According to our mission statement, Hamilton “prepares students for lives of meaning, purpose, and active citizenship … to effect positive change in the world.” We fulfill those objectives by providing students with abundant opportunities for leadership, advocacy, and service.


We believe that everyone has the capability to have a positive influence on their community. We offer a variety of opportunities for students to develop leadership skills and put them into practice on campus, in the surrounding area, and throughout the world.

Community Advisors

As a residential liberal arts college, Hamilton recognizes and values the learning opportunities that occur when living with peers in a small community. Each residence and/or floor has a Community Advisor (CA) who acts as a peer listener and programmer, as well as provides guidance on all aspects of college life.

Student Organizations

As a member of a student organization, you’ll gain leadership training and develop cultural awareness, along with communication, budgeting, event-planning, and problem-solving skills.

Levitt Leadership Workshops & Institute

Leadership workshops and the Levitt Leadership Institute will help you develop a global mindset, ethical behaviors, and regard for the public good.

Outdoor Leadership

Our Outdoor Leadership program takes advantage of local trails, rivers, lakes, and mountains in the Mohawk Valley and nearby Adirondack Park. In addition, Hamilton’s campus includes acres of hiking, biking, snowshoe, and cross country ski trails. You'll find opportunities to learn outdoor skills, develop advanced leadership skills, and appreciate nature.

Advocacy & Activism

Colleges and universities have long served as incubators of social movements, advancing changes in social, economic, environmental, and cultural policies and practices. At Hamilton, we support students as they develop their identities as advocates of equitable practice for the common good.

Levitt Public Affairs Center

Hamilton’s Arthur Levitt Public Affairs Center is a campus hub for student change-makers interested in combining academic knowledge with practical skills to address persistent social problems in innovative and ethical ways.

Common Ground

Experts representing vastly different viewpoints come to campus where they engage in discussion and model respectful dialogue.


Hamilton is committed to providing students with the knowledge needed to contribute to local and global sustainability efforts.


Hamilton offers a variety of community service opportunities that connect students with Oneida County nonprofit agencies, creating positive change for our community partners and educational experiences for our students.

Community Opportunity & Outreach Project (COOP)

The COOP sponsors community service opportunities, connecting Hamilton students with nonprofit agencies in the Mohawk Valley.

Hamilton Association for Volunteering, Outreach & Charity (HAVOC)

HAVOC is a student-run service organization whose leaders learn about organizational structure, event-planning, and running an effective program.

Alternative Spring Break

Each year more than 100 Hamilton students spend a week of their spring break volunteering at one of 10 nonprofit organizations. Student leaders plan the trips and assume responsibility for their success.

Project Shine

Students who participate in Project SHINE (Students Helping in the Naturalization of Elders) act as English coaches to refugees and immigrants who have settled in the Utica area.

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