do know it is a problem and wish that students did not have to leave campus because their rapists would not get expelled. The student body itself is very much about consent, but it seems like things are murky behind the scenes.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: It really depends on where you live. The light side dorms are newer and cleaner, and there are some REALLY nice options (save Bundy) downhill.

However, I lived on the dark side all four years, and as much as I love the dark side for its community and proximity to McEwen/Opus/KJ...those dorms were in desperate need of renovations. And some of them have been renovated while I was there and after I left. But I was content for the most part, although the bathrooms in all dorms could just get plain nasty at times.

It also sucks that as a sophomore, the only way you can escape Bundy is the sub-free lottery. There should be more options for students who are not about crazy partying.

3 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: 2013 alum. Overall, I have mixed feelings about my time at Hamilton. On one hand, it's a great community. The professors are great, the academics are great, the campus is great, the sense of community is strong, there are plenty of activities to get involved with, and the food is pretty decent for college food (Oh, Opus and the Diner, how I miss thee!).

However, Hamilton is also a bubble that does not, in my opinion, adequately prepare most people for the real world. While I loved most of my classes, only a few of them actually helped me hone marketable skills, and although Hamilton students are usually good writers, I wouldn't say Hamilton improved our pre-existing talents (the writing intensive requirement by no means will make you a better writer; it will just make you write more). I also found the career center to be very useless in helping me make connections in my field.

Lack of diversity is probably the biggest issue. Although the community is supportive, there are definitely cliques, which makes it very easy to become a social pariah if you don't fit into a "group", especially if you are mentally ill, autistic, etc. There really is no support for disabled students outside of a meager counseling center, which is really disheartening. The college has been focusing on trying to up its racial, ethnic, religious, and gender diversity (a large portion of the student body are wealthy white kids), but disabled students are pretty much invisible in the fight to have a voice on campus.

While there are many great things about Hamilton, I feel that it is not worth the gargantuan tuition to attend for its lack of real-world focus and connections, and it can be easy to feel like an alien if you don't fit into the cookie-cutter "light side" or "dark side" stereotype.

3 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: I am not athletic so this does not really pertain to me, but I feel that Hamilton has a healthy attitude toward sports. Many participate in them, but they do not encompass campus life. But if you are really hardcore about sports and want to be on a D1 team, Hamilton is not for you.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: There are generally very few problems, and the administration has addressed everything immediately.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I was in Wertimer my freshman year and absolutely loved it. The community was great, it was a small dorm and we all knew each other pretty well.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I'm pretty indifferent to Greek life. It's very low-key on campus. I have a lot of friends in the more laid-back sororities and fraternities.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: I had a difficult time getting school support and funding for my club sport. Our football team is bad but it's turning around. The general atmosphere around sports is great though. Lots of students are athletes on some level, and the games I've attended are a lot of fun.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: My classes have probably been my favorite part because I only take subjects I'm really interested in. I've made a lot of great friends and met a variety of interesting people as well.

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Hamilton College is a great school. The academics here are really amazing and the people are wonderful. The only thing that I wasn't a huge fan of was the social scene. It took me a while to get used to all the partying and the fact that everyone is unsure of their plans, but eventually I got used to it. The party scene isn't crazy crazy, but it's also definitely not dead. The best part about this school is I think the people, though.

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2 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Honestly, this college was a terrible fit for me. Every weekend, most of the students get incredibly drunk and/or high. Hamilton claims to dedicate itself to improving the writing skills of all students, but I haven't seen this. Instead, professors punish those who do not start at an incredible level. Trying your best? Making progress with each assignment? Who cares: you're not getting above a "C". I honestly hate it here, and I'm planning on transferring as soon as I get the chance. The cliques are ridiculously numerous and based on money or race. It's like high school, but smaller. The only good thing I can say about it is that the school is very supportive of the LGBTQ community (though, ironically, the professor teaching that class is terrible). Think before you come here.

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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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