The Because Hamilton campaign began with the goal of $400 million, more than double any previous fundraising effort in Hamilton’s history. Ambitious, yes. Impossible, certainly not. Why? Because Hamiltonians believe in the College’s transformative liberal arts education and demonstrate time and again their commitment to ensuring that experience for future generations.
Together, we exceeded our goal. Here’s a snapshot of how — and why — we did it.
Because Hamilton [Aspires]
Embedded in the heart of Hamilton — and the Because Hamilton campaign — is the notion that the College was founded as a school of opportunity. Today, that founding vision intertwines with the ethos of Know Thyself, inspiring our continuous pursuit to make every aspect of a Hamilton education accessible to the most talented students from around the world.
Financial Aid: Increased Access and Opportunity
In 2019, Hamilton celebrated the 10-year anniversary of its need-blind admission policy, which established that the College does not consider a student’s financial circumstances in its admission decisions for U.S. citizens and meets each student’s full demonstrated financial need. Hamilton is among fewer than four dozen U.S. colleges and universities that provide this extraordinary access.
It is the role of everyone at Hamilton to ensure our liberal arts education remains rigorous, relevant, and comprehensive. The people who teach our students and guide groundbreaking research, as well as the initiatives and programs we design to both enhance students’ experiences and prepare them for when they leave College Hill, are essential to this work.
Learning Outside the Classroom
Hamilton brings together people from different backgrounds and with different ideas and perspectives. Yet the special advantage of the residential liberal arts experience is the opportunity to develop a program that more purposefully provides a diverse array of students with extensive opportunities for leadership, engagement, intellectual and personal growth, and wellness.
A Balanced Life
When it came time to articulate our community’s most pressing needs and how a campaign could support them, Hamilton was looking to strengthen its support for individual health and well-being. Because Hamilton helped the College become a model and leader in developing the health and wellness of our community.