Hamilton College


Enrollment: 1,851.

Student Body: 53% female, 47% male, 67% out-of-state, 5% international (40 countries represented). Asian 8%, African American 4%, Caucasian 68%, Hispanic 5%, Native American 1%.

Retention and Graduation: 96% freshmen return for sophomore year. 83% freshmen graduate within 4 years. 18% grads go on to further study within 1 year. 11% grads pursue arts and sciences degrees. 4% grads pursue law degrees. 1% grads pursue business degrees. 1% grads pursue medical degrees.

Faculty: Student/faculty ratio 10:1. 177 full-time faculty, 97% hold PhDs, 16% are members of minority groups, 41% are women.


Degrees: Bachelors.

Classes: Most classes have 10-19 students. Most lab/discussion sessions have 10-19 students.

Majors with Highest Enrollment: Economics; political science and government; psychology.

Special Study Options: Accelerated program, cross-registration, double major, English as a Second Language (ESL), independent study, internships, student-designed major, study abroad, 3-2 program in Engineering with Columbia University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and Washington University (St. Louis); 3-3 program in Law with Columbia University. Combined degree programs: BA/JD, BA/MEng, Cooperative Program with Columbia University. Special programs offered to physically disabled students include note-taking services, reader services, tape recorders, tutors.

Career services: Alumni network, alumni services, career/ job search classes, career assessment, internships, regional alumni.

Career services highlights include: The Summer Internship Fund, launched with a $1.6 million endowment in 2006, provides cost-of-living stipends each summer to a number of undergraduates who accept unpaid internships in any career field.


Housing: Coed dorms, special housing for disabled students, apartments for married students, cooperative housing, apartments for single students, wellness housing.

Special Academic Facilities/Equipment: Art gallery, language lab, fitness center, observatory, two electron microscopes. Arthur Levitt Public Affairs Center.

Computers: 100% of classrooms, 100% of dorms, 100% of libraries, 100% of dining areas, 100% of student union, 100% of common outdoor areas have wireless network access. Students can register for classes online. Administrative functions (other than registration) can be performed online.


Environment: Rural.

Activities: Choral groups, concert band, dance, drama/ theater, jazz band, literary magazine, music ensembles, musical theater, radio station, student government, student newspaper, student-run film society, symphony orchestra, yearbook, campus ministries, international student organization, Model UN.

Organizations: 117 registered organizations, 8 honor societies, 4 religious organizations. 11 fraternities, 7 sororities.

Athletics (Intercollegiate): Men: Baseball, basketball, crew/rowing, cross-country, diving, football, golf, ice hockey, lacrosse, soccer, squash, swimming, tennis, track/field (outdoor), track/field (indoor). Women: Basketball, crew/rowing, cross-country, diving, field hockey, ice hockey, lacrosse, soccer, softball, squash, swimming, tennis, track/field (outdoor), track/field (indoor), volleyball.

On-Campus Highlights: Blood Fitness and Dance Center, Kirner-Johnson Commons, Outdoor Leadership Center/Root Glen, Science Center, Cafe Opus. Environmental Initiatives: Academic initiatives associated with Hamilton’s new Environmental Studies major (2005), and various research related projects. Charter signatory to the President s Climate Commitment, which is actively implementing various administrative and logistical programs to meet and eventually go beyond the minimum participation requirements. Robust sustainable construction and renovation program that pursues LEED silver certification or comparable, including 3 on-campus renewable energy systems in 2008—2 photovoltaic solar arrays, and 1 wind turbine (46kw cumulative).


Freshman Academic Profile: 80% in top 10% of high school class, 97% in top 25% of high school class, 100% in top 50% of high school class. 57% from public high schools. SAT Math middle 50% range 650-730. SAT Critical Reading middle 50% range 660-740. SAT Writing middle 50% range 650-740. ACT middle 50% range 28-31.

Basis for Candidate Selection: Very important factors considered include: Class rank, academic GPA, rigor of secondary school record. Important factors considered include: Application essay, recommendation(s), standardized test scores, character/personal qualities, extracurricular activities, interview. Other factors considered include: Alumni/ae relation, first generation, geographical residence, level of applicants interest, racial/ethnic status, talent/ability, volunteer work, work experience.

Freshman Admission Requirements: High school diploma is required and GED is accepted. Academic units recommended: 4 English, 3 mathematics, 3 science, 3 foreign language, 3 social studies.

Freshman Admission Statistics: 4,857 applied, 29% admitted, 33% enrolled.

Transfer Admission Requirements: High school transcript, college transcript(s), essay or personal statement, standardized test scores, statement of good standing from prior institution(s). Lowest grade transferable C.

General Admission Information: Application fee $75. Early decision application deadline 11/15. Regular application deadline 1/1. Regular notification 4/1. Nonfall registration accepted. Admission may be deferred for a maximum of 2 years. Credit and/or placement offered for CEEB Advanced Placement tests.


Average book expense $1,150.

Required Forms and Deadlines: FAFSA, institution s own financial aid form, CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE, state aid form, noncustodial PROFILE, business/farm supplement. Financial aid filing deadline 2/8. Priority financial aid filing date 2/8.

Notification of Awards: Applicants will be notified of awards on or about 4/1.

Types of Aid: Need-based scholarships/grants: Federal Pell, SEOG, state scholarships/grants, private scholarships, the school’s own gift aid. Loans: FFEL Subsidized Stafford, FFEL Unsubsidized Stafford, FFEL PLUS, Federal Perkins, college/university loans from institutional funds.

Student Employment: Federal Work-Study Program available. Institutional employment available. Highest amount earned per year from on-campus jobs $1,800.

Financial Aid Statistics: 44% freshmen, 41% undergrads receive need-based scholarship or grant aid. 36% freshmen, 35% undergrads receive need-based self-help aid. 56.22% freshmen, 56.67% undergrads receive any aid. 46% undergrads borrow to pay for school. Average cumulative indebtedness $19,466.

Criteria for awarding institutional aid: Non-need-based: State/district residency.

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