Hamilton College

There are over 4,000 colleges and universities in the U.S. And while the media tends to focus on just a handful of schools, we at College Coach encourage students to think outside the box during their college selection process and explore a wide range of colleges. As such, we are highlighting a new college each week in our School Spotlight series. Check out the college below, along with the other posts in our series, and you may just stumble upon your dream school!

School Spotlight: Hamilton College

Clinton, NY

Study what you love and be who you are. These are two reasons why bright, creative, and ambitious students choose Hamilton College, a down-to-earth liberal arts college in central NY. One of a handful of selective colleges without distribution requirements, Hamilton fosters a lifetime love of learning by encouraging its 1,850 students to chart their own academic journeys. While students can choose from a range of liberal arts and science majors (including options like geoarchaeology; jurisprudence, law & justice studies; and world politics), all students are expected to develop strong written and public speaking skills. Thanks to the College’s writing and oral communication centers, students have plenty of support as they tackle Hamilton’s many writing-intensive courses. Wondering how you’ll gain job experience in the quaint village of Clinton? In addition to offering several study abroad programs, Hamilton features popular domestic study options in New York City and Washington, D.C., which combine academic seminars with relevant internships. Approximately two-thirds of students participate in some kind of off-campus study program during their four years at Hamilton. Good to know: Hamilton is one of a few colleges to be both “need blind” in the application process, as well as guarantee that first-year domestic students receive 100 percent of their demonstrated need in financial aid.

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Written by Elyse Krantz
Elyse Krantz is a member of College Coach’s team of college admissions consultants. Elyse received her BA in linguistics from Dartmouth College and her MA from Teachers College, Columbia University. Prior to joining College Coach, Elyse worked as an admissions officer at Barnard College and Bennington College. Visit our website to learn more about Elyse Krantz.