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
[email protected]
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

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