Here’s a sampling of Hamilton facts — things we take seriously, what we think we’re good at and, in some cases, what other people think we’re good at.

The College

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

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: 24% of applicants were accepted to the Class of 2021.

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

Middle 50% testing ranges for accepted students:
New SAT: 1420-1510
Old SAT: 1430-1540
ACT Composite: 32-34


Enrollment: 1,850 (51% female, 49% male)

Diversity: Students hail from 49 states and 49 countries; 31% of the student body consists of U.S. students of color (24.2%) and international citizens(6.4%).

Residential Life: 100% of students live in 26 residence halls.


Degree Offered: Bachelor of Arts

Faculty: 186 full-time; 96% hold the highest degree in their field. See List ...

Class Size: 34% of all classes have 9 or fewer students; 76% have 19 or fewer.

Student-Faculty Ratio: 9-1

Areas of Study: 56, including 43 majors. See List ...

Financial aid promise

Hamilton does not consider a student’s financial circumstances in its admission decisions (i.e., need-blind admission) and meets the full demonstrated financial need of every student it accepts. 

Percent of Students on Financial Aid: approximately 50%

Average 2016-17 Financial Aid Award (scholarship, student loan, work-study): $47,003

Financial Aid Budget: Nearly $40 Million

Costs (2017-18): $52,770 for tuition and fees, $13,400 for room and board

Endowment and Planned Gifts (June 30, 2017): $954.7 Million

Endowment Per Student: $489,600

Hamilton Athletics logoAthletics

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

More about Athletics

Varsity, Club and Intramural Teams
Alpine Skiing
Basketball (w)
Canoe Racing
Figure Skating
Ice Hockey
Nordic Skiing
Rugby (m)
Rugby (w)
Soccer (m)
Soccer (w)
Ultimate Frisbee
Water Polo
Beach Volleyball
Cross Country Skiing
Floor Hockey
Ice Hockey
Indoor Soccer
Inner Tube Water Polo


Amount Invested in Facilities in the Last Dozen Years: $269,000,000

National Athletic Titles Won in the Last Nine 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 22,000

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: 107

Number of Goldwater Scholarships Won by Students Since 2000: 18

Number of Students who Conducted Hamilton-Funded Research or Internships (Summer 2017): 240

Seniors graduating with at least two internships: 83% 

Past speakers/performers in the Sacerdote Great Names Series: Neil deGrasse Tyson, Derek Jeter, Hillary Clinton, Condoleezza Rice, Jon Stewart, Aretha Franklin, Al Gore, Tom Brokaw, Bill Clinton, Rudolph Giuliani, Madeleine Albright, Jimmy Carter, Desmond Tutu, Margaret Thatcher, B.B. King, F.W. deKlerk, Elie Wiesel and Colin Powell 

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

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