- Class: Freshman
- Gender: M
- High School: Irvington High School
- Transfer Student: N
The Split between the dark side and light side is huge here. Except for the mix of kids in classes in sometimes feels like there are two schools here with the more artsy dark side and more preppy light side. Since there's no real town here to go to, everything has to happen on campus and most people stick to their side because they like the people there and also (espescially during the frigid winters) because they dont want to make the trek across campus.
From my experiences one year here, I think the academics are amazing. For the most part the classes are very small and professors try to get to know each of their students. The best way to describe the competitveness here is passive. Nobody acts competitive but when they find out they got the best grade in class or that their friend is doing better than them, they are driven to do better.
The student body is pretty homogenous: white kids from the Northeast whose families before them were college educated(many at Hamilton). The vast majority are WASPs and a lot private school kids. The school insists only 40% of kids went to private school but it certainly feels like more than that. Coming from a fairly economically diverse public high school, it took a little while for me to adjust to the fact that more people were wealthy here than I was used to. I think Hamilton definitely has to try harder to get a more economically diverse student body by offering more financial aid if they continue to fail to become more racially diverse.
The Best Things
The perfect mix of work and play.
The Worst Things
Since it's such a small community, it's impossible to avoid people if you want to.