Colleges That Change Lives

Changing Lives. One Student at a Time.

Hampshire College

"Today no college has students whose intellectual thyroids are more active or whose minds are more compassionately engaged."
-Colleges That Change Lives

  • Hampshire believes that students are more intellectually engaged and better equipped for a complex, ever-changing world by taking full responsibility for their education. Through close mentorship with faculty, students have the freedom to design an individualized course of study in a graduate-style environment, culminating in an original final project: science or social science research, academic study, or body of work in writing, performing, visual, or media arts. Students receive narrative evaluations rather than traditional grades.
  • Hampshire, along with Amherst, Smith, and Mount Holyoke Colleges and the University of Massachusetts, form the Five College Consortium. The Consortium allows for the exchange of resources, including over 9 million library volumes and approximately 5,300 annual courses.
  • Hampshire's 800-acre campus is just three miles south of Amherst, MA.
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W O R T H   N O T I N G
  • Hampshire College is among the top 50 schools whose graduates go on to receive a Ph.D. in science or engineering, according to a 2008 report by the National Science Foundation.
  • Hampshire College is number 10 on Sierra Magazine’s list of the nation’s “coolest” schools, selected for their efforts to stop global warming and operate sustainably. The magazine’s September/October cover story “spotlights the schools that are making a true difference for the planet.”
  • “With all of the environmental challenges we face, it’s heartening to see the leadership schools like Hampshire College demonstrate when it comes to protecting the planet,” said Michael Brune, the Sierra Club’s executive director. “This generation of students cares deeply about protecting the environment, stopping global warming, and increasing our prosperity through innovation.”
  • Hampshire College has received LEED Gold certification for the Ken Burns Wing of the Jerome Liebling Center for Film, Photography, and Video. The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System, overseen by the U.S. Green Building Council, is internationally recognized as one of the highest ratings for sustainable building construction. The 6,700-square-foot Ken Burns Wing was formally opened for fall semester 2009. It is Hampshire’s first LEED Gold certified building.
  • The Association of American Colleges and Universities recently named Hampshire a "Leadership Institution" for its visionary campus-wide innovations in undergraduate education. Hampshire was chosen as a model of best practice for its emphasis on critical thinking about complex problems, effective communication, and making meaningful contributions to a diverse society.
  • Other unique programs include: Civil Liberties and Public Policy (CLPP); Community Partnerships for Social Change; the Center for Design; and Five College Program in Peace and World Securities Studies (PAWSS).
  • Hampshire grads have gone on to win numerous prestigious academic fellowships including 14 Fulbrights, Mellon and Javits fellowships, and a Guggenheim fellowship, among others.
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F A C U L T Y   &   A C A D E M I C S
  • 82% of faculty have a Ph.D. or equivalent terminal degree; there are no teaching assistants.
  • Full-time faculty: 95
  • Faculty of color: 22%
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C A M P U S   L I F E
  • 85% of students live on campus.
  • Traditional dorms as well as apartment-style living (mods) available; 90% single rooms
  • Over 100 clubs, sports, and organizations
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L I F E   A F T E R   C O L L E G E
  • Hampshire's interdisciplinary and collaborative approach to education produces remarkable results. Half of Hampshire alums go on to achieve advanced degrees and Hampshire is ranked thirtieth among all undergraduate institutions in percentage of graduates who go on to receive a Ph.D. Hampshire ranks first among all undergraduate institutions in sending students on to receive Ph.D.s in history, and also posts impressive statistics in the humanities (ranked eighth), area and ethnic studies (ranked fourth), sociology (ranked sixteenth), and anthropology (ranked twentieth).
  • According to a 2008 report by the National Science Foundation, Hampshire is also among the top 50 schools whose graduates went on to receive a Ph.D. in science or engineering. The graduate schools most frequently attended by Hampshire alums include Columbia, New York University, Harvard, Yale, University of Pennsylvania, and Northeastern.
  • In the past few years, Hampshire alums have won Academy Awards, received Macarthur Fellowships, written best-selling books, been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, and led corporations. Fifteen Hampshire alums have been awarded Fulbright Scholarships in the past ten years.
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A C A D E M I C   P R O F I L E   O F   E N T E R I N G   C L A S S
  • Applications received for Fall, 2013: 2,840
  • First-year matriculants for Fall 2013: 375
  • 3.5 Average HS GPA of first-year students
  • Middle 50% of SAT scores (72% reported; test scores are optional):
    • Critical Reading: 590/700
    • Mathematics: 530/650
    • Writing: 570/680