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I am getting a good education here, butAverageEnglish
I am getting a good education here, but everything else here absolutely SUCKS. The brochures and campus tours are completely inaccurate and say nothing about the true life here at boring, remote Hamilton. If you don't wear the right clothes, don't drive a nice SUV, BMW or Volvo, AND have money to spend like water, like sunny weather, and like fun and sports, then DON'T come here. I was just accepted as a transfer to a much better school with a larger student body and awesome school spirit - something that is completely oblivious to Hamilton. Thankfully I am outta here and my college years will not be a total waste. These are supposed to be the best four years of your life so think twice before getting stuck here and look elsewhere.
1st Year Female -- Class 2007
Individual Value: B-, Education Quality: F
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Make no mistake, Hamilton College consistently attracts aSuper BrilliantPublic Policy
Make no mistake, Hamilton College consistently attracts a certain type of student (wealthy, intelligent, "arrogant," white) from a very specific place in society: upper class, secular, private, Northeast schools. The poeple who dominate the social life are all in fraternities and sororities, so if you pledge the wrong one freshman year-- or if the Brothers or Sisters change dramtically in your years here-- then things can potentially turn out very poorly socially. Almost all social students are from Connecticut (Greenwich), Westchester County, rural upstate New York, or other rich Northeastern towns west of Boston. If this is your crew, then you'll have a pretty good time. Personally, I hate it here. Every relationship that I have is based on alcohol and forgetful weekend nights, but that might be my fault, so don't rush to judgement. The weather is sad and depressing, the personalities are cold, exclusive, and arrogant, and the student life is generally poor. Example: if you go to a concert at Hamilton, no one will really be dancing or even moving. Most weirdos stand aroud with their arms crossed. This isn't my idea of a concert. There's no school spirit. The hockey game I went to last night had more visiting fans than Hamilton fans. It's not the type of place I'm used to. It's not a cozy tight-knit commmunity. It's a very exclusive, judgemental, arrogant atmosphere. This arrogance is reflected by the administration's behavior. When President Clinton came to speak to us this fall, people from the surrounding towns, including residents of Clinton, stood outside in the cold for three hours and were turned away only to realize that the field house had filled up with students half an hour ago. People knew that there were hundreds of residents outside, many elderly, who were literally freezing, and everyone inside the event knew that most of them would not get in. From where I come from, that's no way to treat people. I call it arrogance and I think that this place should be ashamed. Basically, the central thing that everyone cares about is their work, which is taken seriously by most people I interact with. This makes for a pretty good academic reputation, and the professors are amazing. But you can't get past the face that the weekends are the same thing every weekend, which is only fun if you like seein the same peeps every night. There aren't going to be any blossoming romances that develop with new and exotic people who you go for walks with through the Glen and throughout the campus. You're always being watched, so f you interact with someone others don't like you'll hear about it. "You hooked up with here? Dude she sucks." So, I guess my advice is make sure you pledge the right society if you really are into having a fun college experience with heavy drinking and sports and all that. Otherwise, be content to live some superficial, cold, and academically tough years in the middle of nowhere. Oh and one more thing, I live in a dorm as senior. Good luck.
4th Year Male -- Class 2005
Education Quality: A+, Friendliness: D
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The academics here are superb.Quite BrightPhilosophy
The academics here are superb. The professors all know their stuff and are really passionate about teaching to the students. Given that, everything here sucks. There are some professors who are racist and you can notice it in their rhetoric towards minorities. This one professor (Biology department) always breaks down this one girl's (who just so happens to be African) answer and analyze it, saying how bad of a answer it is. The students here are all the same WASP. Some don't even give you the light of day and are on their high horse. It's very elitist and minorities feel bad/secluded here. There are hardly any good race relations here. Most minorities want to transfer, yet can't because this college hooks them with a good financial aid package, making it difficult for them to leave. If it wasn't for that, many would have transferred a long time. There are some who work at the library who are racist. Clinton, NY sucks and the weekends here blow. Everyone gets drunks and that's all you can do if you want to have fun here. Life consists of a routine here and everything is so predictable. I strongly advice to stay away from here. Like someone one said, "There is always a gray cloud over Hamilton College." Don't make the mistake I made.
1st Year Male -- Class 2007
Faculty Accessibility: A+, Social Life: F
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