Academic Showstopper: Hamilton College

Stellar academics, generous financial aid packages and impressive four-year graduation rate, help make this small liberal arts college a top notch pick for new students.

Hamilton College, perched atop a hill and surrounded by the rolling farmlands of central New York, is a fixture on Kiplinger’s best college values list. Named for the founding father celebrated in the Broadway musical, the small liberal arts school attracts stellar students. Strong academics and robust financial aid awards help Hamilton secure its place in this year’s rankings (number 11 on our combined list and number six among liberal arts colleges). More than 80% of incoming freshmen report scoring 30 or higher on the ACT. The school’s 90% four-year graduation rate is among the highest of all 400 colleges on our list. And Hamilton is among a small group of schools that admit students without regard to their ability to pay and that meet 100% of students’ demonstrated financial need.

Kiplinger's Best College Values, 2019

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Kaitlin Pitsker
Associate Editor, Kiplinger's Personal Finance
Pitsker joined Kiplinger in the summer of 2012. Previously, she interned at the Post-Standard newspaper in Syracuse, N.Y., and with Chronogram magazine in Kingston, N.Y. She holds a BS in magazine journalism from Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.