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Hamilton College Data & Information Overview

This overview covers the essential stats on Hamilton College, including its rankings, majors, diversity, and more. Want to dig deeper into a particular stat? Just click on its tile and you'll be taked to a more in-depth page on the figure. In addition, you can use the links below to quickly jump to any section on this page.

How Well Is Hamilton College Ranked?

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2021 Rankings

In its yearly rankings, College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities to determine which ones are the best in a variety of categories, such as overall value, quality, diversity, which schools are the best for each major, and much more.

Hamilton College was awarded 51 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is social sciences.

Overall Quality

College Factual ranked Hamilton as #22 out of 1,715 colleges and universities in the country on its 2021 Best Colleges list. This lands it a coveted spot in the top 5% of all colleges and universities in the country.

Hamilton also holds the #2 spot on the Best Colleges in New York ranking.

See all of the rankings for Hamilton College.

Is It Hard to Get Into Hamilton?

Acceptance Rate

With an acceptance rate of 24%, Hamilton is one of the most selective schools in the country. Good grades and high test scores alone may not be enough to get you into the school, so do your best to submit a stellar application.

Average Test Scores

About 36% of students accepted to Hamilton submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 680 and 750. Math scores were between 680 and 760.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Hamilton College  ( 680 to 750 )

SAT Math Scores for Hamilton College  ( 680 to 760 )
Hamilton received ACT scores from 47% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 31 and 33.

ACT Composite Scores for Hamilton College  ( 31 to 33 )

Learn more about Hamilton College admissions.

Hamilton College Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at Hamilton is an impressive 9 to 1. That's quite good when you compare it to the national average of 15 to 1. This is a good sign that students at the school will have more opportunities for one-on-one interactions with their professors.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

When estimating how much access students will have to their teachers, some people like to look at what percentage of faculty members are full time. This is because part-time teachers may not have as much time to spend on campus as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Hamilton College is 87%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  87 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Hamilton College

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 96% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like Hamilton College enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  96 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate for someone pursuing a bachelor's degree is typically four years. This rate at Hamilton for first-time, full-time students is 87%, which is better than the national average of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  87 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Hamilton College.

Excellent Overall Diversity at Hamilton

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 2,012 undergraduates at Hamilton with 1,999 being full-time and 13 being part-time.

Hamilton Diversity Score

For each college and university, College Factual calculates an overall diversity score that takes four factors into account: gender, ethnicity, age, and home location of the student. Then, the schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest.

With an overall score of 96.50 out of 100, Hamilton is one of the most diverse schools in the nation.

Overall Diversity Score  96.50 out of 100
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How Much Does Hamilton College Cost?

The overall average net price of Hamilton is $25,160. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Hamilton

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$9,388 $11,351 $13,274 $22,401 $43,072

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Hamilton, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Hamilton, approximately 40% of students took out student loans averaging $4,950 a year. That adds up to $19,800 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Hamilton is 0.4%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Get more details about paying for Hamilton College.

How Much Money Do Hamilton Graduates Make?

Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from Hamilton with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $60,200 in their early years. That's great news for Hamilton students since it is 51% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.


See which majors at Hamilton College make the most money.

Location of Hamilton College

Located in Clinton, New York, Hamilton College is a private not-for-profit institution. Clinton is a good match for students who enjoy the safety and convenience of the suburbs.

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Location of Hamilton College

Contact details for Hamilton are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 198 College Hill Rd, Clinton, NY 13323
Phone: 315-859-4011

Hamilton College Majors

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Economics 78 $60,900
Mathematics 54 $59,200
Political Science & Government 41 $46,800
Romance Languages 32 NA
Literature 31 NA
Fine & Studio Arts 25 NA
Public Policy 23 NA
Child Development & Psychology 22 NA
Writing Studies 21 NA
General Biology 20 NA

Learn more about the majors offered at Hamilton College along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Learn more about online learning at Hamilton College.

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


More about our data sources and methodologies.

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