Hampshire College

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Founded in 1970, Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts is a privately owned and operated four-year liberal arts college. Hampshire College is one of five regional higher education institutions that belong to the “Five Colleges”, a consortium of five colleges that are operated independently but at the same time are mutually dependent. In addition to Hampshire College, the other member colleges include Mount Holyoke College, Amherst College, University of Massachusetts Amherst and Smith College. Students who are accepted to any one member institution can enroll in classes and courses at any other member institution.

Hampshire College is well known for being one of the few colleges in the United States to employ narrative evaluations (paragraph format written student evaluations) instead of the more traditional grade-based/GPA grading system. Hampshire College offers a comprehensive selection of bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in various fields and disciplines. A few of the more popular fields of study at Hampshire include music, performing arts, theater, film and visual arts. A large percentage of graduates from Hampshire go on to attend graduate school and over half of all Hampshire alumni have a doctorate degree in their field.

Hampshire College offers a rather unconventional education, when compared to other four-year higher education institutions. Instead of a course focused curriculum, the school offers a project-based curriculum. Students are highly involved in their course of study and help design their own projects and major concentrations. As mentioned, Hampshire offers written evaluations rather than letter grades. Hampshire does offers a few distance learning and online programs, but online degrees are not offered entirely via the Internet; they do require classroom attendance.

General Information

Admission Office
893 West Street
Amherst, MA 01002-9988
(413) 559-5471
(877) 937-4267
Fax: (413) 559-5631
Contact: Karen Parker
Director of Admissions
Main Address
893 West Street
Amherst, MA 01002
(413) 549-4600


Total undergrads: 1,428
First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 389
Degree-seeking undergrads: 1,402

Rural setting
Large town (10,000 – 49,999)
Residential campus

Degrees offered:


Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $55

Online application fee: $55
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 46%

Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 79%

College Majors

Agriculture & Related Sciences

Animal Sciences B
Plant Sciences B
Soil Science and Agronomy B

Architecture & Related Programs

Environmental Design B

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies

African-American Studies B
American Studies B
Asian American Studies B
Asian Studies B
Ethnic Studies – General B
Gay/Lesbian Studies B
Hispanic-American Studies B
Latin American Studies B
Native American Studies B
Women’s Studies B

Arts, Visual & Performing

Acting B
Art – General B
Art History/Criticism/Conservation B
Arts – General B
Crafts/Folk Art/Artisanry B
Dance B
Design/Visual Communications B
Digital art B
Directing/Theatrical Production B
Drama/Theater Arts B
Drawing B
Film Production/Cinematography B
Film Studies B
Fine/Studio Arts B
Graphic Design B
Illustration B
Multimedia B
Music – General B
Music – General Performance B
Musicology/Ethnomusicology B
Painting B
Photography B
Playwriting/Screenwriting B
Sculpture B
Theater Literature/History/Criticism B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biochemistry B
Biology B
Botany B
Ecology B
Environmental Biology B
Evolutionary Biology B
Zoology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Business – General B
International Business B
Labor Studies B

Communications & Journalism

Communications/Rhetoric B
Digital Communications/Multimedia B
Mass Communications/Media Studies B

Communications Technologies

Animation/Special Effects B

Computer & Information Sciences

Artificial Intelligence/Robotics B
Computer Graphics B
Computer Science B
Computer/Information Sciences – General B


Early Childhood Education B
Education – General B
Elementary Education B
Multicultural Education B
Secondary Education B
Social/Philosophical Foundations of Education B

English Language & Literature

American Literature B
Creative Writing B
English Composition B
English Language & Literature – General B
English Literature (British) B

Family & Consumer Sciences

Child Development B
Foods/Nutrition Studies B
Human Development/Family Studies B

Foreign Language & Literature

Comparative Literature B
East Asian B
Germanic Languages B
Linguistics B
Romance Languages B
Sign Language Linguistics B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

International Public Health B
Predentistry B
Premedicine B
Prenursing B
Prepharmacy B
Preveterinary Medicine B
Public Health Education B


American History (U.S.) B
Asian History B
European History B
History – General B
History of Science/Technology B

Law & Legal Studies

Law & Legal Studies – General B
Prelaw B

Liberal Arts & Sciences

Humanities B
Liberal Arts & Sciences B


Mathematics – General B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

Behavioral Sciences B
Biological/Physical Sciences B
Biopsychology B
Cognitive Science B
Cultural Resource Management B
Global Studies B
Holocaust/Related Studies B
Intercultural/Multicultural/Diversity Studies B
Mathematics/Computer Science B
Natural Sciences B
Neuroscience B
Nutrition Sciences B
Peace/Conflict Resolution Studies B
Science, Technology & Society B

Natural Resources & Conservation

Environmental Science B
Environmental Studies B
Natural Resources & Conservation – General B

Philosophy & Religion

Ethics B
Jewish/Judaic Studies B
Philosophy B
Religion/Religious Studies B

Physical Sciences

Chemistry B
Geology B
Inorganic Chemistry B
Organic Chemistry B
Physical Sciences – General B
Physics B


Cognitive Psychology/Psycholinguistics B
Developmental/Child Psychology B
Experimental Psychology B
Psychology – General B

Public Administration & Services

Community Organization/Advocacy B

Social Sciences

American Government/Politics B
Anthropology B
Demography/Population Studies B
Development Economics B
Economics B
International Economics B
International Relations B
Political Science/Government B
Social Sciences – General B
Sociology B
Urban Studies B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

Hampshire College Highlights

School Information

Phone Number:(413) 549-4600
Type of School:4-year, Private non-profit
Apply Online:www.hampshire.edu/admissions/apply-to-hampshire
Address:893 West St, Amherst, MA 01002-5001
Campus Housing:Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population:1,321
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's):66%
Student-to-faculty Ratio:10 to 1
Distance Learning Programs:
Distance Learning Students*:1,321 (100% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered:Bachelor's

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition:$50,238
Out-of-state Tuition:$50,238
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid:95%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded:$29,433

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students

Hampshire College Programs

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Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations and Related Sciences2
Architecture and Related Services1
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies14
Biological and Biomedical Sciences3
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services1
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs1
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services2
English Language and Literature/Letters2
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics2
Health Professions and Related Programs1
Legal Professions and Studies1
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities1
Mathematics and Statistics1
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies6
Natural Resources and Conservation1
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies2
Philosophy and Religious Studies3
Physical Sciences4
Public Administration and Social Service Professions1
Social Sciences6
Visual and Performing Arts7
Grand total66

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Online Programs & Distance Learning

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Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

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Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017
Books and supplies$850

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2015-2016

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid35295%
Grant or scholarship aid34994%$29,433
Student loan aid24566%$6,386

All Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid1,28391%$27,024
Federal student loans85360%$6,426

Admissions & Enrollment

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Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2017

Number of applicants2,2197871,432
Percent admitted100%60%66%
Percent admitted who enrolled15%16%14%

Admissions Considerations

Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Hampshire College Enrollment, Fall 2017

Total Enrollment1,321
Undergraduate enrollment1,321
Graduate enrollment0

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Hampshire College Accreditation

This institution is accredited by New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education

Specialized institution accreditations:

    *General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. CollegeAtlas.org does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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