Hamilton’s orientation programs help you transition to the College community while meeting new friends and learning about the many resources and engagement opportunities available on College Hill during your Hamilton years.

Hamilton’s Orientation program consists of two parts: our signature Orientation Adventure Trips, and on-campus orientation programming. New January Admission students are encouraged to participate in an August Orientation Adventure Trip, and will have additional on-campus orientation programming when they arrive on campus the following January.

Additional information about orientation, including the orientation trip registration form, will be sent via email to all new students in May.

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Optimizing Orientation

While traversing the scenic peaks of the Adirondacks or canoeing through quiet backcountry streams, few first-year students are thinking about algorithms and linear optimization. But these mathematical ideas are as much a part of Hamilton orientation trips as any pack or paddle: they ensure that incoming students have the most worthwhile experience possible.

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Orientation and Connection

Five days, 120 student leaders, 60 trips.  After they arrived on campus and moved in, all members of the Class of 2026 set off on orientation trips aimed at connecting them with their classmates and introducing them to the area.


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