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Reviews 422 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The professors are really knowledgeable about their subjects and really want their students to do well and ask questions

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The career center runs a lot of programs and has good connections with alumni but are not extremely helpful with finding internships

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Everyone must live on campus which helps increase the feeling of community, but is kind of frustrating for upperclassmen who want to get away from the dorms

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3 College Freshman

Athletics: The facilities are pretty old and there isn't enough space for all the varsity and club teams to practice and play

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: It is an extremely small school so I see people I know everywhere I go. Unfortunately because it is so small, there aren't always enough activities going on to keep me busy and it's slightly difficult to get off campus to go somewhere fun.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Everything I have experienced has been good.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The light side dorms are my favorite, very beautifully designed and close to my classes.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Not a huge deal on campus. Definitely does not affect your social standing if you are in one or not.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: I don't think our teams do very well, but we are not a super sporty school, and it's fun to go out and support.

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: My school is incredible. Great people, intelligent professors. Not great weather, but having amazing people around helps you get through it.

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2 College Freshman

Party Scene: Best parties are downtown and COOP. A few other places have decent stuff but don't come here thinking this is a party school. I visited a school whose party scene was ranked a B+ on this website and it was significantly better. A B/B- is fair. There are a lot of parties, they just are rarely good. Its weird, the nightlife here is just weird.

2 College Freshman

Party Scene: Partying feels forced. We're so restricted, I sometimes see similarities between drunk students and animals at zoos. There are a few parties every weekend but the administration is kicking out greek life and shutting down all the fun dorms on campus. Most parties are average, 2-3 good ones a semester, no bangers. The best time you can hope to have is chill with some friends. I love chilling, I just wish there was more we could do. Rare to see people just hooking up on the dance floor. People are too embarrassed and most parties are too well lit. Many people love the party scene on campus. But if it isn't for you, you're kinda up the creek. Only one bar downtown, very sweaty and male-dominated. No atmosphere on campus.

5 College Freshman

Academics: Absolutely incredible! This school will challenge your intellectual capacity. The professors care a lot but there is a range in quality. Don't underestimate the open curriculum.

2 College Freshman

Diversity: Fairly liberal, mostly white upper-middle class kids. Most minorities are a part of the community, some segregate themselves.

2 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Not a lot to do around here, so yeah kids drink on the weekends. Definitely less than at party schools though. You sort of get the feeling that people drink because they feel its necessary to have a good time, not to aid in it.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The school has tried so hard to make this place "assault free" by restricting the social life and forcing drinking underground that they have fostered an environment that makes aggressiveness the norm. I wish they would realize what they're doing because if it wasn't for the changes the administration has made in recent years this place could really be a paradise.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: My friends are pretty fantastic, as is the education. Monday through Thursday, this place is how every college should be: an introspective learning experiences. However, the weekends are fairly boring and it feels a bit too much like high school sometimes in that its fairly hard to meet people and you never really see people letting loose.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: This schools reputation in the work force is amazing, far more people know Hamilton than I realized.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Its nice. They rebuilt all the old dorms and replaced with pretty, somewhat small rooms. Should be a lot better considering where we are and our endowment. Few foster a social environment. Making Anderson sub-free, which sucks.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Very unnecessary, just depends on what type of person you are. Administration got rid of off campus housing last semester and is looking for any reason to get rid of the frats on campus. Won't be here in 5 years.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Better athletes than coaches for sure. The school requires all students to complete PE courses, even athletes. It probably the dumbest thing about the school, that you can be a college level athlete, training 5 days a week but still need to take batchi and another ridiculous course to graduate.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The academics are fantastic, the campus is beautiful, but a whole lot of things could be improved. Hopefully our new president can improve all the little faults with the school

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: You know where the horror shows go down, you can choose if you want to go (cough cough Bundy)

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4 College Freshman

Party Scene: Annex, Hub, and all campus parties tend to be pretty good. Bundy... can't say the same thing, but not bad if you have pre-gamed.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: Lots of work, but interesting classes.

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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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