Hamilton College

Hamilton College


Founded in 1793 as the Hamilton-Oneida Academy, Hamilton has grown to become one of the nation’s most highly regarded liberal arts colleges. The open curriculum gives students the freedom to shape their education within a research and writing-intensive framework, and with the close supervision of a faculty advisor. The Hamilton community welcomes and embraces students from diverse backgrounds and experiences, and we have a special affinity for first-year students who are among the first in their family to attend college. Hamilton has more than 300 members of the faculty, staff and student body who themselves represent the first generation in their families to attend college.

Programs Supporting First-Generation College Students

Open House, Fly-in, Visit Diversity Overnight

The Hamilton College Diversity Overnight Program is an opportunity for current seniors to visit campus and experience life on the College Hill. We offer this visit program to introduce Hamilton’s campus, students, faculty, classes, and residence halls to students who represent the many dimensions of diversity. While all are welcome to apply, our selection process will prioritize the applications of students from ethnically diverse backgrounds as well as first-generation college students and those from families with limited financial resources, regardless of racial background. Learn more about Diversity Overnight

Special Admissions Policy Hamilton College Opportunity Programs

The Hamilton College Opportunity Programs, Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) and College Scholars, are designed to support students who present an alternate academic profile and who demonstrate the ability to compete successfully in an academically competitive environment. The Opportunity Programs staff provides a five-week summer program before the first year of college, academic counseling, financial Assistance, and personal support. HEOP provides access to independent colleges and universities in New York for economically and educationally disadvantaged students. The Hamilton College Scholars Program assists students who are ineligible for HEOP due to economic or residential factors but have similar profiles. Learn more about Hamilton College Opportunity Programs

Scholarship & Financial Aid Posse University Partner

Hamilton partners with the Posse Foundation, a four-year scholarship program that identifies public high school students with extraordinary academic and leadership potential who may be overlooked by traditional college selection processes. Posse students from the Boston and Miami areas are nominated by their high school and share a collaborative support system with a special mentor to adjust to campus and college life. Learn more about Posse University Partner

Summer Bridge & Orientation Hamilton College Opportunity Programs

Opportunity Programs at Hamilton College is held in high regard by both the College and the New York State Education Department. The Summer Program includes unique opportunities for students to fulfill College graduation requirements in quantitative and symbolic reasoning and in physical education. The program also provides opportunities for enrichment, camaraderie and civic engagement through planned excursions that include art, fine dining, collective and community collaboration and team building. The program's focus is to help students create a sense of ownership, to ease transitions and to support the Hamilton curriculum with a well-rounded approach that makes success possible. Learn more about Hamilton College Opportunity Programs

First-Year Experience & Transition The First Year Experience (FYE)

FYE creates opportunities for first-year students to feel connected to Hamilton from the moment they step on campus. A number of FYE core sessions are planned by the FYE leaders on topics such as wellness, the honor code, diversity and difference, and time management. Learn more about The First Year Experience (FYE)

Student Life & Support Student Emergency Aid Society (SEAS)

The SEAS Fund provides emergency support to students whose financial barriers are extraordinary. Learn more about Student Emergency Aid Society (SEAS)

Student Life & Support The Days-Massolo Center

Through forums, panels, lectures and other programming, the Days-Massolo Center serves as a central resource for exploring intersections between gender, race, culture, religion, sexuality, socioeconomic class and other facets of human difference. Learn more about The Days-Massolo Center

Mentoring Multicultural Peer Mentoring Project

This program is designed with the knowledge that international, first-generation and historically underrepresented students face special challenges transitioning to college life. MP2 facilitates relationships between first-year students and experienced student mentors who provide assistance and support throughout the initial year at Hamilton. Learn more about Multicultural Peer Mentoring Project

Student Diversity

  • 1,850
  • 49/51
  • 15%
    First-generation college students
  • n/a
    American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • 7%
  • 4%
    Black or African American
  • 8%
  • n/a
    Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • 64%
  • 3%
    Two or more races
  • 7%
    Race and/or ethnicity unknown
  • 7%

Student Success

  • 94%
    First-to-second year retention
  • 92%
    Six-year graduation
  • 86%
    Six-year graduation for underrepresented minority groups
  • 100%
    Freshmen who live on campus
  • 100%
    Undergraduates who live on campus
  • 189
    Full-time faculty
  • 37
    Full-time minority faculty
  • 9:1
    Student–faculty ratio
  • Top 5 Majors

    Economics, Mathematics, Government, Psychology, World Politics, Biology

  • Multicultural Student Clubs and Organizations

    Asian Student Association, Black and Latino Student Union, Feminists of Color Collective, International Students Association, La Vanguardia, Rainbow Alliance (LGBT), Student Diversity Council, South Asian Students Association (SASA)


Cost of Attendance

  • $50,730
  • n/a
    In-state Tuition
  • $510
    Required Fees
  • $13,010
    Room and Board

Financial Aid

  • $38,000,000
    Total institutional scholarships/grants
  • $45,553
    Average aid package
  • $19,000
    Average student loan debt upon graduation (of those who borrow)
  • 18%
    Pell Grant recipients among freshmen
  • 50%
    Students with financial need
  • 100%
    Students with need awarded financial aid
  • 100%
    Students with need awarded need-based scholarship or grant aid
  • 100%
    Students with need whose need was fully met


Applicant Academics

  • 5,230
    # of applicants
  • 26%
  • n/a
    Average HS GPA
  • 32
    ACT Composite
  • 650—740
    SAT Critical Reading
  • 650—740
    SAT Math
  • 650—740
    SAT Writing
  • n/a
    SAT/ACT optional


  • 01/01
    Regular application closing date
  • $50
    Application Fee
  • $50
    Application Fee (online)
  • yes
    Fee waiver for applicants with financial need
  • yes
    Early decision plan
  • 11/15
    Early decision application closing date
  • n/a
    Early action plan
  • n/a
    Early action application closing date