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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.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Lots of work, but interesting classes.

5 College Freshman

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

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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5 College Freshman

Academics: The Chinese program is stellar.

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One word: fantastic. It might sound overenthusiastic, but it's true. The professors might be the number one reason students love this school. Professors will go out of their way to help a student with schoolwork, as long as they aren't afraid to ask. Classes are hard, and the greatest professors are often the most demanding. They challenge students to think independently in the classroom, and it is very rare for a professor to only lecture. Discussions carry a lot of weight, even in math and science classes. Professors are accessible outside of the classroom as well, and happily talk to their students about what is happening in their lives beyond academics. Advisors call their students to talk about everything: majors, campus construction, and snow. Professors take interest in students' lives and are exceedingly helpful for a multitude of worries.

Don't misunderstand-there are a handful of professors that can make academic life horrid. Ones who grade your papers based on personal opinion, others who would rather be publishing their work, some refuse to give grades above a B, and the requisite few who never should have become a teacher. Yet it's fairly easy to avoid those professors. Freshmen learn to listen to upperclassmen talk about their favorite and hated professors-and there are ways to get around a class with an undesirable professor. Our faculty is also renowned across the country, especially the government and economics departments. Major media sources look to our professors for an expert position on topics ranging from American history to Chinese paintings. We have access to a very learned group of people who have chosen to teach at a small school in the middle of New York for the contact they can have with their students.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
Total FT Faculty
Faculty with Terminal Degree
Average Faculty Salary
Full-Time Retention Rate
Transfer-Out Rate
Graduation Rate
Programs/Majors Offered
Academic/Career Counseling?
Remedial Services?
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 Students: 75%
  • 20 to 49 Students: 24%
  • 50 or More Students: 1%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: No
Life Experience Credits: No
Degrees Awarded
Bachelor's degree
Most Popular Majors
  • Biology and Biological Sciences: 3%
  • Economics and Econometrics: 6%
  • Mathematics, Algebra, and Geometry: 4%
  • Political Science and Government, General: 3%
Special Study Options
Study abroad
Best Places to Study
  • Burke Library
  • CafĂ© Opus
  • Science Building lounges
  • South fourth-floor study lounge
Tips to Succeed
  • Don't be afraid to work and keep a positive attitude.
  • Don't get caught studying abroad in a nation where an international epidemic forces your semester to encounter an emergency ending and forces you to lose two valuable credits due to the cancellation of the summer semester.
  • If you have a car, bring it! You'll want one, especially if you live close enough to go home every once in a while. You'll need a break because semesters get pretty intense.
  • If you're a guy, join a fraternity. Your life will be easier.
  • Invest some serious money in buying clothes at J.Crew.
  • Keep your drinking contained to the weekends-well, and Thursday, of course. Study during the week.
  • Meet as many people as possible, Hamilton is a lonely place without good friends.
  • Study, but relax.
  • Take classes because the professor has a good reputation, not because they sound interesting.
  • The professors have heard every excuse in the book. If you don't do the work, you will fail.
  • The teachers all know you, so go to class!
  • You just have to get the idea that college is supposed to be the best time of your life out of your head. Try some studying.
Did You Know?
  • Hamilton College is the third oldest college in the state of New York.
  • Legend has it, if you walk across the bronze map on Martin's Way, you will never walk across the stage to receive your diploma.
  • Hamilton has an online system called BlackBoard that allows students to check test scores, send mass e-mails to classmates, participate in discussion boards for credit, and download electronic readings assigned for homework.

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 25 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How often do you:    Based on 13 responses

  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 13 responses

  • 31% This was my dream school.
  • 62% This was one of my top choices.
  • 8% This was a school I settled for (safety school).


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