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5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: So pretty and a great mixture of old and new buildings.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Beautiful campus, and academic buildings

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: The facilities (not including residence halls) are pristine.

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Hamilton students are unlike any people you'll ever meet. Come here for the academics, but stay for the people.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Students are more interested in drinking than anything. I hate it.

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The Blood Fitness Center gives students and faculty members a beautiful space to burn off late-night diner breakfast and Opus chocolate chip cookies. The ground floor houses both a cardio and weight training room, fully equipped with treadmills, elliptical trainers, stair-masters, free weights, resistance machines, and a matted stretching area. At peak hours, the gym can get fairly crowded, but there is enough equipment that it's rare to wait for a machine. There is an additional set of machines specifically for varsity athletes located upstairs. In addition to the fitness center, the Alumni Gymnasium includes Bristol Swimming Pool, Sage Rink, Scott Field House, two weight-lifting rooms, an additional basketball court, brand new squash courts, tennis courts, and an indoor track.

Hamilton College is planning a new student center in the old Emerson Literary Society building (ELS), but for the time being, our student center is Beinecke Village. Beinecke Village is really pretty to look at, but seems to be the victim of an architectural experiment. It’s been called “one long corridor” by students, and it isn’t a major campus hangout. It does house the mail center, the Diner, the Barn, and the Annex. Late-night diner socializing is very popular, and a lot of student tables are set up around the mail center and diner area. Musical groups come to the Barn on Thursday nights as part of the Acoustic Coffee House series that brings smaller indie singers/bands to perform on campus. On weekends all-campus parties are thrown in one of four large social spaces: The Annex, The Hub, ELS Basement, and Bundy Dining Hall. Otherwise, the real student hangout on campus is Café Opus. The Café sells an assortment of baked goodies, lunch, and enough caffeine to keep students awake all night. In the lounge area around the café, a number of couches, loveseats, and huge armchairs make for quality studying or comfortable conversation. Classes are sometimes held there during the day, people meet their professors and friends for a tasty lunch, and students study or chat together all day.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
Campus Size
1,200 acres
Student Centers
  • Beinecke Student Activities Village
  • Bristol Campus Center
Campus Library?
Main Libraries
  • Burke Library
  • Media Library
  • Music Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • Burke Library
  • The café
  • Café Opus
  • Commons Dining Hall
  • Diner breakfast (starting at 12:30 a.m.)
  • KJ atrium
  • The main quad
  • Martin's Way
  • The Science Building atrium
Bar on Campus
The Little Pub
Bowling on Campus
Coffeehouse on Campus
Café Opus 1 in the Science Center atrium and Café Opus 2 in McEwen Hall
Movie Theater on Campus
School Slang
  • AA: Adirondack Adventure; a fabulous outdoor opportunity for pre-frosh that definitely is worth taking advantage of.
  • Commons Catwalk: When Commons is full during lunch and dinner hour, students must navigate their trays down the aisles, searching for friends or an empty table. The entire dining hall appears to be watching these unlucky people, evaluating their fleece jacket and choice of friends. It has been enough to turn some into McEwen converts; upperclassmen learn to ignore it.
  • Darkside: The old Kirkland campus, rumored to have earned its name from repeated blackouts, although the huge `70s concrete dorms are the more likely cause.
  • G-Road: Griffin Road (applies to apartments, as well as the actual road, often used as a 4-5 mile run).
  • Hamilton Cool: The acquired behavior prevalent among students that involves not acknowledging acquaintances when passing on campus, which is difficult to tell if it is caused by the cold weather or bad manners, although it is sometimes used to describe students that don't participate in class.
  • Lightside: The old "ivy" side of campus, with beautiful 1800s architecture and old brick buildings. Insulation in the winter can be a problem for many of the older dorms.
  • OL: Orientation Leader, helps with freshman orientation week.
  • Sketch-Ball: A person who is not to be trusted; "That boy is a huge sketch-ball. I heard he has three girlfriends and is looking for more."
  • Sketchy: Not to be trusted; shady. "Locals are sketchy."
  • Wicked: A term used to denote something being extreme. "This class is wicked cool." or "It's wicked cold."
The Citrus Bowl: The first hockey game of the season is affectionately called the Citrus Bowl. During the week before the game, students gather oranges, grapefruit, and other fruits to bring to the game. Campus Safety always stands at the doors to prevent students from sneaking in the fruit, but many students find creative ways to slip by. When a Hamilton player first scores, the crowd pelts the opposing goalie with fruit in the name of celebration and tradition.
Urban Legends
  • College Hill Road is said to be heated beneath the pavement, so that come winter, someone can flip a switch to melt the ice and make the road safe for automobiles. The stairs to the Science Building are actually heated beneath the tile.
  • It is said that the Admissions Building and Alumni House are haunted by the ghosts of the families that once lived there. Lights turn on and doors open that were left shut.
  • It's said that if you walk across the bronze map you won't graduate.
  • The names Lightside and Darkside for the old Hamilton and Kirkland campuses are said to have come from frequent power outages on the Kirkland campus, while the old Hamilton campus remained well-lit.
Favorite Things To Do
The Campus Activities Board sponsors events such as comedians, acoustic coffeehouse series, and concerts. Usually, one of these events will take place once or twice a week. You could catch a dance performance or theater production in Minor Theater or Wellin Hall. If you're looking to burn off some extra energy, the fitness center is open 6 a.m.-11 p.m., and you could always take a dip in the Bristol Pool or join a pick-up game of basketball in the Field House. The Little Pub has team trivia every Tuesday, and they give out free drinks every afternoon if you show up with a professor. Go to the Fireplace Lounge for pool, foosball, air hockey, and an Xbox for students. It is open 24 hours a day. The Little Pub often has karaoke or a campus band playing. The Events Barn usually has guest speakers or comedians to entertain students in the evenings.
Student Activities Offered
  • Campus ministries
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • International student organization
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Model UN
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student newspaper
  • Student-run film society
  • Symphony orchestra
  • Yearbook
Air Force ROTC: No
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: No

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 29 responses

Very poor
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 12 responses

  • 24% Class and Charter Day
  • 17% Farm Party
  • 14% The Citrus Bowl
  • 10% Hogwarts at Hamilton
  • 10% 46 Peaks
  • 7% Holi
  • 3% Humans Vs Zombies
  • 3% 70s party
  • 3% Orientation
  • 3% Halloween
  • 3% Streaking Team

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 11 responses

  • 29% Walk in the snow
  • 14% Climb trees
  • 14% Hang out at the diner
  • 14% Long walks in the glen
  • 14% Sit in opus
  • 5% Hang out on minor field
  • 5% No one climbs trees.
  • 5% Run in glen

How accommodating is this school to students with physical disabilities?    Based on 11 responses

  • 27% Very accommodating. The school does everything in their power to make sure the needs of every student are met.
  • 27% Pretty accommodating. The school has taken a lot of steps to accommodate the needs of students, but they've missed a few things.
  • 36% Slightly accommodating. The school has taken a few steps to accommodate students, but not nearly enough.
  • 9% Not accommodating. Students with physical disabilities are practically ignored here.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 25 responses

  • 48% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.
  • 48% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 4% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 0% I hate my school and have no school spirit.


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