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 Women's Lacrosse team exists; weekly competitive conference games against the likes of Williams, Middlebury, Bowdoin, and Amherst, and high expectations for players in the classroom. It's within those high lacrosse and academic expectations that Hamilton players thrive.

Hamilton women's lacrosse coach Patti Kloidt isn't just competitive within the NESCAC. In 2008, Hamilton's women's lacrosse won the DIII National Championship. In her 12th year as the head women’s lacrosse coach, Coach Kloidt has compiled an amazing record of 147-51 (.742 win percentage). The Continentals have reached the postseason every year, including the NCAA championship from 2007 to 2011. In addition, Coach Kloidt's players have earned a total of 17 All-America honors.

Coach Kloidt spent four years as Le Moyne College's head coach before she arrived at Hamilton. She began her coaching career as an assistant on the Amherst College lacrosse and soccer staffs. Her playing career was as a four-year varsity letter winner in lacrosse at Penn State, where she received all-region honors in 1994. She graduated with a degree in exercise and sport science and went on to earn her master's in exercise and sport studies from Smith College.

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.