Hamilton CollegeHamilton 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 over 1,900 students.

Hamilton offers 43 majors (or concentrations as they’re called there) in 57 different subjects. The most popular majors include: social sciences; mathematics and statistics; biology/biological sciences; liberal arts/general studies; and foreign languages, literatures, and linguistics. Class sizes remain small with a student to faculty ratio of 9 to 1. About 78% 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.

Hamilton College buildingIn 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 advisers 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 campusHamilton College also has an active Greek presence, with ten fraternities and seven sororities. About 21% of men belong to a fraternity and 15% 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.


Acceptance Rate

Hamilton acceptance rate

Class Standing

Hamilton top 10% in high school

SAT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)

Hamilton College SAT score range

ACT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)

Hamilton College ACT test score

Application Deadlines

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.)

Admissions Information

Freshmen Admissions
Number of applicants: 8,339
Enrolled: 473
Yield: 34.6%
Acceptance rate: 16.4%

Early Decision Admissions
Number of ED applicants: 582
Admitted: 241
ED acceptance rate: 41.4%

Waitlist Admission Statistics
Number of waitlisted applicants: 1,062
Admitted off the waitlist: 21
Waitlist acceptance rate: 2.0%

Transfer Admissions
Number of transfer applicants: 202
Admitted transfer applicants: 46
Transfer acceptance rate: 22.8%

Average GPA: N/A
Top 10% of High School: 83%

Middle SAT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)
SAT Composite: 1410-1510
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing: 670-740
SAT Math: 700-780

Middle ACT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)
ACT Composite: 32-34

Standardized Test Requirements

Hamilton does not require the SAT/ACT SAT/ACT not required

Hamilton College does not require the writing portion Writing portion not required

Hamilton College does not require the SAT subject tests SAT Subject Tests not required

Score Card

Graduation Rates

Hamilton graduation rate

Loan Defaults and Rhodes Scholars

Hamilton College score card

Salary After Attending

R&D Expenditures

Campus Safety

Score Card Information

Graduation Rates
4 years: 89.2%
5 years: 92.5%
6 years: 93.3%

Transferred to another school: 4%

Loan default rate: 0.4%

Total Rhodes Scholars: 5

Salary after attending: $60,200

R&D Expenditures: $2.35 million

Campus Safety
Sex offenses: 17
Robberies: 0
Aggravated assaults: 0
Burglaries: 1
Car thefts: 0

Financial Aid

Net Cost and Total Expected Cost of Attendance

Hamilton College financial aid

Average Net Price By Income

Student Debt

Additional Information

Tuition, room and board (2020-2021): $73,370

Total estimated cost of attendance (2020-2021): $76,670

Net Cost
Average: $29,117

By income
$0 to $30,000: $7,942
$30,001 to $48,000: $11,385
$48,001 to $75,000: $17,205
$75,001 to $110,000: $24,058
$110,001 and more: $41,786

Graduates with student debt: 44%

Average student debt at graduation: $17,292

Student Body

Student Residence

Undergraduate Class Sizes

Hamilton College undergraduate class sizes

Student to Faculty Ratio

Hamilton College student to faculty ratio

Student Population

Additional Information

Student to Faculty Ratio: 9 to 1

Women: 53%

Undergraduate Class Sizes
Under 20: 78%
20 to 39: 20%
40 to 99: 2%
100+: 0%

Student Population
Total: 1,924 (all undergraduate)

Student Residence
In State: 22%
Out of State: 70%
International: 8%

Hamilton College student population

Hamilton College seal

Hamilton College

This page was last updated in November 2020.