Because life is a constant process of learning about the world and your place in it.

Here are a few ways Hamilton supports that personal journey.

Dewayne Martin ’24 listens to former U.S. Senator Roy Blunt and former Congresswoman Val Demings answer questions during a classroom visit.

Open Curriculum

Hamilton prepares students to become critical thinkers in order to address our world’s most pressing problems. Once you gain a full appreciation of your strengths, skills, and interests, you will better understand how you can make valuable contributions to society and achieve both professional success and personal satisfaction.

Sally Cockburn and Ryhory Hatavets Grisha '25

Guided Independence

Every new student is assigned three advisors even before they move in to help guide you on this "know thyself" journey: an academic advisor, a career advisor, and an ALEX advisor.

Common Ground October 18 Classroom discussion

A Community of Diverse Perspectives

Every student, professor, and staff member brings something unique to campus, and we all come to “know thyself” by engaging with each other. As a result, you will leave College Hill as a more informed, inclusive, and compassionate person — traits that will serve you well in your career, your community, your family, and your life.

Samuel Lieberman ’23 competes at the 2023 Public Speaking Competition.

An Emphasis on Communication & Expression

As a national leader in teaching students to write clearly and speak persuasively, we believe that communicating well is evidence of your ability to think well — and you’ll hone both throughout your four years.

Students walking on Martin's Way

Our Financial Aid Promise

Students learn better when they can focus on personal development; doing what we can to minimize financial concerns is one way Hamilton honors that. It's one reason why we meet each admitted student's full demonstrated financial need for all four years.

Lona Sniderman '19

Many Kinds of Support

Ensuring all students have equal access to all that Hamilton offers is our most enduring value. That’s why we have funds that provide stipends for you to take on an unpaid internship, attend a national conference to present your research, visit a museum or catch a performance off-campus, or even store your stuff for the summer.

Our Campus & Location

If we could pick a location best suited for a journey to “know thyself,” we would choose College Hill and the Mohawk Valley time and time again.

aerial view of campus in the fall

Our Beautiful Campus

Think of Hamilton as a small city that has the feel of a close neighborhood. Our campus blends historic buildings and traditions with modern facilities and resources so that we can support you 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Artisans Corner

Village of Clinton

Life in a small town provides wonderful local engagement opportunities and more meaningful connections with our local community members, both of which offer ways for you to learn more about your interests and values.

Sunset over Utica

The City of Utica and the greater Mohawk Valley

The hustle and bustle of the vibrant city of Utica offers exciting cultural experiences to broaden your horizons, while our proximity to the Adirondacks and numerous other outdoor spaces (including our own Root Glen) is great for your physical and mental well-being.

The Journey to ‘Know Thyself’

No matter how many twists and turns your journey to “know thyself” takes, you can count on these promises we make to all of our students.

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    Your Passions

    An open curriculum will allow you to discover and pursue almost any interest.

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    Your Perspectives

    You’ll be exposed to new ideas and interact with people who have different perspectives.

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    Communicate effectively so that you’ll be prepared for whatever career you choose.

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    We promise to meet each applicant’s full need, and we are need-blind in admission.

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