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Reviews 343 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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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.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Hamilton has a very attractive campus. Everyone looks pretty put together. Campus has a hook-up culture but relationships definitely do exist.

3 College Freshman

Local Area: There is not much to do in the local town. They have super markets, target, restaurants, party city etc. Most things that you would need exist. The social scene of the local town is poor. The Clinton Cider Mill in the fall is delicious.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: There is usually always something to do from Thursday - Saturday although sometimes it is small. There are a few all-campus parties spread throughout the semesters. The parties are not huge, but very easy to find and frequent.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Sexual assault is taken very seriously on campus. Students are encouraged to report sexual assault and there are easily accessible support services for victims of sexual assault. There is little to worry about in terms of safety and campus crime. Hamilton is very safe.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: The financial aid office has helped me a lot. I received the recommended federal amount although I could always use more financial aid. The people at the financial aid office were very helpful throughout the whole process and were very kind. The process was very clearly laid out and it was easy to work with.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is not overpowering at Hamilton. You don't have to be in Greek life to feel involved in social life.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I have not utilized the career center yet but they are very helpful. They frequently have workshops to help build/write resumes, to help find jobs etc. The pre-health professions advisor, Leslie Bell, is very helpful. I have not seen many employer recruiters on campus but I hear the alumni network is great.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: I do not go off campus very often. There are a few very good restaurants very close to the college. I am not sure about vegetarian or vegan options but there are definitely enough options off-campus. The price is average, very manageable if you don't dine out frequently.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There aren't that many options, and without a car it's hard to get there. But the food off-campus is pretty good.

4 College Freshman

Local Area: There's a small town right off the hill which is nice to shop and eat in. About 20 minutes away is New Hartford, there's a lot of department stores and restaurants there, which is convenient.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: It's a prevalent topic of discussion, people are aware of the problems and want to prevent them.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: Most students are safe, the parties are fun usually and easily accessible.

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4 College Freshman

Majors: Hamilton has an open curriculum, so there are no required classes, which is great for most people, like me, but can be hard for others who need more structure in their lives.

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3 College Freshman

Administration: If you respect the campus security officers, then they're easy to get along with.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: The football team is pretty bad, and people don't really show up to sports that often, however some of our teams are pretty decent.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: Some solid options thursday-saturday but no really huge parties

4 College Freshman

Administration: Pretty good but recently getting much stricter about a lot of things, mainly alcohol use and noise violations.

5 College Freshman

Majors: Plenty of options with super dedicated professors.

5 College Freshman

Majors: Double majoring is very doable.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: A few options in Clinton and a lot in New Hartford. Jitney comes by every hour to get students there.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Not bad at all when you feel like you have enough of dining hall food.

5 College Junior

Majors: It's not complicated and hard to get. If you have any questions just ask the faculty, the majority of them are super helpful and friendly.

4 College Junior

Majors: The econ department has a program in NYC every fall and it's a great program for students to gain internship and research experience with the guidance of a faculty.

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1 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I haven't heard of anyone live off-campus.


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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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