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4 College Freshman

Diversity: They try their best to admit a variety of people. No matter what, people are super accepting of anyone.

3 College Junior

Diversity: Too much forced on people.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: For me a don't see acceptance as a problem but there are those on campus who believe it is an issue

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: There is diversity on campus, but personally I would like more. People are accepting but there are some who are not as accepting.

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4 College Freshman

Diversity: There are a significant number of international students as well as a very public LGBT community. Overall, people here are generally accepting of racial diversity on campus, with the exception of a handful of individuals.

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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.

Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • Connecticut
  • Foreign countries
  • Massachusetts
  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 2%
18-19: 47%
20-21: 45%
22-24: 5%
25+: 0%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 6%
Asian American: 8%
Hispanic: 3%
International: 0%
Native American: 1%
White: 82%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
The majority of the campus is very accepting of the gay community, even though it is a fairly silent presence. However, some individuals are quite active in promoting, understanding, and supporting all sexual preferences, and they are rarely ridiculed. Pride is one support group that is highly confidential, and members include students that have not come out to the general population. Meetings are private and take place in a secret location. The Rainbow Alliance is a more public group. They celebrate differences by hosting parties, and they are best known for the work done in preparation for National Coming Out Day. Things really changed after some homophobic behavior caused an uproar on campus after a student’s life was threatened for his sexual choices. The majority of Hamilton students, faculty, and staff have banded together in protest against the minority of students making our campus feel unsafe for people who don’t conform to what they believe is normal and acceptable behavior. A handful of threatened students have chosen to leave, and more have opted to stay, believing that the fight is worth their overall experience.
Political Activity
Most Hamilton students consider themselves liberals, both politically and socially. On-campus political activity can range from collecting care packages for troops abroad to attending peace rallies in New York City or DC. However, there is also a sizable portion of the student body that has earned Hamilton a reputation for apathy. Current events become old news quickly, and life on the Hill seems to continue without pause.
Economic Status
Students generally come from an upper-middle-class background. A fair amount of students come from private schools or the top public schools in the nation.
Most Common Religions
The majority religion at Hamilton is Christianity, although most students do not actively identify with any religion. As a nondenominational college, the Chapel holds a variety of services. There is a Protestant minister, a Catholic priest, and a Jewish rabbi that visit the campus each weekend. Students also take the Jitney downtown to attend any of the services offered in the area. Other spiritual groups use the Chapel for meditation or discussion as well.
Minority Clubs on Campus
Asian Cultural Society, Brothers, Black Student Union, International Students Association, La Vanguardia, Middle East Union, Native American Studies and Students Association, Tropical Sol, West Indian and African Association

Student Polls

Have you changed your political affiliation since you started college?    Based on 5 responses

  • 100% No
  • 0% Yes, Democrat to Republican
  • 0% Yes, Democrat to Independent/Other Party
  • 0% Yes, Republican to Democrat
  • 0% Yes, Republican to Independent/Other Party
  • 0% Yes, Independent/Other Party to Democrat
  • 0% Yes, Independent/Other Party to Republican

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 21 responses

  • 19% Progressive/very liberal
  • 29% Liberal
  • 19% Moderate
  • 14% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 14% Libertarian
  • 5% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 20 responses

  • 15% Progressive/very liberal
  • 35% Liberal
  • 45% Moderate
  • 5% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 0% Libertarian
  • 0% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 19 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How diverse is your personal circle of friends in the following areas?    Based on 19 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

Have you changed your political views since starting college?    Based on 5 responses

  • 60% No
  • 0% Yes, I became a lot more liberal.
  • 40% Yes, I became a little more liberal.
  • 0% Yes, I became a lot more conservative.
  • 0% Yes, I became a little more conservative.

What political party do you associate yourself with?    Based on 5 responses

  • 20% Republican
  • 20% Democratic
  • 40% Independent
  • 0% Other party not mentioned
  • 20% I don't care about politics

Have your religious views changed since you started college?    Based on 5 responses

  • 80% No, my religious views have stayed the same.
  • 0% Yes. I've become more religious, but I'm still affiliated with the same religion.
  • 0% Yes. I've become more religious and have changed my religious affiliation.
  • 20% Yes. I've become less religious, but I'm still affiliated with the same religion.
  • 0% Yes. I've become less religious and have changed my religious affiliation.

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 6 responses

  • 83% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 17% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 0% Somewhat accepted. LGBT students aren't necessarily out and proud on campus, for fear of intolerance.
  • 0% Not accepted. LGBT students generally stay quiet.

How important is religion in your life?    Based on 5 responses

  • 0% Very important. I regularly attend religious services and also participate in related clubs/organizations.
  • 20% Important. I regularly attend religious services.
  • 0% Somewhat important. I sometimes attend religious services.
  • 80% Not important. I don't affiliate with any religion.

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 20 responses

  • 35% Very accepting.
  • 60% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 5% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 0% It's hard to be a minority here.
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