Hamilton College Profile

Continental Scholar Athletes

To many, the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) is synonymous with all that's right with college athletics. Highly competitive, both academically and athletically, the conference strictly enforces high admissions standards for varsity athletes. That's the environment within which the Hamilton Continentals men's Basketball team exists; weekly competitive conference games against the likes of Williams, Middlebury, Bowdoin, and Amherst, and high expectations for players in the classroom. And that's why Hamilton players love their team, school, and conference.

Having coached at DIII SUNY Oswego for seven years, second year Hamilton women's basketball coach Michelle Collins understands the academic and athletic priorities facing her DIII student athlete. However, Coach Collins began her college basketball as a player at Division I Siena College. Before arriving at Hamilton, she was an assistant coach at Siena for five seasons and previously served as an assistant coach at Canisius College and the University at Buffalo.

Coach Collins coupled an outstanding basketball playing career at Siena with a degree in social work. She was a two-time all-conference pick and four-year letter winner, and still holds team records for most assists in a career (498) and a season (206), as well as steals in one season with 97. She is tied for the MAAC record with 5.69 assists per game.

About Hamilton College
Hamilton College's 1,350-acre campus is situated on a hilltop overlooking bucolic Clinton, New York. Although technically not in New England, if Hollywood were to create the ideal New England liberal arts college campus, Hamilton might very well be it.

Writing is a central focus of the academic mission of Hamilton, as expressed in the College's mantra "Hamilton is a national leader in teaching students to write effectively, learn from each other and think for themselves." With an otherwise open curriculum, the emphasis on writing results in one of the few course distribution requirements, as students must take at least three writing-intensive classes. The most popular Hamilton majors are economics, mathematics, political science and biology.

Founded in 1793 and named for Alexander Hamilton, a trustee on the board, Hamilton enrolls approximately 1,800 students from 46 states and 40 countries. Hamilton's admissions are highly competitive; its SAT 25th-75th percentile range is 1950 to 2220, and it accepts only around 27% of those who apply. Play the video below for more on Hamilton.