Here’s a sampling of Hamilton facts — things we take seriously, what we think we’re good at and, in some cases, what other people think we’re good at.

The College

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

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 2020.

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

Middle 50% testing ranges for accepted students:
SAT Critical Reading: 680-750
SAT Math: 680-760
SAT Writing: 680-770
ACT Composite: 31-34

More about the Class of 2020


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

Diversity: Students hail from 46 states and 45 countries; 29% of the student body consists of U.S. students of color or international citizens.

Public/Private School Ratio: 61/39

Residential Life: 100% of students live in 26 residence halls.


Degree Offered: Bachelor of Arts

Faculty: 189 full-time; 95% hold the highest degree in their field. See List ...

Class Size: 32% of all classes have 9 or fewer students; 76% have 19 or fewer.

Student-Faculty Ratio: 9-1

Areas of Study: 56 See List ...


Hamilton is need-blind in its admission decisions and meets the full demonstrated financial need of every student it accepts.

Costs (2016-17): $51,240 for tuition and fees, $13,010 for room and board

Percent of Students on Financial Aid: approximately 50%

Average 2015-16 Financial Aid Award (scholarship, student loan, work-study): $45,553

Financial Aid Budget: $38,023,100

Endowment and Planned Gifts (March 2016): $933,480,642

Endowment Per Student: $468,905


Amount Invested in Facilities in the Last Dozen Years: $269,000,000

National Athletic Titles Won in the Last Seven Years: 14 (1 individual/men's cross country; 8 individual/men's track & field; 4 individual/swimming & diving; 1 team/women's lacrosse)

Number of Alumni: 21,700

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: 107

Number of Goldwater Scholarships Won by Students Since 2000: 18

Number of Students who Conducted Hamilton-Funded Research or Internships (Summer 2016): 220

Seniors Graduating with at Least Two Internships: 81% (96% had at least one.)

Recent Speakers in Hamilton's Great Names Series: Derek Jeter, Hillary Clinton, Jon Stewart, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Condoleezza Rice, Tom Brokaw, Aretha Franklin

Notable Alumni: From U.S. ambassadors to corporate CEOs to Tony Award-winning playwrights, here's a sampling of some noteworthy Hamilton graduates.

Champion Tree: A 120-foot (and still growing) Norway Spruce in Hamilton's Root Glen has been designated by the American Forestry Association as the tallest of its kind in the U.S. 

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