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5 College Freshman

Local Area: Clinton is cute. If you want a city atmosphere obviously this is not your place, but it has everything one would need and is beautiful.

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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

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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3 College Junior

Local Area: Clinton is quite small for students to explore... I think Utica is a better place for students to learn about and get involved with community service and academic research.

3 College Junior

Local Area: It's a freaking village. What do you people want me to say?

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If you are looking for a bustling urban center, Hamilton College is not the school for you. The middle of central New York is predominantly farmland and lacks the excitement of a big city. Some students begin their four years at Hamilton without fully understanding this fact. It has been a problem, especially for first-years who lack the mobility of a car to escape. In the winter, options for entertainment are limited to College-sponsored events. With feet of snow outside, life in a rural setting can quickly become tiresome.

At first glance, this area of the country is economically depressed and uninviting. Parts of the Utica area seem to be in a perpetual state of disrepair, and the remaining skeletal buildings left over from its bustling days of industry can make the city seem like an empty shell in the dead of winter. Many students choose to stay on the Hill or in the village of Clinton for the bulk of their free time. Occasionally, parties and drinking have gotten out of hand, which has earned Hamilton students a poor reputation in the eyes of the local residents. In the past few years, a lot has been done to ease tensions between town and gown. Grumbles surface about alcohol-related incidents and noise, but the relationship between the local community and college is strengthening. That said, most students come to love their surroundings. Utica does have charm; all it takes is a little perseverance and exploration. Limited, enjoyable nightlife does exist in the city: the Stanley Performing Arts Center, and a number of bars, clubs, and cheap ethnic restaurants offer a number of options. Clinton has an exceedingly small number of entertainment venues, but they give the college students looking for a brief respite from the Hill a place to go. Additionally, the campus itself does host events; those students who take advantage of the options presented to them find they have more than enough to keep themselves busy.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. The Sterile Cuckoo (1969) was filmed in Clinton.
  2. Grover Cleveland attended private boarding school in Clinton as a boy.
  3. Clinton used to be a mining town. Local Native Americans had used local hematite for war paint.
  4. In 1887, two Hamilton graduates founded Bristol-Myers Company on West Park Row.
  5. Clara Barton, founder of the American Red Cross, resided in Clinton for many years.
Notable Natives
Elihu Root - former U.S. senator and diplomat, secretary of state, and 1912 Nobel Peace Prize winner.
Points of Interest
  • Adirondack Scenic Railroad
  • Enchanted Forest amusement park
  • Glimmerglass Opera
  • Herkimer Diamond Mines
  • International Boxing Hall of Fame
  • Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute
  • National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
  • National Distance Running Hall of Fame
  • Stanley Performing Arts Center
  • Utica Club Brewery Tour
  • Utica Zoo
Shopping Centers
  • Carousel Center
  • Sangertown Square
Movie Theaters
Marquee Cinemas
20 Ellinwood Dr.
New Hartford
(315) 768-3180
Movie Theaters
Uptown Theatre
2014 Genesee St.
(315) 797-0020
Major Sports Teams
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Boston: MA: 4 hours
  • New York City: NY: 4 hours
  • Syracuse: NY: 45 minutes
Did You Know?
  • Elihu Root's birthplace is now the College's administrative headquarters, Buttrick Hall.
  • General Grant spent his summers on the hill. His family home is now one of the buildings owned by Hamilton.

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 25 responses

Very poor
  • Cost of living
  • Dining
  • Friendliness of locals toward students
  • Museums/cultural attractions
  • Nightlife
  • Parking
  • Parks and recreation
  • Professional sports
  • Safety
  • Scenery
  • Shopping
  • Transportation

What is the local atmosphere like at your school?    Based on 27 responses

  • 0% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.
  • 11% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 67% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 4% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 19% Painfully remote.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 27 responses

  • 30% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.
  • 48% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 22% There aren't any nearby schools.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 27 responses

  • 7% Totally.
  • 26% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 67% No way.


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