Hamilton College tries very hard to increase the diversity of our campus. The admissions office has been developing ties with inner-city students and extending their reach beyond the small New England towns. Athough Hamilton College does have the greatest amount of diversity among the NESCAC schools, most of the students are from upper-middle-class families and are white. Student organizations of many backgrounds have been working toward promoting diversity and acceptance. Most of the groups do host diverse activities, and attendance has been increasing. The Greek societies and diversity groups are beginning to work together, and responses have been overwhelmingly positive. Hopefully, in the coming years, Hamilton will become more and more diverse. The student body is very small, so even a minimal increase in numbers will make a big difference.
Even though the school does not necessarily represent a diverse community, Hamilton students are very accepting of racial differences. While racist and sexist problems do arise on campus, these incidents are very rare. Most students desire knowledge of different cultures and backgrounds and are particularly receptive to international students' past experiences and heritage.