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Frequently Asked Questions


How can I send mail to my student?

The mailing address for your student will be:

Student’s name, class year
Box #
Hamilton College
198 College Hill Road
Clinton, NY 13323

Will my student need a computer? Why kind of computer is recommended?

While most newly purchased laptops will perform adequately, IT has a few recommendations to help guide you with your purchase, including information about receiving Microsoft Office for free on the Library and Infromation Technology Services (LITS) resources for new students page.

Who are the recommended cell phone vendors?

The College does not have a contractual agreement with any cellular carriers. AT&T Wireless and Verizon Wireless are the two recommended vendors for service on our campus and in our area. Cellular service agreements can be acquired at the local stores. The College Bookstore offers pre-paid cellular air time minutes.

AT&T Wireless offers Hamilton College students a discount of 18% off their personal service plan. The account must be in the student's name. To apply for the discount visit http://www.att.com/wireless/hamiltonstudents or visit the main local AT&T Store, Consumer Square, 4777 Commercial Drive, New Hartford, NY 13413 Students will need the following code 02928897 and their Hamilton College ID card.

When are vacations and semester breaks?

The academic calendar outlines the key dates for each semester.

What if I have an after-hours emergency? What if I need to get emergency information to my student?

In case of emergency, you can contact campus safety at 315-859-4141 any time of the day. They will have emergency contact information of staff members on call or can direct you to someone who can help.

Are there any important phone numbers and contacts I should know?

The following numbers can all be found on the parents’ page, but here's the link: hamilton.edu/campuslife/pages/important-phone-number

What if my child is sick or injured when the student health center is closed?

If a student needs medical assistance when the health center is closed, you can contact Campus Safety at 859-4141 to arrange free Uber transportation to a local ER or Urgent Care facility. (See: After-Hours Care on the Health Center website)

What counseling resources are available for students?

The Counseling Center offers a wide array of wellness-based services, including group therapy experiences, in-person meetings with staff or peer counselors, consultation with a registered dietitian, psychiatric services, a variety of wellness services, and 24/7/365 crisis coverage.

What is the Hill Card and how do I put money on my student’s account?

The Hill Card is your student’s identification card, meal plan card, residence hall access card, library card, and campus debit card.

  • The tool parents use to deposit funds to a student’s Hill Card is eAccounts.
  • Guest depositors should type in the email address of the Hill Card holder.
  • The eAccounts mobile app is available on the App Store and Google Play.

How do students get to and from campus?

Hamilton students don’t need a car on campus to run an errand, visit the mall or go out to dinner and a movie. They can use the Jitney shuttle service, sign up for a Zipcar, take a taxi, Lyft, Uber, or hop the public bus. (See: How to Get Around)

The College is eight miles southwest of Utica, where students can travel by train or bus; 45 minutes east of Syracuse where students can travel by bus, plane, or train; 90 minutes west of Albany, where student can travel by bus, plane, and train. 

If you prefer to work through a local travel agent, contact BTI Travel at 800-472-7447.

How can I remain current with what is happening at Hamilton College?

  1. As a parent, you will also receive our monthly Hamilton Headlines newsletter. If you'd like to receive a digest of the week's news every Friday in your inbox, you can sign up for our weekly email newsletter.
  2. You can also read student publications, including the weekly newspaper, The Spectator, online.
  3. Connect with Hamilton anytime on social media. Follow our Facebook, TwitterInstagram, LinkedIn and YouTube accounts and share your Hamilton-related photos and comments with us by tagging them #getscrolled to view the on The Scroll.

When is Family Weekend?

This year’s Fallcoming & Family Weekend will take place October 29-November 1, 2020. The full schedule will be available online as soon as it’s finalized.

How prevalent is Greek life at Hamilton? When do students join fraternities and sororities?

About half of Hamilton’s students are members of local, non-residential fraternities and sororities. Students who choose to join these organizations generally do so during the first semester of their second year. https://www.hamilton.edu/offices/studentactivities/greek-life

Is your question not on this list?

Feel free to contact any member of the Parent Programs staff for assistance. Our toll-free number is 800-296-6098 or you can email parents@hamilton.edu.

Contact Information


Parents Programs

315-859-4843 parents@hamilton.edu
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