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Hamilton College

Motto: Γνωθι Σεαυτον (Know Thyself)
Established 1793 as Hamilton-Oneida Academy, 1812 as Hamilton College
Type: Private coeducational
Endowment: $779 million USD
President: Joan Hinde Stewart
Staff: 183
Undergraduates: 1,780
Location Clinton, NY, USA
Campus: Rural
Annual Fees: $46,210 (2007–2008)
Colors: Buff and Blue
Nickname: Continentals
Website: www.hamilton.edu

Hamilton College is a private, independent, highly selective liberal arts college located in Clinton, New York. In 2007, U.S. News & World Report ranked Hamilton the 17th best liberal arts college in the United States [1]. The college is known for its emphasis on writing and speaking. Hamilton was founded as a men's college in 1812, and has been coeducational since 1978, when it merged with Kirkland College. Hamilton College may refer to: Hamilton College, New York, USA Hamilton College (Iowa), Iowa, USA Hamilton College (Kentucky), Womens school, now closed Hamilton Boys High School, New Zealand Hamilton College (Scotland), Secondary school Category: ... Image File history File links Hamilton_College_seal. ... For other uses, see Motto (disambiguation). ... The Ancient Greek aphorism Know thyself (Greek: ΓΝΩΘΙ ΣΕΑΥΤΟΝ or gnothi seauton) was inscribed in golden letters at the lintel of the entrance to the Temple of Apollo at Delphi. ... The date of establishment or date of founding of an institution is the date on which that institution chooses to claim as its starting point. ... Year 1793 (MDCCXCIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Saturday of the 11-day slower Julian calendar). ... For the overture by Tchaikovsky, see 1812 Overture; For the wars, see War of 1812 (USA - United Kingdom) or Patriotic War of 1812 (France - Russia) For the Siberia Airlines plane crashed over the Black Sea on October 4, 2001, see Siberia Airlines Flight 1812 1812 was a leap year starting... For the film of this title, see Private School (film). ... Coeducation is the integrated education of men and women. ... A financial endowment is a transfer of money or property donated to an institution, with the stipulation that it be invested, and the principal remain intact. ... University President is the title of the highest ranking officer within a university, within university systems that prefer that appellation over other variations such as Chancellor or rector. ... This article is about work. ... In some educational systems, undergraduate education is post-secondary education up to the level of a Bachelors degree. ... Ginko tree near the center of the village of Clinton, New York A plaque outlining the history of the Ginko tree near the center of the village of Clinton, New York Clinton is a village in Oneida County, New York, United States. ... This article is about the state. ... Sign in a rural area in Dalarna, Sweden Qichun, a rural town in Hubei province, China Rural areas (also referred to as the country, countryside) are settled places outside towns and cities. ... School colors are the colors chosen by a school to represent it on uniforms and other items of identification. ... For other uses of the term, see Buff Buff is a pale yellow-brown colour that got its name from the colour of buffalo leather. ... For other uses, see Blue (disambiguation). ... The athletic nickname, or equivalently athletic moniker, of a university or college within the United States of America is the name officially adopted by that institution for at least the members of its athletic teams. ... A website (alternatively, Web site or web site) is a collection of Web pages, images, videos or other digital assets that is hosted on one or several Web server(s), usually accessible via the Internet, cell phone or a LAN. A Web page is a document, typically written in HTML... Liberal arts colleges in the United States are institutions of higher education in the United States which are primarily liberal arts colleges. ... Ginko tree near the center of the village of Clinton, New York A plaque outlining the history of the Ginko tree near the center of the village of Clinton, New York Clinton is a village in Oneida County, New York, United States. ... This article is about the state. ... U.S. News & World Report is a weekly newsmagazine. ... Coeducation is the integrated education of men and women. ... Year 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar). ... Kirkland College was a small, private liberal arts womens college located in Clinton, New York from 1968 to 1978. ...

Hamilton is sometimes referred to as the "College on the Hill", due to the school's location on top of College Hill, just outside of downtown Clinton. Hamilton College considers itself one of the top liberal arts colleges in the country, and is considered one of the "Little Ivies." Little Ivies is a colloquialism referring to a group of small, selective[1] American colleges and universities; however, it does not denote any official organization. ...



Hamilton currently offers the Bachelor of Arts degree in any of over 50 areas of concentration.[1] Additionally, Hamilton students may study abroad. The College runs programs in China, France, and Spain, as well as programs closer to home in New York City and Washington, DC. Hamilton is well known for its unique "open" curriculum, for which there are no distributional requirements; students have nearly total freedom over their course selection. Hamilton College, Brown University and Smith College are institutions with such a policy. The college has a tradition of adherence to an academic honor code. Every student matriculating at Hamilton must sign a pledge to observe the Honor Code, and many examinations are not proctored. Hamilton has been part of the SAT optional movement for undergraduate admission since 2002.[2] A B.A. issued from the University of Tennessee. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... Aerial photo (looking NW) of the Washington Monument and the White House in Washington, DC. Washington, D.C., officially the District of Columbia (also known as D.C.; Washington; the Nations Capital; the District; and, historically, the Federal City) is the capital city and administrative district of the United... For other uses, see SAT (disambiguation). ... Also see: 2002 (number). ...


Hamilton began in 1793 as the Hamilton-Oneida Academy, a K-12 school, and was chartered as Hamilton College in 1812. Samuel Kirkland founded the College as part of his missions work with the Oneida tribe. The college is named for Alexander Hamilton, who was a member of the first Board of Trustees of the Hamilton-Oneida Academy (though he never set foot on campus). Baron von Steuben, acting as Hamilton's surrogate, laid the college's cornerstone.[citation needed] For the overture by Tchaikovsky, see 1812 Overture; For the wars, see War of 1812 (USA - United Kingdom) or Patriotic War of 1812 (France - Russia) For the Siberia Airlines plane crashed over the Black Sea on October 4, 2001, see Siberia Airlines Flight 1812 1812 was a leap year starting... Rev. ... For other uses, see Oneida. ... Alexander Hamilton (January 11, 1755 or 1757[1]—July 12, 1804) was an Army officer, lawyer, Founding Father, American politician, leading statesman, financier and political theorist. ... Baron von Steuben Friedrich Wilhelm Augustus Steuben, Baron von Steuben (November 15, 1730-November 28, 1794) was a German army officer who served with George Washington in the American Revolutionary War and is credited with teaching American troops the essentials of military drill and discipline. ...

In 1978, the all-male Hamilton College merged with the all-female Kirkland College, which had been located adjacent to and founded by Hamilton; the primary public reason for the merger was Kirkland's imminent insolvency. It took nearly 7 years to fully complete the merger; female students were given the option of receiving a Kirkland diploma instead of a Hamilton diploma until 1979. Several former Kirkland faculty members teaching at Hamilton still fondly remember being part of a very different academic community prior to the merger. Year 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar). ... Womens colleges in the United States in higher education are American undergraduate, bachelors degree-granting institutions, often liberal arts colleges, whose student populations are comprised exclusively or almost exclusively of women. ... Kirkland College was a small, private liberal arts womens college located in Clinton, New York from 1968 to 1978. ... Also: 1979 by Smashing Pumpkins. ...

Hamilton College is the third oldest college established in New York, after Columbia and Union.[citation needed] This article is about the Union College in New York. ...

Since the 1970s, Hamilton has been a member of the NESCAC athletic conference (despite being located outside of New England), which includes Amherst, Bates, Bowdoin, Colby, Connecticut College, Middlebury, Trinity, Tufts, Wesleyan, and Williams. Amherst College is a private liberal arts college in Amherst, Massachusetts, USA. It is the third oldest college in Massachusetts. ... Bates College is a private liberal arts college, founded in 1855 by abolitionists, located in Lewiston, Maine, in the United States. ... Bowdoin College, founded in 1794, is a private liberal arts college located in the coastal New England town of Brunswick, Maine. ... Colby College, founded in 1813, is an elite liberal arts college located on Mayflower Hill in Waterville, Maine. ... Connecticut College is a coeducational, highly selective private liberal arts college located in New London, Connecticut. ... Middlebury College is a small, private liberal arts college located in the rural town of Middlebury, Vermont, United States. ... Trinity College is a private liberal arts college in Hartford, Connecticut. ... Tufts University is a private research university in Medford/Somerville, Massachusetts, suburbs of Boston. ... Wesleyan University is a private liberal arts college founded in 1831 and located in Middletown, Connecticut. ... Williams College is a private, liberal arts college located in Williamstown, Massachusetts. ...

Today, the original Hamilton campus is referred to by students and some school literature as the "light side" or "north side" of the campus. Formerly, the original side of campus was referred to as the "Stryker Campus" after its former president, Melancthon Woolsey Stryker (or incorrectly "Striker Campus"). On the other side of College Hill Road, the original Kirkland campus is referred to affectionately as the "dark side" or as the "south side."

Campus Life

The current Hamilton College campus consists of the original Hamilton College campus and the neighboring former campus of Kirkland College.

In the mid 1990s, the administration enacted a policy requiring all underclassmen to live in college housing (resulting in the closure of all fraternity houses and the Emerson Literary Society's house), and created social spaces for student use, improved funding for on-campus events, and pursued several other social life changes. This process caused a great deal of controversy — mostly surrounding the decision to preclude fraternities from exercising any use of their houses. As a result, the majority of fraternities felt they had no choice but to sell their houses to the college, though some fraternities refused to sell their houses until well into the next decade. As the college purchased the houses, it has carried out extensive renovations. Since the discussion, a few fraternities and sororities have had their charters revoked or suspended for extreme behavior (causing additional controversy among the students and alumni). Only one sorority on campus (Omega Phi Beta) has national affiliation. For the band, see 1990s (band). ... The terms fraternity and sorority (from the Latin words and , meaning brother and sister respectively) may be used to describe many social and charitable organizations, for example the Lions Club, Epsilon Sigma Alpha, Rotary International, Optimist International, or the Shriners. ...

  • Hamilton College is at coordinates 43°03′00″N 75°24′25″W / 43.05, -75.40694Coordinates: 43°03′00″N 75°24′25″W / 43.05, -75.40694

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Nearly all students live in college-owned dorms. There are a variety of styles of residence halls, including former fraternity houses, suites, apartment style housing, and more traditional dormitory style housing. Hamilton currently offers a cooperative living option to students, as well as substance-free and quiet housing.[3] The Statement on the Co-operative Identity [1] defines and guides co-operatives worldwide. ...


There are currently ten fraternities, seven sororities, and one co-ed society active on the Hamilton College campus. Fraternities: Alpha Delta Phi, Chi Psi, Delta Kappa Epsilon, Delta Phi, Delta Upsilon, Lambda Upsilon Lambda, Psi Upsilon, Sigma Phi, Tau Kappa Epsilon and Theta Delta Chi. Sororities : Alpha Chi Lambda, Alpha Theta Chi, Gamma Xi, Kappa Sigma Alpha, Omega Phi Beta and Phi Beta Chi. Hamilton also has a co-ed, non-Greek social society, the Emerson literary society.[4] This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Chi Psi, ΧΨ is a fraternity consisting of more than 30 chapters (known as alphas) at American colleges and universities. ... Delta Kappa Epsilon (ΔΚΕ; also pronounced D-K-E or Deke) is the oldest secret college mens fraternity of New England origin. ... Delta Phi (ΔΦ) is a fraternity was founded in 1827 at Union College in Schenectady, New York. ... Delta Upsilon (ΔY) is one of the oldest international, all-male, college, Greek-letter social fraternities and is the first non-secret fraternity ever founded. ... La Unidad Latina, Lambda Upsilon Lambda Fraternity, Incorporated was established on February 19, 1982 in order to address the shortcomings of academic institutions in meeting and addressing the needs of Latino students in higher education. ... Psi Upsilon (ΨΥ, Psi U) is the fifth oldest college fraternity, founded at Union College in 1833. ... The Sigma Phi Society, founded on 4 March 1827 on the campus of Union College in Schenectady, New York is the second oldest Greek social fraternal organization in the United States. ... Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE or Teke, pronounced T-K-E or IPA , as in teak wood) is a college fraternity with chapters in the USA, and Canada, and affiliation with a German fraternity system known as the Corps of the Weinheimer Senioren Convent (WSC). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Alpha Theta Chi was founded in 1989 at the University of Michigan Flint. ... Omega Phi Beta Sorority(ΩΦΒ) is a Latino oriented Greek letter intercollegiate sorority founded on March 15, 1989 on the University at Albany in Albany, New York. ... ΦΒΧ - Phi Beta Chi is a national sorority formed to support collegiate women socially, spiritually and academically. ... The Emerson Literary Society began in 1882 in the town of Clinton, NY at Hamilton College. ...

On campus events

The changes have allowed the student community to increase the number and types of activities available on campus. The college has also provided significant funding for student activities through student-run organizations. College-sponsored student-run groups routinely bring music, movies, plays, and other performers to the college. The Hamilton College Student Assembly allocates over one quarter of a million dollars to student groups each year. The Student Activities Office, the President's Office, and other College offices provide additional funds for student groups.[citation needed]

Campus Media

WHCL FM: During the academic year, Hamilton students, faculty, and community members produce a variety of music, news, sports, and talk radio programs at FM frequency 88.7 The station is available through most of the Mohawk Valley region and online at WHCL.org. It is the only radio station in Clinton. WHCL is a radio station based out of Hamilton College in Clinton, NY. It broadcasts on the frequency of 88. ... The Mohawk Valley region of the U.S. state of New York includes the industrialized cities of Utica and Rome, along with other smaller commercial centers. ...

The Spectator: Hamilton College's primary news publication is published weekly and is freely available in the campus dining halls, mail center, and library. Also online at hamilton.edu/spectator. The Spectator covers campus, local, and national news as well as Hamilton sports and campus life. It is older than the New York Times[citation needed], which is the paper's official slogan. The New York Times is an internationally known daily newspaper published in New York City and distributed in the United States and many other nations worldwide. ...

The Daily Bull: A daily bulletin that features humor pieces, campus satire, cultural commentary, classified advertisements, and local weather. The Daily Bull is noted for being printed on yellow legal size paper, and is distributed on dining hall tables every morning. Comparison of the most common paper sizes. ...

The Wag: Hamilton's biannual satire magazine, published near the end of every semester. It features written and graphical satire of campus news and life. The Wag has also produced short feature films about the "Hamilton experience" in the past.

The Duel Observer: A weekly humor and satire publication that adopts the format of a parody newspaper (i.e. the Onion). The name "Duel Observer" is a reference to the duel between Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton which resulted in Hamilton's death. In contemporary usage, a parody (or lampoon) is a work that imitates another work in order to ridicule, ironically comment on, or poke some affectionate fun at the work itself, the subject of the work, the author or fictional voice of the parody, or another subject. ... The Onion is a United States-based parody newspaper published weekly in print and daily online. ... A duel is a formalized type of combat. ... This article discusses Aaron Burr (1756-1836), the American politician. ... Alexander Hamilton (January 11, 1755 or 1757[1]—July 12, 1804) was an Army officer, lawyer, Founding Father, American politician, leading statesman, financier and political theorist. ...

The Continental: A student-run magazine published a few times a semester. The magazine features fashion advice, party photos, and articles on a variety of subjects.

The ComPost: A sporadically distributed environmental news bulletin. Notably printed on the back of previously-printed paper from the school's library, the ComPost contains local environmental news and tips for living "greener" on campus. It is published by Hamilton Environmental Action Group "HEAG".

Annual Events and Traditions

Class and Charter Day: On the last day of spring term classes, all afternoon classes are cancelled for a campus wide picnic and party. Additionally, a ceremony is held during which students, faculty, and other members of the Hamilton community are recognized for their academic, leadership, and community-development accomplishments. During the ceremony, chosen students are also inducted into Hamilton's three secret honor societies: Doers and Thinkers, Was Los, and Pentagon. Class and Charter Day is also the biggest party day of the year at Hamilton.

Citrus Bowl: The Citrus Bowl is the first men's home hockey game of the season. Traditionally, upon the first Hamilton-scored goal, oranges and other citrus fruits that students had smuggled into the rink were thrown onto the ice at the visiting goalie. This often resulted in a delay-of-game penalty against Hamilton while the ice was cleaned. In recent years, the orange throwing has been very strongly discouraged by the College administration and by NESCAC officials, but the event is still well attended. Orange T-shirts commemorating the event have been distributed in recent years.

FebFest: Rooted in the long standing tradition of the winter carnival at Hamilton, FebFest is a relatively recent revival at Hamilton. A week-long combination of performances, parties, free food, fireworks, and various other events, FebFest intends to keep student morale high during the winter.

May Day Music Festival: Started in 2004, May Day is an outdoor music festival sponsored by several on-campus organizations including the Hamilton College Independent Music Fund, WHCL, and the Hamilton College Campus Activities Board. Past performers have included: Citizen Cope, The New Pornographers, The Pharcyde, Dead Meadow, Tim Reynolds, The Virginia Coalition, Jennifer Gentle, Rainer Maria, Ted Leo, The Unicorns, J-Live, Catch-22 and Sleater-Kinney. It should be noted that the name "May Day" has no association with other May Day events and activities elsewhere in the world. Rather, the name simply refers to the fact that the festival is staged in early May or late April. The May Day Music Festival is annually held at Hamilton College on Minor Field during the spring. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Citizen Cope is a pseudonym of Clarence Greenwood, keyboardist, guitarist, singer, DJ, and record producer, and the name of the band that he leads. ... The New Pornographers is a Juno Award-winning Canadian indie rock group formed in 1997 in Vancouver, British Columbia. ... The Pharcyde is a rap group from the West coast of the United States. ... Dead Meadow is a Washington, D.C., USA based band, formed in 1998. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Jennifer Gentle Jennifer Gentle is an Italian psychedelic rock group. ... Rainer Maria were an indie rock band originally from Madison, Wisconsin, later residing in Brooklyn, New York. ... Theodore Francis Ted Leo (born September 11, 1970, in South Bend, Indiana) is an American punk rock singer, songwriter and guitarist. ... The Unicorns were an indie pop band from Montreal, Canada, formed in December 2000 by Nicholas Nick Diamonds Thorburn and Alden Penner, who were later joined by Jamie Thompson. ... J-Live (also know as Justice Allah, real name Jean-Jacques Cadet) is an MC, DJ, and producer, and also the founder of Triple Threat Productions. ... Catch 22 is a ska punk band from East Brunswick, New Jersey. ... Sleater-Kinney are an indie rock trio from Olympia, Washington influenced by the riot grrrl movement of the 1990s. ...

HamTrek: Started in 2004, HamTrek is an annual sprint-triathlon consisting of a 525-yard swim, 9-mile bike ride, and 3.1-mile run. Participants can compete individually, in unisex teams of 3, or co-ed teams of 3. Prizes are awarded to the winners of the different competing groups. Also, many athletic coaches now require their teams to compete. HamTrek takes place on Class and Charter day. Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Like most small colleges in the United States, Hamilton is working to increase the diversity of its student body.

See Statistics for more information.


Hamilton is a NCAA Division III school and has been a member of the New England Small College Athletic Conference since 1971. The college sports teams are known as the Hamilton Continentals. Hamilton sponsors 28 sports, including: Baseball (M), Basketball (M&W), Crew (M&W), Cross Country (M&W), Field Hockey (W), Football (M), Golf (M), Ice Hockey (M&W), Lacrosse (M&W), Outdoor and Indoor Track & Field (M&W), Soccer (M&W), Softball (W), Squash (M&W), Swimming & Diving (M&W), Tennis (M&W), Volleyball (W). The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA, often pronounced N-C-Double-A or N-C-Two-A ) is a voluntary association of about 1,200 institutions, conferences, organizations and individuals that organizes the athletic programs of many colleges and universities in the United States. ... Division III (or DIII) is a division of the National Collegiate Athletic Association of the United States. ... The New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) is an athletic conference consisting of eleven highly selective liberal arts colleges located in New England and New York. ... Year 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the 1971 Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the sport. ... This article is about the sport. ... For other uses, see Crew (disambiguation). ... The Minnesota State Highschool Cross Country Meet A cross country race in Seaside, Oregon. ... A game of field hockey in progress Field hockey is a sport for men, women and children in many countries around the world. ... United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ... This article is about the sport. ... Ice hockey, known simply as hockey in areas where it is more common than field hockey, is a team sport played on ice. ... For other uses, see Lacrosse (disambiguation). ... Athletics, also known as track and field or track and field athletics, is a collection of sport events. ... Soccer redirects here. ... Soft ball is also a sugar stage Softball is a team sport popular around the world but especially in the United States. ... Squash racquet and ball Players in a glass-backed squash court International Squash Singles Court, as specified by the World Squash Federation Squash is an indoor racquet sport that was formerly called Squash racquets, a reference to the squashable soft ball used in the game (compared with the harder ball... Swimmer redirects here. ... For other uses, see Dive. ... For other uses, see Tennis (disambiguation). ... For the ball used in this sport, see Volleyball (ball). ...

About 30% of the Hamilton student body participates on the athletics program. In addition to varsity sports, Hamilton sponsors several club sports and intramural activities each year. All students have the opportunity to participate at a level enjoyable to them, including the creation of a streaking team in 2002. A participant of the Bay to Breakers. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ...

Hamilton's mascot is a Continential, a soldier in America's Continental Army of the Revolutionary War. The college's colors are blue and buff, the colors of the Continential Army's uniforms. The college's namegiver, Alexander Hamilton played a central role in the Continental Army as General George Washington's Chief of Staff,. Illustration depicting uniforms and weapons used during the 1779 to 1783 period of the American Revolution by showing four soldiers standing in an informal group General George Washington, was appointed Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army on June 15, 1775. ... The American Revolutionary War (1775–1783), also known as the American War of Independence, was a war fought primarily between Great Britain and revolutionaries within thirteen of her North American colonies. ... For other uses, see Blue (disambiguation). ... Look up buff in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Alexander Hamilton (January 11, 1755 or 1757[1]—July 12, 1804) was an Army officer, lawyer, Founding Father, American politician, leading statesman, financier and political theorist. ... George Washington (February 22, 1732 – December 14, 1799)[1] led Americas Continental Army to victory over Britain in the American Revolutionary War (1775–1783), and in 1789 was elected the first President of the United States of America. ...


Hamilton has a large library for a school of its size[citation needed]. During the summer of 2006, the school completed a 56 million dollar science building. The art department has separate studios for each of the studio arts taught, most of which are in the midst a 37.5 million dollar renovation project. Hamilton's athletic facilities include an ice rink, swimming pool, several athletics fields, a golf course, a three-story climbing wall, and a state of the art 10 Court Squash Center (opened in 2006), all of which are open to use by the student body. Hamilton also has a world class concert hall.

Carol Woodhouse Wellin Performance Hall

The 700 seat hall features some of the best acoustics on the East Coast of the United States.[citation needed] Wellin Hall hosts the College Orchestra, Choir, Jazz Band, and Oratorio Society, as well as guest artists from around the globe.

The Sage Rink

The Sage Rink is the nation's second oldest indoor college hockey rink only after Northeastern's[citation needed]. It was renovated in 1993, when it received better lighting, ice-making equipment, and structural enhancements. The rink houses the college's Men's and Women's varsity hockey teams, intramural ice hockey, physical education classes, and local youth hockey games. Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ...

Bristol Swimming Pool

Complete in 1988, the pool was christened by a Guinness Book of World Records setting event in April 1989 when the world's longest swim relay was completed in the Bristol pool.[citation needed] Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ... The Guinness Book of Records (or in recent editions Guinness World Records, and in previous US editions Guinness Book of World Records) is a book published annually, containing an internationally recognized collection of superlatives: both in terms of human achievement and the extrema of the natural world. ...

Steuben Field

Home to the Hamilton College football team, Steuben Field was founded in 1897, and is one of the ten oldest collegiate football fields in the United States.[5] 1897 (MDCCCXCVII) was a common year starting on Friday (see link for calendar). ...

Litchfield Observatory

IAU code 789, from which C. H. F. Peters discovered some 48 asteroids[citation needed]. The observatory burned down but is currently marked on campus by its telescope mount outside of the Suida Admissions house. The current observatory, a quarter of a mile from campus, is powered by solar energy and is open for student use. Christian Heinrich Friedrich Peters (September 19, 1813 – July 18, 1890) was an American astronomer, and one of the first to discover asteroids. ...

Campus Speakers

Hamilton hosts many different speakers on many different subjects. Notable recent speakers have included Salman Rushdie, Jared Diamond, Stanley Lombardo, Peter Meineck, Kenneth Miller, and the speakers of the Great Names series (see below). Sir Ahmed Salman Rushdie (Devanagari : अहमद सलमान रश्दी Nastaliq:; born 19 June 1947) is an Indian-British novelist and essayist. ... Jared Mason Diamond (b. ... Stanley Lombardo is a professor of Classics at the University of Kansas. ... Peter Meineck is a professor of classics and artist in residence at New York University, where he teaches ancient drama, Greek Literature, and classical mythology. ... There is also a different professor Kenneth Miller [1] Professor Kenneth R. Miller is professor of biology at Brown University in the United States. ...

The Sacerdote Great Names Series at Hamilton

Starting in 1996 the Sacerdote Great Names Series has brought some of the most sought after speakers to campus for presentations. While most of these have been in the form of speeches, they have also included a concert by B. B. King. Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... B. B. King (born Riley B. King on September 16, 1925) is an American blues guitarist and singer-songwriter, widely considered one of the best and most respected blues musicians of all time. ...

To-date the speakers that have been part of this series are:

This article is about the former Vice President of the United States. ... is the 116th day of the year (117th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... Thomas John Brokaw (born February 6, 1940 in Webster, South Dakota) is a popular American television journalist, Previously working on regularly scheduled news documentaries for the NBC television network, and is the former NBC News anchorman and managing editor of the program NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw. ... is the 117th day of the year (118th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... William Jefferson Bill Clinton (born William Jefferson Blythe III[1] on August 19, 1946) was the 42nd President of the United States, serving from 1993 to 2001. ... is the 313th day of the year (314th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... William Henry Bill Cosby, Jr. ... is the 288th day of the year (289th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Rudolph William Louis Rudy Giuliani III, KBE (born May 28, 1944) served as the Mayor of New York City from January 1, 1994 through December 31, 2001. ... is the 267th day of the year (268th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ... Madeleine Korbel Albright (born Marie Jana Korbelová, IPA: , on May 15, 1937) was the first woman to become United States Secretary of State. ... is the 65th day of the year (66th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ... For other persons named Jimmy Carter, see Jimmy Carter (disambiguation). ... is the 120th day of the year (121st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ... Desmond Mpilo Tutu (born 7 October 1931) is a South African cleric and activist who rose to worldwide fame during the 1980s as an opponent of apartheid. ... is the 101st day of the year (102nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full 2000 Gregorian calendar). ... Margaret Hilda Thatcher, Baroness Thatcher, LG, OM, PC, FRS (née Roberts; born 13 October 1925) served as British Prime Minister from 1979 to 1990 and leader of the Conservative Party from 1975 until 1990, being the first and only woman to hold either post. ... is the 343rd day of the year (344th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... Riley B. King aka B. B. King (b. ... is the 293rd day of the year (294th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... President F.W. de Klerk Frederik Willem de Klerk (born March 18, 1936) is a former President of South Africa, serving from September 1989 to May 1994. ... April 8 is the 98th day of the year (99th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... Elie Wiesel KBE (born Eliezer Wiesel on September 30, 1928) [1] is a Romanian novelist, political activist, Nobel Laureate and Holocaust survivor. ... is the 93rd day of the year (94th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the band, see 1997 (band). ... James Carville James Carville (born October 25, 1944) is an American political consultant, commentator, media personality and pundit. ... Mary Joe Matalin (born September 19, 1953) is an American political strategist and consultant. ... is the 288th day of the year (289th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... General Colin Luther Powell, United States Army (Ret. ... is the 91st day of the year (92nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ...

College Statistics

Source: Hamilton College[6]
General Information:
Enrollment: ~1,775
Applicants for class of 2011 ~4,962
Percentage Male: 50%
Percentage Female: 50%
Target Entering Class Size: 435 (as of 2007)
Acceptance Rate: 28% (for the Class of 2011)
SAT Scores:
-75th percentile: 1490
-25th percentile: 1340
High School Rank: 84% were in the top 10%
High School public to private ratio: 60-40
Ethnic Diversity:
International 5%
African-American 5%
Native American 1%
Asian/Pacific Islander 8%
Hispanic 4%
Caucasian 69%
Unknown 8%

Geographic Diversity: Hamilton students come from 44 U.S. states and 40 countries [6] Image File history File links Hamilton_college_chart. ... Image File history File links Hamilton_college_chart. ...

Historical Landmarks on Campus

Hamilton College Chapel

The college's chapel is a historically protected landmark and is the only three story chapel still standing in America[2]. The chapel is topped by a signature quill pen weather vane, which represents Hamilton College's long standing commitment to producing graduates with exceptional writing and communication abilities.[citation needed] A quill pen is made from a flight feather (preferably a primary) of a large bird, most often a goose. ... Weather vane Weather cock Aerovane A weather vane, also called a wind vane, is a movable device attached to an elevated object such as a roof for showing the direction of the wind. ...

Kirkland Cottage

The cottage was the original residence of Samuel Kirkland when he began his missionary work to the Oneida that resulted in the founding of the Hamilton-Oneida Academy. The cottage itself is completely original, although it was moved from its original location to its current place on the main quadrangle of the Hamilton Side. The cottage is currently used for matriculation ceremonies.

Birthplace of Elihu Root

This house originally belonged to the Root family and was the birthplace of Secretary of State Elihu Root. The house has since been renamed Buttrick Hall. Originally built in 1812 as the student dining hall, in 1834 it became the home of Horatio Buttrick, then superintendent of the Buildings and Grounds Department as well as registrar. Through Oren Root’s marriage to a daughter of Horatio Buttrick, the building became the birthplace of Elihu Root, U.S. secretary of state and recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize.[citation needed] The house currently serves as office space for the President of the College and the Dean of Faculty. Elihu Root (February 15, 1845 – February 7, 1937) was an American lawyer and statesman and the 1912 recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. ... Lester B. Pearson after accepting the 1957 Nobel Peace Prize The Nobel Peace Prize (Swedish and Norwegian: Nobels fredspris) is the name of one of five Nobel Prizes bequeathed by the Swedish industrialist and inventor Alfred Nobel. ...

Elihu Root House

The Elihu Root House house originally belonged to Elihu Root and served as his summer home. Formerly the home of the Office of Admission, it as of September 2007 home to the President's office. Elihu Root House, also known as Grant House, was the home of statesman Elihu Root. ... Elihu Root (February 15, 1845 – February 7, 1937) was an American lawyer and statesman and the 1912 recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. ...

College songs

  • Carissima
  • We Never Will Forget Thee, the fight song of Hamilton College, often performed by the Hamilton College Buffers, an all-male student a cappella group. The Hamilton College Football team also sings a slightly modified version of this song upon winning a football game.

Carissima is the alma mater of Hamilton College, written in 1872 by M. W. Stryker. ... A fight song is primarily a sports term, referring to a song associated with a team. ... This article is about the vocal technique. ...


  • In Act III of Thornton Wilder's play, Our Town, the character, Mr. Webb, was returning on the early-morning train after having been away for several days in Clinton, New York, to make a speech at Hamilton College, his alma mater. Hamilton graduate Alexander Woollcott was friends with Wilder and convinced him to include the college.
  • Hamilton was cited as the second most "preppy" college in the United States in Lisa Birnbach's Official Preppy Handbook.

Image File history File links Broom_icon. ... Image:Thorntonwilderteeth. ... Our Town by Thornton Wilder Our Town is a three act play by Thornton Wilder which is, perhaps, the most frequently produced play by an American playwright. ... Cover of The Official Preppy Handbook The Official Preppy Handbook is a tongue-in-cheek reference guide edited by Lisa Birnbach; it describes an aspect of North American culture she styles as prepdom. ...

See also

Hamilton College is a private, independent and highly-selective liberal arts college located in Clinton, New York. ...


  1. ^ Hamilton College Website, Academics Overview
  2. ^ Hamilton College Website, Standardized Testing Requirements
  3. ^ Hamilton College Website, "Virtual Tour"
  4. ^ Further information about each society may be found on the Hamilton College website.
  5. ^ NESCAC Football Record Book
  6. ^ a b http://www.hamilton.edu/hamilton_at_a_glance/default.html?CFID=5421169&CFTOKEN=41523729

External links

  • Official website
  • America's Best Colleges 2008, Hamilton College At A Glance
  • Graduates for a Greener Hamilton
  • Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization (unaffiliated with Hamilton College)
  • Hamilton College Alumni for Governance Reform

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Chartered in 1812, Hamilton College is the third-oldest college in New York State.
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The College does not have a core curriculum, but students must meet requirements in science and mathematics, social sciences, the arts, and humanities; an essential foundation for the educated individual.
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