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I attended Hamilton for one dreadful year, inBrightEnglish
I attended Hamilton for one dreadful year, in the middle 1980s, and it astounds me to read these reviews. So little has changed, but today, thanks to the Internet, the ugly little secrets are harder to conceal. As an admittedly snobbish brat myself, I deliberately selected Hamilton based on its aesthetically outstanding campus and preppy quality. Little did I know how disappointing all of that was. Back then, the drinking age was 19. Not only the students but most of the faculty and administrators were confirmed alcoholics. I'll never forget drinking with the admissions director at the on-campus pub. He was about fifty. After about ten beers he said, "Well, time to hit the road!" It was I, the teenager, who asked him, "Sir, are you fit to drive." He replied, "Nothin' to it, son. I'll take the back roads!" I drank much less than my classmates and that was still a lot. The fraternities had beer & tunes parties at which you stood calf-deep in puddles of putrid beer. It was impossible to study much because the library and dorms were always rowdy. Putting in moderate effort, and depressed much of the time, I was 133/560 during that freshman year. I was well-to-do myself, from California, and even though I was originally from the East to boot, the snobbery was unbelievable. The sun shone about eight days, nonconsecutively. The faculty were good, not stellar, but solid, and the politics predictably liberal/PC. Back then the little town of Clinton had no touch-tone telephone service and one stoplight. Students used to hitchhike rather than walk back up the hill. There were two broadcast television stations. Most of the people I knew there spent their time getting stoned and drunk, or drunk and stone. I left after two semesters...tremendous mistake. My parents paid for it. I can't imagine how it would have sucked if I had had to borrow money for that place. Definitely not worth it.
1st Year Male -- Class 1988
Campus Aesthetics: A, Scholastic Success: F
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Careful when they offerAverageBiology
Careful when they offer financial aid. They cut your aid in Junior year then really cut it in senior year when they know you have nowhere else to go. If you are not wealthy, you will have a huge debt at the end.
3rd Year Female -- Class 2012
Education Quality: B, Surrounding City: C
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Hamilton is like so many other small schools,Quite BrightEnglish
Hamilton is like so many other small schools, yet there isn't much that it does to distinguish itself from them. The gray, winter blues last from November through April. The campus is nice, I've taken some good classes and we've had some notable speakers, but the white/upperclass image gets very tiring here and the overall experience is not worth spending 4 years in isolation.
2nd Year Male -- Class 2009
Extracurricular Activities: A-, Surrounding City: D-
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