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Rank: 76

Hamilton College

Clinton, NYwww.hamilton.edu
Students at Hamilton College, as the liberal arts school loves to point out, study whatever interests them. Thanks to an open curriculum, the roughly 1,800 students aren't bound by a strict track of courses and prerequisites. That doesn't mean there aren't specific requirements to earn a degree in one of the over 40 majors offered at Hamilton, though. The college emphasizes strong critical thinking and communication skills, for example, so all students have to complete three writing courses. Students also work individually with an adviser to develop personal education goals, a task made possible by the college's high faculty-to-student ratio. Hamilton is one of a limited number of colleges that pledge to meet all of a student's demonstrated financial need. The college has increased its financial aid budget significantly in recent years to its current level of around $40 million. Despite Hamilton's small size, students can participate in more than 200 student groups, encompassing interests from beekeeping to conspiracy theories to sports. Every spring, students participate alone or on relay teams at HamTrek, a triathlon that calls for swimming 21 lengths in the pool, biking nine miles, and running five kilometers. The college encourages students to spend at least one semester off campus, and about two-thirds of students do so through study abroad programs or internships. The high graduation rate of nearly 92%, according to MONEY's calculations, is slightly higher than average for students of similar academic and economic backgrounds. The early career earnings of recent grads averages just over $58,600 -- almost 6% more than at comparable colleges.
costs
Est. Full Price 2018-2019
$69,300
% of students who get any grants
53%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$26,200
Average price for low-income students
$8,600
admissions
Acceptance rate
26%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1390/32
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
2,043
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
100%
% of need met
100%
% of students who get merit* grants
N/A
Average merit grant
N/A
student success
Graduation rate
92%
Average time to a degree
4 years
Average student debt
$15,800
Average salary within 3 years
$58,600
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
60%
key deadlines
Early decision application
Nov 15
Regular application
Jan 1

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

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