I’m trying to sort out the key distinguishing features between Hamilton and Colby, which seem to me in many respects quite similar, and of course being unable to participate in on-campus admitted student events makes some of the subtler distinctions hard to parse.
If you had to identify top reasons why any given student might choose one over the other, all other things being equal (neither the cost nor distance are significant in our case), that would be helpful. Is there a particular type of student who thrives (or flounders) at one vs. the other?
The presence or absence of Greek life might be one factor, but my sense is that Greek life isn’t a huge thing at Hamilton, and that it merely hidden at Colby. (Accurate or no?)
For this particular student, a beautiful campus, an outdoorsy, collaborative vibe, and opportunities to explore visual arts as a non-major are pluses, but I think both schools check that box – perhaps one more than the other? Major undecided, though it would be useful to note particular strengths and weaknesses. (My perception is that Hamilton is particularly strong in writing, but I don’t think Colby’s exactly a slacker in that respect.)
Did either handle the pandemic particularly well? Particularly strong or weak in student wellness or career counseling? Travel abroad? Project-based learning?
Really having trouble coming up with a reason to pick one over the other (and there’s a third in the mix, separate category), though Hamilton does seem to have a somewhat less compelling mascot, and possibly a steeper hill?
All insights (especially recent ones) appreciated.