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Though Hamilton College is a small college with a good reputation today, it actually started as a small boys’ academy. Founded in 1793 as a seminary school called the Hamilton-Oneida Academy, Reverend Samuel Kirkland started the school as a way to educate both white boys and Native American boys at the same time. After becoming Hamilton College in 1812, it shifted its curriculum away from preparatory classes to traditional college courses and adopted a four year schedule for all incoming students. It wasn’t until the 1970s after its sister college shut down that Hamilton expanded its admissions policy to allow female students to attend its classes. Before the school officially went coed, females had the right to decide whether to earn a degree from Hamilton or its old sister college.

Students today attend its large campus in New York, but those students draw a line between the light and dark sides of campus. The dark side refers to the older Kirkland College, which was the girls’ only school that merged with Hamilton, while the light side of campus includes the older portion of Hamilton College and some of its more modern buildings. Both U.S. News & World Report and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance called Hamilton one of the more affordable liberal arts schools in the nation, and both Washington Monthly and U.S. News & World Report picked it as one of the best liberal arts schools. Forbes included Hamilton on its list of the best American colleges and placed the school within the top 50 of those colleges.

Hamilton College Accreditation Details

Though Hamilton College lacks any specialty accreditation like other schools have for individual programs, it does have regional accreditation. Regional accreditation is important because it allows you to transfer between colleges or to use the credits you earned when applying for a higher level program. With regional accreditation, you can also seek financial aid from the government via the FAFSA. The regional accreditation that Hamilton College has comes from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. You can check that organization’s website or the college’s website to see when its accreditation will next come up for renewal and what the college plans to do in preparation for that renewal.

Hamilton College Application Requirements

More than 15% of all undergraduate students at Hamilton who decide to enter grad school stay at Hamilton to further their education. When you apply to the college’s graduate school, there are several different things that you need to do. Start with one of the standardized tests available. You’ll generally need to take either the GRE or the GMAT, but you may need to take another type of exam. The type required depends on the program you want to study. Once you take that test, submit your score to the college. You will then need to fill out the application itself. The application asks for general information about your background, including when you will finish your degree/date of graduation, classes you took in college, the major and/or minor(s) you declared and any professional experiences you might have.

Graduate students enrolling in Hamilton College must also write a personal statement and submit letters of recommendation. The personal statement is similar to a short essay and should include details about why you opted for Hamilton, what you hope to get out of graduate school and what you want to do after finishing your degree. The letters of recommendation written on your behalf should come from those who oversaw your work in school and in the field.

Tuition and Fees

Those who choose Hamilton College for graduate school are responsible for both direct and indirect costs. Direct costs refer to the money you pay directly to the college for tuition and miscellaneous fees. The cost of all direct fees comes in at around $50,000 a year. If you plan to live on campus, you’ll need to pay for both a room and a meal plan, which adds more than $12,000 to your total amount. Indirect costs include any money you need for school that does not go to the school directly and may include textbooks, gas or transportation costs, living expenses and school supplies.

Hamilton recommends that students who cannot afford the cost of tuition and other charges file the FAFSA. Many graduate students are still dependents of their parents and will use their parents’ tax returns to fill out that form, but married students and those who meet other requirements may use their own tax returns and information on the form. Graduate students can apply for loans from the government, but if they need additional money, they might apply for alternative student loans and for scholarships. Hamilton may provide additional help in the form of an assistant job on campus.

Degrees Available

One option for Hamilton College students interested in attending graduate school is an MBA program. Also known as a Master of Business Administration, an MBA program is suitable for a student who goes to business school right after graduation and those who want to spend some time gaining business experience before going to graduate school. As GMAT scores are valid for up to five years, Hamilton recommends that students take that exam during their junior or senior year. Students can select from different concentrations to go along with their MBA degrees, including concentrations like management or accounting.

The undergraduate psychology program at Hamilton fully prepares students for going on to earn a graduate degree in psychology. The average students accepted into the graduate psychology program has a GPA of 3.6 or higher, a minimum of two years of working experience and a score of 720 or higher in each section of the GRE. This is a research heavy program that requires students create their own thesis paper or project during their final year.

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Teaching English as a Second Language is another option. This program is great for students who want to work with immigrants and foreign people to help them better understand how to write, read and communicate with others. Hamilton College encourages students to speak with a counselor or adviser during their junior years to find out more about choosing a program and applying to graduate school.