Hamilton College began in 1793 as Hamilton-Oneida Academy, named after Alexander Hamilton, the first secretary of the U.S. Treasury who served as a member of the first Board of Trustees. The school was transformed into Hamilton College in 1812, and is one of the nation's oldest schools - the third in the state of New York. Their mission is to provide students with an academic experience that focuses on excellence, development and responsibility.
With around 1,800 students from 49 states and 37 countries, there's an endless amount of people to meet. Plus, with a student-to-faculty ratio of 9-1, you know you'll get the attention and individualized education necessary for success. Of those students, 98 percent live in one of the college's residences halls, but those in off campus living will still have plenty of access to the campus' amenities.
The 1,350-acre campus is on a hilltop overlooking the village of Clinton, providing plenty of breathtaking views. The New England-style village is home to many shops and restaurants, including Clinton Cider Mill, three coffee houses, three pizzerias, Gap, Best Buy and Target, just to name a few. For those who enjoy outdoor activities, Adirondack Park is only an hour away, and offers plenty of activities like hiking, skiing and camping.
The college is also close to Utica, which houses several attractions like the Stanley Performing Arts Center, the National Distance Running Hall of Fame and the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute. There's never a shortage of things to do around Hamilton College.
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