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.

Website: www.hampshire.edu/

Private
Co-ed
1,268
Undergraduate
Students
(63.2%) 802 Women
(36.8%) 466 Men
Not reported
Graduate
Students

Admission

Entrance Difficulty
Moderately difficult
Overall Admission Rate
63% of 2,305 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 EBRW
Not reported
ACT Composite
Not reported
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Money Matters

Cost of Attendance
$65,386
Tuition and Fees
$50,030
Room and Board
$13,606
Average Percent of Need Met
95%
Average Freshman Award
$45,654
Average Indebtedness of 2016 Graduates
$21,758
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Academics

Academic Calendar System
Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum
Required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates
114
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 11% of classes
10-19 students: 61% of classes
20-29 students: 27% of classes
30-39 students: 0% of classes
40-49 students: 0% of classes
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Campus Life

Amherst Population
34,874
Nearest Metropolitan Area
 
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing
84% of all students
Athletic Conferences
 
Mascot
Blacksheep
Sororities
 
Fraternities
 
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Students

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.1% American Indian/Alaskan Native
2.4% Asian
7.6% Black/African-American
12.6% Hispanic/Latino
6.8% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.0% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
66.0% White
4.5% Unknown
International Students
4.9%
First-Year Students Returning
76.5%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
47.2%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
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Freshman Admission Requirements


Entrance Difficulty

Moderately Difficult: More than 75% of freshmen were in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT I or over 18 on the ACT; about 85% or fewer of all applicants accepted.

High School Preparation

High School Graduation
High school diploma required and GED is accepted
High School Program
College preparatory program is required

High School Units Required or Recommended

High School Units Required or Recommended
Subject Required Units Recommended Units
English 4  
Mathematics 3 4
Science 3 4
Foreign Language 3 4
Social Studies    
History 3 4
Academic Electives    

Examinations

Examinations
Exam Required Units Scores Due in Admissions Office
SAT or ACT Not used if submitted Not reported
SAT Only Not used if submitted Not reported
ACT Only Not used if submitted Not reported
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT Not used if submitted Not reported
SAT Subject Tests Only Considered if submitted
SAT Essay Component Policy Not Reported
ACT Writing Test Policy Not reported
ACT Writing Test Policy SAT: Not used
ACT: Not used

Applying for Admission


Admissions Office

Address
893 West Street
City, State, Zip
Amherst, MA 01002
Phone
(413) 559-5471
Fax
(413) 582-5631
E-mail
admissions@hampshire.edu

Application Dates and Fees

Regular Admisson Deadline
January 15
Application Fee
No fee required
Application Fee Waiver
Not reported
Regular Admission Notification
April 1
Accept Offer of Admission
May 1
Waiting List Used
Yes
Defer Admission
Student can defer admission
Transfer Admission
Transfer applications accepted

Early Admission

Early Decision Offered
Yes
Early Decision Deadline
November 15, January 1
Early Decision Notification
December 15, February 1
Early Action Offered
Yes
Early Action Deadline
December 1
Early Action Notification
February 1

Application Form

Common Application
Accepted, supplemental forms required
Universal College Application
Not accepted
Electronic Application
Available

Other Application Requirements

Interview
Not Required
Essay or Personal Statement
Required for all freshmen
Letters of Recommendation
1 required for all freshmen
Other
 
Financial Need
Financial need is a consideration in the admissions process

Selection of Students


Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record X
Academic GPA X
Standardized Tests X
Class Rank X
Recommendations X
Essay X
Interview X
Level of Applicant's Interest X
Extracurricular Activities X
Volunteer Work X
Particular Talent/Ability X
Character/Personal Qualities X
First Generation to Attend College X
State Residency X
Geographic Residence X
Relation with Alumnus X
Religious Affiliation/Commitment X
Ethnicity X
Work Experience X

Profile of Fall Admission


Overall Admission Rate
63% of 2,305 applicants were admitted
Women
65% of 1,458 applicants were admitted
Men
58% of 847 applicants were admitted
Students Enrolled
379 (26%) of 1,448 admitted students enrolled
Women
241 (25%) of 954 admitted students enrolled
Men
138 (28%) of 494 admitted students enrolled
Early Decision Admission Rate
78% of 116 applicants were admitted
Early Action Admission Rate
Not reported
Students Offered Wait List
153
Students Accepting Wait List Position
61
Students Admitted From Wait List
56

Grade Point Average of Enrolled Freshmen (4.0 scale)

Average GPA
Not reported
3.75 and Above
29%
3.50 - 3.74
22%
3.25 - 3.49
16%
3.00 - 3.24
16%
2.50 - 2.99
15%
2.00 - 2.49
2%

SAT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

SAT Math
Not reported
Score of 700 - 800
Not reported
Score of 600 - 700
Not reported
Score of 500 - 600
Not reported
Score of 400 - 500
Not reported
Score of 300 - 400
Not reported
Score of 200 - 300
Not reported
SAT EBRW
Not reported
Score of 700 - 800
Not reported
Score of 600 - 700
Not reported
Score of 500 - 600
Not reported
Score of 400 - 500
Not reported
Score of 300 - 400
Not reported
Score of 200 - 300
Not reported

ACT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

ACT Composite
Not reported
Score of 30 - 36
Not reported
Score of 24 - 29
Not reported
Score of 18 - 23
Not reported
Score of 12 - 17
Not reported
Score of 6 - 11
Not reported
Score of 5 or Below
Not reported

Other Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

High School Class Rank
 
National Merit Scholar
Not reported
Valedictorian
Not reported
Class President
Not reported
Student Government Officer
Not reported

Tuition and Expenses


Cost of Attendance
$65,386
Tuition and Fees
$50,030
Room and Board
$13,606
Books and Supplies
$850
Other Expenses
$900
Payment Plans
Installment plan

Applying for Financial Aid


Financial Aid Office

Email
Web Site
Financial Aid Web Site
Net Price Calculator URL
Net Price Calculator URL

Application Process

Application Deadline
Priority deadline February 1
Award Notification
On or about April 1
Methodology for Awarding Institutional Aid
Federal and Institutional Methodologies
Forms Required Cost to File
FAFSA
Code is 004661
Free
CSS/Financial Aid Profile $25 for first college, $16 each additional
Noncustodial (Divorced/Separated) Parent's Statement  

Profile of 2017 - 18 Financial Aid


Freshman

Financial Aid Applicants
271 (82.9%) of freshmen
Found to Have Financial Need
242 (89.3%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
242 (100.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
25 (10.3%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
95%
Average Award
$45,654
Need-Based Gift
Received by 241 (99.6%) of aid recipients, average amount $38,891
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 232 (95.9%) of aid recipients, average amount $5,913
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 20 (8.3%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
65 (19.9%) of freshmen had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $7,989

All Undergraduates

Financial Aid Applicants
997 (76.4%) of undergraduates
Found to Have Financial Need
860 (86.3%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
860 (100.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
110 (12.8%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
93%
Average Award
$42,326
Need-Based Gift
Received by 838 (97.4%) of aid recipients, average amount $35,237
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 827 (96.2%) of aid recipients, average amount $6,512
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 100 (11.6%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
350 (26.8%) of undergraduates had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $12,652

Borrowing

2016 Graduates Who Took Out Loans
55%
Average Indebtedness of 2016 Graduates
$21,758
Parents of Students Receiving Aid
Not reported
Parents of Students Not Receiving Aid
Not reported

Financial Aid Programs


Loans

Federal Loans
Direct subsidized Stafford loans, direct unsubsidized Stafford loans, direct PLUS loans, Federal Perkins loans
State Loans
 
Other Loans
 

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based Available
Federal Pell grants, SEOG, State scholarships, Institutional scholarships, Private scholarships
Non-Need–Based Available
None

Non-Need Awards

Academic Interest/Achievement Award Areas
Biological Sciences, English, Humanities, International Studies, Mathematics, Physical Sciences, Social Sciences
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Creative Arts/Performance Award Areas
Creative Writing
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Achievements/Activities Award Areas
Community Service, Leadership
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Characteristics Award Areas
Children of Faculty/Staff
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 

Employment

Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available, other work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
$2,900
Academic Calendar System
Semester
Summer Session
Not offered
General Catalog/Bulletin
Online Catalog

Undergraduate Education


Undergraduate Majors

  • African Studies
  • African-American/Black Studies
  • Agriculture, General
  • American Indian/Native American Studies
  • American/United States Studies/Civilization
  • Animal Behavior and Ethology
  • Anthropology
  • Architecture
  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Astronomy
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Chemistry, General
  • Classical, Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies and Archaeology
  • Cognitive Science
  • Computer Science
  • Creative Writing
  • Dance, General
  • Design and Applied Arts, Other
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • East Asian Studies
  • Economics, General
  • Education, General
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies
  • Environmental Studies
  • Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies, Other
  • European Studies/Civilization
  • Film/Video and Photographic Arts, Other
  • Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other
  • Gay/Lesbian Studies
  • History, General
  • International Relations and Affairs
  • International/Global Studies
  • Latin American Studies
  • Legal Studies, General
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other
  • Linguistics
  • Mathematics, General
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
  • Music, General
  • Near and Middle Eastern Studies
  • Neuroscience
  • Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution
  • Philosophy
  • Physical Sciences
  • Physics, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Psychology, General
  • Public Health, Other
  • Public Policy Analysis, General
  • Religion/Religious Studies
  • Sociology
  • South Asian Studies
  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric
  • Urban Studies/Affairs
  • Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design
  • Women's Studies
Most Popular Disciplines
Visual and performing arts, Biological/life sciences, Social sciences, Psychology, English
Combined Liberal Arts/Professional Degree Programs
None
Special Programs
Student-designed major, Independent study, Internships, Study abroad
Study Abroad
Offered
Online Degrees
No online degree programs

Curriculum and Graduation Requirements


General Education/Core Curriculum
Required
Computer
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Foreign Language
Not required
Math/Science
Required for all students

Faculty and Instruction


Full-Time Faculty
114
Part-Time Faculty
48
Full-Time Faculty with Ph.D./Terminal Degree
Not reported
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 11% of classes
10-19 students: 61% of classes
20-29 students: 27% of classes
30-39 students: 0% of classes
40-49 students: 0% of classes
Discussion Section/Lab Class Size
2-9 students: 31% of discussion sections/labs
10-19 students: 66% of discussion sections/labs
20-29 students: 3% of discussion sections/labs

Advanced Placement


International Baccalaureate
Accepted
Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations
Accepted for placement and credit
Sophomore Standing
Available through AP examinations

Academic Resources


Library Available on Campus
Yes
Holdings
359,492
Computer Ownership
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Computers Available on Campus
205
Internet/E-mail Access
Not reported

Academic Support Services


Remedial Instruction
Not Offered
Tutoring
Not reported
Services for Learning Disabled Students
Available
Services for Physically Disabled Students
Hearing impaired services, speech disorders services, visually impaired services, wheelchair access

Graduate/Professional School Education


Master's Degrees Offered

Not reported

Master's Programs of Study

  • Not reported

Doctoral Degrees Offered

Not reported

Doctoral Programs of Study

  • Not reported

Location and Setting


Amherst Population
34,874
Nearest Metropolitan Area
 
Campus Size
800 acres

Weather

Temperature
21.6 average low in January, 76.3 average high in September
Rain
127 rainy days per year

Getting Around

Campus Map
Map
Nearest Bus Station
20 mile(s) from campus in Springfield
Nearest Train Station
20 mile(s) from campus in Springfield

Housing


College Housing
College offers housing to students
Types of Housing
Men only housing, women only housing, coed housing, disabled student housing
Students in College Housing
84% of all students
Housing Requirements
Students required to live on campus through senior year
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students Living Off Campus/Commuting
16%
Off-Campus Housing Assistance
 

Security


24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices
Available
24-Hour Security Patrols
Available
Late-Night Transport/Escort Services
Not available
Electronically Operated Housing Entrances
Not available
Other
 

Personal Support Services


Health Service
Offered
Personal Counseling
Offered
Child Care
Offered

Sports and Recreation


Intercollegiate Athletics

Athletic Conferences
 
Mascot
Blacksheep
School Colors
Black, forest green, and white

Intercollegiate Sports Offered

Sports Women Men
Offered Scholarships Offered Scholarships
Cross-Country Running x   x  
Fencing x   x  
Soccer x   x  
Ultimate Frisbee x   x  
Women's Sports
Offered Scholarships
Cross-Country Running x  
Fencing x  
Soccer x  
Ultimate Frisbee x  
Mens's Sports
Offered Scholarships
Cross-Country Running x  
Fencing x  
Soccer x  
Ultimate Frisbee x  
Women's Club Sports
basketball, equestrian sports
Men's Club Sports
basketball, equestrian sports

Recreational Sports

Intramural Sports
basketball, soccer, ultimate Frisbee

Student Activities


Activities and Organizations
choral groups, drama theatre, radio station, student newspaper, red scare frisbee, queer community alliance, excalibur (fantasy/role playing), sports coop, circus folks unite
Sororities
 
Fraternities
 
ROTC
Army ROTC is offered off campus

Student Body


Coeducational
Yes
All Undergraduates
1,268
Women
802 (63.2%)
Men
466 (36.8%)
Full-Time Undergraduates
1,268
Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.1% American Indian/Alaskan Native
2.4% Asian
7.6% Black/African-American
12.6% Hispanic/Latino
6.8% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.0% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
66.0% White
4.5% Unknown
International Students.
4.9%
Average Age
20
All Graduate Students
Not reported

Undergraduate Retention and Graduation


First-Year Students Returning
76.5%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
47.2%
Students Graduating Within 5 Years
59.6%
Students Graduating Within 6 Years
62.4%

After Graduation


Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Average Starting Salary
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
Disciplines Pursued
Law 2%
Arts and Sciences 6%
Medicine 2%

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