Facts about Hamilton

At a Glance

Hamilton is a national leader in teaching students to write effectively, learn from each other and think for themselves.

There is no one Hamilton student just as there is no one Hamilton experience, but the promise we make to all our students is the same: At Hamilton, you can study what interests you, be accepted for who you are and what you believe, and prepare to be the person you were meant to become. More ...

The College

Mission: Hamilton College prepares students for lives of meaning, purpose, and active citizenship. Guided by the motto “Know Thyself,” the College emphasizes intellectual growth, flexibility, and collaboration in a residential academic community. Hamilton students learn to think independently, embrace difference, write and speak persuasively, and engage issues ethically and creatively. One of America’s first liberal arts colleges, Hamilton enables its students to effect positive change in the world.

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

Location: Hamilton’s 1,350-acre campus is situated on a hilltop overlooking the picturesque village of Clinton. 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: 25% of applicants were accepted to the Class of 2019.

High School Ranking: 85% of accepted students ranked in the top 10% of their high school class.

Middle 50% testing ranges for accepted students:
SAT Critical Reading: 680-760
SAT Math: 680-750
SAT Writing: 670-760
ACT Composite: 31-34


Enrollment: 1,850 (52% female, 48% male)

Diversity: Students hail from 46 states and 45 countries; More than one-quarter of the student body consists of U.S. students of color or international citizens.

Public/Private School Ratio: 61/39

Residential Life: 100% of students live in 27 residence halls.


Degree Offered: Bachelor of Arts

Faculty: 191 full-time; 95% hold the highest degree in their field. See List ...

Class Size: 30% of all classes have 9 or fewer students; nearly three-quarters have 19 or fewer.

Student-Faculty Ratio: 9-1

Areas of Study: 51 See List ...


Amount Invested in Facilities Over the Past Decade: $236,000,000

National Athletic Titles Won in the Last Seven Years: 14 (9 individual/track & field; 4 individual/swimming & diving; 1 team/women's lacrosse)

Number of Alumni: 20,000

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

Number of Fulbright Awards Won by Students Since 2000: 100

Number of Goldwater Scholarships Won by Students Since 2000: 18

Number of Students Who Conducted Hamilton-Funded Research or Internships (Summer 2015): 228