The College

History: Founded in 1793 as the Hamilton-Oneida Academy; chartered in 1812 as Hamilton College; third oldest college in New York State.

Location: Hamilton’s 1,350-acre campus is situated on a hilltop overlooking the picturesque village of Clinton, N.Y. The College is eight miles southwest of Utica, 45 minutes east of Syracuse, one hour from the Adirondack Park to the northeast, and 90 minutes west of Albany.

Namesake: Alexander Hamilton, U.S. statesman, first secretary of the U.S. Treasury, member of the first Board of Trustees of the Hamilton-Oneida Academy.

College Motto: Know Thyself


Acceptance Rate: 11.8% of applicants were accepted to the Class of 2026.

High School Ranking: 86% of the Class of 2026 ranked in the top 10% of their high school class.


Enrollment: 2,000 (54% female, 46% male)

Diversity: Students hail from 47 states, 51 countries, and 1,150 high schools; the student body consists of 27% U.S. students of color and 7% international citizens.

Residential Life: 100% of students live in 29 residence halls.


Degree Offered: Bachelor of Arts

Faculty: 195 full-time; 95% hold the highest degree in their field.

Class Size: 23% of all classes have 9 or fewer students; 74% have 19 or fewer.

Student-Faculty Ratio: 9:1

Areas of Study: 58, including 45 majors.

Financial Aid Promise

Hamilton meets the full demonstrated financial need of every accepted and enrolled student for all four years. Furthermore, if you are a U.S. citizen, your family’s ability to pay our tuition and fees will not be a factor that the admission committee considers when reviewing your application.

Percent of Students on Financial Aid: approximately 50%

Average 2022-23 Financial Aid Award (scholarship, student loan, work-study): $53,597

2022-23 Financial Aid Budget: $52.4 million

Costs (2022-23): $62,670 for tuition and fees, $15,910 for room and board

Endowment and Planned Gifts (June 2021): $1.41 Billion

Endowment Per Student (Approximate): $705,000



Athletic Affiliations: NCAA Division III

Conference: New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC): Amherst, Bates, Bowdoin, Colby, Connecticut College, Middlebury, Trinity, Tufts, Wesleyan, and Williams.

Nickname: Continentals

Colors: Buff & Blue

Percent of students who participate on a varsity, club, or intramural sports team: 68%

Varsity, Club & Intramural Teams

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  • Alpine Skiing

  • Basketball (w)

  • Curling

  • Equestrian

  • Fencing

  • Figure Skating

  • Ice Hockey

  • Multisport Club (Cycling/Running)

  • Nordic Skiing

  • Rugby (m/w)

  • Soccer (m/w)

  • Sailing

  • Ultimate Frisbee

  • Water Polo


  • Badminton

  • Basketball

  • Beach Volleyball

  • Floor Hockey

  • Football

  • Golf

  • Ice Hockey

  • Indoor Soccer

  • Kickball

  • Racquetball

  • Soccer

  • Softball

  • Squash

  • Tennis

  • Volleyball

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Amount Invested in Facilities in the Last 15 Years: $340 million

National Athletic Titles Won in the Last 15 Years: 14 (1 individual/men’s cross country; 8 individual/men’s track & field; 4 individual/swimming & diving; 1 team/women’s lacrosse)

Number of Alumni: approximately 23,200

Alumni Loyalty: Top 1% (as measured by the percentage of alumni donors, when comparing all U.S. colleges and universities)

Number of National Fellowships and Scholarships (e.g., Fulbright, Goldwater, Marshall, Watson) Awarded to Students Since 2000: 376

Number of Students who Conduct Hamilton-Funded Research or Internships each year: 398

Seniors Graduating with at Least 2 Internships: 84%

Percent of Alumni in a Job, Graduate School, Internship, or Pursuing a Fellowship within 10 Months of Graduation: 95%

Past Speakers/Performers in the Sacerdote Great Names Series: Tina Fey, David Cameron, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Derek Jeter, Hillary Clinton, Condoleezza Rice, Jon Stewart, Aretha Franklin, Al Gore, Tom Brokaw, Bill Clinton, Madeleine Albright, Jimmy Carter, Desmond Tutu, Margaret Thatcher, B.B. King, Elie Wiesel, Colin Powell 

Notable Alumni: From U.S. ambassadors to corporate CEOs to Tony Award-winning playwrights, here’s a sampling of noteworthy Hamilton graduates.

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