Hamilton College

Clinton, NY

Get to know Hamilton College

School Profile

College Town campus setting

2,000 undergraduate students

480 first-year students

14% first-generation

Students hail from 47 U.S. states and 51 countries


12% applicants admitted

86% in top 10% of high school class

SAT: 1440-1520

ACT Composite: 33-34


58 areas of study and 45 majors

Student-to-faculty ratio 9:1

74% of classes have 19 or fewer students 

Introduction to Hamilton College

Hamilton College, located in Clinton, New York, is the third oldest college in New York State. It occupies a 1,350-acre hilltop campus and is within a 4-5 hour drive of New York, Boston, Philadelphia, and Toronto.

Hamilton is a national leader for teaching students to write effectively, think for themselves, and learn from each other. The College’s open curriculum differentiates Hamilton from most other liberal arts colleges, because you will take courses and pursue (or discover!) passions because they interest you, not because you are required to do so. You'll be supported by a robust, integrated advising program –  to craft a four year plan including an ALEX (Advise, Learn, EXperience) advisor and a faculty advisor – to help you navigate all of the resources, services, and programs available to you., Within your academic program, you can pursue a multitude of opportunities such as studying abroad, conducting independent research, and participating in an internship to explore a career interest. Hamilton provides an increasing number of opportunities for students to engage in significant research at the undergraduate level. Generous funding is available from the College for summer research and internships.

The College’s tight-knit community is welcoming and diverse. Hamilton brings people together from different backgrounds, perspectives, and interests, making the campus an incredibly engaging place to study and live. Outside of the classroom, students can choose to participate from among 1,200 concerts, lectures, workshops, debates, sporting events, and volunteer activities hosted each year. The campus is also a short distance from Utica, a major resettlement community for refugees, and Syracuse, which allows students to explore the rich variety of ethnic, cultural, and community engagement opportunities in the region.

60 %

of students spend at least one semester studying abroad or off campus.

The College has highly regarded academic centers for writingspeaking, and public policy. Hamilton's faculty identifies eight educational goals they expect every student to fulfill. 90% of seniors had one or more Writing Center conferences during their four years at Hamilton.

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