Hamilton College: Narrative Description

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198 College Hill Rd.
Clinton, NY 13323-1296
Tel: (315)859-4011
Free: 800-843-2655
Admissions: (315)859-4421
Fax: (315)859-4124
E-mail: admissi[email protected]
Web Site: http://www.hamilton.edu/


Independent, 4-year, coed. Awards bachelor's degrees. Founded 1812. Setting: 1,200-acre small town campus. Endowment: $548 million. Research spending 2003-04: $1.2 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $18,235 per student. Total enrollment: 1,792. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 9:1. 4,445 applied, 34% were admitted. 68% from top 10% of their high school class, 91% from top quarter, 99% from top half. 5 National Merit Scholars, 12 valedictorians. Full-time: 1,766 students, 50% women, 50% men. Part-time: 26 students, 85% women, 15% men. Students come from 41 states and territories, 40 other countries, 62% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 4% Hispanic, 4% black, 5% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 5% international, 1% 25 or older, 98% live on campus, 1% transferred in. Retention: 94% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: social sciences and history; visual/performing arts; English. Calendar: semesters. ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, independent study, double major, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships. Off campus study at Colgate University, Syracuse University, Utica College of Syracuse University. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c), Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early admission, early decision, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, 1 recommendation, sample of expository prose, SAT and SAT Subject Tests or ACT. Recommended: interview. Entrance: very difficult. Application deadlines: 1/1, 11/15 for early decision. Notification: 4/1, 1/1 for early decision.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $50. Comprehensive fee: $39,525 includes full-time tuition ($31,500), mandatory fees ($200), and college room and board ($7825). College room only: $4125. Room and board charges vary according to board plan. Part-time tuition: $2900 per unit.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 80 open to all; national fraternities, local sororities; 34% of eligible men and 20% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: community service groups, Outing Club, student newspaper, club/intramural sports, performing arts groups. Major annual events: Fallcoming, Winter Carnival, Class and Charter Day. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access, student safety program. 1,750 college housing spaces available; 1,700 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through senior year. Option: coed housing available. Burke Library plus 3 others with 538,377 books, 419,461 microform titles, 3,585 serials, 52,051 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $3.3 million. 522 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Clinton, population 2,200, is a suburban community 10 miles southwest of Utica, population 75,600. The climate is temperate. Access via bus, rail, and air lines are through Utica. Nearby Kirkland has a library, five churches, an art center, a Chamber of Commerce, and civic, fraternal, and veteran's organizations. Hockey, skiing, camping, and ice skating are popular recreational activities in the area.

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