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Once upon a time I was a straightSuper BrilliantUndecided
Once upon a time I was a straight A student with high SAT scores from a midwestern public school. I could have gone almost anywhere. Hamilton must have liked me because I was offered a fair amount of money to attend the school. I'm not rich so I accepted the offer and enrolled. Big mistake. I hate it here. Although the students are smart, too many care more about socializing than developing as an intellectual. However, to the student body's credit, I take a 300 level course and I notice that the juniors and seniors are far more academically curious, but it shouldn't take two years to realize the benefits of a potentially great educational experience. The students are also arrogant, although the professors are quite helpful. The negatives outweigh the postivies and I'm probably going to transfer out next semester.
2nd Year Male -- Class 2007
Faculty Accessibility: A+, Friendliness: F
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These comments, all of them, are consistent withPolitical Science
These comments, all of them, are consistent with my experience at Hamilton 25 years ago. The environment has not changed in the least. I found it to be boring, insulated, and lacking in student/professor interaction. While individual courses were often very well presented, almost no one I know from Hamilton worked in their major field after graduation. My advice? Start your visit to Hamilton at the Career Center. If you are interested in going to a few law schools or grad schools whith whom they have relationships, fine (you will see the same names come up over and over again). Check out the corporate recruiting liste. If you do not want to work for an accounting firm or a NY bank you may be on your own after school is out. Without a big name, this is a real impediment to many alumnae in the job market. For the money and the education, I would look elsewhere.
Alumnus Male -- Class 2000
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The school is full of preppy, self absorbedQuite BrightReligion/Religious
The school is full of preppy, self absorbed WASPs who don't give you the time of day unless you're dressed in your best ralph lauren polo and patagonia fleece. Almost all parties are Greek related and fraternities and sororities make themselves the center of everything. The town sucks, the weather sucks, the academics are great, but the place is so depressing that it draines all enjoyment out of living. Being from a working class background, coming to Hamilton was a huge wakeup call--one that I wish had never happened. The people who enjoy Hamilton hail from upper-middle class Connecticut suburbs, drive better cars than my parents, and booze their brains out at least 3 nights a week. The greek system is corrupt and disturbing and eating disorders are (in my opinion) a huge problem. Though the majority of the people may be very accepting and non-judgemental, there are few groups on campus who are extremely discriminatory against gays/lesbians and minorities. Basically, if you want to go somewhere to drink for 4 years of your life than Hamilton is the place for you...but even the most avid partiers tend to get bored here. The social scene is lame and monotonous. Overall, the school is great, but living there for 4 years is unbearable.
3rd Year Female -- Class 2005
Campus Maintenance: A+, Surrounding City: D
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