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Facts about Hamilton

Academics

All the challenge; all the choice.

 

College Purposes and Goals

Hamilton College is committed to the intellectual and personal development of students. We seek to nourish a love of learning, a creative spirit, and an informed and responsible engagement with an everchanging world. To promote these qualities, the College challenges all of its students to work with their advisors to devise an educational program that fosters eight goals:

  • Intellectual Curiosity and Flexibility
  • Analytic Discernment
  • Aesthetic Discernment
  • Disciplinary Practice

  • Creativity
  • Communication and Expression
  • Understanding of Cultural Diversity
  • Ethical, Informed, and Engaged Citizenship


Curricular Distinctions

At Hamilton, where faculty-student advising matters, we provide academically focused students an individualized education characterized by intense student-faculty interaction, an emphasis on oral and written communication, and the ability to make thoughtful choices about their intellectual pursuits. The academic program is rigorous with two defining characteristics:

No Distribution Requirements – students take courses because they are interested in the subject, not to fulfill a requirement.

The Writing Program – communicating well is so important to one’s future that all Hamilton ­students are required to take three writing-intensive courses.

 
OTHER U.S. COLLEGES WITHOUT DISTRIBUTION REQUIREMENTS

Amherst College
Brown University
Grinnell College
Smith College

Preprofessional Advising/Cooperative Programs
 
Most Popular Majors
  • Economics
  • Mathematics
  • Government
  • Psychology
  • History
  • Biology
  • English/Creative Writing
 
Writing Center
  • 31 peer writing tutors (representing 20 concentrations)
  • 2,575 individual writing conferences in 2012-13
  • 90% of graduating seniors have had one or more writing center conferences during their four years
  • 39% of courses officially designated “writing-intensive”

Oral Communication Center
  • 130 courses have an oral presentation component
  • 70% of graduating seniors have had one or more writing center conferences during their four years
  • Hamilton is one of two top liberal arts colleges with an oral communication center
 

Off-Campus Study

More than 60% of Hamilton students study off campus at least one semester. Most popular destinations:

  • New York City
  • Spain
  • England
  • France
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Italy
  • Washinton, D.C.
  • China
  • Scotland
  • New Zealand
  • South Africa
  • India
  • Australia
  • Ireland
  • Argentina
  • Hungary
  • Vietnam

Learn more about Hamilton's off-campus study programs.

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