Hamilton Center

Walk through Hamilton “Ham” Center at any time of day, and you can find students playing ping pong, shooting pool, checking their mail, grabbing a bite to eat and meeting up with friends.

Walk through Hamilton “Ham” Center at any time of day, and you can find students playing ping pong, shooting pool, checking their mail, grabbing a bite to eat and meeting up with friends.

Ham Center is the student union building designed by I. M. Pei with cafeteria, deli, game room, convenience store, tech and meeting rooms, a band room and various offices, including the Gender and Diversity Center and headquarters for student government (New College Student Alliance).

The recently renovated Ham Center also features the Black Box Theater, created in 2010. The flexible space seats approximately 75 people and has its own control booth for sound and lighting. Movable stage platforms make it possible to adapt the space in a number of configurations, from seating in the round to conventional theater style. True to its name, the windowless space offers the opportunity to present works in near-total darkness. Intended first and foremost as a creative space for students, the theater is used selectively for public events, including New Music New College. The theater lobby incorporates a new art gallery space in-the-round for displaying student work.