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Hamilton provides a framework for students to own their education, guided by a rich array of resources tailored to their individual interests.

You’re smart, ambitious, and inquisitive with a diverse set of interests, so naturally you’re looking for a college that will challenge you. And since you haven’t had a lot of choices regarding the classes you’ve taken in high school, you can’t wait to pursue what interests you in college. At Hamilton, that freedom is even greater because we are one of the few colleges in the United States with an open curriculum.

Our Open Curriculum Areas of Study

Guided Independence

Hamilton’s open curriculum will allow you to choose courses that reflect your interests; however, with that freedom comes the responsibility to make informed decisions about your intellectual development. That’s why we don’t expect you to chart your course alone. Your faculty advisor and our ALEX (Advise, Learn, and EXperience) program will ensure your academic success, career preparation, experiential learning, and personal growth.

Apply What You Learn

Hamilton also offers countless opportunities for you to take what you learn in the classroom one step further, whether through service learning, community service, or academic research. These experiences take place on campus and off, and often involve independent work supervised by faculty and alumni.

Discover Hamilton

2022 Archaeology Dig in Clinton, NY

Digging the Past

Twelve students, along with anthropology professors Lacey Carpenter, Hannah Lau, and Colin Quinn, are excavating for relics left behind by early European settlers on a property in Clinton.

Jahmali Matthews ’22

What’s Next: The Class of 2022

Members of Hamilton’s Class of 2022 walked off the Commencement stage, canes in hand, and out into the world ready to make a difference and take the lead on global issues and needs.

Ellie Sangree ’24

Toward a Sustainable Future

Ellie Sangree ’24 arrived for her first semester at Hamilton equipped with more than the usual college essentials; she came with a concept for an experiment.

Jesse Wexler '24

Wexler ’24 Examines Hate Speech Through Emerson Project

When Jesse Wexler ’24 was building his Emerson Project, he knew he wanted to study language — the words that classify and create but that also have the power to harm and destroy.

Sandy Thai ’24

Thai ’24 Conducting Lupus Research at Masonic Medical Research Institute

Sandy Thai ’24 has spent the past few weeks researching lupus at the Masonic Medical Research Institute (MMRI). Her research could have an impact on people's lives, and that is an opportunity she is excited to have.

 Toscana Ogihara ’22

One Thesis. Two Students. Four Majors.

Neuroscience, Dance, Mathematics, Music. Recent graduates Toscana Ogihara ’22 and Anthony Christiana ’22 took this unlikely combination of majors and collaborated on creating an original score for Ogihara’s dance thesis.

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