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Socrates believed the first step to true wisdom is to “know thyself” because only then can one appreciate what one understands and what remains to be learned. Hamilton’s founders agreed. They chose those words to appear in Greek at the top of the College seal.

Today, more than 200 years later, that motto — Know Thyself — remains a guiding principle as Hamilton prepares students to become critical thinkers in order to address our world’s most pressing problems. For only after gaining a full appreciation of your strengths, skills, and interests can you make valuable contributions to society and achieve the professional success and personal satisfaction you seek.

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Knowing Thyself Is a Journey

As a student at Hamilton, you will come to know thyself through our four promises:

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We also promise that a Hamilton education will be accessible and worth your investment. We will evaluate your admission application without considering your financial circumstances, and, once you are accepted, we’ll meet your full demonstrated need for all four years.

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