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
Website: www.hampshire.edu
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
Setting: Suburb: Large
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 745
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 62%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 13 to 1
Distance Learning Programs:
Distance Learning Students*: 745 (100% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Bachelor's

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $52,068
Out-of-state Tuition: $52,068
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 99%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $31,528

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Hampshire College Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Hampshire College.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations and Related Sciences 2
Architecture and Related Services 1
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies 14
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 3
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 1
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 1
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 2
Education 1
English Language and Literature/Letters 2
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 2
Health Professions and Related Programs 1
History 1
Legal Professions and Studies 1
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 1
Mathematics and Statistics 1
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 6
Natural Resources and Conservation 2
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 2
Philosophy and Religious Studies 3
Physical Sciences 4
Psychology 2
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 1
Social Sciences 6
Visual and Performing Arts 7
Grand total 67

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Hampshire College and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $52,068
Out-of-state $52,068
Books and supplies $850

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $0
Out-of-state $0

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 280 99%
Grant or scholarship aid 278 99% $31,528
Student loan aid 190 67% $5,823

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 1,129 95% $33,065
Federal student loans 799 67% $6,473

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Hampshire College. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Hampshire College students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2020

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 2,485 878 1,607
Percent admitted 100% 2% 2%
Percent admitted who enrolled 1% 1% 1%

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
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 2020

Total Enrollment 745
Undergraduate enrollment 745
Graduate enrollment 0

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 Commission 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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