Hamilton College

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School Overview

Hamilton College is a private liberal arts college located in Clinton, New York. It was originally founded as an all-boys school, but it is now co-educational. It is a member of the “Little Ivies,” an unofficial group of elite private colleges. Hamilton College offers premier academic programs.

In addition to traditional undergraduate programs, Hamilton College permits students to individualize academic programs. Numerous student organizations are located on campus.

The following are undergraduate programs available at Hamilton College:

  • Astronomy
  • American Studies
  • Cinema
  • Chinese
  • Dance and Movement Studies
  • Creative Writing
  • Geoarchaeology
  • Medieval and Renaissance Studies
  • Law
  • Public Policy
  • Neuroscience
  • Psychology

Various non-academic opportunities are available to students at this school. A few of the unique student organizations located on campus include a ballroom dancing, fishing, cinema, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and culinary club. These are just a few examples of student organizations available at Hamilton College.

Admission is competitive at Hamilton College, but the admission committee considers non-academic factors when making admission decisions. Students who’ve participated in extra-curricular activities and volunteer work improve their chances of being admitted. Hamilton College prides itself on its individualized admission process.

Financial aid is available to qualifying students. Students who excel at academics and extra-curricular activities are often awarded large scholarships.

General Information

Admission Office

198 College Hill Road

Office of Admissions

Clinton, NY 13323-1293

(315) 859-4421

(800) 843-2655

Fax: (315) 859-4457

Contact: Monica Inzer

Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid
Main Address

198 College Hill Road

Clinton, NY 13323

(315) 859-4011


Total undergrads: 1,872

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 462

Degree-seeking undergrads: 1,834


Rural setting

Rural community (under 2,500)

Residential campus

Degrees offered:

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Annual Expenses 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
Tuition and fees $36,860 $38,600 $39,760 $41,280 +3.82%
Books and Supplies $1,300 $1,300 $1,300 $1,300 0.00%
Living Arrangement – On Campus
Room and Board $9,350 $9,810 $10,100 $10,480 +3.76%
Other $390 $500 $500 $500 0.00%
Living Arrangement – Off Campus
Room and Board $0 $0 $0 $0 0.00%
Other $0 $0 $0 $0 0.00%
Total Expenses 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
In-state On Campus $47,900 $50,210 $51,660 $53,560 +3.68%
In-state Off Campus $38,160 $39,900 $41,060 $42,580 +3.70%
In-state with Family $38,160 $39,900 $41,060 $42,580 +3.70%

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 231 50%
Grant or scholarship aid 203 44% $5,919,902 $29,162
• Federal grants 50 11% $274,528 $5,491
• Pell grants 50 11% $178,403 $3,568
• Other federal grants 43 9% $96,125 $2,235
State/local government grant or scholarships 77 17% $202,446 $2,629
Institutional grants or scholarships 195 42% $5,442,928 $27,912
Student loan aid 146 32% $663,859 $4,547
• Federal student loans 130 28% $481,075 $3,701
• Other student loans 25 5% $182,784 $7,311

All Degrees and Programs

Total of All Education Programs 561
Area, Gender, Cultural, Ethnic, and Group Studies 15
African-american/black Studies 3
American/united States Studies/civilization 2
Asian Studies/civilization 1
German Studies 2
Russian Studies 7
Women’s Studies
Biology and Biomedical Sciences 43
Biochemistry 7
Biology and Biological Sciences, General 21
Neuroscience 15
Computing and Information Sciences 7
Computer and Information Sciences 7
English Language, Composition and Literature/letters 31
Creative Writing 14
English Language and Literature 17
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 83
Chinese Language and Literature 24
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 14
Comparative Literature 11
Foreign Languages and Literatures 2
French Language and Literature 14
German Language and Literature 1
Hispanic and Latin American Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 17
History 24
History 24
Human Services 11
Public Policy Analysis 11
Mathematics and Statistics 36
Mathematics 36
Natural Resources and Conservation 5
Environmental Studies 5
Physical Sciences 46
Chemical Physics 3
Chemistry 14
Geological and Earth Sciences/geosciences, Other
Geology and Earth Science 22
Physics 7
Psychology 44
Psychology 44
Social Sciences 180
Anthropology 18
Archeology 2
Economics 73
International Relations and Affairs 25
Political Science and Government 38
Sociology 24
Visual and Performing Arts 36
Art History, Criticism and Conservation 12
Dance 1
Drama and Dramatics/theatre Arts 9
Fine/studio Arts 11
Music 3
Above data represents first majors only.
(-) Indicates that a program is not offered at this level.

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $75

Online application fee: Free
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 28%

Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 96%

Admissions Considerations
Secondary school GPA: Required
Secondary school rank: Recommended
Secondary school record: Required
Recommendations: Required
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT): Required
Other tests (WISC-III, Wonderlic, etc): Recommended
College-prep program completed: Required
TOEFL: Required

Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2011
Number of Applicants: 5,265
Percent Admitted: 27%
Percented Admitted Who Enrolled: 33%

Test Scores: Fall 2011

SAT Critical Reading

  • 650 (25th Percentile)
  • 740 (75th Percentile)

SAT Math

  • 660 (25th Percentile)
  • 730 (75th Percentile)

SAT Writing

  • 650 (25th Percentile)
  • 730 (75th Percentile)

ACT Composite

  • 28 (25th Percentile)
  • 32 (75th Percentile)

Enrollment Statistics

Undergraduate Attendance Status

Undergraduate Student Gender

Undergraduate Student Age

Undergraduate Student Residence

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Retention and Graduation Rates

Retention Rates for First-Time Students Pursuing Bachelor’s Degrees

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students

Graduation Rates for Students Pursuing Bachelor’s Degrees

6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor’s Degrees

6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor’s Degrees

Undergraduate Majors

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies

African-American Studies B
American Studies B
Asian Studies B
Russian/Slavic Area Studies B
Women’s Studies B

Arts, Visual & Performing

Art History/Criticism/Conservation B
Dance B
Drama/Theater Arts B
Fine/Studio Arts B
Music – General B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biochemistry B
Biology B
Molecular Biology B

Communications & Journalism

Communications/Rhetoric B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer/Information Sciences – General B

English Language & Literature

Creative Writing B
English Language & Literature – General B

Foreign Language & Literature

Chinese B
Classics B
Comparative Literature B
Foreign Language & Literature – General B
French B
German B
Greek, Ancient B
Japanese B
Latin B
Russian B
Spanish B


History – General B

Liberal Arts & Sciences

Liberal Arts & Sciences B


Mathematics – General B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

Neuroscience B

Natural Resources & Conservation

Environmental Studies B

Philosophy & Religion

Philosophy B
Religion/Religious Studies B

Physical Sciences

Chemical Physics B
Chemistry B
Geology B
Physics B


Psychology – General B

Public Administration & Services

Public Policy Analysis B

Social Sciences

Anthropology B
Archaeology B
Economics B
International Relations B
Political Science/Government B
Sociology B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

Hamilton College Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (315) 859-4011
Website: www.hamilton.edu
Type of School: 4-year, Private non-profit
Apply Online: www.hamilton.edu/admission/apply
Address: 198 College Hill Rd, Clinton, NY 13323
Setting: Suburb: Midsize
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 2,012
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 94%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 9 to 1
Distance Learning Programs:
Distance Learning Students*: 2,012 (100% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Bachelor's

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $56,530
Out-of-state Tuition: $56,530
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 64%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $40,873

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Hamilton College Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Hamilton College.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies 6
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 3
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 1
English Language and Literature/Letters 2
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 6
History 1
Mathematics and Statistics 1
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 1
Natural Resources and Conservation 1
Philosophy and Religious Studies 2
Physical Sciences 4
Psychology 1
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 1
Social Sciences 6
Visual and Performing Arts 6
Grand total 42

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Hamilton College and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $56,530
Out-of-state $56,530
Books and supplies $1,000

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $0
Out-of-state $0

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 309 64%
Grant or scholarship aid 299 62% $40,873
Student loan aid 191 40% $6,480

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 1,141 57% $41,305
Federal student loans 692 35% $4,759

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Hamilton College. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Hamilton College students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2020

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 8,339 3,547 4,792
Percent admitted 100% 17% 16%
Percent admitted who enrolled 6% 7% 5%

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Hamilton College Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 2,012
Undergraduate enrollment 2,012
Graduate enrollment 0

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Hamilton College Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Specialized institution accreditations:

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. CollegeAtlas.org does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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