College Freshman 2013-09-24T15:39:01Z
There are a significant number of international students as well as a very public LGBT community. Overall, people here are generally accepting of racial diversity on campus, with the exception of a handful of individuals.
Recent Alumnus 2013-08-07T03:27:56Z
The campus is generally open to whatever evening activities you might plan up, but it can take a little bit of effort to not a party broken up every two hours. The bars downtown are homey and fantastic for getting bombed. Underage kids have a relatively easy time getting in. Some large dorms are known for having parties, people are known to have bonfires at around the glen, and access to illicit substances is essentially unrestricted. The administration periodically feigns an effort to restrict the nightlife, but Hamilton has traditionally had a very strong group of socially active students.
The administration is eliminating off campus housing, which will have an uncertain impact on the dynamic.
Recent Alumnus 2013-08-07T03:17:16Z
Hamilton has 4 fantastic seasons. The summers are great if you happen to be there or catch the warm days on the tail ends of the year. People go swimming in the local river and the golf course is always open. There is also a skeet and rifle range ~1 mile away open to the public. Winters are often very strong, and the area gets lake effect snow totaling about 140" per year. Lots of people go hiking in the school's glen and the campus generally embraces the weather.
College Sophomore 2013-07-15T18:54:21Z
Hamilton's Open Curriculum is one of my favorite things about the college. I have the freedom to choose my own classes and curriculum and I don't have to worry about taking a certain number of math/science/english courses. I am definitely not a math person and haven't taken a math class since high school! Since I'm not worrying about requirements all the time, I can take liberal arts classes like painting, classics, and comparative literature just for fun.
College Sophomore 2013-07-15T18:50:58Z
It's very easy to get around Hamilton and the surrounding areas. Our free jitney service takes students to the mall, grocery store, downtown, and pretty much anyplace else they need to go. As well as the jitney, we also have shuttles and buses. For vacations, Hamilton coordinates car pools, shuttles, and buses to take students where they need to go.
College Sophomore 2013-07-15T18:48:22Z
Hamilton has really been building up our athletic community these past couple years. We have a surprising amount of school spirit for such a small school, but I wouldn't say the whole campus revolves around sports. We are a very active campus, though, and students are VERY involved in club and intramural sports. Almost everyone I know is involved in some sort of athletic activity, whether it be club, intramural, or varsity.
College Sophomore 2013-07-03T09:51:14Z
Health & Safety:
No campus is truly isolated and safe but Hamilton takes security very seriously. They respond quickly to things and the staff is all very cordial and understanding of students
College Sophomore 2013-07-03T09:48:14Z
Facilities are fantastic. Hamilton has spent upward of $150 million in the past decade. Makes for a pretty eclectic mix of the old buildings and newer ones but the contrast is nice and in general the facilities are outstanding
College Sophomore 2013-07-03T09:31:38Z
Hamilton adopts the student athlete mentality. Each sport is taken seriously by it's athletes but there is not much in the way of school spirit or support for all the teams. The facilities are quite nice though
College Sophomore 2013-07-03T09:29:18Z
The science center is absolutely amazing. The new arts center will be even better. The facilities are fantastic
College Junior 2013-06-17T22:11:10Z
Snow is beautiful here, but the hills can get treacherous when icy.
College Sophomore 2013-05-20T16:08:40Z
All computer labs are always open. However, such labs are in high demand during finals week, so students have to plan accordingly. Printing on campus is easy and while there's no real need for a personal printer, having one doesn't hurt. On several occasions the printers in the computer labs were broken, out of paper, out of toner, you name it.
College Junior 2013-04-30T21:30:07Z
The college recently unveiled sweeping housing changes which they described as non-negotiable after extremely limited input from students. These changes include a plan to completely eliminate downtown housing as well as transferring many of the most widely sought after dorms to exclusively freshmen housing. Rather than having the opportunity to live in spacious quads as upperclassmen, many will be relegated to isolated singles as well as cramped triples and quads that were originally reserved for freshmen
Recent Alumnus 2013-03-14T01:26:26Z
Alcohol is everywhere and anywhere on campus. It does not take much for those under 21 to find where the dorm parties are. 99% of the time, upperclass purchase liquor for underclassmen. As far as drugs like Adderall, cocaine, and weed, students can easily get them as there are multiple sellers on campus.
Recent Alumnus 2013-03-14T01:14:56Z
Hamilton is very academically challenging. Hamilton expects a lot from their students. If you want to be challenged mentally its the place to go. Students leave Hamilton with strong writing and critical thinking skills.
College Junior 2013-02-16T22:32:32Z
I would say nightlife at Hamilton is for everyone. If you are 21 or older, there are plenty of parties you can go to/hold in people's dorms, including some all-campus parties. If you are not 21 or just don't drink, there are a ton of fun and exciting events held each weekend for students like movie nights, dances, or just game nights.
College Junior 2013-02-16T22:28:37Z
They have a huge number of Macs and PCs readily available in almost every academic building on campus, including in buildings with nice study spaces. The computers are up-to-date and fairly fast.
College Junior 2013-02-16T22:23:15Z
There are a variety of restaurants in the surrounding areas ranging from India to Asian to pizza places that are nice if you want to go out with friends and/or order in. The food is not terrible, not New York City quality, but still good and affordable.
College Sophomore 2013-02-04T07:20:16Z
Its alright. Kind of homogenous, but everyone gets along well. Definately a lot of white, rich, athletes around here. And there ares some diversity from the HEOP program, who are mostly minorities and from Bronx and such.
College Sophomore 2013-02-04T07:18:23Z
Health & Safety:
No one really feels dangerous here. Being a rural campus there is no outsie threat, and being a small, homey college no one gets violent. The campo patrols often, and even they are never out to get students. The EMPs are well organized and prompt.
College Sophomore 2013-02-04T07:15:56Z
snows a lot, very cold. Often a bit dreary. But mostly because of the snow and grayness during the winter. It is beautiful during fall and spring.
College Sophomore 2013-02-04T07:14:12Z
Getting into a major is not difficult in Hamilton college due to its open curriculum and liberal arts education principles. Sure, the work is hard, but meeting the requirements is not difficult.
I am considering majoring in Economics. I have to take several required courses, a interdisciplinary course like Economic History, and sometimes statistics depending on the focus.
As a senior you can decide to due either a seminar based project or write a thesis.
College Sophomore 2013-01-30T21:33:54Z
The campus shuttle are convenient than taking the public transportation.
College Junior 2013-01-30T17:48:16Z
The housing is amazing! Even as a freshman you can expect to have a pretty nice room.
College Junior 2013-01-30T17:47:28Z
The classes are great, even if you're the laziest students you can definitely learn a lot from every single class.
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