Hamilton College

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#33, overall score 66.67/100

Fun Fact:

The college is named after Alexander Hamilton, who was on the school’s board of trustees when it served as a seminary focused on Native Americans.

CAMPUS INFORMATION

  • Location: Clinton, N.Y.
  • Region: Mid-Atlantic
  • Campus type: Rural
  • Public/Private: Private
  • Liberal Arts: Yes
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 1,879
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 325
  • Jewish population share: 17%
  • Student origin: 30% in-state / 70% out-of-state
  • Student newspaper: The Spectator
  • NCAA Division: III
  • NCAA team: Continentals
  • Ultimate Frisbee team: Hot Saucers

COST & AID Score: 12.5/15

  • Score: 12.5/15
  • Tuition: $52,770
  • Room & board costs: $52,770
  • Average annual scholarship/grant package: $42,570
  • Average loan debt: $19,281
  • Starting median salary: $58,600

ACADEMICS Score: 20/20

  • Score: 20/20
  • Acceptance rate: 24%
  • Student/faculty ratio: 9:1
  • Median SAT range: 1360-1510
  • Jewish Studies program: No
  • Jewish Studies major: No
  • Hebrew major: No

ISRAEL Score: 12.33/20

  • Score: 12.33/20
  • Size of Birthright trip: 20
  • School-approved study abroad program in Israel: Yes
  • Israel Studies center: No
  • Israel-related clubs: HIPAC
  • BDS vote in last four years: Never Introduced

SAFETY Score: 10/11

  • Score: 10/11
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in 2017: 0
  • Campus crime rate: 11.15/1,000 students (high)
  • City crime rate: 11.15/1,000 people (low)
  • LGBT center: Yes

JEWISH LIFE Score: 11.83/34

  • Score: 11.83/34
  • Hillel: Hamilton Hillel
  • Chabad: Chabad of Clinton, N.Y.
  • OU-JLIC: No
  • Jewish fraternities: No
  • Jewish sororities: No
  • Can you get kosher food on the school meal plan? No
  • Chicken soup hotline: Yes
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Chabad: 15
  • Synagogues within 10 miles: 4 (1 Orthodox, 2 Conservative, 1 Reform)
  • Eruv: No
  • Most famous Jewish alum: Paul Lieberstein
  • Where do Jewish students come from? From all over the country (although many come from the Northeast).
  • Kosher food details: Regular kosher items are available at the supermarket.

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