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Reviews 422 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: The gyms have a lot of good equipment, and there are several places to do exercise beside weight lifting (basketball courts, pool, etc.)

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I'm aware that it's going to be hard to get by in college, but the support system is definitely there. You just have to use it

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: Professors are usually passionate and want to interact/help students.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Hamilton alum are very involved with the school and the career center is great.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: There is little theft on campus and Hamilton is generally very safe. Hamilton students tend to leave their bags in the lib and there doors unlocked. The Health Center does need improvement and finding doctors close by can be difficult. There are plans to improve services in the coming years.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: There is no longer any off campus housing, so everybody lives on the hill. There are a great selection of dorms on both sides of campus.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: There is no greek housing allowed, so Hamilton does not have the same greek culture as many other schools. Sororities/Fraternities often host all campus parties and are a good way to meet people, but membership is by no means an essential part of night life. Some organizations are centered around sports teams, but most are differentiated by personality type.

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3 College Junior

Athletics: Varsity sports don't have a huge impact on campus life. Rugby and frisbee are both really popular club sports and are easy to join.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: The glen around the college is one of the best and most unique features of Hamilton. There is endless exploring and bonfires to be had. If you are from a big city, you'll be amazed by how great it is to be able to take a forest walk as a study break. The glen is just one part of Hamilton's focus on the outdoors. Both the outing club and the environmental studies departments are thriving, close knit communities.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Most of my professors have been excellent and I have had great interaction with them.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I haven't personally needed these resources yet, but I know the are helpful and very available.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Campus crime is very low and not too many instances occur.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I think the overall quality of housing here is great with lots of different options.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: This school is much more focused on academics than athletics, but it is still fun.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Most of my professors and classes have been excellent.

5 College Senior

Health & Safety: I have never felt afraid on campus. Crime will happen anywhere, but it is minimal here. At Hamilton, you can leave your laptop and phone on a desk for days unattended and no one will touch it. That is not an exaggeration. If I lost my wallet today, it would be where I left it tomorrow.

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5 College Senior

Overall Experience: You can run into a bad professor anywhere, but you can't run into the best professors anywhere. I have so many great mentors who were my professors in the past few years. The courses are great because you really have a voice in them and feel involved in what is going on.

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4 College Senior

Overall Experience: The network is amazing and the value of a degree here is high, but since we don't have a ton of diverse specialized majors, that can stand in the way of certain career paths.

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5 College Senior

Campus Housing: We have walk-in closets, spacious rooms, and you can always live with friends. The housing down the hill is a little inconvenient, but some of those buildings have singles with their own bathrooms, so even that has perks. My friends at other schools are all jealous of the dorms here.

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3 College Senior

Greek Life: Its there if you want it, but not necessary or big. Everyone is friends with anyone either way.

4 College Senior

Athletics: We are a division 3 school, so sports aren't crazy here, but students all have a good balance between being fit, academic, and social.

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5 College Senior

Overall Experience: Hamilton has such a small and close-knit community that hasn't been matched by any other school I have heard about or seen. Beginning with our unique small group orientation trips, we are on a campus where caring about others and having empathy is the most important thing. Although it is a competitive school it is nurturing, and students help each other. Because of the small size, we are also very close with our professors and the administration. It is not uncommon to go to dinner at professor's homes, or even at the presidents home. The connections I have made here are incredible, and I would never ask for it to have been any different.

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I love Hamilton College! Best decision I made was coming here. Everyone is so nice. Classes are challenging but manageable.

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Not that many people are a part of Greek Life here. You can do it if you want to but there is no one pressuring you on either side.

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5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel safer here than I do at home even though I live in a very safe neighborhood in a very safe town

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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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