Facts about Hamilton


All the challenge; all the choice.


College Purposes and Goals

Hamilton College is committed to the intellectual and personal development of students. We seek to nourish a love of learning, a creative spirit, and an informed and responsible engagement with an everchanging world. To promote these qualities, the College challenges all of its students to work with their advisors to devise an educational program that fosters eight goals:

  • Intellectual Curiosity and Flexibility
  • Analytic Discernment
  • Aesthetic Discernment
  • Disciplinary Practice
  • Creativity
  • Communication and Expression
  • Understanding of Cultural Diversity
  • Ethical, Informed, and Engaged Citizenship

Curricular Distinctions

At Hamilton, where faculty-student advising matters, we provide academically focused students an individualized education characterized by intense student-faculty interaction, an emphasis on oral and written communication, and the ability to make thoughtful choices about their intellectual pursuits. The academic program is rigorous with two defining characteristics:

No Distribution Requirements – students take courses because they are interested in the subject, not to fulfill a requirement.

The Writing Program – communicating well is so important to one’s future that all Hamilton ­students are required to take three writing-intensive courses.


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Areas of Study

  *Minor only
**Not offered as a major or minor

Preprofessional Advising/Cooperative Programs
Most Popular Majors
  • Economics
  • World Politics
  • Psychology
  • Mathematics
  • Biology
  • Government
  • History
Writing Center
  • 2,655 individual writing conferences in 2014-15
  • 88% of graduating seniors have had one or more writing center conferences during their four years
  • 21.5% of courses officially designated “writing-intensive”

Oral Communication Center
  • 96 courses have an oral presentation component
  • 70% of graduating seniors have had one or more writing center conferences during their four years
  • Hamilton is one of two top liberal arts colleges with an oral communication center

Off-Campus Study

More than 60% of Hamilton students study off campus at least one semester. Most popular destinations:

  • Argentina
  • Australia
  • China
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • England
  • France
  • Germany
  • Hungary
  • India
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • New York City
  • New Zealand
  • Spain
  • South Africa
  • Sweden
  • Vietnam
  • Washington, D.C.

Learn more about Hamilton's off-campus study programs.