Facts about Hamilton

At a Glance

Hamilton is a national leader in teaching students to write effectively, learn from each other and think for themselves.

There is no one Hamilton student just as there is no one Hamilton experience, but the promise we make to all our students is the same: At Hamilton, you can study what interests you, be accepted for who you are and what you believe, and prepare to be the person you were meant to become. More ...

The College

Mission: Hamilton College's mission is to provide an educational experience that emphasizes academic excellence and the development of students as human beings, as we prepare them to make choices and accept the responsibilities of citizenship in a democratic world of intellect and diversity. More ...

History: Founded in 1793 as the Hamilton-Oneida Academy; chartered in 1812 as Hamilton College; third oldest college established in New York State. More ...

Location: Hamilton’s 1,350-acre campus is situated on a hilltop overlooking the picturesque village of Clinton. The College is eight miles southwest of Utica, 45 minutes east of Syracuse, one hour from the Adirondack Park to the northeast and 90 minutes west of Albany.

Namesake: Alexander Hamilton, U.S. statesman, first secretary of the U.S. Treasury, member of the first Board of Trustees of the Hamilton-Oneida Academy.

College Motto: Know Thyself


Acceptance Rate: 26% of applicants were accepted to the Class of 2018.

High School Ranking: 85% of accepted students ranked in the top 10% of their high school class.

Middle 50% testing ranges for accepted students:
SAT Critical Reading: 680-760
SAT Math: 680-750
SAT Writing: 680-760
ACT Composite: 31-34


Enrollment: 1,850 (51% female, 49% male)

Diversity: Students hail from 45 states and 46 countries; More than one-quarter of the student body consists of U.S. students of color or international citizens.

Public/Private School Ratio: 60/40

Residential Life: 98% of students live in 27 residence halls.


Degree Offered: Bachelor of Arts

Faculty: 190 full-time; 95% hold the highest degree in their field.

Class Size: 30% of all classes have 9 or fewer students; nearly three-quarters have 19 or fewer.

Student-Faculty Ratio: 9-1

Areas of Study: 54 See List ...


Amount Invested in Facilities Over the Past Decade: $246,000,000

National Athletic Titles Won in the Last Seven Years: 14 (9 individual/track & field; 4 individual/swimming & diving; 1 team/women's lacrosse)

Number of Alumni: 20,000

Alumni Loyalty: Top 1% (as measured by the percentage of alumni donors, when comparing all U.S. colleges and universities)

Number of Fulbright Awards Won by Students Since 2000: 92

Number of Goldwater Scholarships Won by Students Since 2000: 18

Number of Students Who Conducted Hamilton-Funded Research or Internships (Summer 2014): 275