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.

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: 27% of applicants were accepted to the Class of 2017.

High School Ranking: 83% of accepted students ranked in the top 10% of their high school class.

SAT Range of Accepted Students: For those accepted students who used the SAT Reasoning Test to fulfill our testing require ment (about 2/3), the middle 50% score ranges are as follows:

Critical Reading: 670-750
Math: 670-750
Writing: 680-760


Enrollment: 1,828 (51% female, 49% male)

Diversity: Students hail from 46 states and 40 countries; More than one-quarter of the student body consists of diverse students from the U.S. or international students.

Public/Private School Ratio: 60/40

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


Degree Offered: Bachelor of Arts

Faculty: 188 full-time; 94% hold the highest degree in their field.

Class Size: 31% of all classes have 9 or fewer students; nearly three-quarters have 19 or fewer.

Student-Faculty Ratio: 9-1

Areas of Study: 50 See List ...


Amount Invested in Facilities Over the Past Decade: $200,000,000+

National Athletic Titles Won in the Last Six 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: 85

Number of Goldwater Scholarships Won by Students Since 2000: 17

Number of Students Who Conducted Hamilton-Funded Research or Internships (Summer 2013): nearly 240