Hamilton College is a small liberal arts school located in Clinton, New York. The campus is combined with Kirkland College on about 1,300 acres of rural land. The school was originally founded as a boys’ school in 1793, but became a college in 1812. Hamilton started accepting women in 1978. Since then, it has been deemed a “Little Ivy” school as well as a “Best Value” college because of its need-blind admissions process. This means that the college meets the full financial need of every student they accept. There are currently just under 1,900 students.
Hamilton offers bachelor degrees in more than 50 subjects. The most popular majors include: economics, mathematics, biology/biological sciences; political science and government; and psychology. Class sizes remain small with a student to faculty ratio of 9 to 1. About 75% of classes have less than 20 students. Hamilton differs from other colleges in that they don’t have a set curriculum for students. This ‘open’ study plan means that students have complete control over what classes they take.
In order to graduate, students are required to take a quantitative and symbolic reasoning course and a writing seminar. However, these requirements can be fulfilled in a variety of classes. Faculty members help students devise a course of action for their studies, which also helps students form relationships with their faculty advisors and professors.
There are many opportunities outside of the classroom as well. About half of all Hamilton students study abroad through one of the 180 programs around the world. Hamilton College has sister schools in Spain, India, France and China. On-campus, there is a lively community spirit, because generally 100% of students live in college housing in a variety of options like suites, apartments, and dorms.
Hamilton College also has an active Greek presence, with 11 fraternities, 7 sororities and one co-ed society. About 26% of men belong to a fraternity and 18% of women belong to a sorority. There are also many student-run organizations, in a wide range of topics from The Coloring Book Club to the Yodapez comedy troupe. Hamilton also holds many annual events like the winter carnival, FabFest, and the spring outdoor concert festival, May Day. The school competes in the NCAA Division III New England Small College Athletic Conference. There are 29 sports for men and women.
Although the college is in a rural setting, it is only 45 minutes from Syracuse and 90 minutes from Albany. Students who are interested in more flexibility in choosing their curriculum should investigate Hamilton’s programs. Hamilton College should also be considered if students are in need of financial assistance during their undergraduate education.
Early decision 1: Nov. 15 (Applicants notified by Dec. 15.)
Early decision 2: Jan. 1 (Applicants notified by Feb. 15.)
Regular decision: Jan. 1 (Applicants notified by Apr. 1.)
Number of applicants: 5,230
Acceptance rate: 23.6%
Early Decision Admissions
Number of applicants: 578
ED acceptance rate: 41.5%
Waitlist Admission Statistics
Number of waitlisted applicants: 475
Admitted off the waitlist: 47
Waitlist acceptance rate: 9.9%
Number of transfer applicants: 177
Admitted transfer applicants: 55
Transfer acceptance rate: 31.1%
Average GPA: N/A
Top 10% of High School: 65%
Middle SAT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)
SAT Critical Reading: 650-740
SAT Math: 650-740
SAT Writing: 650-740
Middle ACT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)
ACT Composite: 31-33
Standardized Test Requirements
Writing portion recommended
SAT Subject Tests recommended
Hamilton College employs a ‘flexible testing’ admissions model. Applicants must take the ACT, SAT or any three exams (ACT, SAT, AP, IB, TOEFL) of their choice as long as at least one of the test is quantitative and one other is a verbal/writing test.
4 years: 89%
5 years: 91%
6 years: 92%
Transferred to another school: 6%
Loan default rate: 0.5%
Total Rhodes Scholars: 5
Salary after attending: $54,800
Sex offenses: 8
Aggravated assaults: 2
Car thefts: 2
Tuition, room and board (2017-2018): $65,650
Total estimated cost of attendance (2017-2018): $69,670
|$0 to $30,000:||$8,631|
|$30,001 to $48,000:||$10,124|
|$48,001 to $75,000:||$9,788|
|$75,001 to $110,000:||$21,029|
|$110,001 and more:||$40,022|
Graduates with student debt: 45%
Average student debt at graduation: $21,491
Student to Faculty Ratio: 9 to 1
|Undergraduate Class Sizes|
|20 to 39:||21%|
|40 to 99:||4%|
Total: 1,879 (all undergraduate)
In State: 28%
Out of State: 66%
198 College Hill Road
Clinton, NY 13323
Phone: (315) 859-4011
This page was last updated in July 2017.
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