Hamilton College

Campus Description

Originally founded in 1793 as the Hamilton-Oneida Academy and rechartered in 1812 as the third oldest college in New York State, Hamilton occupies a 1,350-acre hilltop campus overlooking the New England-style Village of Clinton, New York, in close proximity to the Adirondack Park.

Over the past decade, Hamilton has invested almost $250 million in academic and co-curricular facilities, including a $17 million teaching museum of art (2012) and a $46.8 million theatre and studio arts building (2014). New facilities for the social sciences (2009), squash (2006), outdoor leadership (2006), fitness and dance (2006), and a new student center (2010) have also been added in the past decade. An apartment-style residence hall opened in 2015.

Hamilton provides its 1,850 students with an environment where they can find their voice. As a national leader for teaching students to write and speak effectively, learn from each other and think for themselves, Hamilton produces graduates who have the knowledge, skills and confidence to make their own voices heard on important issues.

A key component of the Hamilton experience is the College's open, yet rigorous liberal arts curriculum. In place of distribution requirements that are common at most colleges, Hamilton gives its students freedom to choose courses that reflect their unique interests and plans. Faculty advisors assist students in planning a coherent and highly individualized academic program; in fact, close student-faculty relationships are a distinguishing characteristic of the College, but ultimately students at Hamilton take responsibility for their own future.

Part of that future includes a lifelong relationship with the College. Hamilton alumni are exceptionally loyal and passionate supporters of their alma mater and the students and faculty who live and work on College Hill. That support manifests itself through internships, speaking and mentoring on campus, job-shadowing opportunities and philanthropic support.

198 College Hill Rd., Clinton, NY 13323

Toll-free 800.843.2655 or 315.859.4421

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Degrees Offered



Varsity Sports: Women's: basketball, crew, cross country, field hockey, golf, ice hockey, lacrosse, soccer, softball, squash, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, volleyball. Men's: baseball, basketball, crew, cross country, football, golf, ice hockey, lacrosse, soccer, squash, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field.

Intramural Sports: Coed: badminton, basketball, beach volleyball, cross country skiing, football, golf, ice hockey, indoor soccer, inner tube water polo, kickball, racquetball, soccer, softball, squash, tennis, volleyball.

Club Sports: Women's: figure skating, rugby. Men's: ice hockey, rugby, water polo. Coed: curling, cycling, equestrian, fencing, sailing, skiing, ultimate frisbee.

Clubs and Activities

Active Minds, AHI Undergraduate Fellows, Alcohol & Controlled Substances Committee, Al-Ham, Alpha Chi Lambda, Alpha Delta Phi, Alpha Theta Chi, Alternative Spring Break, American Sign Language Club, American/Chinese Exchange, Amnesty International, Arabic & Middle East Club, Archery Club, Asian Cultural Society, Ballroom Dancing Club, Bike Co-op, Black and Latino Student Union, Blue Vinyl, Bowling Club, Bridge And Pinochle Club, Brothers Organization, Buffers, Campus Activities Board, Capoeira Club, Casually Gourmet, Challah For Hunger, Chess Club, Chi Psi Fraternity, Christian Fellowship, Christopher Dawson Society, Classics Club, Climbing Team, College Democrats, College Republicans, Consulting Club, Continental, Culinary Society, Cultural Affairs Committee, Daily Bull, Dance Team, Debate Society, Delta Chi, Delta Kappa Epsilon, Delta Phi, Delta Upsilon, Dinner Party Club, DJ Club, Duel Observer, Duelly Noted, Emerson Literary Society, Entrepreneur Club, Face AIDS, Fellowship Of Christian Athletes, Feminists Of Color Collective, Film Production Guild, Finesse Step Team, Fishing Club, Fitness Club, French Club, Gaming Club, Gamma Xi, Geologic Society, German Club, Gil Hamiltoniani Amici Della Cultura Italiana, Global Health Organization, GNAR club, Greek Philanthropy Union, Green Apple, Grilling Club, Habitat For Humanity, HALT, HamilKorf, Hamilton Against Hunger, Hamilton College Secular Society, Hamilton College Technology Committee, Hamilton College TV, Hamilton Spirituality Initiative, Hamilton Survivors, HAVOC, HEAG, HEAT, Her Campus, Hillel, Hogwarts At Hamilton, Hunt & Dressage, Independent Music Fund, International Justice Mission, International Students Association, Juggling Club, Kappa Delta Omega, Kappa Sigma Alpha, Karaoke Club, Knitters Without A Cause, La Vanguardia - Latinos Unidos, Lambda Upsilon Lambda, LiNK, Madrigal Choir, Marathon Canoeing Racing Team, Marcy Prison Project, Media Board, Meditation Club, Micro-Finance Club, Mixed Martial Arts Club, Mock Trial, Model EU, Model United Nations, Muslim Students Association, National Eating Disorder Awareness Week (NEDAW), Newman Council, No More Deaths, One Heart With Africa, Open Mic Night, Operation Smile, Outing Club, Paintball, Peer Advocate Program, People Who Like To Do Fun Things, Phi Beta Chi, Philanthrophy Committee, Photography Society, Ping Pong Club, Pre-Law Society, Pre-Professional Health Careers Club, Psi Upsilon, Publius Society, Quiz Bowl. Rainbow Alliance, React To Film, Red Weather, Roleplaying Club, Running Club, Safe Zone, SAVES, Scaninavian Club, Scottish Country Dancing, Sigma Lambda Upsilon, Sigma Phi, Ski & Snowboard Club, Slow Food, Social Traditions Committee, South Asian Students Association, Spanish Club, Special K, Spectator, STAND, Student Assembly, Student Athletic Advisory Committee, Student Dance Alliance, Student Interest Committee, Student Music Union, Student Stand-up Club, Tau Kappa Epsilon, Teach For America, The Hamiltones, The LDRers, The Naturalist Club, The Post-Structuralists Club, The Topical, Theta Delta Chi, Thought Into Action, Tropical Sol, Tumbling After, Untitled @ Large, Video Game Club, Voices of Color Lecture Series, Waterkeeper Alliance, WHCL - Hamilton College Radio, Women In Technology, Womyn's Center, Woollcott Cooperative, Writer's Bloc, Yodapez, Yoga Club, Young People's Project.

Featured Programs

In the fall of 2014, Hamilton College was designated a Changemaker Campus by Ashoka U, the higher education program of Ashoka, an international organization that promotes social innovation to solve society's most persistent social issues. The designation recognizes Hamilton for being a leader in social innovation education among an exclusive network of only 30 colleges and universities worldwide. As a member of the Changemaker Campus consortium, Hamilton students and faculty members have access to the Ashoka network of social entrepreneurs and fellows worldwide. Hamilton is also a member of the Clinton Global Initiative, which convenes global leaders to create and implement innovative solutions to the world's most pressing challenges.

Enrollment for Fall 2015

Undergraduate (Matriculated): 1,861 (Full-time: 908 men, 953 women; Part-time: 0 men, 0 women)
Graduate (Matriculated): N/A
96% enrolled in top quarter of high school class
77% enrolled in top 10% of high school class
SAT verbal range: 650 – 740
SAT math range: 660 – 730
ACT range: 31 – 33

Campus Demographics

 Undergraduate StudentsGraduate Students
% Black / African American4.6%n/a
% Asian7.5%n/a
% Hispanic / Latino7.5%n/a
% White, Non-Hispanic63.5%n/a
% American Indian / Alaskan Native0.1%n/a
% Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander0%n/a
% International / Nonresident Alien5.8%n/a
% Two or more races3.4%n/a
% Unknown Race / Ethnicity7.7%n/a

Tuition Information for 2015-2016

Tuition & Fees:
$49,500 per year, or $6,188 per credit
Tuition Only:
Room & Board:
$12,570 (students required to live in college-approved housing)
Room Only:

Admission/Application Deadlines

Freshmen Applications:
fall- January 1, early decision November 15; spring- n/a
Transfer Applications:
fall- April 15; spring- November 15

Financial Aid Deadlines

Financial Aid Deadlines for Freshmen:
February 15
Financial Aid Deadlines for Transfers:
fall- April 15; spring- November 15

Application Requirements

Freshmen: HS transcripts; SAT, 3 SAT Subject Tests, or ACT; personal essay; interview recommended; fee.
Transfers: Official college transcript.
Average Financial Aid Package: