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Hamilton College: Size Matter

March 28, 2011   

Lets get things straight: size matters. When you’re looking at colleges, one of the most important (non-academic) things to consider is the size of the student body and of the school itself.

When people from other colleges sometimes ask me if Hamilton is too small. I like to refer them to the tale of Goldilocks and the three bears. Hamilton isn’t too small, nor too large. Hamilton is just right.

In the fall semester of 2010, 468 freshmen made their way up the Hill as members of the class of 2014. For the incoming class, that means 467 possible friends right off the bat. Then add to that the hundreds of upperclassmen. The student body is large enough and diverse enough to find any kind of social group. But then again, it isn’t so large as to overwhelm incoming students. Lets put it this way, I’ve been here for almost two years and I keep on meeting new students from my class. I have friends from all walks of life, with different backgrounds, interests, aspirations and dreams. I can walk down Martin’s Way and have students and teachers know my name. Mind you, there are plenty of people I don’t know, but in all those strangers lies an opportunity to make new friends.

If you are used to more ‘hustle n’ bustle,' then there’s always the option to go to New York City for a weekend and return Sunday evening to Hamilton’s welcoming homey environment. A college that’s not overwhelmingly large or uncomfortably small, a place that’s just right.