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First-Year Students


The First-Year Experience (FYE) Program aims to create spaces and opportunities for new students to connect with the campus, explore new interests, and engage with a variety of people and ideas.
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Learn about the FYE Program

Our programming emphasizes social connections, balance, and campus resources. Our annual calendar includes a dinner and discussion series, off-campus outings, student panels on getting involved, and more. All of our events are free and open to all students.

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Attend Events and Win Prizes

First-year students earn FYE points throughout the year by attending and signing-in at FYE core programs and eligible events. Prizes include gift cards to the bookstore, Cafe Opus, Euphoria Smoothies, and movie passes. We also host free raffles, finals week care package giveaways, and other fun giveaways throughout the year!

Meet the FYE Leaders

FYE student leaders create and host FYE events and act as a resource for new students. Get to know our 2019-2020 leader team!

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Learn about Orientation and Adventure Trips

Orientation in August consists of two parts: adventure trips and on-campus orientation programming. Adventure trips include Adirondack Adventure, Outreach Adventure and Exploration Adventure. We have more than 65 trip options each year; from photography to building homes in Utica to kayaking Lake Champlain, there's something for everyone!

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Enroll in a First-Year Course

Hamilton offers a range of courses dedicated to first-year students to help them transition to college-level work.

Contact Information


Tessa Chefalo

Director of Orientation and First-Year Programs
315-859-4894 tchefalo@hamilton.edu
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Our Region


We are 10 minutes from Utica, 45 minutes to Syracuse and 90 minutes from Albany. Check out a list of some of the "not-to-miss" places our students love in the region.

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