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Hamilton College

Clinton, New York

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Hamilton College overview
Location Clinton, New York
Online hamilton.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Rural Fringe
Hamilton College overview
Size Small
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad
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Hamilton College, founded in 1812 and located in Clinton, New York, is a private liberal arts college known for its rigorous academic curriculum and open curriculum structure allowing students greater academic freedom. Set in a rural, 1,350-acre campus with a notable collection of Regency and Federal architecture, Hamilton is approximately 45 miles from Syracuse and 90 miles from Albany. The college has a tradition of emphasizing writing and speaking as cornerstone values, reflected in its highly regarded communication and rhetoric studies. As a residential college, Hamilton offers a variety of housing options, including traditional dormitories and themed houses where students live and learn together around a particular focus. With a commitment to accessibility and diversity, Hamilton maintains a need-blind admission policy with a highly selective application process. While not broadly known for athletics, the school competes at the NCAA Division III level and is a member of the New England Small College Athletic Conference with the team name "The Continentals."

In the most recent statistical year 9,899 prospective students applied, and 1,166 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 478 enrolled in the school.  2,070 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 2 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $62,050 plus fees of $620. Hamilton College is ranked 28 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












Hamilton College is rated within the top 7% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 10 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Hamilton College overview
SAT 1420/1540
ACT 33/34
Estimated GPA 3.87

Applications Accepted

Hamilton College overview
Applications Due Jan 5, 2024
Applicant Competition Very High
Application Fee $60

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for Hamilton College
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$800
Other Fees$620
Room and Board $15,910
Budget for Other Expenses$1,000
Total One Year Cost$80,380

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$79,000 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

89% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Hamilton College students
Subject Percent of Class
Social Sciences 28%
Foreign Languages 11%
Biology 8%
Visual and Performing Arts 7%
Mathematics 6%

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=191515 IPEDS survey data for Hamilton College.

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