Learning takes place when students encounter new ideas, are exposed to new experiences and opportunities, and interact with people who have different perspectives.

Let’s face it. Many people live in homogeneous communities where people look alike, think alike, and share similar life experiences. There’s comfort in that shared identity, but it limits growth and understanding. More than most organizations, colleges bring together people with different ideas and backgrounds. At Hamilton, we embrace that.

Learn from Each Other

Serious intellectual inquiry and informed engagement with our ever-changing world depend on open dialogue. We all deserve to have our viewpoints heard. Come to Hamilton prepared to share your opinions, challenge assumptions, and, yes, disagree respectfully. Alumni tell us the people they came to know on College Hill changed their lives and remain among their closest friends.

Try Something New

It may sound cliché, but at Hamilton you’ll find opportunities to “step outside your comfort zone.” In addition to meeting people from a variety of backgrounds, you’ll be encouraged to pursue different experiences on campus — like taking on a new hobby or leadership role in a club — or, when off College Hill, volunteering in the local community or taking on a service learning project across the globe.

Body & Mind

Part of the evolving process to “know thyself” is developing self-awareness and making choices aimed at achieving a healthy and fulfilling life. At Hamilton, you’ll find many resources designed to help you build a strong foundation of mental, social, and physical wellbeing.

Men's lacrosse team book club.

Lax Team Connects with Alumni Author Through Book Club

The Hamilton men’s lacrosse team has found another way to bond during the academic year and stay connected between semesters and long breaks: a team book club.

Local Food Mohawk Valley 2022

Cultivating Sustainable Food Practices in Clinton

Jack Riffle ’12 was teaching in New York City when the reality of the climate crisis hit. It was something he’d recognized for years, but it was no longer something he could ignore.


Get to Know the COOP

How do Hamilton students combine their education experiences with their determination to create positive change locally and globally? Our Community Outreach and Opportunity Project is a great place to start.

Obiamaka “Obi” Nnadika ’23

Seeking Global Perspectives

Obiamaka “Obi” Nnadika ’23 wants to create an avenue for effective change within society. Thanks to an inspiring alumnus and a helpful staff mentor, he earned the chance to study off campus.

Rashveena Rajaram ’16

Because Hamiltonians

From fighting injustices to saving lives, Hamilton alumni are doing meaningful work that touches every part of the world. See how Hamiltonians are making an impact.

Students and alumni embrace during Pride celebrations.

Showing Our Pride

Students seek out ways to better understand each other by leading efforts that make sure every person feels seen, heard, and celebrated.

The $400 million campaign marked the most ambitious fundraising initiative in the College's history.

More About the Campaign's Success

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