Historically Black College/University?
Common States of Residence
- New Jersey
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 2%
African American: 6%
Asian American: 8%
Native American: 1%
The majority of the campus is very accepting of the gay community, even though it is a fairly silent presence. However, some individuals are quite active in promoting, understanding, and supporting all sexual preferences, and they are rarely ridiculed. Pride is one support group that is highly confidential, and members include students that have not come out to the general population. Meetings are private and take place in a secret location. The Rainbow Alliance is a more public group. They celebrate differences by hosting parties, and they are best known for the work done in preparation for National Coming Out Day. Things really changed after some homophobic behavior caused an uproar on campus after a student’s life was threatened for his sexual choices. The majority of Hamilton students, faculty, and staff have banded together in protest against the minority of students making our campus feel unsafe for people who don’t conform to what they believe is normal and acceptable behavior. A handful of threatened students have chosen to leave, and more have opted to stay, believing that the fight is worth their overall experience.
Most Hamilton students consider themselves liberals, both politically and socially. On-campus political activity can range from collecting care packages for troops abroad to attending peace rallies in New York City or DC. However, there is also a sizable portion of the student body that has earned Hamilton a reputation for apathy. Current events become old news quickly, and life on the Hill seems to continue without pause.
Students generally come from an upper-middle-class background. A fair amount of students come from private schools or the top public schools in the nation.
Most Common Religions
The majority religion at Hamilton is Christianity, although most students do not actively identify with any religion. As a nondenominational college, the Chapel holds a variety of services. There is a Protestant minister, a Catholic priest, and a Jewish rabbi that visit the campus each weekend. Students also take the Jitney downtown to attend any of the services offered in the area. Other spiritual groups use the Chapel for meditation or discussion as well.
Minority Clubs on Campus
Asian Cultural Society, Brothers, Black Student Union, International Students Association, La Vanguardia, Middle East Union, Native American Studies and Students Association, Tropical Sol, West Indian and African Association