Undergrads come to Hampshire College “seduced by the prospect of design­ing [their] own program of study.” The school offers students “a self-designed curriculum” facilitated by “close relationships with professors, small classes, and the great combination of communal living and individualism that a true Hampshire student embodies.” A “divisional system,” with a student’s academic career consisting of three divisions, imposes some sense of order. Division I “is first-year requirements and such,” while “Divisions II and III constitute the core of your time. That’s when you focus down upon the areas that interest you more than the rest of the school.”

Overview

Applicants
2,671
Acceptance Rate
67%
Average HS GPA
3.47

GPA Breakdown

30%
Over 3.75
18%
3.50 - 3.74
23%
3.25 - 3.49
13%
3.00 - 3.24
13%
2.50 - 2.99
2%
2.00 - 2.49
1%
1.00 - 1.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
580 - 700
SAT Math
530 - 660
ACT Composite
25 - 30

Deadlines

Early Decision
November 15

Early Decision II
January 15

Regular
January 15

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Application Essay
Recommendation(s)
Non-Academic

Character / Personal Qualities

Overall

Undergrads come to Hampshire College “seduced by the prospect of design­ing [their] own program of study.” The school offers students “a self-designed curriculum” facilitated by “close relationships with professors, small classes, and the great combination of communal living and individualism that a true Hampshire student embodies.” A “divisional system,” with a student’s academic career consisting of three divisions, imposes some sense of order. Division I “is first-year requirements and such,” while “Divisions II and III constitute the core of your time. That’s when you focus down upon the areas that interest you more than the rest of the school.” Undergrads explain that “in class, students learn as a group in discussions or hands-on activities (few lec­tures, no tests), while outside of class one focuses on independent projects (research, reading, writing, art-making).” The experience culminates in a ‘Division III,’ an all-consuming year-long senior thesis project “that allows students to become excited and completely invested” while “producing a unique product at the end of the year.” Students “receive evaluations instead of grades, which we feel is a much more productive system.” While Hampshire “is very small,” which might limit students’ choices, “it belongs to the Five Colleges consortium,” a group that includes the massive University of Massachusetts—Amherst. With the course offerings of five colleges available to them, Hampshire students can “take any course we could dream of.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
10.6:1
Total Faculty
158
with Terminal Degree


Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
85%
Graduate in 5 years
99%
Graduate in 6 years
100%


Degrees

Bachelor's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Ken Burns
documentary filmmaker

Liev Schreiber
actor

Lucy McFadden
astronomer

Jon Krakauer
author

Jeff Sharlet
author

Alex Rivera
filmmaker

Justin Carven
inventor

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
93
Application Deadlines
Feb 1
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

FAFSA
Forms CSSProfile
Forms Divorced Parent

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$32,985

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$30,256

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,246

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$20,432

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
65%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$28,830

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$47,620
Required Fees
$1,380
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$850

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$2,500
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants
Need College Aid Gift
Need Federal Pell Grant
Need Private Sch Grant
Need SEOG
Need State Sch Grant

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Overall

“Picture all the various groups of misfits in high school” and you’ll have a picture of the students at Hampshire, a place where “Nonconformity is so normal it’s almost conformist to be nonconformist. You can’t say ‘the kid with the dreadlocks’ because the person would reply with ’Which one?’“ Undergrads assure us that “Hampshire is really open to any type of student.” Though there many different types of students on campus, all students have “at least one serious and one kitschy academic or extracurricular pursuit. Those who iden­tify as male are usually bearded and wear plaid.” The common threads among students: “They are all interesting. They all have talents, stories, and are just plain interesting to be around. They are full of creativity and life and seem to really enjoy where they are.” They also tend to be “socially conscious, left-wing, and artistic. We are fond of do-it-yourself philosophies, from [maga­zines] to music and film production to designing ecologically sustainable communities.” One student warns, “this is not a good school for funda­mentalist Christians.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
1,376
Out of State

International
6%
Foreign Countries Represented
31

Demographics

2.38%
Asian
4.08%
African-American
10.23%
Hispanic
71.62%
Caucasian
5.46%
Unknown
5.77%
International

59% female
41% male
100% are full time
0% are part time

Overview

“Life at Hampshire seems extremely spontaneous,” so “while one minute we may be complaining of boredom, the next we may start doing something fun and exciting. We are normally very good at entertaining ourselves.” “Usually what people do is just hang out with a small group of friends,” and “there is partying on the weekends,” although “parties here consist generally of fifty people or less, never the roaring, dangerously wild parties that are often found at colleges.” Parties often take place in the “mods,” apartment-style housing favored by upperclassmen, where students “throw a lot of sweaty dance par­ties where hippies, scenesters, and geeks all grind up against each other.” Also, “live music is very common” on and around campus, “drum circles and ran­dom games of Frisbee are unavoidable,” and “going to the nearby towns of Amherst or Northampton isn’t bad.” Students can also choose from “tons of clubs, from Spinsters Unite! to the Red Scare Ultimate Frisbee Team, [or] Students for a Free Tibet to Excalibur, which is the sci-fi and fantasy club. You can even take yoga, karate, or tai chi classes. There are parties all the time for those who like that kind of thing, and movies, video games, clubs, and playing in the forest or on the farm for those who don’t.” There are also “five colleges in the area to hang out at. Enough said.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
85%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

Quality of life rating
70
First-Year Students living on campus
99%

Campus Environment
Suburban
Fire safety rating
71

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Cooperative
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
International Student
Other
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
145
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
3

Sports

Athletic Division
Other

Men's Sports ()
2 Sports

Basketball
Soccer
Women's Sports ()
2 Sports

Basketball
Soccer

Student Services

Day Care
Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
24

Average Number of PC's per Lab
17

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
98%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Apple, Dell

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
No

Admissions Office Contact

Contact
Julie Richardson
Director of Admissions

Address
Admissions Office
893 West Street
Amherst, MA 01002

Phone
413-559-5471

Email
admissions@hampshire.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Bridge Cafe
Bookstore
Library
Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
Liebling Center - Film/Photo

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Emily Dickinson Museum
Northampton (shopping & dining)
Amherst (shopping & dining)
Atkins Farm
The other 4 colleges in the consortium

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: No
Dates: Year-round
Times: 9:00 AM, 1:00 PM
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
9:00 AM, 1:00 PM

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Other

Limitations
Spring semester only

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Bradley International Airport near Hartford, CT is 45 miles from campus. Peter Pan buses (413-253-1350), Valley Transporter limousines (800-872-8752), rental cars, and taxis are available for the trip from the airport to campus. Amtrak trains provide regular service from New York City to Springfield, MA. Greyhound buses serve Springfield hourly from Boston and New York. Buses also run hourly from Springfield to Amherst. The free Five College Bus Service is available for the trip from Amherst to Hampshire's campus, or call City Transportation (413-247-9000) for a taxi.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From the south, take I-91 to Exit 19 (Northampton). Take Rte. 9 E. for 7 miles. In the town of Amherst, turn right onto Rte. 116 S. and proceed 3 miles to the campus. From the east or west, take I-90 (Massachusetts Tpke.) to Exit 4. Take I-91 N. to Exit 19 (Northampton). Take Rte. 9 E. for 7 miles to Amherst; then turn right onto Rte. 116 S. for 3 miles to campus. From the north, take I-91 S. to Exit 25 (Amherst). Take Rte. 116 S. to campus.
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Key Stats

2,671
Applicants
1,376
Size
67%
Acceptance Rate
1240
SAT Scores

Rankings & Lists