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First-Year Students


The First-Year Experience (FYE) Program is all about creating opportunities for you, the first-year student, to feel connected to Hamilton from the moment you arrive on campus for Orientation. We hope you will learn about different aspects of the College, and have a lot of fun while doing it.

Learn about the FYE Program

Our programming emphasizes social opportunities, diversity and difference, mind, body & balance, academic resources, and community engagement. All of our events are free and open to all students.

Attend Events and Earn FYE Points

First-year students earn FYE points throughout the year by attending and signing in at FYE core programs and eligible events. Prizes include gift cards to the bookstore, Cafe Opus, Euphoria Smoothies, movie passes and a few big surprises to be announced.

Enroll in a First-Year Course

Hamilton offers a range of courses dedicated to first-year students to help them transition to college-level work.

Learn about Orientation and Adventure Trips

Orientation in August consists of two parts: adventure trips and on-campus orientation programming. Adventure trips include Adirondack Adventure, Outreach Adventure and Exploration Adventure. We have more than 65 trip options each year; from beekeeping to building homes in Utica to kayaking Lake Champlain.

Contact Information


Tessa Chefalo

Director of Orientation and First-Year Programs
315-859-4846 tchefalo@hamilton.edu
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We are 10 minutes from Utica, 45 minutes to Syracuse and 90 minutes from Albany. Check out a list of some of the "not-to-miss" places our students love in the region.

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