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I was excited to start Hamilton, but IAverageBiology
I was excited to start Hamilton, but I couldn't wait to get out. My four years there meshed together because nothing positive ever happened (and not for a lack of trying). Same people, dull campus climate, same professors (some good, some self-absorbed, some scarce), apathetic student body, and isolation in every direction. I was looking to experience new cultures and make new friendships at Hamilton but everyone is the same, bland, nilla wafer. When you leave Hamilton, you actually feel like there is a world out there because until you graduate, you wouldn't know it exists.
4th Year Male -- Class 2002
Campus Maintenance: A-, Social Life: D
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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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Hamilton was a joke.English
Hamilton was a joke. The politically correct atmosphere stifled debate, academic inquiry, character development, and open-mindedness. I do not hesitate to advise prospective students to look elsewhere. If you desire an academically-rigorous school in which you are free to pursue new ideas, develop expertise, contribute to the intellectual discourse, or otherwise spread your intellectual wings, go elsewhere. Your time and money will be wasted.

If you are sanctimonious or a party-type, then you've found your home. Holier-than-thou, closed-minded liberal guilt reigns. Don't you dare say something that might be 1) overheard by someone else and 2) then they take your words out of context (or even if they misheard them) and bring you up on harassment charges.

I was there during the First Gulf War, and, although I vehemently opposed the war, the behavior of the politically-correct students was awful. There was no debate, no attempt to understand the Iraqi culture, especially by the PC students. They had a simple, primitive knee-jerk reaction. There was no room for dissent. No room for discussion with them. THEY were RIGHT. YOU were IGNORANT.

Woe betide those who dared cross the left-wing divide. Professors berated students who disagreed or offered differing points of view. "Diversity" in a true sense, that is, differing opinions and experiences was frowned upon by the self-annointed (quasi-)intellectual class that deemed how the discourse should be structured. Oftentimes, it was a criticism of individualism; going your own way; daring to challenge the canon of belief, the one "right way" or the "Hamilton way".

At Hamilton, "diversity" is a racist, fettishist worship of post colonial africa, of the ghetto, or of the adversely-selected "downtrodden". Hell, if you're from "the North" in their nomenclature, what the sane world calls "the midwest", say, Wisconsin, you're considered to be from the same region as the northeasterners who dominate the landscape: "the North".

If you are lucky enough to have actually open-minded professors, then you're in for a treat. The German and Russian department is great. Prof Malloy is great. Prof Ambrose in history is fantastic. Prof Thickstun in English is excellent. It is too bad they are wasted in the intellectual wasteland known as hamilton.And yes, had my grades been good enough after my sophomore year, I would have transfered. By my senior year, the atmosphere was so hostile to non-PC types, I would have not returned had I not graduated. PLEASE GO ELSEWHERE. The education you get within some departments does not make up for the general lack of intellectualism at this disgusting institution. It is the Hillsdale of the left wing side: the place for the pastors to preach to the choir.

Alumnus Male -- Class 2000
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