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Hampshire College
Amherst, MA
Hampshire, founded in 1965, is a private, liberal arts college featuring an interdisciplinary curriculum instead of single-discipline classes, student-designed concentrations instead of predetermined majors, and narrative evaluations instead of letter grades. Hampshire belongs to the Five Colleges Consortium, through which students may take classes at neighboring Smith College, Amherst College, Mount Holyoke College, and University of Massachusetts. Its 800-acre campus is located in Amherst, 90 miles west of Boston.
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Institution Type Private
Coeducational Yes
Undergraduate Students 1,321
   Women 821 (62.1%)
   Men 500 (37.9%)
Graduate Students Not reported
Entrance Difficulty Moderately difficult
Overall Admission Rate 64% of 2,347 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered Yes
Early Decision Offered Yes
Regular Admission Deadline January 15
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA Not reported
SAT Math Not reported
SAT Critical Reading Not reported
SAT Writing
ACT Composite Not reported
Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Academic GPA     X  
Standardized Tests       X
Essay X      
Extracurricular Activities   X    
Cost of Attendance $65,574
  Tuition and Fees $50,550
  Room and Board $13,274
Average Percent of Need Met 95%
Average Freshman Award $45,654
Average Indebtedness of
2016 Graduates
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Academic Calendar System 4-1-4
General Education/Core Curriculum Required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates 119
Regular Class Size 2-9 students: 14% of classes
10-19 students: 54% of classes
20-29 students: 29% of classes
30-39 students: 3% of classes
Amherst Population 34,874
Nearest Metropolitan Area  
Freshman Housing Guarantee Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing 97% of freshmen, 85% of all students
Athletic Conferences  
Mascot Blacksheep
Ethnicity of Students from U.S. 0.2% American Indian/Alaskan Native
2.6% Asian
5.5% Black/African-American
11.0% Hispanic/Latino
7.3% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
69.4% White
4.0% Unknown
International Students 4.9%
First-Year Students Returning 79.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years 52.2%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly Not reported